to Lead K-9 Academy, THE Leading Dog TrainER in Raleigh NC
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
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.