Eli Cuevas

A natural born dog lover who grew up with rescue dogs, Eli has always had a deep personal understanding of the term “man’s best friend” when it comes to the dogs in his life. Eli shares his home with his two dogs Penny and Gunner (Penny is a 3.5 year old Australian Shepherd and Gunner is a 1 year old German Shepherd) and spends time each day with them looking for new things to learn and explore via hiking through numerous state parks, as well as exercising their body and minds with frisbee sports, agility, and finding new interesting “place” objects to build their confidence!

As a trainer, Eli has helped improve the lives of hundreds of dogs and their humans build a stronger bond through communication and obedience they can rely on; no matter the situation or distractions. While he loves learning something new from each client and their individual, one of his very favorite parts of the job is watching how clients discover balance and harmony in their homes and with their dogs by instituting small changes that make a very BIG impact. Eli believes that dog training should not be rocket science, but that having a well-trained best friend you can rely on via solid consistent training is something that every family should be able to achieve!

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

Dennis Thomas

Dennis can’t remember a time growing up where he didn’t have dogs and cats in his family’s household, but his very favorite dog was a Chow named Chinto that he did obedience demos with, and who later saved Dennis’s life when they were both viciously attacked by a very large loose dog that lived nearby. Knowing that Chinto was willing to do whatever it took to keep him safe – from that day forward Dennis knew that he had a mission to return the favor and took in numerous strays over the years, rescuing and rehabilitating them one by one before later finding a new opportunity through the “Inmates and Strays” program in 2016.

As a Corporal with the McMinn County Justice Center, Dennis was responsible for overseeing the “Inmates and Strays” program, which placed shelter dogs from McMinn Regional Humane Society with approved inmates in an effort to help both (dog and inmate alike) build bonds and learn valuable skills necessary for an eventual new life outside of the center. This is also where Dennis met Fallon and knew that God had placed him in a position where he was going to be able to make a career change and follow his calling to work with dogs on a daily professional basis.

Since joining our team of trainers in 2017, Dennis has helped thousands of dogs and their humans communicate better and finds that most issues dogs have are created from simple misunderstandings that are often quickly resolved with quality training. However, for those dogs that require more, Dennis is ardent about working to create the best Aggression and Anxiety Management plans and routines that often allow families a way to finally cope with their dogs psychosomatic issues in the best and healthiest way possible; freeing them from the worry and stress that living with an aggressive dog can create.

No matter the type of dog or training goals though, Dennis is ready to help transform the relationship you have with your dog, and to bring out their absolute best!

Dennis is an AKC CGC, S.T.A.R. Puppy, and Trick Dog Evaluator, a Therapy Pets Unlimited 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 located 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).