Our People

Turk Akbay founder of Off Leash Dog Training is a licensed professional dog trainer and AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator (#88913) .  As a life coach turned dog trainer, he has a unique approach of “seeking balance first in our relationship with our dogs.” This sets him apart from many conventional dog trainers.

He has trained over 2,500 dog owners in Charlotte, NC to have exceptional relationships with their dogs.  Turk has 3 dogs, a Rhodesian Ridgeback named Djembe, a Flat Coated Retriever mix named Seven, and a Vizsla named Zilli.  He is an active supporter of local no kill shelters and rescue organizations.

He is a regular guest as Carolina’s Dog Master on WCNC36 Charlotte Today Show and his new book My Dog is Great..But is represented by Gandolfo Helin & Fountain Literary Management.

Turk is a Professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers as well as the International Association of Canine Professionals.


Courtney Wise: Courtney first hired Turk to help her with her personal dog Bella. While Courtney was a dog trainer for a big box store she was not successful in rehabilitating Bella’s dog & people aggression. By then Courtney had received help from multiple other trainers without any result.  This was the beginning of her journey with Off Leash Dog Training.  Courtney and Bella successfully completed the Ultimate Facility training and they could finally go out in public without having to avoid dogs and people, SUCCESS!

After a few more years of working at the big box store and seeing first hand some of the limitations of generalized treat only group training, Courtney called Turk to join his team.

“I saw the stress in my life, and my dog’s life from the aggression. I constantly debated re-homing her, but I knew if I didn’t help her, nobody else would. I see how much training made a difference in our lives which is why I wanted to work for Off Leash.  Every person should enjoy their dog.” says Courtney.

Courtney has been training for 7 years and has two dogs, Bella, a German Shepherd and Boxer mix, and Berkeley a Australian Shepherd. She enjoys spending her free time with her son Mason, outdoors riding horses and hiking with her dogs.

Kate Brewer: I have been an animal enthusiast my entire life and had  variety of jobs working with animals, but it wasn’t until I heard about Courtney and Turk at Off Leash Dog Training that I was able to explore my true love for animals.

I joined the Off Leash Dog Training team in April 2016 where I have finally been able to fulfill my passion for dogs.  My love for the animals is undeniable, but through my training with Turk Akbay and Off Leash Dog Training trainers my understanding and respect grew exponentially.  I learned how to “communicate” with the dogs as beings in order for them to live a balanced, happy life in our busy human world.  I have two Australian Shepherds, a red tri named Jade and a blue merle named Scout..

 Our Philosophy

The best way to describe our philosophy about dog training is summed up in our 2 slogans.

Our dogs are family™ and Train as you live

We believe we must first respect our dogs innate wisdom and needs, as a dog, not a furry small human.

We want our relationship and communication with our dogs to be one between friends with different roles and responsibilities, rather than boss and employee.   Yes, it is true we the humans are higher than dogs on the food chain, but this in no way means that dogs are less than us.

Just as in any group, there are roles and responsibilities for each member of the family. At Off Leash Dog Training, we believe that the humans’ responsibilities are:

  1.  to keep our dog safe
  2.  to allow our dog to be more like a dog

Our vision is a world where people take their dogs with them where ever they go.

Our Programs

We are confident you’ll find a solution for your dog from our list of training options.

Off Leash Dog Training programs address everything from biting, housebreaking, aggression issues to Perfect Puppy Preschool™, AKC™ Canine Good Citizen certification, and Ultimate Off Leash obedience training,  and more.

If you are unsure which program will best address the challenges you are having with your dog, please feel free to call and schedule a FREE Off Leash demonstration.

One of our professional dog trainers will demonstrate how canine challenges are addressed and discuss which training program option will address your needs and provide lasting success.

We offer both private and group training in your home and out, to address your needs when the dogs are at their most distracted.

As our commitment, we offer absolutely UNLIMITED training for the life of your dog.