About Our Trainers

Meet The Off Leash K9 Team

Lyn Trapuzzano - owner and head trainer

Lyn is a lifelong lover of dogs and has rescued all kinds of animals since childhood. She can’t remember a time when dogs were not 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 an MBA from Seton Hill University. She spent more than 15 years in business while sharpening 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 for helping others recognize and understand the wisdom, spirit, and individuality we share with dogs. She prides herself in helping owners deepen their relationships and communication with their canine companions.

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Our AMAZING off Leash K9 Trainers

Samantha Jamison

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.

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.

Alyssa Stouden

Alyssa grew up working with horses and cows on her parents farm, competing in Barrel Racing with her horse, Dancer. From there, she trained horses in the western sport of Cutting on former Pittsburgh Steeler Mel Blount’s ranch in Claysville, PA. She had a black Labrador named Elvis when she was younger, and in 2022 got her Belgian Malinois named Flint with her husband. Alyssa’s bachelors degree in biology, experience with horses, and dedication to her own dog’s training all contributed to her branching into the professional dog training world.  Her experience with her own dogs made her want to ensure other dog owners could have the relationship and experiences with their dog that they want too. 

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About Off Leash K9 Training

Dog Trainers that Are Recognized Around The World!

Nick White, Founder 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!