Grayson grew up in North Carolina around bird dogs and dog men. In 1999, while serving as a US Navy Corpsman Grayson was given the opportunity to assist the military working dog handlers aboard Camp LeJeune, NC with routine training. This sparked an enduring interest in working dogs, and he has been actively training ever since. After separating from the Navy, Grayson went to work for a police dog vender in Winston Salem, NC where he remained until moving to Boone, NC in 2005 to attend college at Appalachian State University. Upon graduating, Grayson pursued a career in the health care industry while continuing to supplement his income with pet obedience, hunting, detection, and patrol dog training and competing at the highest levels in various dog sports.
In 2010 Grayson decided to pursue dog training full time. Since then, he has trained hundreds of detection, patrol, hunting, and service dogs. He deployed twice to Afghanistan in support of the Marine Corp’s IED Detection Dog Program and instructed dozens of Marine handlers in proper handling and care of working dogs. From there he went on to train dozens of Multi-Purpose Canines for military and law enforcement agencies around the world to include internationally regarded special operations forces.
Currently, Grayson operates Lost Highway Kennels on the beautiful grounds at Cedar Ridge Farm in Winston Salem, NC. He maintains the position of lead trainer for the service dog agency, Project 2 Heal in Waxhaw, NC, is the president of the Carolinas Epagneul Breton Gun Dog Club and actively competes in walking pointing dog field trials. In addition, he continues to train dogs for the public and act as an advocate for disabled service dog handlers from around the country. He not only finds this type of work rewarding, but that it is a perfect fit for his training style. A gentle hand and patience are Grayson’s biggest assets in this line of work and he looks forward to sharing his knowledge and experience with those wishing to learn the craft of dog training.