About Bryan Bailey | Taming the Wild


The Story of Taming the Wild

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 $200,000 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.

Bryan Bailey in Alaska

Bryan Bailey

Meet Bryan Bailey

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.

Embracing the Wild in Your Dog

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.

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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? 

In this captivating work of non-fiction, Bryan Bailey, whose credentials include over thirty-five years of both studying and teaching the influence of wolves over 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, and socialization, AND 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, and friendly behavior and not-friendly behavior. It's a very sad and dangerous condition that I call the impenetrable lie. A condition where anything and anyone can be construed as a threat to the 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 is used.

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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