CALI K9® DOG TRAINERS
JAS LEVERETTE – OWNER – K9 TRAINER – DOG BEHAVIORIST
Cali K9®‘s founder, owner, dog trainer and canine behavior expert Jas Leverette, was born in New York and grew up in Oakland, California. During his youth, he owned and trained dogs and horses, played youth football with the Oakland Dynamites, and participated in equestrian sports, including jumping, dressage, vaulting and trail riding. At Oakland High School, he played football and was an Oakland Athletic League wrestling champion.
He got his start training equines with natural horse training techniques that use body language to communicate. He’s trained hundreds of companion dogs, working dogs, and law enforcement K9s and dozens of professional dog trainers.
Jas is passionate about his work and has the natural ability to recognize drive, temperament, and disposition in all breeds and to communicate with animals. He has the know-how to optimize a dog’s true potential and the skill to temper and train even the most difficult dog.
Jas is married to Nouhaila and lives in the Bay Area. He owns two Dutch Shepherds, two Belgian Malinois, two German Shepherds and a French bulldog.
RICH AKINA – HEAD DOG TRAINER
Rich Akina is an expert modern dog trainer and the Manager of Dog Training Operations. He is the head trainer and senior evaluator and teaches beginning through advanced group obedience classes, agility and private sessions. He was born and raised in San Jose and attended San Jose State University. He has owned dogs his entire life, including pugs, labs, staffies, pit bulls and a Dutch Shepherd.
Rich started his career as a Cali K9® client with his pit bull Devin several years ago. He possesses the intuitive ability to interact with all canine breeds and a natural aptitude for dog training, behavior recognition and modification. Dedicated to the Cali K9® Modern Dog Training Method™, he is the leader of the dog training team. He participates in protection dog sports in his spare time.
FRENCHY – DOG TRAINER
Frenchy is an experienced dog trainer and teaches group classes and private sessions in San Jose. He also works with the Board & Train dogs and Cali K9® Day Camp. He owns a Belgian Malinois and a South African Boerboel.
SAVANNAH – DOG TRAINER
Savannah is an experienced dog trainer who works with the Board & Train dogs and Cali K9® Day Camp and assists with group classes. She grew up in the Bay Area with a lifelong passion for dogs and owns a Border Collie.