Brad Waggoner

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Our goal at Cold Nose College is to help your dog become a well-behaved companion and family member using dog-friendly, positive training methods.

Training dogs (and their people!) is a passion for us. Recent research has shown that good manners training may be the factor most likely to keep a dog in its home for life, greatly reducing the risk of a dog joining the millions of homeless animals who end up in shelters. What a wonderful reward it is for us to see a happy human and a happy dog in a forever home.

All living creatures repeat behaviors that are rewarded, so we want to make sure we’re rewarding the right ones! Reward-based training helps a dog learn to make intelligent choices, and creates a strong bond built on respect and trust between the handler and the dog. It’s important to us to help our clients understand how dogs think and learn, so that our clients can solve training challenges once they’re no longer in class.

Above all, Cold Nose College wants the training experience to be fun and successful for both you and your dog!


Brad is a partner and fulltime trainer with Cold Nose College. He is also a Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA), a graduate of Karen Pryor Academy of Animal Training & Behavior (KPA), and a KPA Certified Training Partner (CTP). A Pet Tech PetSaver Pet First Aid and CPR certified Instructor. A Professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT). Brad also serves on the faculty of the Victoria Stilwell Academt for Dog Training and Behavior.

Brad furthers his education by attending classes, seminars, and workshops taught by the leaders in the fields of animal behavior and training. He was awarded the B.F. Skinner scholarship to attend Karen Pryor Academy. While interning at Peaceable Paws, Brad received top honors in the practical exam, demonstrating his ability to apply positive reinforcement training methods. Brad’s love of teaching and training is evident in the way he uses reward-based training techniques with both dogs and their humans. He is always aware that behaviors that are rewarded will be repeated.

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Using only positive training methods, Cold Nose College offers private in-home training and behavior modification for problem behaviors such as dog/dog reactivity and dog/human reactivity. Additional offerings include Agility for Fun and Tricks classes, Canine Good Citizen classes, and a Hounds Around Town class.

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Cold Nose College offers in-home private training and behavior modification. Our weekend workshops, seminars, and week-long academies are enjoyed by people from across the country. Come join us! We make training FUN.
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+1 (828) 644-9148
1675 Friendship Church Road
28906 Murphy , NC


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7 years 11 months