About Us

Meet the Balanced K9 Academy Team



The love, care and attention to detail that Nick shows to his dogs is beyond impressive. There is no better example of what a good strong, clear-headed sport dog is than his infamous and certified K9, Renzo. Nick’s passion for dogs goes back to his first dog as a child and only intensified after his military service where he worked alongside some of the most impressive military dogs that walk the planet. What initially began as a therapeutic practice quickly evolved into a borderline obsession that has led Nick into the K9 and dog sport worlds as a NePoPo Gold trainer. He is a talented handler and trainer with over a decade of experience in a broadly diverse array of canine disciplines.

Nick has trained dogs for various agencies including TSA, USDA and CBP (Border Patrol). In addition to raising and training several dogs for police work, Nick has also conducted training seminars for various police departments in several states.

Competing in Protection Sport Competitions has become a mainline focus for Nick and his dogs. Nick served an honorable 5 years in the United States Marine Corps infantry and is the Veteran owner of Balanced K9 Academy.

Bookkeeping & Promotions


Patricia, Nick’s wife, handles all of the bookkeeping and social media promotion for Balanced K9 Academy.

Lead Dog Trainer


Alec has prior service in the Army and brings years of diverse experience to the academy. He has trained dogs for police and military applications ranging from explosives detection to tracking, patrol and apprehension work. Additionally he has helped resolve people’s issues with their pet dogs for years across the country from California to Alabama. We are happy to have him on board here at Balanced K9 Academy.

Behavioral Modification Specialist


Heather is a Michigan native that has never known a life without dogs. Growing up she participated in sled dog racing (mushing) where she ran a team of 12 dogs across vast diverse landscapes. 25 years ago she began her foray into dog rescue with Del Harvey and the Best of Friends Humane Society under the tutelage of canine behaviorist Lynn Ordiway. This led her to foster countless dogs, giving many on the euthanasia lists a second chance at life in new homes. In addition to dogs, Heather has rehabilitated multitudes of animals in wildlife to include wolves and wolf hybrids. Heather is truly an advocate for those without a voice and has never met a creature she couldn’t love. Heather is also a FEMA certified Search and Rescue handler and has run a cadaver canine on live (not training) missions. She has been expanding her training toolkit under the instruction of Nick Morrow for more than five years and enjoys training her Belgian Malinois for dog sport competitions. Heather is our premier specialist for our Behavioral Modification program to help dogs that struggle with fear and aggression challenges.




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