At Total Dog!, we believe that dog training should be based on tried and true techniques, tailored to your dog, and delivered with passion. That’s why we staff some of the best dog trainers in Austin and San Antonio, and select and evaluate our trainers for a diverse range of training criteria.
It’s also why we take professional certifications seriously. All of our dog trainers are AKC Certified by the American Kennel Club, and are certified members of the International Associations of Canine Professionals (IACP). Many of us are also K9 CPR and First Aid certified, as well.
In addition to our professional Total Dog! dog trainers, all our dog training programs are supervised and developed by Sgt. Brice Cavanaugh, a certified dog behaviorist with over three-decades of dog training experience. Sgt. Cavanaugh has gone above and beyond to obtain formal education in animal behavior, and has the skills and experience to effectively teach you how to understand and work with your pet.
Total Dog!'s mission is to provide an educational, entertaining, friendly, efficient, and innovative experience that meets your dog training needs.
Looking at the voids present in modern dog training, the Total Dog! Team set out to create a dog training system predicated on the individual needs of the dog and the owner. That's why we don't rely on any one method of training, as we believe that with dogs being as unique as they are, the best way to serve them is by using any humane methods available.
At Total Dog!, we want to help you to get the most out of your relationship with your dog, and believe that dog training should be fun, easy, and accessible. We'll teach you how your dog processes information, what their needs are, and how you can bring balance back into their lives, so that they're eager to build a fulfilling relationship with you.
Dogs have long been called Man’s Best Friend…we can show you how to return the favor!
Sgt Brice Cavanaugh currently owns Total Dog! and he is on the Board of Directors for the National Tactical Police Dog Association, Operation Overwatch and The Pink Berets. He is a Professional Member of the International Association of Canine Professionals and is an Evaluator for the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen multi-tiered program.
As an instructor in the tactical field, constant reading of journals and LE updates is a must. Brice’s unique perspectives come from decades of experience, from the tactical training and deployment of Military Working Dogs and Police Service Dogs to the instruction of deployment teams working in theater in some of the harshest conditions in the world.
As an instructor in the tactical field, constant reading of journals and LE updates is a must.
Not listed are dozens of courses that cover everything from Counterterrorism Tactics to Radiological Scanning Devices.
Haley has always had a love for animals and helping others. She currently has two dogs named Roscoe and Duke as well as two daughters Raynee and Emilia. She strives to continue growing in everything she does. As an administrator Haley enjoys making one on one connections with clients and providing the best information for their training needs. Haley enjoys spending time at the lake with friends and family. Today, her goal is to help as many clients as possible and to empower her team by being a positive role model.
Dog training became a passion of mine early in life when I started my family dog in therapy training. It showed me how much a dog could help people and soon I transitioned that into working with service dogs. Throughout college, I worked with service dogs for a variety of disabilities, including diabetes, PTSD, and mobility impairment. I learned so much about how a service dog can improve the life of its handler. While working with service dogs, I was also given the opportunity to volunteer with therapy horses to continue to strengthen my understanding of animal behavior and my calling to help others. After graduating, I took up a career in dog training and began seeking out mentors to learn from. I have continued to gain experience in advanced obedience, behavioral and reactive cases, and a broader variety of service dogs. My goal in dog training is to always keep learning so that I can help others to have the best communication and relationship with their dog.
Cassandra started working with dogs as a young girl when her family decided to open a rescue right out of her home after losing their family dog to breed discrimination.
Always passionate about working with animals, she continued her rescue efforts throughout her life by volunteering in shelters and learning from experts in the field about the handling and training of dogs and cats. After several years of apprenticeships in dog training, working for dog training companies, and serving as the operations and training director of a large scale pit bull rescue for over four years, she joined the Total Dog Team. Today, her mission is to empower owners with the confidence to improve the relationship with their dogs through education, training, and behavior modification.
Melinda’s passion for training began at 9 years of age with her family dog, Hershey. Since then, Melinda has enjoyed training her own dogs for fun in agility, skills, hunting, tricks, and service dog work. In 2017, Melinda medically retired from law enforcement and began a new journey where she could turn her passion for dogs into a career. Melinda attended Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure and Massage in 2020 where she earned her Canine Massage Therapy license. Since then, she has found a true passion for helping owners build the best relationship possible with their dogs. During her free time, Melinda trains and competes in dog sports and continues their never-ending journey of canine education.
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Family always comes first. Especially my boys Christian (8) and Jovahnny (baby) and my little brother Adrian (9). I’ve always had a big heart for pets, especially dogs. Currently don’t have any pets due to just having a baby who doesn’t do too well with animals but we do plan to get one in the future. I am bilingual, I was born in Mexico but raised in Round Rock, TX. Love going to Mexico to visit my family and of course their delicious food. Excited for the opportunity to help dogs and their owners in Central Texas.