Nikki Ivey

Nikki Ivey is DogSpeak's founder, trainer and canine behavioral specialist.  She has been training dogs and their owners for almost 25 years.  Nikki primarily works with dogs displaying behavioral issues such as dog and human aggression, fear and anxiety. In addition to in-home sessions, she also teaches group classes at The Farm at Natchez Trace. Nikki is also certified in canine nutrition.

Nikki is a former search and rescue handler, instructor and trainer, and is currently the Director of Volunteer Training with Retrieving Independence, where she assists inmates train service dogs for children and adults.

Nikki owned and operated one of the first daycare facilities in the Nashville area, and now assists daycare and kennel owners in their own facilities.  She has also written multiple books and produced several online courses to assist pet owners, business owners and and their staff, and rescue organizations. 

In her free time, Nikki enjoys spending time with her family (including 3 dogs and 3 cats), working out and hosting karaoke. 

Gray Peebles

Gray Peebles has been a trainer with DogSpeak since 2017. He is the Director of Program Curriculum for Retrieving Independence. His main focuses are teaching dogs appropriate manners, helping dog daycare supervisors succeed and assisting with service dog training. Gray is the primary trainer for our DogSpeak packages, and also teaches group classes. He is also certified in canine nutrition. 

Gray has worked with dogs for almost 10 years, and uses his two dogs, Obi and Jed, to help teach the dogs DogSpeak serves.

In his spare time, Gray enjoys playing drums, hiking and rock-climbing.

Britteny Watson

Britteny Watson is DogSpeak's business manager, and has been with DogSpeak since 2013. You will likely speak to her when you book an appointment via phone or email. She is also the Director of Volunteer Coordination for Retrieving Independence. 

Prior to working with DogSpeak, Britteny spent 10 years working in and managing pet-related businesses. She holds a Bachelor of the Arts in public relations from Belmont University.

In her free time, Britteny enjoys spending time with her family, cycling, hiking and gardening.