Team

Matt Barfield

Hey there my name is Matthew, but you can just call me Matt. Let me tell you a little bit about myself, I’ve been with Through The Leash for a little bit over 2 years. Before then my love and fascination for animal of all sizes drew me towards the science of animal studies in college. Despite knowing and pursuing my passion for animals I still wasn’t sure wanted to do as a career, until I meet one of lead training directors at Through The Leash. He had been in a training session with one of my relatives when I…

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Kiasha Kerns

Hi, my name is Kiasha but you’re more than welcome to call me Ki (key). I’m a canine coach located in the Akron Cleveland area. I’m an animal lover and have volunteered at my local animal shelter for 3 years before the pandemic. I was searching for my dream job working with animals when I found Through The Leash, and I instantly knew this was the perfect fit for me. I have learned so much working with the trainers, clients, and dogs. I hope to continue growing my knowledge. One day I would love to work with you and your…

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Cortnee McClure

Hi my name is Cortnee And I am a canine coach located in the Charlotte area! I absolutely love working with animals because of the impact that they can make on peoples lives I first started getting into dog training because of my dog Mowgli he was extremely reactive with other dogs and other people and I wanted to educate myself in every way possible! In my free time I enjoy hiking the beautiful mountains North Carolina has to offer, I also enjoy music and all forms of Art I’m also a huge science nerd!

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Danny Horn

Hi, my name is Danny and I’m a Canine Coach located in South Florida serving the Palm Beach and Broward County area. I graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a B.A. in Criminal Justice. I am a huge Disney and Harry Potter fan and spend my free time working with dogs, reading fiction, or creating art. I have always had dogs in my life from the ripe old age of 1 and have spent that time rescuing and fostering any animals found to be in need. I look forward to meeting with you and helping you form a strong life long bond with…

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Brandy Smith

Hey all! My name is Brandy Smith and I am a Trainer located in the South Florida area. I have over 15 years experience training dogs, including 10 years of experience as an Explosives Detection Canine Handler for the United States Department of Homeland Security. Prior to that I worked for a private canine company for over 4 years training dogs in various scent detections such as arson, termites, mold, bed bugs and indigo snakes. I have a degree in Criminology from the University of Florida and my passion has always been working with dogs. A few years ago I…

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Richard Fernandez

Hi, my name is Richard and I am a canine coach with Through The Leash Dog Behavior And Training. I was born and raised in Cuba, all surrounded by animals, I’ve had dogs since I can remember and I always formed a beautiful bond with them. I came to Miami around 5 years ago and have been living here ever since. In these 5 years I’ve never found a job that I really feel passionate about and when Through The Leash gave me the opportunity to become a dog trainer it was like a dream come true. Now I enjoy…

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Lavelle Brown

Hello wonderful dog owners. I’m Lavelle Brown a Through The Leash trainer in the beautiful Los Angels, CA area. I have always loved animals and nature in general so dogs being man’s best friend makes them my favorite animal. I am originally from Cleveland, OH and I am a University of Cincinnati alumni. I will never forget when I got my first puppy which was a Maltese. I taught her how to jump through a hula hoop. It was the feat of a lifetime for a seven year old kid. Ever since then I was in love with dogs and…

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Sam Ferry

Hi! My name is Sam Ferry and I am a trainer in the Akron, OH area. I studied wildlife conservation at Bowling Green State University and have always had a passion for animals. I started training dogs at 16 and trained my rescue to be a certified medical alert dog. Since then, my passion for dogs grew and I worked in a rescue. I learned so much about dogs and their behavior that I wanted to become a trainer. Since joining this team, I have learned so much more. I learned how to communicate with our dogs properly and I…

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Rayne Hurley

Thank you for reading my bio.  I have been in the dog training industry for about 13/14 years now and call me biased but Through The Leash is most definitely a cut above the rest.  I work in the back end of the company in the office, making sure things are running smoothly.  Most likely you have spoken to me at one point or another, I’m the one with the strong English accent.  I am one of the biggest animal lovers on the planet.  I have been involved with animal rights and rescue since I was very young.  I have…

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Emily Johnson

Hey there! I’m Emily Johnson, a trainer in the Charlotte, NC area. I’ve always been a dog person. During my undergraduate in MN I worked part time at dog daycares, provided private dog sitting services, and even fostered dogs. Upon completion of my B.S. in Ecology, Evolution, and Animal Behavior, I spent a year working with cats for Purina in MO. Since joining the Through the Leash team I have had the privilege of working with some of the best trainers and people I’ve ever met. I’ve learned so much, and there is nothing more that I enjoy then being…

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Connor Phillips

Hi, my name is Connor Phillips. I have been working with and handling dogs for several years now. I’ve had a love and passion about caring for animals for my entire life, but when I met some of the lead trainers for Through The Leash I knew it was exactly what I wanted to do with my life. Seeing the way, they’ve built strong relationships with their dogs and were able to communicate with them was life-changing. After joining the team in Charlotte, I have been able to create and cultivate meaningful relationships with so many different people and so…

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Maria Kambouris

Hi, my name is Maria and I’m a Through the Leash canine coach located in the Charlotte, NC area. My passions are biology, art, and research. I obtained a B.S. in Biology with a pre-med focus from UNC-Wilmington. I love saving the lives of so many animals daily. To understand the way that a dog thinks which directly correlates to the way that they behave, and then to be able to teach them to be confident and trusting of their owners is an amazing feeling. I love the different experiences that I have with each dog and then applying my…

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