Owner & Head Trainer
Qualifications & Experience:
2016- Present: Owner and Head Trainer of Allegiant K9s
2011- 2016: Full-time Certified Guide Dog Trainer for Leader Dogs for the Blind
2014: Helper/decoy for personal protection dog training with Elite-K9
10 years experience with behavior modification
10 yrs experience with advanced off leash training
2001 Sled dog "musher" for Spirit of the North
Expert in Clicker/Marker Training
10 years experience working with E-Collars
"Proof in the pudding:" hundreds of videos showing RESULTS on Allegiant K9s Facebook page
Dave graduated from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. He pursued a career in teaching in which he taught 7 years of middle school in NC and one year of high school abroad in Ecuador. Throughout his teaching years, Dave worked with various dog daycares, rescue groups, and shelters. Dave's passion for dogs began to grow. He traveled to Montana to begin to learn and work with sled dogs as a "dog musher." At that point he knew he was ready for a career change. Dave wanted a career that would allow him to fullfill his three passions in life: working with dogs, being in the outdoors, and helping people. His passion led to years of researching employment as a service dog trainer, visiting dog organizations around the country, and speaking with various personal in the dog training community. His research, along with his passion and dedication led him to Michigan where he was a full-time guide dog trainer for 5 years with Leader Dogs for the Blind; one of the largest and most respected guide dog organizations in the world. Dave completed a 3 yr long apprenticeship that provided him with a solid education on dog training, dog behavior, practical applications, and working with individuals that have physical impairments.
Throuhout the years in Michigan, Dave also volunteered his time with a local rescue group and as a decoy/agitator for personal protection dogs. Allegiant K9s grew at a rapid rate and Dave made the decision to operate Allegiant K9s full time and move the business to his hometown of Charlotte, NC in June of 2016. Ever since its opening, Dave has seen the business continue to grow month by month as satisfied clients are spreading the word about his training. Dave is absolutely passionate about training dogs and helping dog owners build a more positive and meaningful relationship with their dog(s). Dave's training focuses on 3 main areas: Behavior Modification (fear, anxiety, aggression, etc), Obedience, and Advanced Off Leash Training. He is quickly becoming one of Charlotte's most well known and sought after dogs trainers.
When Dave is not training, he enjoys whitewater kayaking, mountain biking, hiking with his own dogs and spending time with family and friends.
Anna Claire or "AC"
Anna Claire (AC for short) graduated from Appalachian State University with a Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science. After college she worked in Corporate America for 5 years until realizing she needed a career change. Since changing career paths, AC has worked in the exercise and nutrition field and really focused on working with her two dogs Roxy and Vader. Vader went through the Allegiant K9s program in July 2019 and Roxy in March 2020. AC has been very active as an Allegiant K9s client as she and her husband have attended numerous pack walks, hikes and socials and even joined along for one of the Allegiant K9s overnight backcountry camping trips.
Since childhood, AC has had a passion and love for animals as well as helping others. AC has a background in coaching people on exercise techniques and routines as well as coaching others on lifestyle and nutrition habits. In her free time you can find AC working out, hiking with her dogs, spending time with family, friends, and her husband.
We are thrilled to have AC join our team! She is going to a great asset for Allegiant K9s, dogs and clients!
Dog Care Assistant
Narvice joined Allegiant K9s in 2019. She assists a few times a month with dog daycare (playtime), feeding and cleaning. Narvice works full time at a veterinary hospital as a receptionist and occasional assistant. She has an amazing but very spoiled Pit bull, Gracie. Her one true love is definitely working with dogs. With many years of dog sitting experience, anyone that knows her can tell you where her heart is: dogs. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors, kayaking, traveling and spending time with family and friends.
We know dogs are in good hands with Narvice and we greatly appreciate all she does for the dogs and team!
Kyle first came to Allegiant K9s with his dog, Bella, for training. Since then he has been an active member of pack walks & has been super engaged with his dog: regular walks, hikes and even mountain biking with Bella. He became an official part-time team member with Allegiant K9s in 2019. He currently assists a few days a month with things like dog daycare, basic obedience, leash walks and feeding and cleaning. Kyle not only loves dogs and enjoys being around them, but he is an excellent handler has well. His help around the kennel and with the dogs is a huge asset to the team! Kyle works full-time for the City of Charlotte and when he isn't at his full time job and/or helping Dave, he enjoys working out, hiking, mountain biking and spending time with family and friends.
Many Greetings, Nifty Dog Friends! My name is Ana and I am thrilled to be a part of the group that forever changed my life & the lives of my two rescue Beagle-mixes, Cody and Hank. I met with Dave in 2018 in desperate need of training my two lovable knuckleheads. Their journey began with Hank climbing all over me and Cody reacting to all things that moved & ended up with pups that can go virtually everywhere with me. The experience with Dave at Allegiant K9s transforms the human & dog relationship so that everyone can live, thrive and enjoy their lives together in all environments. I teach high school English full-time and have spent time fostering dogs as well. I can often be found hiking and traveling with my pups or spending some time at a favorite dog-friendly brewery or coffee shop with them. -Ana C.
Ana became a part-time Allegiant K9s team member in 2020. She assists with daycare, basic obedience, leash walks and feeding and cleaning. Ana is very active and engaged with her dogs and takes them everywhere with her! She has become somewhat of a "regular" at Allegiant K9s pack walks, socials and hikes so she is already a familiar face to many clients. Ana is an excellent handler and we are extremely excited about her recent move to join our team part-time.