MEET THE TRAINERS:
JOHN HAYES – Born and raised in Chickamauga, GA, John Hayes was born into a family with working breed dogs and became interested in studying dog behavior at a young age, with his grandfather’s dog “Pep”, whom he had a close bond with. Pep was a border collie who did not allow certain people to get near John, and John wanted to dig into the exact reason why.
As he matured, John graduated with a computer science degree and entered the world of television broadcasting and later, the medical field. It was during this time of his life that he adopted a miniature schnauzer, “Stormy” (which would lead him to note her natural ability to hunt rodents and launched a personal research mission concerning canine genetics and inherited behavioral traits) and later to walk into the Humane Educational Society and adopt his K9 partner, “Valhalla,” whom he made an instant connection with. He was already deeply invested in canine behavior studies and after researching the breed, the little German Shepherd puppy became a quick-learning student under his tutelage.
John also took the time to found a mini-rescue from his home, Good Shepherd Rescue! By word of mouth, locals would bring John abandoned or abused dogs that he would rehabilitate from being shy and anxious (or sometimes very aggressive) to adoptable and loving family pets. The experience John gained by attempting different training methods earned him the opportunity to interview and accept the job at Chattanooga Off Leash K9 training.
John Haye’s career at OLK9 has quickly blossomed into various facets of the dog training community. Along with world class obedience, aggression management, and more – John has added to his skills through careful study and hands on continuing education. During his time with Off Leash, he has gone on to train Therapy Dogs, PTSD Service Dogs, Police Narcotic Detection K9s, Diabetic Alert, Adrenal Insufficiency Alert, Mobility and Autism Support, and Tracking/Trailing Dogs.
John hopes to continue furthering his education as well as perfecting the art of K9 training, and hopes to one day perfect his own line of working breed dogs!
SCOTT TAYLOR – Scott’s love for dogs goes back to his childhood. His mom always owned boxers who were treated as part of the family – down to having gift wrapped presents under the Christmas tree. As Scott began his military career, he served a portion of it at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri as a kennel master until he was selected to become a drill sergeant. He has since completed nine years of active duty service, six of which he was an instructor for mobilizing troops, and today continues to serve as an Army Reserves drill sergeant. Prior to joining with Off Leash K9, Scott was employed through a local school district as an archery coach and mentor to students. His last experience as leader combined with his civilian work translates to dynamic, hands-on instruction of clients during dog training sessions with the highest level of attention to detail.
Using his passion for transformation of the relationship between dog and owner through obedience, Scott has been inspired to continue to seek education and experience in other aspects of canine training including volunteer work, scent detection, and developing working dogs. Scott is currently a volunteer with both the Tennessee Doberman Rescue Plus (TDR+) and Southern Style Great Dane Rescue as a foster parent, and volunteers with the Inmates and Strays of McMinn program as an instructor, teaching the inmates how to train and care for the dogs. In his spare time he is pursuing training and certifications for him and his best friend, Odin (as seen in bio picture), to become a certified search and rescue team.
FALLON HOUSER – (Regional Director) Fallon has always believed in “walking what you talk,” and leading by example. That passion is what led her to start the only Doberman Pinscher rescue in the State of Tennessee, Tennessee Doberman Rescue Plus (www.TDR.dog), and attaining her MBA degree while running a rescue, working full time, and having a child. She is a firm believer in education, whether it be for dogs or people, and loves doing what she can to help dogs and dog owners better their relationships and bonds through training and communication. In the decade that Fallon spent as Founder and President of TDR+, she was personally been involved in the rescue of thousands of dogs (and still counting), and grew the organization from a fledgling group of fosters – to a 501(c)3 rescue with volunteers and fosters throughout TN, KY, and in parts of NC and VA. In her 4 years with OLK9, Fallon has likewise grown her reach from one territory as a single trainer, to 6 cities and a staff of 17+ as a Regional Director and Owner through a combination of relentless work ethic and only the highest respect for client satisfaction.
Fallon is currently pursuing her Clinical Pet Nutrition Certification (a 500 hour course), spends her spare time working with the “Inmates and Strays of McMinn” program (which brings training to inmates that work with the county homeless dog population), and is a member of the DPCA, UDC, AKC, UKC, and TPU organizations. Having personally treated and worked with dogs of all imaginable health and behavioral backgrounds (as not only a rescuer, but also a former veterinary technician), Fallon brings her K9 rehabilitative knowledge, nutrition and health expertise, and compassionate training approach to OLK9 dogs and clients!
RANDI LAFERNEY – Randi is well known in the corporate world by making a career as a successful International and Domestic Shopping Center Developer for numerous years. After extensive experience with business sharks, she believes dogs are a piece of cake! Randi has had dogs her whole life, and feels a definite connection with them, having dealt with hundreds of dogs with behavioral issues. She believes by observing a dog’s behavior, they will tell you right where he/she stands emotionally, psychologically and behaviorally. She wants to assist families so their dogs reach optimal and full potential functioning as loving and well mannered members of the family pack. Randi is an Area Coordinator with Southeast German Shepherd Rescue, serving dually as an intake coordinator for the rescue, where approximately 350 German Shepherds a year are assessed, rehabbed and then re-homed throughout the Southeast. She has worked with so many people and dogs (including NON-Shepherds, too!), she recognized she could help more people by opening up an OLK9 Training location! Randi handles the Tri-Cities, Chattanooga and Knoxville areas for OLK9.
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