About us

Adam's Story

At Defined Obedience Dog Training, you will work directly with Master K9 Trainer, Adam Bush. His style creates a calm, confident, and engaging dog that is balanced and reliable. Adam’s approach goes beyond teaching your dog to follow a few commands. The greater goal is for your dog to learn a decision-making process and to develop self-control. As a result, you will have a dog that focuses on you, engages with you, and trusts you as an unflappable leader.


In addition to dog training, Adam has served in the animal care industry for over 28 years now. After a long career as a veterinary technician where he served in small animal medicine, specialty surgery and equine referral medicine, he felt led to pursue a niche where he could make more of a difference. At the prestigious Tom Rose School for Professional Dog Trainers, he spent 10 months training dogs 16 hours a day to obtain his Certified Professional and Master Trainer credentials, graduating in the top of his class in 2008

Upon graduation, Adam launched Defined Obedience Dog Training back home in Raleigh, North Carolina. Designed, built, and maintained 100% in-house and debt free, Defined Obedience serves the community with innovative dog training with personal service and mentoring. In a little over a year Defined Obedience became a national brand as Adam found himself training dogs as far west as San Diego and as far east as New York City.

Adam is blessed to be married to his best friend Dr. Janice Bush (a Veterinarian) and to be father to little Ada June. Precocious Ada keeps her parents busy and is such a joy to watch develop. From her song writing and witty humor to her strength in academics and creativity, Adam and Janice do all they can to support and encourage this little world changer. When not renovating the house or taking in life’s little moments, Adam draws, paints, loves building and refinishing furniture, has built a few guitars and is looking forward to restoring an older F150 in a few years side by side with Ada for her first vehicle. 

Our Apprentice

Adam’s daughter has become a wonderful young trainer and as been involved in training since she was six months old. A very talented young lady, she loves all animals (including mythical ones), reading, music, drawing, writing, and being outside as much as possible be it on a mountain bike, skates, a kayak, skateboard or climbing a tree to find a good reading spot. 

In Adam's Spare time

When not training dogs, Adam is remodeling his house (constantly it seems), drawing, building furniture or guitars, observing the cat’s antics and trying to capture a sunset or two. Of course that is when he isn’t working with his young apprentice.

Meet The Pack

The Defined Obedience Pack of Rusty, Emma and Annie have sadly all passed on. But their pawprints are on everything we do. They taught Adam so much and they helped so many folks over the years progress in the training of their own dogs. 

Rusty CGC, BH

Emma CGC, CD

Annie CGC, CD

Adam's first dog, Molly Belle
Annie with Finn-Again