Dog Training Specialists - Memphis, TN | Taming the Wild

Meet Kira and Bryan


Bryan Bailey

International Best Selling Author, Canine Pharmacotherapy Behaviorist, Dog Aggression Expert, voted “Best Professional Trainer” by readers of Bluff City Bark Magazine

Bryan is a nationally-recognized, award-winning author, dog aggression expert, and canine pharmacotherapy behaviorist. With over thirty-five years of education and experience studying mental disorders among dogs, Bryan has become a Master at understanding what gives cause to this debilitating condition and how to blend modern medicine with behavior modification to rehabilitate fearful and aggressive dogs. 

Raised in Fairbanks, Alaska, Bryan has spent years studying the natural mechanisms that govern the many uses of aggression by wolves and how those same intrinsic mechanisms continue to influence the behavior of modern dogs and why they attack humans. Utilizing what he has learned, Bryan educates thousands of dog owners each year on the causes of dog aggression and how they can prevent from becoming a victim of it. By doing so, he has been credited with saving hundreds of lives.

Bryan has been featured on CNN, Fox & Friends, SiriusXM Radio, Talk of Alabama, WREG TV-3, and in many publications, including Dog World, At Home Mid-South Tennessee, Bloom Magazine, HOSS Magazine, SheKnows, The Chicago Tribune and the Miami Herald. Veterinarians, dog owners, and celebrities such as John Mellencamp, James Fitzpatrick, the late Junior Seau, Julio Jones and many others have eagerly sought out his services. To find out more about Bryan’s media coverage, click here: In the Media

Bryan’s unique qualifications include:

  • The author of, "The Hammer - Why Dogs Attack Us and How to Prevent It," published January 2018.
  • The author of award-winning, “Embracing The Wild In Your Dog,“ published September 2015.
  • Monthly guest trainer for News Channel 5 ‘Talk of the Town’ Nashville, TN.
  • Nationally certified Master Trainer and Canine Pharmacotherapy Behaviorist. Considered an expert in the debilitating effects of mental disorders in dogs, Bryan has worked with veterinarians in blending modern medicine with proven Behavioral Adjustment Plans to assist thousands of dog owners with pets that suffer from maladaptive conditions that create unwarranted fearful and aggressive responses. 
  • A Decorated veteran of the U.S. Navy. Worked extensively as a supervisor and trainer for the U.S. Navy’s elite dolphin projects “Short Time” and “Bottom Look” and the sea lion project, “Quick Find.”
  • An honor graduate of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy. Duties included training supervisor of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department K-9 narcotics detection, criminal apprehension, and search and rescue teams.
  • Selected by Indiana Department of Health and Social Services to train service dogs for children with advanced Muscular Dystrophy. Training included wheelchair support, directed retrieve, opening doors and drawers, and emotional support.
  • Studied canine problem solving and pharmacotherapy at Cornell and Tufts University.
  • Studied wolf behavior and social dynamics at Battleground Indiana and Ely Minnesota wolf centers.
  • Performed extensive research on Lion and East African Wild Dog social behavior in Tanzania, and Kenya, Africa.  
  • Veterinary assistant. Provided assistance with canine exams, lab work, and performed anesthesia during surgical procedures.
  • Has professionally shown dogs in AKC Obedience, Conformation, Schutzhund, and Ring Sport.



Kira Bailey

Business Strategist, Professional Dog Trainer, Entrepreneur

Kira Coming from a family of entrepreneurs, it was no surprise that Kira was ready for the challenge when she married Bryan and together they created Taming the Wild, Wild Dogs, and HOWL - The Way Home for Fearful and Aggressive Dogs. Whereas Bryan is an expert in canine behavior, Kira is an expert in transforming canine behavioral science into a thriving business. With a degree in Economics and Business from Hollins University in Roanoke, VA, Kira spent years after graduation working in the service industry at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company in New York City and Washington DC and Keswick Hall in Charlottesville, VA. There Kira learned the art of bringing unparalleled customer service and business savvy to every commercial enterprise she undertakes. Added to this, when emotional dog owners contact Kira with concerns about fearful or aggressive behaviors, they are met with a soft, southern accent and someone who not only empathizes with them, but someone who is ready to guide them in the next steps to restoring safety and a higher quality of life for them and their dogs.

Kira's unique qualifications include:

  • A graduate of Hollins University in Roanoke, VA, with a degree in Economics and Business.
  • Professional Dog Trainer - skilled in the areas of obedience training and canine pharmacotherapy.
  • Certified Montessori teacher in the Infant / Toddler, Early Childhood, and School Management levels. Opened Montessori schools in Jackson, MS, and Tupelo, Ms.
  • Sales and Marketing Manager for Keswick Hall in Charlottesville, VA
  • Sales and Marketing Coordinator for The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company in New York City and Washington, DC.
  • Marketing Coordinator for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.
  • Over twenty years of classical ballet training.

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