About Bryan Bailey | Taming the Wild



The Story of Taming the Wild


In the early spring of 2012, Kira and Bryan Bailey decided to combine their lifelong experience and passion working with animals into a business venture that could change the lives of pet owners across the country. Bryan's 30 years of experience as both a professional trainer and an expert in predatory social behavior and Kira's experience working with small luxury hotels, including the Ritz-Carlton, allowed them to cultivate the innate ability to make every client feel like family with unsurpassed customer service. The result was the creation of ProTrain Memphis, a professional dog training business that soon after its founding became recognized as one of the best in the country.

Within the first three years of its founding, ProTrain Memphis grew from a two-person operation offering private dog training to a well-known training service with multiple employees. As a reflection of Kira and Bryan’s love of nature and wolves, along with their desire to impact dogs and their owners nationwide, the decision was made to rebrand ProTrain Memphis in 2016. Utilizing their catchphrase “taming the wild in your dog,” ProTrain Memphis became Taming the Wild. Taming the Wild currently employs more than 25 professionals and offers multiple dog services, including training, boarding, daycare, fearful and aggressive dog rehabilitation, workshops, and seminars.

As animal lovers, Bryan and Kira are also involved in a number of charitable endeavors. To date, Taming the Wild has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars of services and supplies to local resuce groups, animal shelters, and owners of rescued dogs. Their commitment to helping homeless pets unite with loving owners has saved the lives of countless animals in the Memphis area. 


Bryan Bailey in Alaska

Bryan Bailey

Meet Bryan Bailey

Growing up in Fairbanks, Alaska, Bryan Bailey grew to appreciate the innate wildness of the land and its abundant wildlife. He developed a particular fondness for the gray wolves that roamed the vast mountain ranges and forests near his home.

He spent years studying the social interactions of wolves in their packs and discovered that, beyond obvious physical similarities, there were also behavioral similarities between wolves and his family's sled dogs.

This led to Bryan’s lifelong pursuit in studying social predatory behavior worldwide with an emphasis on how instinct, passed down through the generations from the gray wolf, has affected the behavior of our domestic dogs.

With more than 30 years of education and experience studying wolves and other predators, Bryan has become a master at understanding how nature has influenced the inner workings of the canine mind.

Taking his cue from nature, Bryan works to shape the behaviors in dogs that are necessary for them to conform to our human existence. By understanding the dog for the domestic wolf that it is, Bryan produces a dog that responds to his owner’s commands with not only steadfast reliability, but with the spirit and vitality of the wolf.

Embracing the Wild in Your Dog

In his first book, Embracing the Wild in your Dog, Bryan helps readers develop a deep understanding of the wolf instinct that still dominates the behavior of today's dogs and how activating and deactivating the natural impulses and mechanisms driven by that instinct will lead to the harmonious existence pet owners have been longing for.

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The Hammer – Why dogs attack us and how to prevent it

For thousands of years, dogs have established themselves in the homes and hearts of humans, coming to be viewed almost exclusively as loyal, friendly, and obedient, which is why it is often so alarming and unexpected to owners when a dog attacks. What causes dogs to act aggressively, and how can it be avoided? 

Bryan Bailey, whose experience includes more than 30 years of studying and teaching the influence of wolves in modern dogs, sheds light upon the instincts that trigger aggressive behavior and what can be done to prevent it. 

Featuring both meticulously researched information and thrilling stories inspired by real-life victims, this unforgettable book offers the only resource you'll need to learn to protect yourself from situations in which man's best friend turns into man's worst nightmare.

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This is an image of the book "The Impenetrable Lie" by Bryan Bailey

The Impenetrable Lie - Rehabilitating fearful & aggressive dogs

Mental illness is a condition that we, as humans, are all too familiar with. However, we're not familiar with it being a condition that currently affects over 20% of all domestic dogs. Yet it does, and that number is rising at a staggering rate with each passing year because of weakening genetic baselines, harmful environmental influences, inadequate imprinting, socialization, and worst of all, improper treatment.

With dogs, this condition creates a perpetual, unwarranted state of fear and anxiety that blurs the line between valid threats and non-threats as well as friendly behavior and non-friendly behavior. It's a sad and dangerous condition where anything and anyone can be construed as a threat to a dog’s well-being, and anything you do to convince the stricken dog otherwise is considered a lie.

As a consequence, no matter how much time, energy, and money is put into obedience training or desensitization programs, the lie remains impenetrable unless a two-dimensional approach that involves blending psychoactive medications with a deactivation training program tailored for the dog's specific condition can be effective.

This condition among dogs is the new reality for anyone involved in training, rescuing, or rehabilitating maladaptive dogs. Knowing how to treat the condition is the crucial first step in saving their lives.

Coming fall 2018


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