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.

Dr. Amanda Stephens

Amanda is DogSpeak’s puppy development specialist, and her dog Clark assists with training sessions for reactive dogs. She is also the Tier 1 leader for Retrieving Independence and works with puppies from age 3 weeks old to 4 months old, focusing on neuro-development, adaptation, and socialization to set them up for future success.

Amanda’s interest in puppy development was sparked when she got Clark while in grad school and started applying what she was learning in her neuroscience classes to his training. In addition to working for DogSpeak, Amanda is a Doctor of Physical Therapy who specializes in fascia, back pain, and golf rehabilitation and performance.

In her free time she enjoys golfing, traveling, baking, and teaching Clark new tricks.

Britteny Watson

Britteny 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 Operations 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.