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.
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.
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.
Dalton - Trainer
After losing three different deposits to landlords from dog related damage, Dalton decided to take his dog handling techniques to the next level and became a certified trainer with the Off Leash team. Born and raised in Tampa, Dalton can help take your dog skils up a couple notches as well.
Tyler - Trainer
An import from the great frozen northeast (New York), Tyler comes to us from the financial world. He traded his coats and journal entries for shorts and leashes. After being certified as a trainer with the Tampa team, he quickly made smiles all around getting several 5 star Google reviews in his first month.