The K9 Coach Dog Training Matthews NC                                                       

The best dog training and behavior modification Matthews and Charlotte NC have to offer!  Puppy, obedience, aggression, anxiety, rescue, rehab, off leash and dog training solutions for the family dog and the family.

980-339-8064  (office phone)

K9 Coach Dog Trainer Charlotte NC

Photo Courtesy of Amy Brekenridge Smith

Dana Brigman, CDT, IACP Member (Professional)
Owner, Lead Trainer

I have had dogs my entire life.  I became involved in dog rescue in 2002. Through rescue work I developed great skills for working with challenging dogs. Taking on an aggressive foster lead to me participate in intense dog training with a local trainer. That became a passion and ultimately led me to leave a 21 year career in corporate America to follow that new dream. Still involved in rescue work and supporting local rescue groups through  training programs -- The K9 Coach was born

I won't tell you I have seen it all, because I never cease to be amazed at situations humans have put animals in.   But I'm also amazed at animal behavior, resiliency, and spirit.  I am also a life-long student of dog behavior, people and techniques to bring the two together in a happy K9 family.  

I attended the National K9 School for Dog Trainers and today, I'm living the dream as a Certified Dog Trainer -- spending time out doors playing with dogs; teaching them new behaviors and skills to be a happier part of your family. It is a great reward to see a family overcome issues they are experiences with their dog & start to experience the joy dogs can bring.   It's even more rewarding to prevent those issues by starting a puppy off on the right foot!

I have 4 rescue dogs of my own Lexie, Huey, Howie and Vinnie.  I also usually have a foster or two hanging around as well.


Stacee Winkler --  Associate Trainer

Stacee was raised around dogs all her life and has a true passion for them. She owns four beautiful dogs: Diesel (husky mix), Paisley (pointer mix), and Loki & Gette (both lab mixes). At the age of 19, she took on her first foster dog and has fostered many dogs over the years. She is highly involved in rescue and rehabilitation through training many foster dogs locally.    She started going to school for website design and quickly realized that she would rather work with animals.

Currently, Stacee is enrolled in the Dog Behavior program on Penn Foster online courses. Stacee has been working at a Doggy Daycare & boarding facility for three years. She has been a manager for a year and has been overseeing the staff & maintaining dog safety.

She has been assisting Dana Brigman (The K9 Coach) for just about a year and is now working on getting her official certification.  Stacee assists Dana in many lessons, Group Class, Foster Dog Programs, and with our Board and Train Programs.  

Kassie Pharr --  Trainer's Assistant

After training both her Great Danes with the K9 Coach.   Kassie just couldn't leave!   She had the bug to learn more about dog behavior and training.  Kassie helps out in the office and on client appointments as a dog handler for our demo dogs.


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