About Our Trainers

Meet The Off Leash K9 Team

Steven and Lindsey WARD - Owners


Steven and Lindsey Ward are the owners and head trainers for Off Leash K9 Training Charlotte. They were both raised in a small town in Northern Virginia.

Lindsey grew up for a love of animals, begging to bring home whatever kind of animal her parents would allow. As a young adult, she worked with a variety of animals in different settings, including a pet superstore, horse stable, and county animal shelters. She started as an animal caretaker in the shelter and worked up to become a sworn Animal Control Officer. Lindsey is who will you are likely to speak to if you call or email us! She enjoys working with the owners, teaching them how to work with and implement the continuing training.

Steven always showed a passion for his family dogs. After school, Steve pursued a career in the family business as a Contractor in the State Department in Washington, DC. Steven is known as the behind the scene man, he enjoys working with the dogs in the board and train programs. He finds much reward in the aggressive/ reactive cases and seeing the dog’s transformation. Steve has the compassion and patience to see the dog’s potential and help it be obtained.

During Lindsey’s time as an Animal Control Officer, they adopted a Belgian Malinois mix, named Torque. They were introduced to Off Leash K9 Training when Torque completed the famous two-week board and train program at the headquarters location in Northern Virginia with founder Nick White. In 2014 they moved to the Charlotte area and have been doing obedience training since!

In Steve and Lindseys time off, they enjoy staying active. The couple loves wake surfing behind their Heyday wake boat, going to local asphalt and dirt races, snowboarding in the winter, and working out in the gym.


Kimmie Page- Trainer

Kimmie grew up in southern Virginia where she began working with animals in high school. She quickly realized this was her passion and has stayed in the animal field ever since.
 In the past, she has worked at rescues, doggie daycares, and grooming shops. When she moved to Charlotte in 2020, she knew she wanted to continue working with dogs, but also was looking to combine her love of teaching and working with people. Kimmie loves working with clients and helping them to better understand their dog, as well as seeing the transformation in the dogs she works with.

Kimmie has her own 6 year-old pit bull named Peach that she loves so much. In her free time, Kimmie likes making art, playing with her dog, and exploring the city.

Meredith Beavers - Trainer

Meredith grew up all around the south with her family. She always had dogs growing up, and knew she had a passion for animals early on. Meredith went to Georgia State and received a bachelors in biology to pursue a veterinary medicine career. While working in veterinary hospitals, she adopted an Australian cattle dog who was way out of her comfort zone in owning dogs. Meredith began researching dog training and behavior and fell in love.

Meredith has been training dogs professionally for 8 years. Relocated from California to the Charlotte area in 2023. She owns two dogs of her own. Guava, a miniature dachshund and Fig, a golden retriever.

August Watson - Trainer

August grew up in Birmingham, AL. He made his entrance into the dog world in 2016 as a kennel technician, working up to trainer very quickly. He also spent some time as a veterinarian technician. In 2020, August joined the Off Leash K9 Training Birmingham team. He then moved to work with the Off Leash K9 Training in Asheville. Settling in Rock Hill in 2023, he came to join our Charlotte team!

He has three personal dogs, a Pomeranian named Pinkie, a two mix breeds Annie and Mayweather. Mayweather and August are a certified therapy dog team, they enjoy visiting retirement communities together!

Scott Cofield - Trainer

Scott grew up in a military family moving all over the US. Scott started out working with dogs as a walker in NYC. He then apprenticed under two master dog trainers, training working dogs and therapy dogs!

Scott continued on as a private trainer for a Rottweiler breeder doing show dogs, and a German shepherd breeder contracted by the military!

After several years of working as a chemist, he missed working with dogs. That’s when he joined our team and is happy to be back spending his days with dogs!

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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!