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Ridgeside K9 Central Florida is owned and operated by Jay Nix. Jay was born and raised in his hometown of Ocala FL and is a 22 year veteran law enforcement officer. Jay started with the agency in 2000 and joined the agency’s K9 Unit in early 2003. Jay worked as a K9 handler in both the patrol division and investigative division, eventually becoming the agency head K9 trainer, where he was responsible for each K9 teams training and annual certifications. He was also responsible for teaching the K9 School for all new K9 teams both at his agencies as well as other agencies in the North Central Florida area. in addition, Jay supervised the K9 Unit and the Highway Interdiction Unit while also continuing to handle his own police dogs. He is still an active duty law enforcement officer, currently serving as a patrol shift supervisor. 

In addition to being a law enforcement officer, Jay serves on a Board of Directors for a non-profit organization called K9’s United. Which is a national organization that supports law enforcement K9 teams all over the country. In addition, Jay leads the organization’s training staff, which consists of 4 additional LE and civilian professional dog trainers. The team travels all over the country providing advanced law enforcement training for K9 teams. 

A few years back Jay took his love for dog training and began helping others outside of LE with their dog training needs. His career-long passion of dog training quickly turned into something he saw to be a genuine way to help others obtain the goals they had for their dogs. 

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