ABOUT OUR TRAINERS
Meet The Off Leash K9 Team
Chris Darhower - Owner
Chris is the lead instructor for Harrisburg Off-Leash K9 Training. From a young age, Chris worked on horse farms and trained horses until he answered the call for the military. After 9 years in the Army including a deployment to Iraq, Chris became a municipal law enforcement officer in the state of Pennsylvania and transitioned to K9 during his tenor there. Chris and his partner, K9 Pedro were certified by the National Police Work Dog Association in basic obedience, handler protection, narcotics detection, suspect apprehension, building and article searches, and tracking. While their favorite activity was foot patrol, Chris and Pedro also participated in community events, raising drug awareness and demonstrating Pedro’s awesome skillset. While training, Chris was able to work with multiple dogs of varying breeds and ages and their handlers in basic obedience and K9-related skills. Chris also attended a K9 Medic course and works with rescue animals.
Chris has three dogs at home, all of whom were rescued. He calls them his “Muttly Crew” and they are Lyra (Shepherd Mix), Bentley (Beagle Mix), and Min Pin (Miniature Pinscher). Chris lives with his family in Carlisle, PA. He continues to volunteer in his community as a Firefighter/EMT and coaches little league baseball. Chris is also an avid fisherman and loves the outdoors and nature.
Chris believes in the quote by author Dean Koontz, “Once you have had a wonderful dog, a life without one, is a life diminished.” He says, “I treat dogs like I treat my daughter. I respect them. I admire them for their own unique personalities and differences. It reignites my passion to train every time I see that light bulb come on and they master a skill. The pride you see come over them and the happiness on their owner’s faces. That’s what this job is all about.”
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!