Courtney Dodson

Courtney has always had a passion for all animals. She grew up sneaking any animal she could find into the house, whether it be big or small! From frogs and turtles, to squirrels and opossums, dogs and cats, even pot belly pigs! As an adult though, Courtney took that passion and ran with it; as she centered her home life as well as her career on caring for animals. Prior to joining us at TCK9, Courtney gained invaluable professional experience working at numerous veterinary hospitals, and spent 5 years working hands on with pets and their parents as a Veterinary Technician. She loves growing her knowledge in anything related to animals and how we can better understand them.
Courtney lives on a small hobby farm and enjoys spending time with all of her pets. She truly treats each dog as if it were her own and loves them unconditionally. Her biggest priority in training dogs is to give them and their owners a life they love together and to help them strengthen their bond through training and complete communication.
Courtney is an AKC CGC, S.T.A.R., & Trick Dog Evaluator, and is Certified in Pet First Aid & CPR

Vincente Vince Torres

Vincente Torres was born and raised in Gary, Indiana. He has always had a love for animals since he was a boy. As a kid he had many pets including dogs, cats, lizards, chickens, fish, turtles, and hamsters. After graduating high school he served four years in the United States Army’s Air Assault Division. There he trained in a quick response unit parachuting out of helicopters. Following his service he continued to pursue his passion for animals in joining the TCK9 Team. Today he has 4 dogs (German Shepherd, Anatolian Pyrenees, Chihuahua, and Pomeranian.)

Vince is an AKC CGC, S.T.A.R., & Trick Dog Evaluator, and is Certified in Pet First Aid & CPR

Paola Martinez

Paola has loved dogs her entire life, but that love became a working passion when she added a sweet girl named Molly May to her family, a husky who changed her life and set her on the path to making her dreams of working in the canine career field a reality. After adopting Molly, Paola started her journey into the dog world. She went to work with a grooming facility in Dothan, Al where she learned to take care of all kinds of coats, as well as the importance of patience when working with our furry friends. She then went onto doing volunteer shelter work and pet sitting for family friends, but Paola still had the persistent drive to grow her skills, so she went to work for a German Trainer as a kennel attendant in Enterprise, Al. There she learned about dog packs, the importance of cleanliness for a dog’s environment, and the world of dog trainers (which is where Paola felt the calling to help dogs and their families through training).  After relocating to Birmingham, AL, Paola applied and was accepted into our TCK9 Trainer course where she traveled to Tennessee to learned about positive and balanced training, First Aid & CPR, Service Dog Training, and more! Since then, has been professionally training dogs throughout the greater Birmingham area – including dogs with leash reactivity and aggression issues. To advance her work, she studies with other trainers, attends regular seminars and workshops, and stays up-to-date on the latest canine behavior research to provide proven and innovative advice. She is a member of the Canine Good Citizen Evaluator for the AKC and possesses a natural intuition, and ability to look at a dog’s behavior and determine the cause, as well as, the solution. Paola’s primary focus is to educate everyone on the importance of understanding dogs, and helping owners address their individual needs.

Paola is an AKC CGC, S.T.A.R., & Trick Dog Evaluator, and is Certified in Pet First Aid & CPR

Fallon Houser – Owner

Fallon has always believed in “walking what you talk,” and leading by example. She’s a firm believer in education, whether it be for dogs or people, and has always believed there is an answer for most any question should you take the time to find it.

An animal lover from birth, Fallon spent her childhood bringing home strays, training and rehabilitating them, and competing on horseback in 3-Day Events, before later deciding to turn her attention towards animal welfare and rescue as a teenager after spending time volunteering with the local shelter.

That passion is what led her to start the longest-running Doberman Pinscher Rescue in the state of TN, Tennessee Doberman Rescue Plus (www.TDR.dog), and attain her MBA degree while running a rescue, working full time, getting married to the love of her life, and having a child. In the 10+ years since founding TDR+, Fallon has personally been hands-on in the rescue of thousands of dogs (and still counting), and has grown the organization from a fledgling group of fosters – to a large 501(c)3 rescue with volunteers and fosters throughout the southeast.

As a business owner and self-admitted dog nerd, Fallon owns and operates multiple dog training locations throughout the southeast, with the newest being The Complete K9, which is Headquartered in her hometown of Sweetwater, TN. While she’s extremely passionate about training and has years of professional experience in Obedience, K9 Detection & Scent Work, Aggression & Anxiety Management, and Service Dog Training (including Medical Alert and Bio-Dog Odor Training) – Fallon’s passion lies not only in helping dogs behaviorally, but also through Nutrition, Wellness, and Fitness in order to help each client achieve their goals in the most complete way possible. When not actively working with her trainers and clients, she also competes regularly in Scent Work trials and attends numerous continuing education seminars and classes yearly (because she believes there should never be a point where an instructor stops learning and growing).

Fallon is an AKC Evaluator, Certified Sport Detection Dog Trainer Level 2 through Ford K9, Certified Bio-Dog Trainer (Cancer and Medical Alert Detection) through the In-Situ Foundation, Certified Pet First Aid & CPR Instructor, Pet Nutrition Counselor, and member of the APDT (Association of Professional Dog Trainers), DPCA (Doberman Pinscher Club of America), DPCN (Doberman Pinscher Club of Nashville), UDC (United Doberman Club), and the NDTC (Nashville Dog Training Club).