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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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Marilyn - Trainer

Marilyn Schleiden is a trainer of Off Leash K9 Training, Northern Utah. Marilyn started fostering dogs for a nonprofit organization, The Love Pit in Dallas, Tx in 2015. While fostering Marilyn joined TLP’s training team and immediately fell in love with the training aspect of working with dogs, she immediately recognized the bond that is created while working with and training them and knew that she had found something that she wanted to further pursue. 

Shortly after she began training full time at Breyers Canine Academy, who created TLP’s training program. She quickly rose to head trainer at the nonprofit and the facility where she worked full time.

In 2018 she moved to Utah and continued training and working with nonprofits like the Utah Animal Adoption Center. After seeing the many OLK9 Before and After videos online, reading our reviews, and doing her own research, she jumped at the opportunity to join the OLK9 team.

Marilyn is in the process of getting her zoology degree with a focus on animal behavior. She has volunteered with a variety of large cats including lions, tigers, cheetahs, horses, and lemurs. Her work in rescue and at the facility has given her knowledge and experience in basic vet tech procedures and the opportunity to work with a huge variety of dog breeds with a range of behaviors and temperaments.

In her free time, Marilyn enjoys hiking and camping with her dogs. She has a pit bull shar-pei mix – Minnie, a shepherd Catahoula mix Ella and a pit bull named Brut.

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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.