Coaching People, Training Dogs, Changing Lives

Allison Sweatt

Assistant Training & Office Administrator

Founder & Director of Richmond County Animal Advocates

"Nothing is more rewarding than seeing a dog come into our program nervous, shy and just a complete mess and leave us with confidence and obedience. Training has taught me to believe that with patience and perseverance, dogs deemed "unadoptable" due to behavioral issues can work through it and find homes. I hope to help educate my community that even dogs that were labeled "bad dogs" can be "good dogs" when taught the fundamentals of obedience. I love seeing owners on graduation day see their dogs succeed. I hope that through training more owners will work through their issues with their dogs, and not give up on them."

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 a new dream. A dream of helping other people learn how to enjoy their dog.   Still involved in rescue work and supporting local rescue groups through training programs -- The K9 Coach was born in 2011. 

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.

Nothing brings me more joy that helping a dog and his family --- well making taking pictures to give families memories of a lifetime.....     Visit my photography website http://www.weeniedogphotography.com

Dana Brigman
Owner & Senior Trainer

The K9 Coach Dog Trainers

Proudly serving The Carolinas -- Matthews, Charlotte and Pinehurst NC