Ciara Stevens is the proud owner of Off Leash K-9 Training Huntsville. She brings 10+ years of dog handling experience to the area. As a passionate animal lover, she has grown up around horses, cats, dogs and birds, and has volunteered for several organizations in the pet industry. Dogs have always been a part of her life, and today she shares her home with 3 beautiful German Shepherds.
In 2003, she graduated from Pima Medical Institute as a Veterinarian Technician and worked in this field for several years. In 2005, Ciara joined the Army with the goal of pursuing Veterinarian studies. An unfortunate medical issue caused her to seek a new career path.
In 2015 Ciara graduated with a BS in Criminal Justice and took on a position as Animal Control for the City of Madison, AL. During this time, she has realized that she could do so much more than public education to keep pets off the streets and out of the shelters. Ciara became a member of North Alabama Working Dogs in 2015 and continues to train her German Shepherds for competition.
Ciara’s goal is not only to succeed in training the pets that come in but to provide a life time bond between clients and their pets through OFF Leash K-9’s proven training methods.
Ciara and Off Leash K9 were fantastic! Francie went from completely unmanageable to receiving compliments on her behavior. She did a complete 180° after just the first session. I highly recommend Off Leash K9 to anyone thinking about training their pup.
OLK9 Training is the way to go!!! I have a 2 year old Beagle that knew one or two commands... but would not hold commands, he always pulled on the leash, and he also loved to jump on the furniture/people. I chose to do the 2 week board and train, and I would recommend this training package to everyone. Ciara done so well with Memphis, and Memphis loved her. To see what all she trained him to do in only 2 short weeks is absolutely amazing. She really cares about each and every dog that comes through her training, and you can see that just by talking to her. She turned my 2 year old stubborn Beagle into a very well behaved dog... when I take him out now people are always complimenting on how well behaved he is. A big thank you to Ciara for all your hard work.
I am a medical student on student loans. I also happen to be a dog owner (who loves her pup more than anything). A few months ago, Molly ran outside at a friend's house and ran around a moderately busy neighborhood area in Birmingham until she allowed me to catch her. I immediately started researching dog training. My biggest fear would be her getting hit by a car or running away. I was skeptical because Molly was extremely timid. I knew she was smart, I easily taught her a few very basic commands, but she would only perform them in the comfort of our apartment, when she wanted to. She is also a stubborn pup.
I found OLK9 online, and emailed Ciara. I got a response quickly with a detailed explanation of services, videos of dogs she has trained, and more information. The cost is a big investment, and it sounded incredible, but I wanted more information before I made a commitment. I brought Molly out to Ciara’s land and spent almost an hour talking with her and having her show me the training facility and explaining how she trains and what she guarantees. I put a deposit down that day.
Fast forward to today: I am absolutely THRILLED with OLK9, Ciara, and my incredibly well behaved and trained Molly. I cannot say enough good things. It was worth every penny and more. I didn’t know that being a dog owner could be more fun and truly stress free.
I went on a 4 mile hike yesterday with Molly, and didn’t put the leash on her once. (Keep in mind that 2 months earlier I ran a mile down the side of the same mountain -not on a trail- after Molly). Even when I wasn’t keeping her in a heel command, she would wander up ahead a little bit but stay within eye sight, all on her own accord. She is such a happy pup with her new freedom and is having a BLAST. When I think of having Molly for her lifetime, and the fear that is now gone of her being hit by a car or not coming when called, I would do the same thing over again in a heart beat. I wholeheartedly recommend OLK9 (and in particular Huntsville) to anyone who is a dog owner and is considering training. Molly is thrilled with her new freedom. I am ecstatic about the quality of her training. And it is so apparent that this is not just a job for Ciara. She truly cares and has a passion for what she does and the dogs she trains.
TLDR: do it. You won't regret it.