Dog Scent Training

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Free Dog Scent Training Lesson

Here's What Our Dog Scent Training Program Offers

Welcome to our Dog Scent Training Program, dedicated to unlocking your dog’s natural olfactory abilities and transforming them into a skilled scent detection partner. Whether you’re interested in search and rescue, narcotics detection, explosives detection, or simply want to engage your dog’s sense of smell in fun scent-based activities, our program is designed to help you and your canine companion develop the skills and techniques needed to succeed.

Here’s what our Dog Scent Training Program offers:

Customized Training Plan: We begin with a completely Free dog scent training lesson. In this lesson we will be conducting a thorough assessment of your dog’s behavior, temperament, and your training goals using our simple and effective 5 step process. Based on this evaluation, we develop a personalized training plan tailored to meet your dog’s unique needs and goals.

Understanding Canine Olfaction: We provide education about the remarkable capabilities of your dog’s sense of smell. Understanding how dogs perceive and process scent is crucial for effective scent training and communication between you and your canine partner.

Basic Obedience Foundation: We establish a strong foundation of basic obedience commands such as sit, stay, come, and heel. These commands provide the framework for effective communication and control during scent training exercises and activities.

Introduction to Scent Detection: Our program introduces your dog to the concept of scent detection and teaches them to associate specific scents with rewards. We start with simple scent discrimination tasks and gradually increase the complexity and difficulty of scent detection challenges as your dog progresses.

Scent Imprinting and Recognition: We conduct scent imprinting exercises to teach your dog to recognize and discriminate between different target scents. These exercises help your dog develop the ability to identify and locate specific odors accurately and reliably.

Search Techniques and Strategies: We teach your dog various search techniques and strategies to effectively locate and indicate the presence of target scents. This includes area searches, article searches, vehicle searches, and building searches, depending on the specific scent detection application.

Handler Education and Support: We provide comprehensive education and support for handlers, equipping you with the knowledge and skills needed to effectively work with your scent detection dog. This includes instruction on reading your dog’s body language, understanding scent behavior, and implementing effective handling techniques during scent detection exercises.

Realistic Training Scenarios: Our program incorporates realistic training scenarios and simulations to prepare you and your dog for real-world scent detection challenges. We create scenarios that mimic the environments and conditions your dog may encounter during actual scent detection missions or activities.

Guaranteed Results, Continuous Support and Guidance: With our Results Guarantee we promise to reach the goals that you set forth at the start of the dog scent training program and we will provide unlimited lessons until those goals are reached. Our commitment to your success doesn’t end with the lessons. We also provide unlimited ongoing phone and email support, to address any challenges or refine skills over the lifetime of your dog.

With our Dog Scent Training Program, you’ll unleash your dog’s potential as a skilled scent detection partner, whether you’re working in search and rescue, law enforcement, or simply enjoying scent-based activities for fun and enrichment. Together, you and your canine companion will form a strong bond and achieve success in scent detection, creating memorable experiences and making a positive impact in your community. Get started today with a Free Dog Scent Training Lesson by filling out the 2 part form at the top of the page!

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Adrienne Catlos
Adrienne Catlos
Brice is simply the best. His goal is to be every customer’s last trainer and he is definitely ours. My pup momo is very smart but also very independent (read: stubborn) and in just two weeks she was an obedient little working dog. Regardless of the challenges you have have with your dog, I’m confident Brice can help you solve them.
Amanda Dorner
Amanda Dorner
Brice helped teach my dog and me several life-changing walking skills in our first 1-hour training session. I went from having extreme anxiety about walking my dog, to feeling much more in control and able to handle him.
Jaime Lanka
Jaime Lanka
I am very grateful to have had Montreal spend time with my dog who I was beginning to think I had no control over. He has thoroughly explained the behavior and how to change it and given me all I need to keep the work going so that I can feel more confident walking my dog!! Totally recommend Montreal.
Melissa Ramirez
Melissa Ramirez
William Parry
William Parry
Great experience with Total Dog. I have a stubborn as hell Bull Terrier and Montreal, one of the behaviorist trainers did an outstanding job with him. From obedience commands to walking on a leash (which he outright wouldn’t do before). Very impressed and very grateful. Montreal is one of the best.
Renee Bagneris
Renee Bagneris
Montreal trained my mom’s dog Elvis who was at the time showing aggressive/reactive behavior. We thought we had no hope. We were going to re-home him or put him down. Montreal taught us that patience and leadership is the key to success. In two weeks we had a changed dog. We knew that we had a lot more work to be done also by us as pet parents it has now been four months and Elvis is doing great thanks to Montreal for showing us how to have patience with our fur baby I would definitely recommend him as one of total dogs best trainers
Christine West
Christine West
Kate Gross
Kate Gross
I have had a WONDERFUL! Experience with Total Dog. Caleb was our trainer and he did a fantastic job. I highly recommend using them.
Anastasia Johnson
Anastasia Johnson
Cassandra was thorough in her research about what I wanted and the results of her very well explained instructions are wonderful!
Jennifer Wroten
Jennifer Wroten

Why Choose Total Dog!

Our Core Values

At Total Dog! Austin, we believe every dog has potential. Weʼre committed to nurturing that potential through methods that encourage trust and respect between you and your furry friend. Our trainers are not just experts, theyʼre dog lovers who understand that patience, positivity, and passion make all the difference. Join us to see why love is at the heart of every lesson we teach!

Guaranteed Results

At Total Dog! We offer Guaranteed Results. We guarantee that the goals you set at the start of the Dog Scent Training Program will be reached. If it takes longer than expected we will provide you with unlimited lessons until those goal’s are reached.

There’s a reason we offer a lifetime guarantee plan at Total Dog! Not only do we know how to effectively train and communicate with our clients’ dogs, but we offer an unlimited lesson plan to ensure they retain what they’ve learned over time. Whether your dog is a quick study or needs more time to pick up new skills, we’ll continue to work with you until they reach the goals set forth at the start of the program.

Brice Cavanaugh smiling while holding a white Pitbull puppy that is undergoing puppy training in front of a purple house

Head Trainer

Brice Cavanaugh smiling and hugging a black Pitbull in a park with a big oak tree in the background

SGT Brice Cavanaugh

SGT Brice Cavanaugh founded Total Dog! and is on the Board of Directors for the National Tactical Police Dog AssociationOperation 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.


We’re happy to provide Total Dog! Scent Training for locals in both the Austin and San Antonio metropolitan areas. Call today or claim your Free Private Obedience Lesson to get started!

Austin: (512) 580-3364

San Antonio: (210) 722-9919

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Most Commonly Asked Question's

At Total Dog! We provide our clients with custom-made training programs designed around your specific goals and your dog’s unique learning style. Our training programs vary from dog to dog in structure, layout, duration and cost.

That’s why we don’t offer a one program fits all solution. Instead we offer a Free Consultation so that we can meet with you and your dog to evaluate factors such as lifestyle, goals, age, temperament, breed and previous training. That way we can develop a custom-made training program that perfectly fits your goals and needs!

We offer a Total Dog! dog training package that includes unlimited lessons until your dog reaches the goals identified at the start of the program. Following the program’s completion, you’ll have the opportunity to extend your dog’s training to help them reach new goals.

No, we don’t impose any breed restrictions. Total Dog! is an all-inclusive dog trainer that specializes in private dog-training for all kinds of dogs.

Right away! It’s true: you can teach an old dog new tricks and puppies are sponges for new information. While each dog has their own unique learning style and levels of maturity, as long as they’re awake, they’re learning.
At Total Dog!, we’re a truly all-inclusive dog training service. We work with dogs of all breeds and all ages.

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