ABOUT OUR TRAINERS

Meet The Off Leash K9 Team

Matt Ferramosca – Owner

Matt Ferramosca (Owner) stumbled his way into Off Leash K9 Training a little over 9 years ago when his Pitbull/Husky mix Annabel was in dire need of some off leash training. While a very smart dog and excellent INSIDE, she was a bit of a rascal and loved to play tag, her favorite game, while outside off leash. In addition, Matt could not get a grasp on Annabel’s intense prey drive as Annabel would not hesitate to take off after a squirrel, deer or rabbit. After graduating from OLK9’s Basic and Advanced Obedience Program, Annabel became an ambassador for her breed, and Matt was sold on Off Leash K9 Training’s ability to change peoples’ lives in addition to their canine companions.Matt loves talking with clients and discussing how his obedience programs will be able to meet their unique training needs en route to establishing a happy and healthy hierarchy within the clients’ “pack.”
Matt has 7+ years of experience working with advanced canine obedience and behavior modification with Off Leash K9 Training. In this time, he has trained 4,000+ dogs, and he has made progress with each and every one. Matt will work with any behavioral issue, breed, or client!

Rachel Moseley Bare – general manager

Rachel Moseley Bare began her time with Off Leash K9 Training as a client 7 years ago. Her Labrador retriever Monte was an incredibly loving and playful 1 year old that carried with him a bit of stubbornness and strong will. Rachel knew his calm demeanor and desire to be around people would make him a perfect therapy dog, but she needed help getting him under control on a leash.

After graduating from Basic Obedience, Monte and Rachel went on to complete Therapy Dog training. That experience as a client helped Rachel realize she had a passion for understanding dog behavior and for helping others achieve a similar life of Off Leash obedience for their dog.     

Today, Rachel and Monte spend a lot of time at the Children’s hospital, in schools and among first responders providing affection, comfort and love to a variety of people in need. Now, Rachel also has a 8mo Labrador Emmy who is beginning Search and Rescue and will continue therapy work like her older brother Monte.  Rachel likes learning about clients and helping each one incorporate obedience into their individual lifestyles. She enjoys seeing owners become the pack leader and create happy, stress-free lives within their homes. 

carl griffith – Director of trainer development

Carl started his journey with Off Leash K9 5 years ago as a lesson client with his English Mastiff, Caesar. Caesar developed some reactive issues when Carl and his wife found out they were expecting their first child. After completing Advanced Obedience and learning how to navigate life with all the tools to help Caesar, Carl realized the love he always had working with dogs had grown.

Carl started training his own personal dogs at a very young age, beginning with his Pitbull, Wish. His pack has since grown to include Caesar, the English Mastiff, Dasha, the Dobermann, and Freibird, the Dutch Shepard mix, as well as his wife and 2 sons. Dog training is a way of life for the family and everyone gets involved.

For Carl the most rewarding part of dog training is helping each family work through their unique issues and build bonds with each other. Helping clients give their dogs all the rewards of the Off Leash life is what it’s all about.

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Erica Tillger – senior Trainer

Erica from Sudlersville, Maryland has always loved dogs. Erica is intrigued by dogs’ ability to learn new concepts and commands. Erica has trained her own dogs her entire life, but seeing others struggle with their dogs time and again made her want to help others.

Erica has a Border Collie named Lottie, a Cane Corso named Riley, and 2 Belgian Malinois Suki and Raven that she loves to take hiking and teach new things. Through Off Leash K9 Training, Erica has added many tools into her training tool belt. Erica enjoys working with clients to help them achieve happy and stress-free lives with their pups!

Marquis brown – Trainer

Growing up, Marquis always had a love for animals and had dreams to be a Veterinarian.  As he got older, his love kept growing for dogs, particularly as he grew up around Rottweilers.  Learning to train them was a hobby of his at a very young age. Marquis has 2 of his own personal dogs (Bella and Dutches) who he loves very much as if they are his children.  He enjoys teaching his dogs new commands and taking them on adventures with the family.

 

Being able to work with dogs as a career is a dream come true for Marquis.  He told his dad at age 16 that he wanted to be a professional dog trainer.  At the time, his Dad did not realize it was even a career!  So Marquis went to college to become a teacher and worked in the education field for about 7 years.  In his free time, he would help his family and friends train their dogs, so transitioning as a full-time dog trainer was a breathe of fresh air!    

 

Marquis loves making a difference in his clients’ lives that he works with everyday.  Ending each day knowing he has helped a family puts the biggest smile on his face and looks forward to continuing to make an impact on others!

Maren stinson – Trainer

Maren joined Off Leash K9 Training in the Fall of 2022 when she was looking for an opportunity to make a bigger impact in the world.  Her love of animals, large and small, began at a very early age with dogs always being at the center of it all!  This passion for animals eventually grew into a career.  After college, Maren spent 5 years as a zookeeper, working with many different species.  That’s where her excitement for training was truly ignited.  Being able to bond with so many animals through training has been the most fulfilling experience in her life.

Maren has a Miniature Dachschund/Cocker Spaniel mix named Opie at home, as well as two cats (Luna and Todd) and several rabbits.  When she has some downtime, Maren is always exploring something new with Opie by her side.

Maren believes that every owner should be able to experience that powerful bond with their dog.  Having rescued so many dogs from shelters throughout her life, she enjoys training all breeds because of their unique traits and personalities.  She enjoys watching clients engage with their dogs and seeing their bond reach new levels. 

KENDRA BERNARDO – Trainer

Kendra grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania surrounded by dogs, cats, horses and many other animals. Her favorite breed is American pit bull terriers. Though she is new to professional dog training, her dream has always been to work with children or animals.  Kendra’s background allows her to understand the behavior of each dog that she encounters and educate the owner’s to better work with their dog.

Kendra wants to train her dogs in as many advanced commands as possible. When Kendra is not spending time with her animals she loves to roller skate, travel, explore, and swim. She prefers summer over winter but enjoys winter activities like snow tubing.

Kendra likes to see the bond between and owner and their dog(s) change and grow as they go through the experience of obedience training.

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About Off Leash K9 Training
Dog Trainers Who Are Recognized Around The World!
Nick White, Founder of Off Leash K9 Training
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Nick White is the Owner and Founder of Off Leash K9 Training.  Nick is a former US Marine and former US Secret Service. He currently has over 130+ dog training locations throughout the United States. 

Nick is globally recognized as being one of the top dog trainers in the world.  He has 2 official world records in off leash obedience, named on Wikipedia as one of the top 20 dog trainers in the world, recently named top 10 trainer in the world by bestdogtrainers.org, has been featured in many magazines and shows, and he is regularly requested by the top celebrities and athletes! He has been called upon by people such as actor Ryan Reynolds, WWE’s John Cena, MLB All Star Max Scherzer, UFC World Champion Jon “Bones” Jones, and many more!

You can visit our YouTube Channel and watch over 1500+ before/after videos of Nick and his team’s work!  Off Leash K9 Training has more documented videos than any dog training business in the entire world!