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Bryan Bailey

The Wolf Whisperer – Award Winning Author, Professional Dog Trainer, voted “Best Trainer” by readers of Bluff City Bark Magazine

A nationally-recognized, award-winning author and 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. 
  • 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.

 

tory brandon - assistant general manager

 

Tory has been a part of the Taming the Wild staff since February of 2013 where she’s had the privilege of working and learning under Bryan and Kira. Coming from a family who loves dogs as much as she does, Tory’s had the opportunity to grow up around cats, horses, and dogs of all types. She’s been actively involved in animal rescue for years and has fostered and helped re-home countless numbers of dogs. She has an innate love for animals with a special affinity for the bully breeds and fearful and aggressive dogs. She attended Christian Brother’s University where she obtained a Bachelors in Psychology with a minor in Business Administration. When she’s not at work she’s taking care of her own pack of five dogs and three cats.

jacob wilkerson - training supervisor

 

Jacob Wilkerson has been part of the Taming the Wild family for a year, now. As a lifelong animal lover, working as part of Taming the Wild's training staff has been "a dream come true." In his free time, Jacob enjoys playing guitar and taking out his dog, Leo.

courtney huie - retail sales associate


Courtney Huie graduated with a BS in psychology from Millsaps College where she played volleyball for four years. She has a cat named Polo, a husky pit mix named Bama, and a rat named Templeton. Courtney loves Alabama football, country music, and traveling. She is very excited about working in the new Taming the Wild retail store and meeting all of the dog owners and their pets! 
 

 

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