ABOUT OUR TRAINERS

Meet our Off Leash K9 Team

We have the most amazing trainers at Off Leash K9 Training in Pittsburgh

Lyn Trapuzzano is the owner and head trainer of Off Leash K9 Training, Pittsburgh.

Lyn is a lifelong lover of dogs, and has been rescuing all kinds of animals since childhood.  She can’t remember a time when dogs have not been a part of her life.  Growing up with a menagerie of domestic and wild animals, her experience and passion were cultivated.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Muskingum College and then a MBA from Seton Hill University.  She spent more than 15 years in the business world while continuing to sharpen her skills and understanding of animal behavior in her spare time.  She has served as a licensed wildlife rehabilitator through the PA Game Commission, became the director of a non-profit wildlife rehabilitation center, as well as spent time working with a wide variety of exotic animals, all of which gave her a comprehensive knowledge of animal behavior and how our energy impacts that behavior.

It was a natural transition to apply her skills to her lifetime love of working with dogs.  After coming to Off Leash K9 Training, she left her corporate job to dedicate herself fully to her longtime passion of helping others to recognize and understand the wisdom, spirit and individuality that we share with dogs.  She prides herself in helping owners deepen their relationship and communication with their canine companions.

Our AMAZING off Leash K9 Trainers

Samantha Zahand

Sam has been passionate about dogs for as long as she can remember.  She joined our team in 2016 and has a wealth of experience working with dogs in a boarding and daycare facility as well as working with exotic animals.  She was an intern with the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium where she worked with the polar bears, sea otters, and sand tiger sharks.  She is a graduate from Penn State University with a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science and a minor in Wildlife & Fisheries.  When she is not working, her hobbies include watching cute and funny animal videos on the internet, game nights with her boyfriend and friends, and spending time with family.  Sam’s favorite part of her job is when she receives pictures and video updates from past clients showing how the dogs that she has trained have improved since their training.

Emma Weis

Emma can’t remember a time in her life when she didn’t have an animal companion. She comes to us with a lifetime of experience as a dog owner, previous professional experience as a trainer, as well as working in multiple kennels around the country. She started working with dogs in a daycare setting as soon as she was old enough to work, as well as gaining experience in veterinary setting dealing with routine vet visits and emergency trauma. She has experience working in an aquarium with sharks, sloths, and many different species of birds, as well as working with large breed animals such as cows and hogs. When she is not working with animals, she enjoys traveling, exploring new things, and spending time with her grandma and her 2 dogs.

Zack Cossick

Zack has always been a dog lover, and started initially with Off Leash K9 Training as a client, completing the basic, advanced, and therapy dog programs with his dog, Ralf. He and Ralf are certified through Therapy Dogs United and frequently visit patients and staff at several Allegheny Health Network facilities. It was through Ralf’s training that he realized how fulfilling and beneficial that Off Leash K9 Training can be for a dog and its owner, eventually leading him to become a part of our team. Zack attended the University of Pittsburgh and started his career in the business world eventually working in real estate and property management. In his spare time he enjoys playing basketball, hiking, and enjoying everything that Pittsburgh has to offer. When it comes to training, he is most passionate about improving the relationships between owners and their dogs.

Kelli Blondsey

Kelli grew up with a lot of dogs in her life, and she knew at an early age that she wanted to work with animals. As soon as she was old enough to work she started pet sitting, then worked with at a dogs daycare and boarding facility, as well as working in clinical services for a large animal rescue organization. Kelli initially came to Off Leash K9 Training as a client, working with her German Shepherd, Odin. It was the experience of building the bond with her own dog through training that prompted her to pursue training as a career. It was a natural fit with her extensive dog handling background. When she is not working, she enjoys being outdoors and hiking with her dog, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

Brianna Mollick

Brianna relocated to the Pittsburgh area from Long Island, New York in 2020. She is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. It was a natural fit to apply her psychology background to observing dog behavior and helping people to understand their dogs better. As a life long animal lover, she has extensive experience working in the Veterinary Medicine field in various capacities since high school. She breeds Australian Shepherds, training and trialing in AKC Fast CAT, Dock Diving, Herding, and plans to get into the show ring this year. When not training, she enjoys traveling, camping, hiking, and going to the beach with her dogs.

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About Off Leash K9 Training

Dog trainers who are recognized around the world!

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!