Like children, dogs need to learn how to behave. Whether it’s potty training, walking on a leash or assisting the disabled, many of these skills and habits are not instinctual but rather learned. That’s why Off Leash K9 Training specializes in dog obedience training and behavior modification for all sizes and breeds of canines  regardless of their age or behavioral issue.

Owner Nick Shalton says, “I love working with dogs and strengthening the bond between owner and dog.” Nick, who based the veteran-owned business in Palm Bay two years ago, shares that bond with his own dogs – Fin, a 3-year-old pit bull mix (pictured), and Bing, a 3-year-old bull terrier. “Paddle boarding with my dogs is a favorite activity, in addition to surfing and spending time at the beach,” adds Nick.

With locations in Brevard County as well as Daytona Beach, Port St. Lucie and Orlando, Off Leash K9 Training is achieving incredible results for its customers. “We have over 1,000 before/after dog training videos on YouTube, and frequently are hired to work with celebrities and professional athletes’ dogs,” shares Nick. “We were featured on Cesar Milan’s documentary “Love my Pit Bull” which aired on National Geographic.”

The company offers a menu of unique training packages – including Puppy Consultation, Basic & Advanced Obedience, Therapy Dog Development, Aggressive Dog Package, and K9 Nosework (scent detection training) – which has helped earn it the highest rated dog training business in Central Florida based on its 5-star reviews and over 11,600 Facebook followers. “We’re especially excited about opening a new state-of-the-art training facility in Orlando and introducing a new Tracking Program in the coming months,” says Nick. “It’s all about listening to your customer base and then working harder than your competition.”

Besides helping its customers to better understand their dogs’ behaviors and taking their obedience to the next level, Off Leash K9 Training is a community steward and pet advocate, offering exclusive discounts for rescue dogs, donating free training and volunteering at local animal shelters.

“I love doing business in Brevard County. It’s a beautiful area filled with awesome people from all walks of life,” says Nick.

For more information on Off Leash K9 Training Central Florida, call (321) 222-9353 or visit