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Meet The OLK9 Team!

Evan Carson

Evan CarsonEvan Carson is the President and Founder of the Salt Lake City and Northern Utah Off Leash K9 Training locations. He also owns the Lehigh Valley, Scranton, and Bucks County, PA locations, and is a trainer with Off Leash K9 Training. Evan started as a client in 2010 with his Dogo Argentino, Capone. He has always had a profound love of dogs, and has never lived without them. He loved training and working with his own dogs, and had no problem doing so until Capone.

Capone had some pretty serious reactivity issues with other dogs, which led Evan to find Off Leash K9 Training and Nick White in 2011. Three weeks into private lessons Capone was off leash, healing him in complete control around and past other dogs. From there he completed the basic program and then started advanced training with Capone and then started with his Springer Spaniel, Penny Lane. He was hooked! The rest is history, as they say.

OLK9 literally “changed his life”. From that point on, Evan knew he wanted to work with dogs as a career. Over the next six years Evan worked tirelessly to achieve that goal and in May of 2017 his dream became a reality when he opened the Lehigh Valley OLK9 location in Allentown Pennsylvania. The Lehigh Valley location quickly expanded from one trainer to three by the end of their first year and in September he opened the Scranton location in PA. Since then Evan has grown the Lehigh Valley location as one of the most well-known, highest rated and most reviewed dog training companies in the state. Earlier last year, Evan opened up a new facility for his Scranton location in Peckville/Blakley Borough. His PA locations now employs six full time trainers, is still growing, and is currently hiring.
Evan took over the Salt Lake City and Northern Utah OLK9 locations in August of 2018. Later that year he opened the first OLK9 facility in Northern Utah in North Salt Lake and has plans to grow those locations as he has done in PA. Utah OLK9 currently employs two full time trainers.

During his downtime, Evan enjoys spending time with his family, including his wife and two daughters, and his two dogs, a 2-year-old German Shepherd, Arya, and Lucy, a Bulldog/Rat Terrier/ Staffordshire Terrier mix. He also enjoys being outdoors, hiking, personal defense training, dog training seminars, and working with Arya and Lucy to fine tune their obedience.

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ERIC - Trainer

Tyler

Eric is a trainer at Off Leash K9 Training, Salt Lake City and Northern Utah. Eric was born and raised in Northern California, in a small, coastal town called Fort Bragg. As a kid, growing up on his family’s ranch, he was always surrounded by livestock and Cattle Dogs, that were used as working herding dogs. This is where he discovered his love and passion for dogs early on in his life. His family would always wonder “Where’s Eric?” and they would always be certain that “He’s out with the dogs again”.

Fast forwarding: over the course of Eric’s youth, he had worked multiple types of jobs, building skills and experience in customer service, but still couldn’t pinpoint exactly what it was he wanted to do the rest of his life. He worked mainly in the restaurant industry for most of his young adult life, but Eric wanted to make the leap and pursue his lifelong dream of being a dog Trainer and Handler. He searched all over the internet, newspapers, and spoke to local trainers but as soon as an opportunity arose with Off Leash K9 Training, he jumped right on it! Highly Impressed with Off Leash K9’s amazing transformational videos on YouTube, he knew that THIS was the company he would absolutely love to get a shot with, and he did.

Dogs of all breeds have a special place in his heart. He believes that his connection with dogs comes naturally because, from a small age, he has learned to express his love, care, and deep respect for them. Eric firmly believes that dogs exist on this planet to provide people with both companionship and a service in any way or form. It’s just a matter of how we decide to shape them to be. Dogs need a combination of love, exercise, structure, and obedience to be the best versions of themselves, and Eric believes it is 100% the responsibility of the owner to provide it to them. It is Eric’s mission to provide the best dog training to all who seek that service, and it is his goal to continue learning in the larger world of K9 training so he can be the best dog trainer version of himself.

Eric has his own canine companions: Odin, a Pitbull/Rottweiler mix; Sierra, a Blue Heeler (Cattle Dog); and Innova, a Native American Indian dog. They all spend their time together, consistently working on obedience, going on runs, hikes and swims. They also love going to local Disc Golf courses to play lots of rounds with their frisbees.

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TyleR - Trainer

Tyler Tyler’s love for animals developed while raising dairy cattle in southern Utah. While he lived on a ranch, there were many animals that called it home, including bunnies, chickens, goats, and of course, dogs. He had many dogs, but one Labrador Malinois mix really stood out. His name was Nugget and he was rescued from a shelter. When Tyler’s family rescued him, he had very bad reactivity issues because of consistent abuse in his past. Nugget’s reactivity was so unmanaged that he was eventually put back into a shelter due to multiple incidents, and he was never adopted again. Since that day Tyler has been on a quest to learn how to manage reactive and aggressive dogs. Before coming to Off Leash K9 Training, Tyler worked for a breeder in Spanish Fork, to both train and socialize puppies before sending them home with their new owner. Training puppies was obviously not Tyler’s true passion when it comes to training dogs, so he started working at Off Leash K9 Training to begin learning how to train reactive and aggressive dogs. Tyler believes that if you are consistent and willing to put in the work that there is no dog that is untrainable. He also believes there isn’t a dog that is more stubborn than he is, and he hasn’t found one yet with his training experience. Tyler is honored to work at Off Leash K9 Training, because it has led him to achieving some of his biggest goals in life. Every day Tyler is developing new behaviors which have led to consistency in the learning environment. Tyler’s mission at Off Leash K9 Training is to develop clear communication between the owner and their dog. He believes the better your dog can understand you, and you them, not only will your dog reap the benefits of a happy and confident life, but also together as a family.
  • BSA Eagle Scout
  • Certified Off Leash K9 Training Trainer
  • Certified, PetCPR+, First Aid and CPR
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About Off Leash K9 Training
Evan Carson - President and Founder of Off Leash K9 Training, Lehigh Valley
Evan Carson

Evan is the owner of the OLK9 Lehigh Valley, Salt Lake City, and Northern Utah locations. He is also a trainer with Off Leash K9. Evan started as a client in 2010 with his Dogo Argentino, Capone. He has always had a profound love of dogs, and has never lived without them. He loved training and working with his own dogs, and had no problem doing so until Capone.

Capone had some pretty serious reactivity issues with other dogs, which led Evan to find Off Leash K9 Training and Nick White in 2011. Three weeks into private lessons Capone was off leash, healing him in complete control around and past other dogs. From there he completed the basic program and then started advanced training with Capone and then started with his Springer Spaniel, Penny Lane. He was hooked! The rest is history, as they say.

OLK9 literally “changed his life”. From that point on, Evan knew he wanted to work with dogs as a career. Over the next six years Evan worked tirelessly to achieve that goal and in May of 2017 his dream became a reality when he opened the Lehigh Valley OLK9 location in Allentown Pennsylvania. The Lehigh Valley location quickly expanded from one trainer to three by the end of their first year and in September he opened the Scranton location in PA. Since then Evan has grown the Lehigh Valley location as one of the most well-known, highest rated and most reviewed dog training companies in the state. Earlier last year, Evan opened up a new facility for his Scranton location in Peckville/Blakley Borough. His PA locations now employs six full time trainers, is still growing, and is currently hiring.

Evan took over the Salt Lake City and Northern Utah OLK9 locations in August of 2018. Later that year he opened the first OLK9 facility in Northern Utah in North Salt Lake and has plans to grow those locations as he has done in PA. Utah OLK9 currently employs two full time trainers.

During his downtime, Evan enjoys spending time with his family, including his wife and two daughters, and his two dogs, a 2-year-old German Shepherd, Arya, and Lucy, a Bulldog/Rat Terrier/ Staffordshire Terrier mix. He also enjoys being outdoors, hiking, personal defense training, dog training seminars, and working with Arya and Lucy to fine tune their obedience.