In the early spring of 2012, Kira and Bryan Bailey decided they would start a small business together. Bryan would bring his thirty years of experience as both a professional trainer and as an expert in predatory social behavior. Kira, having worked in Ritz-Carlton and small luxury hotels where she had cultivated an innate ability to make every client feel like family, would bring unsurpassed customer service. The result was the creation of ProTrain Memphis, a professional dog training business that soon became recognized as the best in the country.
Within the first three years, ProTrain Memphis grew from a two-person operation, offering private dog training, to one that employs over 25 professionals and now offers multiple dog services, to include training, boarding, daycare, fearful and aggressive dog rehabilitation, seminars, and retail stores carrying the highest quality in natural products.
During the same period, to help homeless dogs find new homes, ProTrain Memphis donated over $100,000 in care and training to local rescue groups, animal shelters, and foster dog owners.
As a reflection of Kira and Bryan’s love of nature and wolves and their desire to impact dogs and their owners, nationwide, a decision was made to rebrand ProTrain Memphis in 2016. Utilizing part of their catchphrase – “taming the wild in your dog” – ProTrain Memphis became Taming the Wild.
Raised in Fairbanks, Alaska, Bryan Bailey grew to appreciate the wildness of the land and its abundant wildlife.
In particular, he developed a 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 the wolves and the sled dogs that were his family’s pets.
This led to Bryan’s lifelong pursuit in studying social predatory behavior worldwide with an emphasis on how instinct, passed from the gray wolf, has affected the behavior of our domestic dogs.
With over 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 utilizes his lesson plan to shape the behaviors in our dogs that are necessary for them to conform to our human existence. By doing this, and accepting 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.
Bryan also specializes in solving difficult canine behavior problems like aggression and maladaptive disorders. Bryan still works in wolf behavior research. His first book, Embracing the Wild in your Dog helps readers develop a deep understanding of the wolf instinct that still dominates our dog’s behavior and how activating and deactivating the natural impulses and mechanisms driven by that instinct will lead to the harmonious existence and the control we’ve always dreamed of.
Bryan is currently busy writing his second book, The Hammer – Understanding Canine Aggression.
He hopes the book will educate readers about the most dominant tool in the wolf and dog’s bag of survival equipment – Aggression (The Hammer). This tool has allowed for ingestion, digestion, reproduction and survival by wolves for thousands of years in a very hostile and competitive world and it was passed to our dogs. Its use by our dogs is often misinterpreted and misunderstood and this has led to an increase in avoidable attacks to dog owners and their children.
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