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Therapy Dog Training

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Free Therapy Dog Training Session

Here's What Our Therapy Dog Training Program Offers

Welcome to our Therapy Dog Training Program, where we specialize in preparing dogs to provide comfort, support, and companionship to individuals in need. Therapy dogs play a vital role in various settings, including hospitals, nursing homes, schools, and rehabilitation centers, by bringing joy and emotional support to those they interact with. Our program focuses on teaching dogs the necessary skills and behaviors to excel in therapy work while also nurturing their natural temperament and instincts.

Here’s what our Therapy Dog Training Program offers:

Temperament Assessment: We begin with a completely free therapy dog training session where we will  be conducting a temperament assessment to evaluate your dog’s suitability for therapy work. We look for traits such as calmness, friendliness, confidence, and adaptability, which are essential for successful therapy dog candidates. Based on this evaluation, we develop a personalized training plan tailored to meet your dog’s unique needs.

Basic Obedience Training: Our program includes comprehensive obedience training to ensure that your dog responds reliably to basic commands such as sit, stay, come, and leave it. These foundational skills are crucial for maintaining control and ensuring safety during therapy visits.

Socialization and Exposure: We expose your dog to a wide range of environments, people, and animals to help them become comfortable and confident in various situations. This includes visits to hospitals, nursing homes, schools, parks, and other public places where therapy dogs may work.

Human Interaction Skills: We focus on teaching your dog appropriate behavior around people of all ages and abilities. This includes gentle greetings, accepting petting and handling, and maintaining calm and composed demeanor in crowded or noisy environments.

Therapeutic Techniques: We introduce your dog to specific therapeutic techniques, such as gentle nudging, leaning, and providing comfort through physical contact, to help them engage with individuals in a meaningful and comforting way.

Handler Education and Support: We provide comprehensive education and support for therapy dog handlers, equipping you with the knowledge and skills needed to navigate therapy visits successfully. This includes understanding the roles and responsibilities of therapy teams, learning about hygiene protocols, and managing interactions with clients and staff.

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 therapy dog 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 Therapy Dog Training Program, you’ll give your dog the opportunity to make a positive impact on the lives of others while also strengthening your bond and creating meaningful connections in your community. Whether you’re looking to volunteer at hospitals, schools, or other facilities, our program will prepare you and your dog for a rewarding journey as therapy partners. Get started today with a Free therapy dog training session by filling out the 2 part form at the top of the page!

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Reviews

Adrienne Catlos
Adrienne Catlos
2024-02-12
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
2024-01-02
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
2023-03-15
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
2023-03-07
William Parry
William Parry
2023-02-23
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
2023-02-17
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
2022-03-24
Kate Gross
Kate Gross
2022-03-19
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
2022-03-19
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
2022-03-16

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 therapy dog 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.

LOCATION & SERVICE AREA

We’re happy to provide Total Dog! Therapy Dog 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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FAQ

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.

Yes! With our Private Obedience Lessons you can choose the location. 

Free Training Session

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