After years of study, Brad Bevill knows how dogs think.
He runs Bevill Dog Behavior. Pet owners overwhelmed with their dogs’ hyper, fearful, insecure, aggressive, or anxious tendencies leave their pups with Bevill, who works his magic to quell rebellious acts.
“I don’t teach sit, down, stay, come, heel,” he says. “I rehabilitate dogs that have behavioral issues. And I educate humans on how to clearly, consistently, and fairly communicate and lead them.”
Bevill takes intervention seriously. Dogs remain under his supervision for up to a month and undergo daily individual and group training sessions. Sharing his home with more than a dozen dogs on any given day gets hectic, so he enlisted his wife and four employees. Bevill’s longtime affinity for animals began as a child. He had a habit of sneaking stray animals into his parents’ Irving home. Over the summers, he worked on his uncle’s ranch. He didn’t know it then, but it was a head start on training for his future career.
“Those summers taught me so much about instincts and communication, about animals — all animals” he says.
His enthusiasm for animals took a backseat during college, where he studied exercise sports science. A year-long stint as a personal trainer gave way to an 18-year career in marketing and advertising. Disenchanted with the corporate world, he started training dogs from home, taking classes and combing Dallas-Fort Worth for the worst dogs he could find.
“I adopted dogs that had major issues so I could learn,” he says.
Bevill launched the business full time in January and is opening a facility in Fort Worth in August.
“The whole idea of transforming something — I just love that idea,” he says.