Amanda Ingraham, an Army veteran with 15+ years' experience training both house dogs and Military Working Dogs. Amanda Ingraham is the current Owner/Operator/Trainer of Band of Canines, LLC. Amanda has trained with National K9, earning her professional certification in Dog Training (C.P.D.T.) She has also attended several military courses on training, handling and K9 Health while in the Military Working Dogs Corps. Amanda has earned her AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC), Community Canine Good Citizen (CGCA), Urban Canine Good Citizen (CGCU), and Trick Dog Evaluator. She has learned to train off-leash with the British, Hungarians and Americans. Being a member of the Dog Trainers Association and a member of the International Dog Trainers Association, Amanda believes obedience is the foundation to a happy, social dog. Her training technique consists of a mix of Relationship-based training, Alpha dog training, and Reward and Discipline-based training techniques learned from around the world, as well as right here in America.
Brian Wright has many years’ experience working with and training dogs. Brian has worked with dogs of all ages and breeds and many with disabilities and abusive backgrounds. His intense love for canines with less-than-desirable histories, as well as those with disabilities instilled his passion for training. Brian believes that building a relationship and bonding with the dogs is key to training success because it makes training much more rewarding for both dog and owner. Relationship-based training combines several different training methods, but focuses on a more individualized approach for both dog and owner. It is the relationship between dogs and humans that drives everything, according to Brian! Brian has worked with various clubs and has assisted many professional dog trainers throughout his life. He has also worked with 4-H groups to help kids learn to train their own dogs.
Melisa Clarke, 20+ years in the dog world. She believes that the most important part of training is forming a strong bond between dog and dog owner , centered on balanced training to include positive reinforcement and positive discipline. Melisa uses a combination of scientific and relationship-based training that has enabled her to train multiple dogs from the companion level to the AKC show ring. Melisa also has experience in breeding, socialization, basic obedience and therapy dogs. Most recently, Melisa has gained experience through assisting professional trainers with advanced obedience, off-leash training, scent work and service dog training.
Brian Adams is a veteran of both the ClarkeUnited States Army and the United States Marine Corp. After many years of active service, multiple combat zones, and 57 countries, Brian joined the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department and served for 15 years as a Deputy Sheriff. Brian then used his knowledge of military infantry tactics and law enforcement, and attended American K9 Interdiction in Carrsville, VA, where he learned the fundamentals of K9 training during an intense 3-month program. He is a certified Patrol/ Detector Dog Trainer and Handler. Adams and his partner K9 Aron are a Certified Explosives Detection Team. Using his wealth of life experience, knowledge of human nature, and an immense love for dogs, Brian’s training methods consist of a combination of Operant conditioning, and both Science and Relationship-based training. His strength lies in knowing how to communicate,and understand dogs and share that knowledge withowners.