ABOUT OUR TRAINERS
Meet The Off Leash K9 Team
Meredith - owner & Head Trainer
Meredith Cox is the Owner and Head Trainer for Off Leash K9 Training Memphis LLC. Meredith grew up in a small town in South Carolina where she grew up around dogs, cats, and cows, and developed a passion and love for all animals! Her family rescued dogs of different breeds, and she discovered her passion for training dogs when she began working with her German Shepherd/Chow mix named Duke! A few years after getting her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and learning about Animal Behavior and Learning, she moved to Memphis, TN.
Along with training dogs to be reliable off leash in the most distracting environments, Meredith specializes in behavior modification. She works with dogs with dog aggression, human aggression, reactivity, and anxiety. After finding Off Leash K9 Training, Meredith trained under celebrity dog trainer and OLK9 founder Nick White where she learned to apply the techniques from this world-renowned dog training system to dogs of all ages, sizes, and breeds. Meredith has worked with hundreds of dogs of all breeds and temperaments. She is excited to offer lessons and our Board and Train program in the Memphis, West Memphis, Northern Mississippi, and Eastern Tennessee areas.
mELINA - Trainer
Melina grew up in North Mississippi where her family had cats and dogs all of her life. After working with her family pets, she developed a passion for training dogs. She spent her teenage years training her own animals, then eventually her friends’ pets. After moving to Coldwater, she began training dogs and horses regularly. She spent her free time training foster dogs to help them find homes quickly. She truly enjoys seeing the bond grow between an owner and their companion as they learn to communicate with one another. It wasn’t long before she decided that this was the path she wanted to pursue full time. To grow her knowledge, she decided to attend Animal Behavior College’s dog obedience program where she received her lifetime certification.
Melina certified through Off Leash K9 Training in Fredericksburg. She is excited to offer lessons and Board and Train programs in the North MS and Memphis areas.
Mercedes - Trainer
Mercedes was born and raised in Germany with horses and dogs. She worked in law enforcement and Executive Protection in Los Angeles. But, her love for animals was too strong and spent her extra time training horses and rehabilitating foster dogs to help them find homes, often using Off Leash K9 lessons to help achieve their obedience goals.
She began her professional training career at Off Leash K9 Training in Los Angeles until she decided to move to Memphis where she joined our team! Mercedes is trained in canine first aid and CPR, and is excited to bring her unique skill-set to the Memphis team. She teaches lessons and offers the Board and Train program for our Memphis and Northern MS area clients.
Joe - Trainer
Joe is a Memphis native who always had family dogs growing up. Joe’s first experience with Off Leash K9 was in 2013 when he hired us to help him with training his personal dog. He realized he loved working with dogs, and soon his friends and family enlisted his help with their dogs as well. In 2019, he booked a lesson program again to get our assistance with an aggressive dog he adopted from MAS. During his lesson program, Joe went above and beyond our “homework assignments” and always showed up to his lessons having made drastic progress on his own. It was then that we realized Joe was a natural with dogs. His timing, tone, and instincts were always spot-on, and he had an obvious passion for training. After going through the lesson program, Meredith told him that if he ever wanted to be a dog trainer, to let her know. Unfortunately, we couldn’t convince him that easily! The timing wasn’t great for him to switch careers. However, in 2020, Joe adopted 2 new dogs and wanted some guidance with their training. During his first lesson with those dogs, Meredith again told him that he should be a dog trainer. And this time, he agreed!
In November of 2020, Joe started working side-by-side with Meredith to get more experience with dogs of all types and temperaments. He successfully certified through the Off Leash K9 Training Academy and is finally doing what he was born to do! Joe is excited to offer lessons and our Board and Train programs in the Memphis area.
jOHN - Trainer
John is a Memphis native who has lived in Desoto County since he was 5 years old. In 2016, John joined the Marine Corps with one goal: become a dog handler. John joined the Marines as a Military Police Officer, and worked for his first two years to try to earn a spot as a dog handler. After two years of hard work, John achieved his dream of becoming a Military Working Dog Handler by certifying at the DoD’s Handler Course in San Antonio, Texas, graduating at the top of his class.
After becoming a K9 handler, John went on to work with over 30 dogs within two military units. While stationed in California, he was sent on multiple missions with his explosive detection K9 in support of various VIPs, including the President, and the Secretary of Defense. During this time, John developed a deeper caring for the K9 partners he had been assigned. John began to train alongside the Veterinarian office’s staff, and eventually became the Marine liaison between his unit and the Vet Clinic. He was personally responsible for the health and well-being of the 30 dogs he worked with, and was therefore well-trained in K9 CPR and first aid.
After getting out of the Marine Corps in 2020, John spent a year working with an Explosive Detection Canine for a security company in the private sector. During this time, John and his wife started their family, and he decided to take a step back from the risks of looking for explosives. John is very happy to join the Off Leash K9 Team, and enjoys the bond he gets to share with each dog he works with. John is happy to offer Board and Train programs in the North MS and Memphis areas.
Leslie grew up in a small town in North MS, but has lived in TN with her husband and three children for the past twelve years. Currently, she and her husband are building a house on 10.5 acres in Fayette County. Leslie has had several pets throughout her life varying from hamsters, guinea pigs, cats, birds, and doesn’t remember a time without ever having a dog. She has a huge heart for all animals big and small. However, dogs are truly her best friends.
Over the years, Leslie has trained basic obedience along with a few tricks to several of her own dogs ranging from tiny Chihuahuas to German Shepherds. After watching her friend and future sister-in-law, Melina Lehen, train dogs with Off Leash K9 Memphis, she was inspired to join our team. Gaining more solid instruction under owner and head trainer, Meredith Cox, she has learned even more techniques of the trade and is up to the challenge of helping dogs live their best lives.
Leslie is thrilled to offer training through our Board and Train program for North MS, Memphis, and surrounding counties.
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!