Our People

  Turk Akbay founder of Off Leash Dog Training is a licensed professional dog trainer.I started Off Leash Dog Training 10 years ago.

Wow it feels like it was yesterday. My wife and I were looking for dog trainer for my (late) Ridgeback. Djembe. Whom we called “Our first born”.  We were looking for more than obedience. We wanted to have a dog that was part of our family, We wanted to “understand” our dog,  and wanted him to listen to us always. Not because We are barking orders, but because it’s the right thing to do.  That’s how Off Leash Dog Training came to being.

As a life coach turned dog trainer, I have developed “Train as You Live” Methodology. Where we work with our customers to integrate their dogs into their lives. As they live.

We have trained over 3,500 dog owners in Charlotte, NC to have exceptional relationships with their dogs.  I have 2 dogs, a Flat Coated Retriever mix named 7, and my doghter a Vizsla named Zilli.  We are supporters of local no kill shelters and rescue organizations.

For a while I was 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.

Brittany Rose :I started my spin with Off Leash Dog Training as a customer with my Cattle Dog/Pug mix in 2010.

At a gas station stop on a long road trip, Lambeau wiggled free and proceeded to dash in between cars with me chasing behind, prepared to see his little life taken from me. As soon as I got him back (he was a bit of a chunkster and eventually gave up) I Googled “Dog Trainers in Charlotte” and got ahold of Turk. I had my demo with him and 7 and once I pulled my jaw up from the ground, immediately signed up! Within a few months, my devious little run away was enjoying the Off Leash Life, and our bond was never greater!

About 6 months later, Turk posted on FB about needing new dog trainers and I jumped at the chance! I worked with Off Leash for about a year and although I loved it, I decided I should probably put my college tuition to good use and started my career as an Elementary School teacher. Flash forward 5 years and here I am, back with the Off Leash family! Teaching was great, but dogs are WAY more fun!!!

Experiencing first hand (with Lambeau and my Boxer/Beagle mix, Toonie) the bond training helps you develop with your dog is incredibly life changing. Going to work everyday and helping people get the best version of their dogs is simply the best (better than allll the rest)!



Dominic Rivieccio: I’ve grown up with dogs my entire life but  never really considered being a dog trainer until I met Turk.

Since high school I’ve been one to take the road less traveled, pursuing a career as a helicopter pilot while having several different jobs from a mechanic, to a retail  manager. However, after being around and learning from Turk, I believe I have found my undiscovered passion for working with dogs and dog people.

I have always loved animals, especially dogs. Since joining the Off Leash Dog Training team, my understanding of, and my respect for dogs have grown much deeper.  Learning how to comprehend and decipher what a dog is thinking has been such a cool and enriching experience for me. Everyday I wake up  looking forward to sharing it with others.


 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.