Gayle riggins

Gayle riggins

Gayle Riggins, BOSS Founder

Brylin Obedience Specialty School was founded in 2013 and I am happy to be able to expand into this wonderful facility. Having been both the Director of Nursing and Cub Scout Master for several years, I discovered serving people is my passion. From my early experiences with my grandfather's coon dogs and beagles, I developed a love of animals and learned positive training.

My family showed dalmations in the conformation ring - finishing 15 Champions.  My dalmatian, Jessie, earned a Conformation Versatility Certificate from the Dalmatian Club of America. I have competed at the national level with a team of dalmatians for a Road Dog Title and earned CH Road Dog. Currently, I have the only dalmatian with a British, Canadian, and US Road Dog Title.

Barn Hunt has been a part of the BOSS program since it’s inception two years ago.  With the assistance of the Rat Patrol, BOSS has hosted numerous trials and awarded several championships. I have organized and chaired several AKC Obedience Trial events and look forward to hosting additional dog events.

I have been active in performance sports for ten years earning multiple obedience and rally titles on several dogs.  I have also enjoyed teaching at a local dog training facility for over five years working with all types, sizes and ages of dogs.

My goal for this school is to provide a place where you can find the joy of truly connecting with your dog.

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killian davis

killian davis

Killian Davis, Dog Trainer

Killian Davis grew up working with various animals of all shapes and sizes. Currently training her American Staffordshire Terrier/American Pit Bull Terrier in obedience and barn hunt, she uses clicker training methods which are based in positive reinforcement. For the past 4 years, she has assisted in and instructed puppy, beginner, and trick dog training classes. She is continually furthering her education in dog behavior and training by taking classes, attending seminars, and working with various other trainers. 

In addition to dog training, Killian rides and trains horses and is an active member and leader in the state 4-H organization. 

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merritt speagle

merritt speagle

Merritt Speagle, Agility Instructor

Merritt has competed in agility at the US Open level and tried out for the 2015 Team USA World Championships. Even as a junior handler, she competed at the CPE National level. She has worked with many world-famous trainers and believes it is necessary to have a strong toolbox of knowledge to draw from - since not everything works for every dog.

Regardless of breed or size, Merritt is experienced in building drive and overcoming fears. The blue merle in this video used to run out of the ring with his previous owner and her red tri-color was born with basically no drive.

Merritt recognizes the critical foundation steps and maximizes training time and energy. Additionally, she believes agility is not something to be forced, but built upon a strong bond, trust and teamwork. Most importantly, she says: “Training dogs should be *fun*! “ 

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Jeanne Johnson

Jeanne Johnson



Jeanne Johnson, AKC Evaluator

At 8 years old, Jeanne spent her days at a local veterinary office where she ‘worked’ with the animals in the kennels. This early exposure helped her become very comfortable handling different dogs. She has owned a variety of breeds: Collies, Newfoundlands, Rottweilers and American Staffordshire Terriers. Before moving to Winston Salem, Jeanne spent 6 years working as a Veterinary Assistant.

This passion for dogs continued into adulthood and she now has over 35 years of experience. She volunteers at the local animal shelter and is a member of a local dog training club where she has assisted and taught group classes. Currently, she is continuing her education in the training field, and is an authorized AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator.

She enjoyed a successful conformation career; earning multiple AKC Championships. In addition, her dogs have titled in obedience and performance sports: Canine Good Citizen, Rally, Barn Hunt and Lure Coursing. They enjoy nose works, tracking, dock diving and hiking.

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Teri Emmi, Treibbal Instructor

Teri is a member of the American Treibball Association and studied Treibball with Karen Mielke KPA CTP of Doglogic in Statesville, NC. She and her dog, Patch, compete at the Excellent Level. They also perform demonstrations to promote the sport of Treibball.

She is the President of Emmco Sport Dog Agility and Canine Conditioning Equipment and has participated in canine conditioning seminars given by Robert J Porter, Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner of It’s Possible, Mandeville, LA.

For nearly 20 years, Teri and her dogs have taken Agility, Rally, CGC, Obedience and Canine Freestyle in addition to Treibball. Her affinity is for dogs with behavioral problems resulting in aggression. On the softer side, she is an impressionist oil painter and floral designer. She believes in positive reinforcement for canines and encouragement for all students.