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The Team at Total Dog! is comprised of some of the top professionals in the dog community.  Looking at the voids that are present in modern dog training, the Total Dog! Team set out to fill those voids and create a system that is predicated on the individual needs of the dog and owner.

We do not rely on any one method of dog training, as we believe that with dogs being as unique as they are, that we can best serve them and their owners by being able to use any methods/tools in a safe and humane manner. Getting dogs to be more cognitive than reactive is one of the cornerstones to our approach and essential when trying to develop a two-way system of communication! We want to teach you how dogs process information, what their needs are, and how we can help to bring balance back into their lives, which of course builds a fulfilling relationship with you!

When looking for dog training information, tips and resources, look no further than Total Dog! Dog training should be fun. Dog training should be easy. Dog training shouldn’t really feel like…Dog Training! We help you to get the most out of your relationship with your dog. Put Structure, Exercise and NATURAL principles of training into a rewarding relationship. Dogs have long been called Man’s Best Friend…we show you how to return the favor!

Let us EMPOWER YOU with the TOOLS, KNOWLEDGE and CONFIDENCE to succeed!

Meet the trainers

Total Dog! is the next generation of dog training, offering dog obedience training in six different states, Texas, Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, Illinois and Wisconsin. The concept of Total Dog is simple: We look at the Training, Psychology, Health, Diet, Grooming, Socialization and more when we develop a plan to help you get the most out of your relationship with your dog!

Brice Cavanaugh

Sgt Brice Cavanaugh currently owns Total Dog! San Austin 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.

Justin Kitts

Lead Trainer and animal specialist Justin Kitts was born in Warwick, RI. Justin always has had love and interest for animals. Growing up he had a wide array of animals to include iguanas, perinea, birds and of course dogs. While in High School Justin studied marine biology and volunteered at the Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, Conn. Straight from high school he decided to serve his country and joined the Air Force. Justin is still currently serving and just hit his eleven year mark. Justin is a Military Working Dog handler where he trains and handles police dogs for patrol, narcotics and explosives. Justin has deployed three times with bomb sniffing dogs and him and MWD Dyngo earned the Bronze Star on their last deployment.

Friends and family say Justin has a special communication with dogs. He understands them and they respond to him with ease. Justin believes that every dog has potential if you give them a chance. There are no bad dogs he says. Justin will design a special training program to fit you and your dogs needs. No dog is to out of control!

Ciro C.

Ciro has been working with and training dogs his entire life starting as a very young child. Learning to train, command and care for dogs as a child led to a 20+ year career as a dog handler and trainer for law enforcement. In addition to his experience with dogs of all types and sizes in his youth, Ciro formerly spent over two decades directing the selection, training, and handling of police canines. The dogs he trains protect police officers and citizens in the line of duty every single day.

Using a balanced approach, and internationally accepted techniques and methods, Ciro will put his experience and industry certifications to use and help you trust your dog again.

Whether you’re looking for a permanent and effective solution to on and off leash reliability, leash reactivity, resource guarding, anxiety, or serious behavioral issues, Ciro will formulate a specific program to address your concerns and help you build an everlasting human – canine bond with your dog, and back it all up with our industry leading results guarantee.

Ciro can also help you with specialty items like protection dogs and protection training, nose work and specialty detection training (narcotics, explosives, etc.) and tracking training.

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