Kendall has been passionate about dogs for as long as he can remember. He grew up in a household where dogs were considered to be much more than a “pet,” more so like an equal member of the family. While attending the University of Tennessee, Kendall decided to explore volunteer opportunities associated with dogs and became a volunteer at a local animal hospital. This experience as a volunteer escalated his dream of working with dogs, so he started pursuing a career in dog training…..and soon after found The Dog Wizard. Kendall’s patience, compassion, and natural understanding of a dog’s psyche explain why he has become such a successful dog trainer. Kendall is motivated by improving dogs’ lives, which explains why he loves his job so much. Nothing is more satisfying than granting a dog the freedom to explore and run free, knowing when you say “Come,” the dog will actually come. And the positive effect dog training has on owners isn’t so bad either! Kendall specializes in off-leash obedience, separation anxiety, and aggression cases. Kendall is ecstatic to return to his home state and be a resident of Nashville, Tennessee, with Colby, a very happy-go-lucky yellow lab, and Maverick, a Yorkshire Terrier.
Most recently, Kendall was asked to help out on ABC’s hit television show NASHVILLE, starring Chip Esten, Connie Britton, and Hayden Panettiere. Kendall trained the Yellow Labrador puppy “Sue,” who featured in the show’s first season as one of the main character’s puppy. The opportunity to work on a network television series has created a new niche of training for the Nashville Dog Wizard. Now in addition to off-leash obedience and scent training, the Nashville Dog Wizard is available for TV/film/production dog handling.
Tate has had a connection with dogs since high school, when he trained his first dog, Britt, a German Shepherd. He graduated from Ole Miss with a degree in kinesiology, but always felt drawn to working with dogs. His naturally calm demeanor and understanding of how dogs communicate attract dogs to him immediately.
Before Tate joined the Nashville Dog Wizard, he worked with prosthetic and orthotic patients, and he brings the same attention to detail, care, and patience to each dog he trains. For Tate, dogs are not just pets, but an important member of the family with a specific role. He loves to see their confidence build as they learn their role and become happier dogs.
Tate moved to Nashville in 2012. He lives in East Nashville with his wife, Chelsea, their German Shepherd, Goose, and rescue cat, Polly.
Lead Office Manager
Rachel happily joined The Dog Wizard team in March of 2017! She has grown up with a love of dogs her entire life, so becoming a part of this team was an absolute dream! She and her favorite girl, Lucy, her 11 yr old rescue, handle the day-to-day logistics of the office. Their daily routine includes talking with dogs and their people about their goals in training, scheduling appointments, and managing the office tasks. The best part of her job is being part of such a wonderful team, and helping build positive relationships between people and their pups. In her free time, Rachel loves to play roller derby and macrame. Rachel is a passionate outdoor enthusiast and enjoys spending time outside hiking with Lucy and her two active and energetic sons.
Amy has been with the Dog Wizard Office team since December 2016! Amy has a very important role with being the first point of contact for Dog Wizard clients. She helps manage the day-to-day needs, phone calls, and appointments which she does so well. Amy has a passion for helping customers at the highest level and ensuring they feel great and know that there is hope for their dog. The best part about her job is not only getting to talk with clients about their dogs but also having her rescue mutt, Winston, hang out with her all day! When she's not helping us in the office she can be found enjoying the outdoors with Winston. We are grateful to have her on our team!
Chloe is a New York native! She began working with people with disabilities while obtaining her bachelor's in Social Work. Throughout this journey, she noticed much of her free time was spent caring for animals, so she began a dog sitting business. She took it upon herself to volunteer and give back to the community at local animal shelters and sanctuaries in her free time. Chloe used to competitively ride horses but now just enjoys riding in her free time. Chloe discovered these experiences brought her immense happiness and consequently to shift her career toward one involving helping animals. Chloe is a proud and loyal member of our Dog Wizard family. When you talk to Chloe about your dog and the troubles you are having you will immediately feel at ease with her compassion for you and your dog! One of the best parts of her job, she gets to spend time at home with her two pups Bax and Benji.
Noelle has been a part of The Dog Wizard family when her path as a trainer started in 2011. She launched the Charleston Dog Wizard location in 2012 there she was able to help a lot of clients and their dogs have a better life and gain more freedom. In 2016 Noelle took over as the lead office manager where she was able to make an impact on the team to better serve the clients and trainers. With her first hand training knowledge of and knowing what it was like being on the other side as a trainer the office support was able to grow by leaps and bounds. She has helped build the office team with a family culture, compassion and passion that can be experienced with every client they talk to. Noelle continues to oversee the office but now spends her time continuing to develop and grow The Dog Wizard trainers and their businesses so that we can help even more people than we already do! She spends most days working remotely on her boat with her sidekick, Huckleberry.
Colby is one of the sweetest yellow Labradors you will ever meet. He serves as an excellent sidekick to the Nashville Dog Wizard, Kendall. Colby was given to Kendall as a Christmas gift in 2007, and he has since inspired Kendall to work with dogs. His jolly personality and eagerness to learn have made him the perfect sidekick for training.
Colby is excited to be a part of the Nashville Dog Wizard and is ready to take over Nashville, one dog park at a time!
Maverick, a spunky 7 year-old Yorkshire terrier, has been a part of Kendall’s life for many years, but has just recently joined the Nashville Dog Wizard. Prior to his training, Maverick suffered from severe separation anxiety. But after working with Kendall, he has overcome his problem and is happy as can be! Maverick now helps represent the Nashville Dog Wizard, and he couldn’t do a better job!