Born to Lead K-9 Academy, Dog Trainers in Raleigh North Carolina. Private dog training from the canine obedience experts.

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Born to Lead K9 Academy
Dog Training, Raleigh NC
Ryan Douglas, Head Trainer
Phone: 919.938.3353

About Born to Lead K-9 Academy, THE Leading Dog TrainER in Raleigh NC  dog

Thanks for stopping by and welcome to the end of your search for an actual dog behavior expert! My name is Ryan Douglas. I am a father, husband and proud pit bull owner and advocate. I am the principle trainer here at Born to Lead K-9 Academy and I am a certified master dog trainer and dog behavior expert.

My journey started circa 1994 when I started reading books on aggressive dog behavior; a curiosity that was born from being bitten several times as a child from random run-ins with neighbor's dogs and strays. As I gained knowledge, my fears were gone and by 1996 I was helping friends and local shelters with problem dogs for free. Soon thereafter I was taking on clients for part-time income. While maintaining a day job I would train on nights and weekends and in 2003 Born to Lead K-9 Academy was up and running full-time right here in Raleigh, NC.

Once things went full-time, I decided to supplement my self-taught knowledge with a formal education. In 2004 I attended and graduated from Tarheel Canine in Sanford, NC where I studied under some of the world's leading canine trainers and completed several months of extensive, hands-on training. While studying there I also trained dogs and helped run and maintain their in-board training kennel. In 2005 I became a professional member of the IACP. From 2006-2009 I conducted free dog training classes on the weekends at local dog parks educating owners on dog park safety.

My formal education alone gave me tremendous insight into dog training and behavior. However, that combined with my years of personal experiences qualifies me as one of Raleigh's most experienced and well-credentialed behavior experts available to the public.

I help owners to accept responsibility for their dog's behavior and to only engage their dogs with positive, trustworthy communication. To achieve results you must take an active part in the training process. Dogs can sense how we feel. They read our body language and respond accordingly. It is imperative that we always influence them in a positive way.

There is so much information online about what works and what does not work. I am very familiar with all of the different ways to train your dog. In my 20 years of experience, I have acquired the knowledge to teach my clients what actually works in the real world and gets lasting results. I will explain the basic behavior and learning principles that govern all dogs regardless of size or breed. I will teach you how to identify the warning signs of behavior problems and correct them before they even occur. During our visit I will demonstrate for you with practical, everyday scenarios how to quickly control your dog and influence ALL ASPECTS of his behavior.

"From door attacking Shih-Tzu to mild mannered pup. Wow, we are so pleased with the techniques and education that Born to Lead Trainer Ryan Douglas has given us. We thought that we were doing things right but what we discovered with Ryan’s help was that we really weren’t. Now we have the tools to get a handle on the behavioral issues that were developing. We could not be more delighted with Rudy’s progress and would recommend Ryan to all dog owners. Thanks Ryan."
-Sherri Montague, Raleigh NC

We serve the entire Raleigh NC area. Our service area includes: Angier, Apex, Benson, Cary, Clayton, Dunn, Four Oaks, Fuquay Varina, Garner, Goldsboro, Holly Springs, Raleigh and Smithfield North Carolina.


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