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Bri Rice - Owner and Head Trainer

Bri’s dog training roots began in Kansas City, MO. After working in vet clinics and operating as management at boarding and daycare facilities, she embarked on a dog training apprenticeship with a KC veteran dog trainer, Mary Sellaro. With a couple of years apprenticing under her belt, she then joined forces with a KC based small business, Dogs Listen to Me, where she interned for a short while before becoming a full time trainer. With a growing clientele, Bri began to find her niche within behavior modification and focused her efforts from private lessons and classes to board and trains. Bri began to focus her energy on her new found placement in the dog world and it was then that Lead Your Dog came forward.

After accruing a small battalion of dogs herself, she also helped with the organization Scholarly Strays, a foster company that trains and adopts out shelter dogs, taking one of their ferals in herself who has become known as Pavlov the Brave.

After officiating the business and operating in the Kansas City, Missouri and Kansas areas, Lead Your Dog and Bri hit the road for a relocation to southern Missouri. She now runs Lead Your Dog out of Joplin, Missouri and services clients all around America. Still centering her training philosophy in comprehensive dog training, she specializes in behavior modification and obedience for dogs of any size or age. 

Bri regularly seeks new learning opportunities and has began diversifying her training towards working and sport training for the active dog breeds. It is a goal of both Bri and Lead Your Dog to grow in a direction that truly maximizes the well being of all dogs and allows the dog and owner to experience their best life.

Bri has five dogs and can almost always be found with one or more by her side. 

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