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Meet Kira and Bryan


Bryan Bailey

The Wolf Whisperer – Best Selling Author, Canine Pharmacotherapy Behaviorist, voted “Best Professional Trainer” by readers of Bluff City Bark Magazine

A nationally-recognized, best selling author and pharmacotherapy behaviorist, Bryan has studied wolf and other predatory behaviors worldwide. He 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 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 Pharmacotherapy Behaviorist. Considered an expert in canine aggression, 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

Coming from a family of entrepreneurs, it was no surprise that Kira was ready for the challenge when Bryan started talking about opening a ‘small, dog training business’.

Kira graduated from Hollins College in Roanoke, VA, with a degree in Economics and Business in 1993. She has always had an adventurous spirit and a willingness to try new things. This has led her to internships, ballet intensives and study abroad programs in Washington, DC, New York City and London. Kira’s warm personality and soft, southern accent opened doors for her that probably would have remained closed for others, with perhaps the highlight being a brief stint with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus as the pre-show marketing coordinator when she was a Junior in college. After an internship with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company in New York City, Kira was hired by The Ritz-Carlton in Washington DC upon graduation. It was there that she learned the true meaning of customer service and it is The Ritz-Carlton model that is used at Taming the Wild for how our clients and guests are treated.

After years of working in 5-star hotels, Kira moved on to working with children. She became a certified Montessori teacher in the Infant / Toddler level, Early Childhood level and the School Management level. She has played an integral part in starting Montessori schools in Jackson, MS and Tupelo, MS before moving to Memphis.

Now, Kira enjoys spending time traveling with Bryan (when they can!), walking the riverwalk with Captain and Dembe, sitting with The Rats (morkies, Dave and Po) in her lap and watching her children, Savanna and Cooper grow up right before her eyes.


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