Please fill out the Liability Waiver first if you are a new customer with Total Dog! Vegas. Also, please fill out a release form for each pet you would like to register.
Meet Hannah, she is our newest office assistant. Hannah is an upcoming graduate at UNLV for her BA in Psychology and then she is starting her MA in Criminal Justice fall 2021. Don’t mind her cat tattoos, she’s quite a dog lover as well! Hannah enjoys staying active, and that usually includes one of her two boxers joining her for a hike! Although Hannah may be one of the younger members of the Total Dog! family, she has over 4 years of customer service experience under her belt. She will greet you with a smile and optimism when setting up your training appointment!
Juliena is a graduate of the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, with a Bachelor of Science. She moved to Las Vegas from upstate New York in April 2020 with her boyfriend and their two-year-old Lab-mix, Trixie!
Juliena loves all things outdoors as well as spending time with her loved ones, and pup! She has been around animals for as long as she can remember and has loved every second of it.
Juliena has been in the customer service industry for almost seven years, and her goal is to bring a smile to every customer’s face.
Lexi has been grooming for 9 years. She started her career as a bather and fell in love. This is where she decided to pursue her love of grooming. She can be heard saying, “It’s definitely a lot of fun!” over and over again. Lexi decided to move to Las Vegas from Sacramento, CA with her family. She has 3 kids and 2 dogs, a Goldendoodle named McKenzie and a 15-year-old Chihuahua named Gavin. She has told us it was the best move! Joining the Total Dog Vegas team has been a fun adventure and she glad she joined the team! She is excited to see where her Total Dog journey takes her. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, water parks, playing with her dogs, and traveling.
Thomas has been a dog lover his entire life, growing up with everything from a Pug to a Great Dane, he has extensive knowledge with numerous breeds from growing with them to conducting research for his own personal growth.
Thomas was stationed in Las Vegas 6 years ago and worked hand in hand with Military Working Dog handlers as part of the Security Forces Unit. He was honorably separated from the military and immediately began working for Total Dog as a Sales Consultant. Tom uses his knowledge and love for dogs to find the perfect training program to fit you and your dog’s lifestyle!
Matthew Templet started his dog training career in the United States Air Force as a Military Working Dog (MWD) Handler. Matt is a graduate of both the Department of Defense MWD Handler School as well as the MWD Trainer and Kennel Master School. Matt has numerous deployments to both Iraq and Afghanistan under his belt accompanied by his Explosive Detection Dog. Matt was awarded the Bronze Star alongside his MWD Basco for their life saving actions taken in Afghanistan in 2011. Matt and his MWD are featured in the hit book, Hero Dogs: Secret Missions and Selfless Service.
Matt honorably discharged from the Air Force in 2018 and started working for Total Dog shortly after. Matt is a Total Dog Master Trainer, responsible for the oversight and quality control of our clients dogs. Matt believes in a balanced approach to dog training, using many different methods and tools to get the desired behavior from the dog. Matt uses these methods to eliminate bad behaviors and ultimately create the Total Dog! Matt believes that every dog has potential if you give them a chance. There are no bad dogs, he says. Matt will design a special training program to fit you and your dogs needs. No dog is too out of control!
Ani is born and raised in Nevada. Currently attending College of Southern Nevada to earn a degree in teaching. Being the daughter of a retired K-9 Officer, she has been around dogs all her life. She is currently enjoying her new baby girl Koa, who is a 3-month-old German Shepard, Springer Spaniel mix. Ani has always been an outdoors kind of person and has always enjoyed and admired nature’s beauty. Growing up Ani had a passion for rodeo. She competed and learned how to love and and appreciate all types of animals.
Abby is the youngest member of the Total Dog Team and the daughter of owners, Justin and Melissa. Abby plays a vital role in the day-to-day operations as Total Dog’s, volunteer specialist. Abby’s love for dogs started at an incredibly young when she would watch her Dad train police dogs for the military. Abby also has her own dog, a Bichon Poodle Mix named Fleury. Abby has a natural ability to connect with dogs that struggle with low confidence. Abby volunteers her time at the Total Dog Pet Resort while maintaining her school grades at the honor roll level.
TD is the Total Dog! TD plays a vital role in bringing smiles to Total Dog clients and even their dogs. TD is born and raised in Las Vegas and is a huge Golden Knights and Raiders fan. He can be found hanging out at our monthly Out and Abouts and other group events. Next time you see TD, makes sure to get a picture with him, post it on social media, and tag TotalDogVegas.
My name is Brianna, I was born in Las Vegas and I am currently in my second year of college with the intent of getting my bachelor’s degree in nursing. I have grown up around animals my whole life; I was raised on a hobby farm and have taken care of every animal, big or small! In my free time, I tend to try and keep an active lifestyle by hiking with my puppy, Penny, continuing my love for wildlife photography, and exploring new locations inside and outside of Las Vegas. The main goal I have is to further my knowledge and spread my own to others.
Meet Serra Stephens! She is a dog lover through and through. She grew up with dogs and even attempted to train her current doggies, though they do not always listen to her. As a child, her dream was to become a veterinarian. Now, she is a junior in high school, ready to go to college and pursue her dream of music. She considers Total Dog! a dream job, excited that she gets to play with dogs all day and gets to earn a wage!
Katie was born in Reno, Nevada but moved to Las Vegas shortly after where she was raised. She has a 4-year-old Pit Bull named Kaiya and a 3-year-old Pit Bull Tank. Aside from loving and being around dogs her whole life, Katie has 2 years prior experience managing a dog daycare, boarding and grooming facility. Katie has also volunteered in various shelters when she was in the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society while attending College of Southern Nevada. When she’s not working, you can find her hiking with her pups, at the gym or out with friends!
Brent Olson has been working with and training dogs his entire life starting at a young age. His passion for dogs started with his hunting dogs and later progressed to the police dogs he trained for the military. Brent served ten years in the United States Air Force before being medically retired in 2014. Brent is a graduate of the Department of Defense Military Working Dog (MWD) School as well as the MWD Trainer/Kennel Master School. Brent has multiple deployments serving aside his Explosive Detection Dog. His actions in Afghanistan earned him the Purple Heart. Brent is featured in the hit book, Soldier Dogs: The Untold Story of America’s Canine Heroes.
Brent is Total Dog Vegas’ Board and Train Manager. He is responsible for ensuring all of TDV’s Board and Trains are trained to the correct standard. Brent enjoys empowering dog owners and making their lives easier by creating a Total Dog. Brent has a special bond with the dogs he trains and takes their safety, training, and health to heart. Brent truly is one of the best in the business.
Total Dog! Pet Resort & Training Solutions release of Liability, Assumption of Risk and Indemnification Agreement:
This agreement includes a release of liability and waiver of legal rights and deprives you off the right to sue the owner(s) of any Total Dog Franchise, or their related parties. Do not sign this agreement unless you have read and understand it in its entirety. You are within your right to seek legal counsel if you are unsure of its effect.
All Daycare and Boarding Dogs must, (not to include Private Boarding):
Temperament Test and Trainings:
While your Dog(s) is in Daycare and/or Boarding they will participate in helping staff with training and new temperament test while they are in our care. You acknowledge that dogs in our care for training or temperament testing purposes may not meet all daycare or boarding qualifications.
You, the undersigned individual, hereby acknowledge and agree that you have voluntarily elected to observe and/or participate in an on-site dog training program at the training facility (the “Training Program”) belonging to Team Dog Vegas, LLC d/b/a Total Dog! (“Total Dog!”), and that the animals, customers, guests, and items taking place thereon may pose dangers to people of all ages and animals (including you and/or your dog(s)). Such dangers include but are not limited to: (i) animals that can bite, trip, knock down, and/or fight people and/or other animals (including you and/or your dog(s)); (ii) indoor and outdoor surfaces that may be wet, slippery, rough, and/or uneven; (iii) equipment that can trip or otherwise injure people and/or animals; (iv) customers and guests who cannot control their animals; (vi) animals that are out of the control of Total Dog!’s employees, agents, subcontractors, and/or representatives, and/or (vii) activities involving you, your dog(s), and/or other dogs that can result in injury from bites, scratches, trips, or other causes. Moreover, your dog(s) may: (a) be injured in a dog fight or an accident; (b) contract fleas, ticks, worms, or other illness or disease; (c) get lost or stolen, become pregnant; and/or (d) engage in dangerous, vicious or unwanted behavior, during the Training Program, whether on or off the premises of Total Dog! Accordingly, you intend to assume the risk of the Training Program, and to provide the below release and indemnification clause prior to observing and/or participating in the Training Program. You further represent by signing this Waiver and Release that you and/or your dog(s) are in good physical condition, and do not know of any medical or health reasons why you and/or your dog(s) cannot observe and/or participate in the Training Program.
You hereby assume all of the risks described above and release, waive, and agree to indemnify and hold harmless, Total Dog! and its affiliates or successors, directors, officers, employees, agents, and insurers from any and all liability to you or your spouse, domestic partner, dependents, heirs, executors, representatives, administrators or assigns for any and all claims or losses for personal injury, injury to your dog(s), wrongful death, or property damage arising from participation in the Training Program, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION ANY AND ALL SUCH CLAIMS OR LOSSES ARISING FROM THE ORDINARY NEGLIGENCE OF TOTAL DOG! OR ANY OF ITS AFFILIATES, DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, INVITEES, OR AGENTS. The sole exception to this release is damages caused to Employee due to Total Dog!’s own gross negligence, recklessness, or willful injury to you and/or your dog(s), or willful violation of the law. This release is given for and in consideration of Total Dog! permitting you to observe and/or participate in the Training Program.
You hereby represent that (1) you have carefully read the foregoing, are fully aware of the potential dangers incidental to engaging in the Training Program!, and are fully aware of the legal consequences of signing this agreement; (2) you knowingly and voluntarily agree to and sign this Waiver and Release; (3) no oral representations or agreements modifying this Waiver and Release have been made; and (4) you are 18 years of age or older and competent to sign this Waiver and Release. Any modifications must be in writing, and signed by an authorized representative of Total Dog!.
All services and products must be paid for by debit or credit card. All payment is due at the time of service. You give your express permission for Total Dog Pet Resort, herein referred to as TDPR, to charge any credit card you provided for unpaid services or products upon the date services were supposed to have been completed. You further agree to pay any challenged debit charges. Cancellations require a 48-hour notice. If part of a package and fail to meet the 48-hour notice one day is void.
You may not leave your Dog at TDPR after the scheduled pickup time without prior arrangements with TDPR. If you leave your dog(s) at TDPR without any contact, instruction or notification regarding pick up, your dog(s) will be boarded after 15 minutes, at your expense, for the night. You may pick your dog the next morning after opening.
You may not leave your Dog at TDPR after the scheduled pickup time without prior arrangements with TDPR. If you leave your dog(s) at TDPR without any contact, instruction or notification regarding pick up, your dog(s) will be deemed “Abandoned” at 7 P.M. on the seventh (7th) day after the scheduled pick up date. If your dog(s) is Abandoned at TDPR, TDPR will become its legal owner and guardian. TDPR will, in its sole discretion, determine whether to re-home the dog or relinquish it to a shelter or rescue of TDPR’s choice. YOU FULLY UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT IF YOU ABANDON YOUR DOG AT TDPR, YOU MAY BE UNABLE TO RETRIEVE POSSESSION OF YOUR DOG AND WILL HAVE NO RECOURSE AGAINST TDPR.
Duty to Disclose:
You must continually disclose, any and all medical or other conditions, including but not limited to personality concerns or behavioral incidents that may affect, limit or prevent your dog’s ability to participate in any and all or in-home activity or services. Our staff will provide the same in return. In the event of a change to the information you provided in this application or in a behavior our staff detects while in our care, you agree to submit temperament test before coming back for additional services. This is for the safety of your dog, other dogs, and our staff.
YOU FULLY UNDERSTAND THAT: THERE ARE INHERENT AND POTENTIAL RISKS INVOLVED WITH INTERACTIONS BETWEEN HUMANS AND DOGS, AS WELL AS BETWEEN DOGS AND OTHER DOGS, WHICH MAY RESULT IN:
YOU FULLY ACCEPT AND ASSUME ALL RISKS AND RESPONSIBILITY FOR ALL RISKS, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ALL LOSSES, COSTS AND DAMAGES INCURRED AS A RESULT OF YOUR DOG’S PARTICIPATION AT TDPR, INCLUDING ANY VETERINARIAN EXPENSES LISTED BELOW. “SICKNESS” INCLUDES ANY ILLNESS INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO BORDETELLA (KENNEL COUGH), BLOAT, CANINE FLU, OR ANYOTHER FORM OF CONTAGIOUS DISEASE, INSECT, OR PARASITE, (BEDBUGS, FLEAS, LICE, TICKS AND MITES).
TDPR will have the right to obtain medical treatment for your dog(s), if, in TDPR’s sole discretion, it appears that your dog may be ill, injured or exhibits any other behavior that would reasonably suggest that your dog’s may need medical treatment.
Reasonable efforts will be made to contact you when TDPR determines that medical treatment is necessary, but if TDPR is unable to contact you or your emergency contact, TDPR and the veterinarian may rely on this signature as your consent to treat your dog. You hereby grant the veterinarian at Aliante Animal Hospital and Total Dog Pet Resort the right to make medically necessary decisions for your Dogs treatment, and release Aliante Animal Hospital and TDPR from all liability for the same.
If you are unable to be reached but your emergency contact is reached, you hereby grant your emergency contact the right to make medically necessary decisions for your dog’s treatment. If they are unable to or unwilling, TDPR will have the right to obtain or make medical treatment and/or decisions for your dog(s).
If your dog needs urgent care, you give permission to transport your dog to Aliante Animal Hospital. If any dog passes away while at TDPR, the dog will be brought to Aliante Animal Hospital.
In the event your dog is injured during routine play, we presume that no dog is at fault, and YOU AGREE TO BE FULLY RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL RESULTING COSTS RELATED TO ANY MEDICAL TREATMENT FOR YOUR DOG(s), INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, THE COST OF ANY TRANSPORTATION FOR THE PURPOSE OF SUCH TREATMENT.
If TDPR staff determines, in their sole discretion, that your dog caused the injury or death of another dog outside of routine play, YOU WILL BE FULLY RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL COSTS RELATED TO ANY MEDICAL TREATMENT FOR THE INJURED DOG(S), INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, THE COST OF ANY TRANSPORTATION FOR THE PURPOSE OF SUCH TREATMENT. You agree that TDPR may release your name and phone number to the injured DOGS(s) parents to arrange payment for the same.
Upon check in for daycare/boarding you will be given a link to view your dog throughout their stay. By using the services offered by TDPR, you agree to allow TDPR and any of their affiliates to use your dog’s name and any image or likeness of your dog taken while in our care, in any form or format, for use, at any time, in any media, marketing, advertising, illustration, trade or promotional material. This provision is binding on you, and all of your successors, heirs, legal representatives and assigns.
TDPR will not be liable for any lost, stolen or damaged personal property belonging either to you or your dog. If your dog causes any personal property damage to the TDPR, the site where in-home services are provided or otherwise, you will be liable for the full cost of all repairs and replacements.
Dogs will be fed twice a day unless specified otherwise in dog’s profile or instructions you later provide. Food will be packaged per feeding by client in disposable packaging.
Example: If boarding 2 nights then you need 4 feedings packaged individually.
Deposits, Cancellation and No Show Policy:
TDPR loves all dogs and works with all dogs. We will offer Private Boarding to our aggressive dogs. Aggressive dogs do not pass TDPR’s temperament test and are recommended for training. All aggressive dogs are kept separate from the other dogs. If your dog begins to display key behaviors, we will administer a secondary temperament test.
You agree to provide veterinary records to TDPR upon request (Bordetella, Parvo, Distemper, Rabies), and you hereby grant TDPR permission to request and obtain veterinary records directly from your Designated Veterinarian, if TDPR is unable to obtain necessary record from you. By signing above, you expressly authorize your Designated Veterinarian to release health and treatment information and immunization records to TDPR staff upon request. You may revoke this authorization at any time upon written notice to your Designated Veterinarian and TDPR.
Total Dog Pet Resort (herein referred to as TDPR) wants to make your experience a pleasant one. We will do all we can to make your pet feel comfortable and will advise you of any abnormalities seen while grooming your pet. If you are not satisfied with your pet’s grooming, we will do all we can to rectify the problem such as; re-bathing, re-cutting, or re-brushing. However, we will not give refunds.
Health and Behavior of Pet:
I agree and understand that TDPR has relied upon my representation that my pet is in good health, has not injured or shown threatening behavior to any persons or animals, is current on all required vaccinations and is free of parasites.
TDPR reserves the right to refuse service, or to stop a groom in progress, if your pet may pose a threat to themselves, other pets or staff, whether it be an aggression problem, health problem, or parasite problem.
The owner agrees to be solely responsible and liable for any and all acts of behavior of their pet. This may include, but is not limited to, injury or death to pet, injury or death to another pet(s), or injury or death to a staff member or any other member of the public. Medical treatment expenses required by a staff member, a member of the public or for another pet will be the sole responsibility of the pet owner.
Matted Hair on Pets:
Owner is aware that if the hair on your pet is in a matted condition, pet may not be able to receive the style of cut requested. If the matting is severe, brushing out may be too stressful and painful for the pet. In this case TDPR may not be able to continue the groom. A shave down or a much shorter cut may be a possible option. We will contact you if this is the only option. Extra care will be taken in the shave-down process; however, cuts or nicks could occur depending on the severity of the matting. If a cut or nick happens the owner will not hold TDPR responsible.
I agree and understand that my dog (s) may be placed in grooming enclosures before, during or after grooming.
Risks to Pet:
Extra care will be taken when preforming any grooming procedures, however, owner must understand possible reactions such as stress, skin irritation, possible nicks to the skin, or a toe nail quicked may occur. Additionally, problems occasionally arise after the grooming visit such as bleeding of nicks, clipper irritation, mental or physical stress. Grooming can also expose a hidden medical problem or aggravate a current one. Owner agrees not to hold TDPR responsible for any injuries, which might result from this grooming process.
Aging and Special Needs Pets: Owner is aware that as a pet ages or if the pet has special medical conditions, the process of grooming may become stressful, both physically and mentally. The stress of grooming may cause latent, unknown, active or inactive conditions such as arthritis, bone, joint or surgical sites to become active or inflamed, and unknown active or inactive heart, kidney, or liver disorders to become active and can result in illness, seizures, or the death of the pet. Although TDPR will take responsible care in the grooming of the pet, owner acknowledges that the stress of grooming may initiate immediate or latent medical problems in your pet. Owner agrees not to hold TDPR responsible for reactions to grooming.
Moles/Skin Lesions/Tumors/Other Skin Irregularities: Because these skin irregularities may protrude from the skin, they are vulnerable to nicks or cuts during the grooming process; owner agrees not to hold TDPR responsible for any cuts or nicks and skin reactions/irritations due to grooming process.
Grooming Rates: Owner agrees to pay the current grooming rate per visit per dog for services rendered. You will be advised of grooming rates prior to any work being done; however, certain treatments such as de-matting may not be pre-quoted but may be required to complete the groom.
Picking Up of Pet: If your pet is left at TDPR longer than 2 hours past completion of their grooming, daycare charges may apply.
Fee collection: Fees are due at the time of service. If for any reason all fees and charges are not paid and it is necessary to pursue collection of said fees and charges through civil action the owner agrees that all related collection expenses and other costs shall be paid by the owner of the pet.
Administering Aid: I agree and understand that should my pet become ill or appear in need of medical attention, TDPR shall have full discretion in administering treatment and I will pay any and all expenses involved in obtaining the necessary treatment, including, but not limited to, veterinarian visits, medications, examinations and surgery. TDPR agrees to make reasonable efforts to contact me should aid be necessary, however, if they are unable to reach me or need to administer aid immediately, TDPR may use their discretion and administer aid without contacting you first.
Release of Liability: I agree, understand and hereby release TDPR, their owners, staff, partners and volunteers, financially or otherwise, for injuries to my pet, myself, or any property of mine while my pet is participating in services provided by TDPR.
WAIVER, RELEASE AND INDEMNIFICATION:
YOU HEREBY AGREE TO EXPRESSLY AND FOREVER GENERALLY WAIVE, DISCHARGE CLAIMS, INDEMNIFY, RELEASE FROM LIABILITY, SAVE, HOLD HARMLESS AND DEFEND TDPR, their invitees, owners, officers, directors, employees, contractors, volunteers, agents, representatives, lessors, and all others having an interest in any TDPR party (collectively, the “Releasees”) from and against ANY AND ALL INJURY, LIABILITY, CLAIMS, LITIGATION, ACTIONS, SUITS, COSTS, LOSSES, DAMAGES, ATTORNEY’S FEES, EXPENSES OR DEMANDS OF EVERY CHARACTER WHATSOEVER on account of, arising out of, resulting from or relating in any way to (i) any act or omission of the Releasees, (ii) your dog(s)’ participation at TDPR, in-home pet care services, or otherwise. YOU AGREE THAT THIS RELEASE IS BINDING ON YOU AND YOUR SUCCESSORS, HEIRS, LEGAL REPRESENTATIVES AND ASSIGNS. YOU ALSO EXPRESSLY AND FOREVER RELEASE TDPR FROM ANY DUTY TO PROTECT YOU OR YOUR DOG FROM INJURY OF ANY KIND, AND AGREE THAT ANY IMPLEMENTATION OF SAFETY PRECAUTIONS BY TDPR WILL NOT WAIVE TDPR’S RIGHT TO BE INDEMNIFIED AS PROVIDED HEREUNDER, AND SUCH PRECAUTIONS WILL NOT ALTER THIS RELEASE. YOU AGREE THAT THIS CONSTITUTES A COMPLETE AND UNCONDITIONAL RELEASE OF ALL LIABILITY OF TDPR TO THE GREATEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, AND THAT IF ANY PORTION OF THIS AGREEMENT IS HELD TO BE INVALID OR UNENFORCEABLE, THE REMAINDER OF THIS AGREEMENT WILL REMAIN IN FULL FORCE AND EFFECT.
By signing below, you represent and warrant that all the information provided is complete and accurate to the best of your knowledge. You consent to TDPR’s use of such information for all lawful business purposes which includes, but is not limited to, providing Total Dog Pet Resort services to you, operating the Total Dog Pet Resort business, marketing to you, communicating with you regarding your dog(s), and using data that includes information about you and your dog for marketing or other purposes. You further acknowledge and agree that you have read, understand, and agree to all the terms and conditions contained in the Agreement above, as they may be amended from time to time. You hereby execute this Agreement for your dog(s), yourself and your heirs, successors, representatives and assigns. You further attest that if you are not the owner or sole owner of the dog(s) for whom this has been completed, your signature is sufficient to enter into this Agreement for and on behalf of any other owner or representative. You consent to the use of electronic signatures and agree that a true and correct copy of this document may be produced in lieu of the original form. Should a copy be produced, you agree that it is legally enforceable and does not affect the terms of the Agreement in any way. You acknowledge and agree that your dog(s) will be playing with dogs from other families while in the care of TDPR. No amendments, modifications, or supplements to this form and Agreement shall be valid unless in writing and signed by both parties.
Will is originally from South Louisiana and joined the United States Air Force after high school and served seven years as a jet engine mechanic on F15 aircraft. After that he working in the aerospace industry for defense contractors, including 13 years working for NASA on the space shuttle program.
In 2020 Will moved to Las Vegas and began an internship program with Total Dog! Vegas. Will helps with the daily training of all our board & train dogs and was recently promoted to be our Kennel Manager.
Tyler (Ty) Staley is Total Dog Vegas’ Director of Operations. Ty is responsible for Total Dog Vegas’ client relations, business management, trainer support, and business development. Ty has over twenty years of business experience starting as a young adult. Ty has been working at Total Dog Vegas since the beginning of 2020. Ty is a professional who cares about all of Total Dog’s clients and employees.
Ty has had a respect for dogs since he was a young child. Ty has always enjoyed learning about wolves and later learned how connected dogs are to them. Ty ended up getting a wolf mix of his own when he was seventeen named ‘Willie”. Ty appreciates the strength and athletic abilities of dogs. Ty currently owns a Presa Canario that weighs 120 pounds at ten months old. Ty enjoys the bond that can be built between dogs and humans. He takes their training and care to heart.
Justin Kitts has always loved dogs. So it’s no surprise that Justin-the-kid, who was always fascinated with animals—from iguanas, to birds, to the ocean-dwelling creatures he studied at the Mystic Aquarium as a high-school student volunteer—would grow up to make that passion his life’s work.
With 15 years of professional dog-handling under his belt, Justin has trained more than 1,000 dogs across the country. His experience runs the gamut of dog breeds, canine personalities, and behavioral problems. There’s no dog too big or too small, too young or too senior. Justin has trained working police dogs and hunting dogs (like German Shepherds and Belgian Malinois), to a range of puppies and older house dogs (like a 5-pound Chihuahua and a 150-pound Mastiff giant).
Justin’s professional work with dogs and his military service has, on occasion, put him in the national spotlight. You might’ve seen him on a recent episode of A&E’s hit show “Wahlburgers,” or read about his combat deployment with K-9 partner Dyngo in Smithsonian magazine, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times best-selling book War Dogs.
It was right after high-school graduation that Justin made the decision to serve his country and enlist in the Air Force. During his 18-year career in the military, 11 of those years have been devoted to military working dogs to include six K-9 partners and three deployments. After returning from their combat deployment in Afghanistan in 2011, Justin and MWD Dyngo were awarded the Bronze Star. In 2012, he was a lead instructor at a highly specialized and intensive pre-deployment training course at Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona where he prepared dog teams from all military branches for their upcoming combat deployments. He’s also served on POTUS protection details for presidents George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump. In addition to his military (and police) experience with dual-purpose detection dogs, Justin has also been training dogs privately since 2012 in personal protection and patrol work.
Fellow dog handlers and former clients have often observed that Justin’s connection to dogs is unique—that he has an innate ability to communicate with them. He understands dogs and they respond to him with ease. Through his quiet, confident manner and practiced patience, Justin refines his dog-training approach with each and every dog he trains.
In addition to his years of experience as a military dog handler, Justin is a graduate of Animal Behavior College. Through the merging of his professional, military, and private training experience, Justin has honed not only his skilled methods for evaluating individual dogs and their behavioral issues—leash pulling, jumping, barking, and potty issues—but his approach to resolving them.
Justin’s breadth of knowledge and experience includes Puppy Training, Basic Obedience, Advanced Obedience behavior modification, aggression rehabilitation, Detection, and Protection.
At Total Dog! Vegas, we operate under the philosophy that there are no “bad” dogs. All dogs have potential if you give them the right chance.
We also believe that dogs are individuals and as such there is no one cookie-cutter method to dog training that fits every single animal.
Melissa Kitts is co-owner and executive assistant at Total Dog Vegas. Melissa has over ten years of customer service experience as well as an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration. Melissa is responsible for the daily interaction with potential, current, and future Total Dog Vegas clients. Melissa is in charge of scheduling all training appointments and making sure Total Dog is giving their clients the best service available. Melissa is also Total Dog Vegas’ professional photographer and snaps photographs of all our clients dogs at the monthly Out and Abouts.
When you call Total Dog you will always be greeted by Melissa’s cheerful voice. She takes customer satisfaction very seriously and wants what is best for the client. Melissa’s professionalism is out of this world! You will not be disappointed when you call to set up your free in-home consultation.