Ryan has lived with and trained dogs his whole life, starting with his family dogs and expanding to friends’ and neighbors’ dogs. His real training experience started about 11 years ago when Ryan rescued a two year old ‘pit bull’ from a fighting ring near the mountains of North Carolina. Wentworth was quite dog aggressive and mildly human aggressive, so Ryan started studying canine behavior and learning theory in depth to keep Wentworth alive and his other dog safe. The rehabilitation process took roughly two years, and for the last 9 years Wentworth has been an exceptional family pet. He even worked with Ryan in public as a training demo dog for about 5 years before he got too old for those long days in class.
Ryan has been training dogs as a full time job for over six years, after he retired from a career in residential contracting in 2009. For the past two years he has been the director of the Green Beagle Lodge Academy in Chapel Hill, teaching Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced obedience, Rally obedience, Recall, Focused Heeling, and Nose Work in addition to private consultation for behavioral problems like aggression and leash reactivity. For the past six months he has been training his two year old Siberian Husky in Search and Rescue, which is his absolute favorite way to spend Sunday mornings.
Ryan, his wife, and their 1 year old daughter Elise live in Pittsboro, NC, with their two dogs. They still have old man Wentworth (AKA piggy) the rescue Pit, now almost 13, and Isso, a 2.5 year old Siberian Husky.