Nikki Ivey, professional Dog Trainer/Behavior Consultant, is the owner and founder of DogSpeak™. She has been working with dogs and their owners since 1995. She educates dog owners, pet professionals and non-profits to communicate effectively with dogs through positive training techniques.
By abandoning the “dominant pack theory” and obedience methods, she is allowed to be more in tune with dogs by effectively. Nikki uses positive training methods with negative punishment (time-outs, stopping playtime and taking away attention). She doesn’t use any form of physical correction such as choke or pinch collars, shock devices or other devices that could harm or cause a dog to shut down due to fear. This allows dogs to show their true personality and helps build their confidence.
Nikki believes in clearly communicating with dogs, setting their expectations and giving them a confident leader. She teaches foundation skills to dogs such as self-control and problem solving.
In addition to training, Nikki also assists businesses with opening or growing their own dog daycares. She trains staff members on dog behavior and interaction at daycares, veterinary clinics, and boarding facilities. Local rescue groups and shelters have started taking advantage of the knowledge and skill that Nikki has to help their foster parents understand the importance of foundation skills and being a confident, consistent leader.
In 2001, Nikki founded Tennessee Emergency Rescue and Recovery Association (TERRA), which uses K9s to locate missing and deceased individuals in water or land. She’s not only a handler of a Human Remains Detection dog, but also teaches other handlers to work their dogs in HRD.
In 2013 Nikki released her first training book, When Love Isn’t Enough. Since then she has written multiple books for dog owners and professionals about varying subjects related to dog training and business development. Nikki’s books and guides are available on Amazon.