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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!

We also have a location on the west side of Jacksonville on Richlands highway! our office at 3430 Richlands highway is used for lessons, send homes and refreshers!

We are currently building an additional facility that will be 12,500 sq. Ft. and we will offer a lot more to our Jacksonville Clients!


Our team is made up of 18 Trainers! selected and trained by us at Ridgeside K9!

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


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


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.

Greg Hunt

Trainer - Jacksonville

Greg here, checking in as another one of the local Jacksonville trainers. I joined the Ridgeside team in August of 2020 as an intern and eventually graduated to the responsibilities of an At Home Trainer. During that time I got to train over 50 dogs 1 on 1 and also had the opportunity to work with the Service Dogs that we helped train for the Rescue 22 Foundation. Being a 9 year veteran, giving back to my fellow brothers and sisters in a way that improves their lives is the greatest highlight of my job. Mid 2021 I came back to work full time as an instructor of our summer/fall intern program. We are always students of our craft and during that time I began to dive deeper into handling more serious rehabilitation cases. Now I am back to being an At Home Trainer and am currently focusing on the behavioral ( Reactivity/Aggression) cases!

Kristen Hunt

Trainer - Jacksonville

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.

Justine Derubeis

Trainer - Jacksonville


Hey, my name is Justine! I am originally from Johannesburg, South Africa and currently live in Sneads Ferry with my husband and our two dogs. I grew up surrounded by animals of all shapes and sizes. As a kid I helped my family raise everything from horses, to dogs, and even a chinchilla!  After my husband and I got our first dog I experienced first hand the struggle of owning a reactive dog. While working through these issues I found my love and passion for dog training. I discovered what the proper combination of love, patience, and structure can truly do to help your dog live it’s best life with you! I have completed RidgesideK9’s schooling and internship program and cannot wait to start working with RidgesideK9 families and their dogs!


Steven Hanson

Trainer - Jacksonville


Hello! My name is Steven, and I currently live in Jacksonville with my Son.

I spent the majority of my adult life in the Marine Corps Infantry. In 2020, after 12 years I decided it was time to get out and start a new journey- one that could also allow me to be around my son much more often! Once I was discharged, I was blessed with the opportunity to learn a new skill- dog training! I decided to go all in when accepted into RidgesideK9’s education and training school. Through my opportunities with Ridgeside, and the knowledge obtained I have  found a passion for dog training, and more specifically, Service Dogs. Service Dogs and their benefits to the veteran community, is near and dear to my heart! I also love the ability to watch a dog and owner’s bond transform and grow through training. It is so rewarding for myself as a trainer, to see owner’s able to live their best life with their companions after training!


Libba Zimmerman

Trainer - Raleigh

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!


Kaitlyn Fulton

Trainer - New Bern

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. 


Hania M

Trainer - Jacksonville

Hi, my name is Hania! Growing up I was always told to become a vet due to my love for animals, but I knew that wasn’t my calling. Through interning at a boarding facility in Missouri, I found out that being a Dog Trainer was an actual job! Knowing that, I couldn’t wait, so I headed to Texas where I graduated from Starmark Academy Dog Behavioral School to become a balanced dog trainer and dog behavior specialist! During my time at Starmark I was also selected to participate in their 3 month intern/apprenticeship. After school however,  I followed my husband to North Carolina for the Military, and found my way to Ridgeside K9! With Ridgeside I was selected for, and have completed their extensive 6 month schooling and training to further my education- and become an even more knowledgeable trainer. With all the knowledge I’ve gained, and dogs trained,I look forward to helping you build a better and more enjoyable relationship with your pup!

Tori Freymuth

Trainer - Charlotte

Hey there, my name is Tori! I have been an “animal person” my whole life as an avid equestrian and dabbling in training my dogs growing up. Eventually I got the opportunity to start my professional training career in 2014 as an intern at a service dog organization for veterans. This just fueled my passion for training and encouraged me to continue my education and pursue my dreams. I went to college and received my bachelor’s degree in animal science with a concentration in canine training, behavior, and management at SUNY Cobleskill where I had the privilege of learning from astounding professors that were master trainers and behaviorists that relentlessly encouraged me. Since graduating I continue to further my education at every opportunity I can. I have had the privilege of working with many dogs ranging from family pets to service dogs and dogs needing various types of behavioral modification training. Throughout my training career I found my (occasionally unorthodox) style of bringing silliness, real life applications, mental stimulation, and confidence building into my obedience training. This method encourages more engagement during training and helps to establish a solid relationship which allows me to help both the dogs and their owners thrive! My absolute favorite thing about training is being able to make a difference in my clients’ lives by helping their dogs to learn, grow, and be the best they can be. I am very excited to have joined the RSK9 team here in Charlotte and I look forward to helping your dogs become the best version of themselves!

Stefanie Lynn

Trainer - Raleigh

Growing up on a farm in Wisconsin I was active in 4-H and I’ve always known I wanted to pursue a career with animals. I graduated Triple Crown Academy, a dog training school outside of Austin Texas, in 2011. Since then I’ve helped hundreds of clients through board and train options, group classes ranging from puppy obedience to agility to swim classes, private lessons and so much more. I’ve been lucky to be able to travel and train dogs both nationally and internationally. 
In my spare time I enjoy traveling and doing basically anything outdoors with my personal dogs Doc (Lab), Bolt (Belgian Malinois), and Suey (Pit mix).
I am passionate about bringing out the best in dogs and helping families create healthy relationships with their pets through education and establishing clear lines of communication.

Mary LaPlante

Trainer - Charlotte

Hi I’m Mary! Born and raised in Buffalo, New York. My love of dogs started at a young age. I dabbled in training my own personal dogs as a child, teaching myself how to work with my dog’s disabilities and making them strengths (I had a deaf Great Dane puppy). 
Like some I started out going into veterinary medicine but decided it wasn’t for me. I have a Bachelors degree in Animal Science with a Concentration in Canine Training and Management from the State University of New York at Cobleskill.
After which I worked at The Seeing Eye in Morristown, New Jersey, working with guide dogs. I moved to North Carolina in May 2021, started working as a trainer in Charlotte. Hi I’m Mary! Born and raised in Buffalo, New York. My love of dogs started at a young age. I dabbled in training my own personal dogs as a child, teaching myself how to work with my dog’s disabilities and making them strengths (I had a deaf Great Dane puppy). 
Like some I started out going into veterinary medicine but decided it wasn’t for me. I have a Bachelors degree in Animal Science with a Concentration in Canine Training and Management from the State University of New York at Cobleskill.
After which I worked at The Seeing Eye in Morristown, New Jersey, working with guide dogs. I moved to North Carolina in May 2021 where I live with my Fiancé, 3 dogs-Pumpkin, Jolene and Jack (Pumpkin and Jolene pictured), countless other animals ranging from chickens to rats. I started working as a trainer at a local training/ boarding/daycare facility in Charlotte.
I’m a puzzle person so I love figuring out what makes a dog “tick” and why. I love a wide variety of breeds anything from working line German Shepherds to crazy doodles. I’m excited to join the Ridgeside K9 team and to help dogs and their owners reach their goals and full potential!

Olivia Teeters

Trainer - Asheville

Hey, I’m Olivia! I’m an NC native, App State Alum, and am based in Western NC/Asheville. I grew up with various animals- dogs, cats, chickens, reptiles, and even a horse! My passion is working dogs and helping educate dog owners on how to properly communicate and handle their dogs. I have 8 years of experience training and working with dogs, specifically Belgian Malinois, German Shepherds, and Dutch Shepherds. I have 4 personal dogs- 1 Retriever mix that is my demo dog, and 3 Dutch Shepherds that I am pursuing PSA with. In addition to my training experience, I have 4 years of experience in veterinary/rehab centers and 4 years in doggie daycare/boarding centers which gave me a plethora of hands-on time with various dogs and situations. 
My retriever Hattie got me into canine conditioning and fitness, as well as advanced obedience and trick training. My shepherds keep me on my toes and have taught me lots about how to work with a dogs genetics and fulfilling a dogs specific needs. 
I love to help owners and their dogs get on the same page and foster a healthy relationship with consistent communication, expectations, and boundaries. I also enjoy helping owners with fun stuff like healthy enrichment/exercise, advocating for their dogs, and tool usage. 

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