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About Our Team.

Experienced, Professional Dog Trainers. Since 2018.

Reasons To Choose Us: 

  • Experienced & Professional
  • 1,000’s Of Dogs Locally Trained
  • 5-Star Rated By Customers
  • Results Guaranteed 

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Welcome to Ridgeside K9 Carolinas.

Taylor and I (Will) started Ridgeside K9 Carolinas in September of 2018!

I had been training for years, and I was looking to start something new. While searching around and transitioning out of the Marine corps, that was when I was put in contact with Aaron, Owner of Ridgeside K9 in Northern Virginia.

Taylor and I drove up on a Friday morning to talk business with Aaron, after an hour of talking, we decided we NEEDED to have a presence in North Carolina. We drove down the next day with a few dogs that decided to sign up with us right away, and we started Ridgeside K9 Carolinas.

After a few months of running our business out of our home, we finally got a facility. Our facility is located right outside Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, N.C. Our facility is approximately 2500 sq. Ft. With Heat and Air conditioning! We have almost 4 acres completely fenced in and an awesome Agility obstacle field!

Our team is made up of 10 members.

Will, Taylor, Austen, Christina, Greg, Kristen, Kaitlyn, Libba, Jennifer and Alexis.

  • Taylor is an Army Veteran and longest member here at Ridgeside. She has been my right-hand person from the very start. She has seen it all and has been a part of every board and train that has come through our doors.
  • Austen is a Navy Veteran that started out as an intern with us two years ago and is now a full time trainer here. 
  • Christina Joined our team a year and half ago as an intern and became a full time trainer a year ago.
  • Greg is a retired Marine Veteran. 

Since we had opened in October 2018, we have trained hundreds of Board and Trains. We have clients that come to us from all over the state, even from other states!

We’ve had clients come from Texas, Florida, Michigan, and so many others. It doesn’t matter where you are from; we can help! Our communication system and training techniques allow us to train your dog and train you, so you can create a stronger relationship with your dog! This will result in the obedient dog you have always dreamed of.

We offer training for dogs of all ages, sizes, issues, and breeds. Our most famous package is our 3 week off-leash board and train. We also offer a puppy training, aggression rehabilitation, and our newest training option, Day training! For more information on our programs, please check out our Programs page.

We are the only dog training company in Onslow County that offers financing!

We also offer lifetime support for our board and train clients, we have a Facebook family group, and we are working on a new platform exclusively for clients only! When you train with us, you join a family!

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Will the trainer

Will Witting

Trainer/Owner

Hi! My name is Will, and I’m the owner and head trainer of Ridgeside K9 Carolinas. I am 30 years old, and I’m originally from Peru. I spent ten years in the United States Marine corps, 7 of those years was as a Marine Special Operator. I did three combat deployments and was stationed in Camp Lejeune my whole career. I decided to stay here once I got out so I could train dogs full time. I got into working with dogs in 2012 when I started training at a local Schutzhund club. Since then, I have worked and trained dogs in many aspects, to include Dog sports, Pet obedience, behavior modification, Aggression cases, police dogs, and Military dogs.  I started Ridgeside K9 Carolinas in September 2018, and we have trained hundreds of Board and trains since then.  Most of the dogs we have trained were either aggressive or had some serious behavioral issues. Watching these dogs come around is so rewrading to me and I hope to be able to help many many more dogs and families!

Taylor Witting

Trainer

What’s up? Taylor here! Just your everyday Ohioan who has wound up in good ole Jacksonville, North Carolina. I am an Army Reserve veteran and a mother of three; 1 human and 2 german shepherds. I got Zephyr as a puppy 3 years ago when I first discovered dog sports, like PSA, and started training him at a weekly club.. Also where I met Will! Unfortunately, PSA wasn’t exactly Zephyr’s mojo, so he now he just lives the pet dog life and enjoys activities such as agility, hiking and swimming. I got Cayto specifically to be my sport dog and he shows a lot of promising potential in the PSA world. It’s been a learning experience for the both of us but I am truly excited for our future! I am Will’s right hand woman. I do it all from training, lessons, and turn overs. I have been here since the very beginning. I first got into dog training from the sport side of it all, but learned all about pet dog obedience through an online/externship course and from shadowing Will, prior to Ridgeside. Aside from training dogs, you can either find me on trails with my pups or dabbling in photography.

Austen, A Dog Trainer for Ridgeside K9

Austen Jackson

Trainer/ Manager/ Sales

Hi guys! I’m Austen..”Hi Austen”. I am 27 and from a super tiny town in Louisiana. I enjoy moderately distance walks with my dog. I drink too much coffee and tend to make corny jokes at the wrong time. Nicknamed “Alexa” for my knowledge on irrelevant facts. I graduated high school in 2011 and joined the Navy. After 4 years, I got out to be with my husband and go to school to finish my degree in Criminal Justice. We moved to NC in 2016. There has always been a passion inside me for dogs, but it wasn’t until I got my own that it really started to make an impression. I started working with Kona on just the basics and then moved on to trick training. That’s where I really shine. Seeing a dog’s mind work with every new command is just so intriguing. Trick training has really  strengthened the bond between Kona and I and I am grateful for the opportunities that have gotten me to where I am now with Ridgeside.

Chris Paulino

Trainer

Hi! They call me Chris. I am 23 and the newest member of Ridgeside K9. I am originally from New Jersey and moved to North Carolina in 2016.  I have always had a love for dogs, but it wasn’t until I started volunteering for one of our local rescues that I knew I wanted to work with these creatures every day. When I signed my own dog up for off leash lessons, that is when I found my passion for the training aspect. I was so excited for lessons each week and to learn everything I could. The change in my dog before and after training was priceless to witness. After that my life was so much easier.  My only hope now is to be able to provide that same experience for others and their furry friend.

Greg Hunt

Trainer

After serving 9 years in the Marine Corps, Gregory Hunt sought after a way to continue his passion for helping others and leading by example. It’s a tough road out there for our veteran community but our strength comes from the bond that we share with each other. With Ridgeside K9 Carolinas consisting of a predominantly veteran based staff and knowing how a dog trainer can change a person’s life, it was here where he found his home.  Gregory has been apart of the team since August of 2020 and is not one to stay still. Constant drive for progression and always seeking knowledge are how he fills in his experience gap as a newer dog trainer. What he doesn’t know, he actively seeks out the answers for and then questions if that is the best result. Together him and his wife make up one of our killer at home trainer teams and with them being a part of our dynamic crew, there is only success in the future.

Kristen Hunt

Trainer

Regardless of the size or breed, Kristen Hunt is one of our most dedicated dog lovers. She has a true passion for animals and sees that they are best taken care of. Starting at an early age, she wanted to be a veterinarian to help as many animals as she could. However after serving six years in the Marine Corps, she decided to take on a more proactive approach in order to keep dogs out of shelters and from being brought to the vet for simple behavioral issues.

In 2017 she attend school at the Highland Canine Dog Training Academy and soon after found herself as a dog trainer back in Jacksonville, NC. Over time she has developed many techniques and learned the fundamentals of seeing a dog through training. In 2020 she found herself following her husbands steps and became a trainer with us at Ridgeside K9 Carolinas. Together they are an accomplished team and an unstoppable force when it comes to putting in the work and getting our clients the help that they need.

Kaitlyn Fulton

Trainer

Hey! I’m Kaitlyn! .I currently live in New Bern, NC with my husband and our crew of German Shepherds. I have always had a love of teaching our family pets tricks and obedience from a young age. My world revolves around my dogs and husband. We are always training! My favorite thing to do is take our tiny zoo to a big open field and just relax and watch them be dogs. 

Along with working my own dogs I have a passion for training and fostering shelter dogs. Specially with CCHS in New Bern. I love helping better the dogs and showcasing them to help find them homes. When I’m not training dogs for other people, I am adventuring with my gang.

 

 

Libba Zimmerman

Trainer

Hi! I’m Libba, and this is my 3 year old pit bull mix Neo! I have always had dogs in my life, but Neo is the one that inspired me to become a dog trainer. I fostered dogs as a college student at NC State, and couldn’t resist the eyes of this stray that was brought in with an unknown past and some behavioral issues. I was ready for the challenge, and worked with a trainer to transform our relationship and gain his trust. I learned a ton from my trainer yet craved more knowledge, so I did my own research, listened to endless podcasts, and took classes. Since becoming a foster fail, Neo has blossomed into a confident, reliable, and happy dog, plus he has earned dock diving and trick dog titles with me! After 3 years of working with dogs, he taught me what it is like to truly work as a team with a dog. Building a partnership with mutual trust and respect is the main goal of my training!

 

 

Jennifer Ciriello

Trainer

Hi everyone! My name is Jen and I am the newest member to the Ridgeside K9 Carolinas team. I have 16 years of dog training experience under my belt. I recently moved from New Hampshire to North Carolina and not only do I bring my training knowledge but also my breeding knowledge! I had dogs all my life, but just having a house dog was never enough. I went on to establish my own breeding program, Kennel de Rossi, for German Shepherds which I train and compete in Schutzhund (IGP). My knowledge in dog training goes beyond working breeds and dog sports. I have a vast a mount of experience training dogs in basic through advanced levels of obedience and behavior modification.

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