Training Dogs.  Coaching People.  Changing Lives

Chivon Winter

Senior Trainer -- Charlotte

My mission is to help people reach the goals they set forth with their dog with superior results and service. I got into dog training because I, too, had a dog that had a severe behavioral disorder, and didn't know what to do. When I found out that I could have a career where this type of issue could be fixed, and I could help other people who were experiencing the same thing, I jumped on board and never looked back. Through my education, and real-world experiences, I've discovered that the process of finding and hiring a dog trainer can be intimidating. Whether it's a concern of the training approach itself, or the results you get by the time you're done, I want to alleviate any stress or concern you may have with the training process, and create the best experience possible. I've always been a person of conflict resolution, and if I can use my expertise in dog behavior and training to accomplish that with you and your family, then I will know I have done my job! Allow me to help you, your family, and your community the best way I know how; through developing the best behavior possible from man's best friend!"

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!

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