About Our Trainers

Meet The Off Leash K9 Team

Abby Hoxha - Head Trainer

Abby Hoxha is the Head Trainer for the Tampa Metro area. A graduate of the National K-9 Learning Center in Columbus, Ohio she has also completed training at the Off Leash K9 Headquarters Training Academy in Woodbridge, Virginia. She is an honors graduate of Old Dominion University with a Bachelors in Sociology and Criminal Justice. A four time letter winner of the ODU Varsity Women’s Swim and Dive team, she was the team captain in 2014. Abby has studied and employed a wide range of methods and techniques. With this experience and strong foundation, she focuses on an approach to training that takes every dog’s unique temperament and behavior patterns into consideration.

Abby Head Trainer
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Erinn Howell - Trainer

Erinn has been training dogs throughout the United States since 2013. She has trained them for general basic obedience, therapy, emotional support, apprehension, narcotics, and diabetic alert. In July 2017, Erinn earned an AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluator certification. She is a graduate of the Off-Leash K9 Training headquarters academy.

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rebecka - Trainer

Originally from St. Louis, MO, Rebecka was a youth swimming coach and attended nursing college before her love of dogs led her to attend the Tom Rose School of dog training. Upon graduation, the warmer climates of Florida brought her to the Tampa area where she connected with OLK9. A graduate and certified trainer of the Off Leash K9 Training academy in Northern Virginia, she enjoys sharing her knowledge and techniques to allow owners and their dogs to have a better bond.

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Ernie Diez - Trainer

Ernie first came on the radar of Off Leash as a client with his dogs Bruce Banner and Tony Stark. Training with OLK9 head trainer Abby Hoxha dramatically changed the relationship with his dogs. He became a certified professional trainer and is a graduate of the Off Leash Headquarters academy in Northern Virginia. Coming from a background in training elite gymnasts, his unique ability to relay techniques will help take your dog’s obedience to the next level.
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Amanda DeLaRosa - Trainer

Amanda DeLaRosa recently moved to the warmer climate of Florida to join the Tampa team from Louisville, KY where she was the head trainer. She has a bachelor’s degree in Animal Sciences from Purdue University and was a teaching assistant covering such classes as Principles of Animal Nutrition and obedience courses. She has also worked at Springhurst Animal hospital, PetSmart, and was an Assistant Zookeeper at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo. She is a graduate of the Off Leash K9 Training Academy in Woodbridge, Virginia.

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