Sherry Valmoja was born and raised here in Hawaii. She comes to the OLK9 Ohana with experience as a TSA certified explosives detection canine officer that was assigned to the first K-9 Unit at the Honolulu International Airport with handlers that began with certification by the Federal Aviation Administration. In 2002, Sherry began her law enforcement career working for the Department of Homeland Security and later transferred to the National Explosives Detection Canine Team Program where she successfully completed training at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, Texas.
Sherry and her assigned K9 Grendo served a mission to save lives and protect the traveling public. Training experience includes dog breeds Collie, German Shepherd, Belgian Malinois in basic/advanced obedience, detection, patrol, canine maritime search, deterrence, threat response teams for aircraft, terminals, cargo, vehicles, baggage and suspicious items to identify potential threats. Sherry and K9 Grendo also traveled and supported other Hawaii airports as well as serving and protecting US Presidents, Dignitaries, Senators and Military Deployments. She has also actively participated in military competitions and joint law enforcement agency training in explosives detection and other canine task exercises.
Sherry also has 3 years working experience as a veterinary technician. Sherry dedicates her life to her retired K9 Grendo and is very passionate about working with animals and training dogs to live happier lives. Favorite Quote: “All Things That Are Dog”.
Trainer James Henry is from the “windy city” of Chicago, and has had a fond affection for animals from a young age. His Child hood dream was to train Dolphins. After the Army, James attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa to study Marine Biology and fulfill this dream. After University and wanting to be more on land James came to work for Off Leash K9 Training. His two canine companions, Rhio and Lucifer, a German shepherd and malamute; served as the inspiration for his pursuit of a career in dog training. Having served 4 years as a paratrooper in the United States Army, James understands the importance and value of proper training. Working with both dogs and their owners, James has helped numerous Oahu residents realize their goals of a better relationship with their own canine companions.
Alex moved to Hawaii 3 years ago after graduating from Clemson University. Not long after, she pursued her passion for animals and started her own dog sitting business. Alex has two fur babies of her own, Nana and Rango. Before becoming a trainer for Off Leash K9, she was a client enrolled in lessons with Rango. She believes well-trained dogs (and owners!) live happier lives. Alex wants all of her clients to be able to enjoy all the island has to offer OFF LEASH!