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Off The Leash Academy


Veterinarian endorsed training techniques for Dog and Puppy Training serving Naples, Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, Cape Coral, North Fort Myers, and Marco Island and surrounding areas.

OFF THE LEASH ACADEMY offers full service dog and puppy training designed to get you back to day to day activities with your dog, so the entire family can relax and have fun together.  I can help you open the lines of communication with your dog, resolve issues and explore new possibilities and adventures.  

We provide all breed, dog and puppy training and support.

OTLA offers several programs including the Florida Resident Board and Train program to the entire state of Florida including Naples, Bonita Springs, Fort Myers, North Fort Myers, Cape Coral, and Marco Island  If you are out of the immediate area, you would need to drop your dog off. I will return your pet home to you, and provide you with all the necessary follow-up training in your home.

Off The Leash Academy offers Resident (In Home) Board and Train, and Private Lessons.  I can help you reach your goals, especially in cases of :

addressing dog on dog aggression, dog on human aggression, resource guarding, separation anxiety, various fears, storm phobias, extreme nervous behavior, leash aggression/re-activity, leash pulling and many other issues.


If you are embarrassed by your dog jumping on people and inappropriate behaviors, out of control barking, rushing the door if someone knocks or rings the doorbell, I can help you. Does your dog whine, pace or pant constantly to no end? Does he or she jump on furniture or your bed without permission? When you socialize your dog with other dogs, does he or she play properly, or is their play rough and dominant? We work to fix those issues for you. I also teach your pup not to counter surf, steal food, chew and destroy your property.

Does your dog guard food, water, space, property or even you or other people/children in your home or in public? This is a very serious issue that must be addressed carefully.  One of the biggest problems living with your dog, may be related to a lack of housebreaking, submissive & excitable urination or deliberate  urination on you or your property.  If your dog breaks out of the kennel/crate, cannot settle down when in confinement, goes berserk when left alone or develops serious issues when in tight spaces? I can help you. I can also address barking problems, running away, not listening, growling, snapping, biting, door dodging and more! 

I specialize in off leash dog obedience and modifying problematic behavior.  

My obedience training includes;

DOWN (STAY is implied on both), 
Going to a PLACE BED
HEEL on and off the leash
COME when called 
WAIT to go INSIDE and OUTSIDE through doors
LOAD UP into your vehicle
QUIET on command to stop barking
GET BUSY (going to the bathroom on command)
Staying OFF inappropriate things

THANK YOU to release an object
FREE release to have fun and just be a dog. 

My Resident Board and Train program also socializes your dog around other dogs, social settings including stores and restaurants, parks, plazas and around schools where hundreds of children walk, run, ride bikes and make noise every day.  

 Ultimately the success or failure of any training program comes down to a few key areas.  

  1. The character, skill, and ability of the trainer.  
  2.  Consistency and problem solving.  
  3. Your ability to continue the process when the dog comes home.

It is my responsibility to prove to you I can help you with YOUR dog and YOUR situation.

There is no one size fits all approach to dog training.  No method is better than another.  All have advantages and disadvantages. The key element is determining the proper approach to get you and your dog to the finish line.   

Every dog, owner, situation, issue and problem is different.  The correct solution may be a combination of :

*Leash and training collar
*Pressure / release  
*Remote collar training 

Our goal is to work through, rehabilitate, train and teach new skills & abilities.  I promise to use the approach that works for you and your dog.  Normally, it is a combination of approaches that yields the best outcome.  I do my best to balance the advantages of each style to help your dog learn how to behave in order to have the freedom and fun that both of you want.  I will gladly explain and demonstrate what I do and how I do it to you and your family in detail so you can make an informed decision based on fact, performance & behavior, not emotion, opinion or attitude.

 The most important element is to have trust and confidence in your trainer.  The skills and ability don't matter if you don't like the person you are hiring to teach you, train your dog and work in and around your home and family.  If the trust and confidence isn't there, you will second guess advice, search out information and practice techniques viewed on the internet or TV and you and your dog will suffer.  My promise to you, is that I will be honest and dedicated to you and your dog.

 So when we meet, you will have the opportunity to determine for yourself if I am the right trainer for you before any commitments are made.  I want you to be happy and know you have my best effort and I have your best interests as my top priority with your dog.