Fallon Houser – Owner & Head Trainer

TCK9 Owner, Fallon Houser, 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.

A 20+ year Dog Trainer and 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 15+ 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 respected 501(c)3 rescue with volunteers and fosters throughout the southeast.

As a business owner and self-admitted dog nerd, Fallon spent over a decade as a positive reinforcement trainer before spending the NEXT decade of her life building and operating close to a dozen successful balanced dog training locations for a national franchise; eventually using her 20+ years of combined experience to open The Complete K9 in 2021. While she’s extremely passionate about training and is skilled in Advanced 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, Dual-Certified Canine Nutritionist, 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).

Dennis Thomas – Trainer

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

Ryan Ritchie – Trainer

Ryan was born and raised in Austin, Texas, and has had a passion for animals since he was too young to remember. He has owned animals ranging from dogs, hamsters, rats, ferrets, bunnies, turtles, and more, however, Ryan always gravitated toward dogs, especially often misunderstood Bully breeds.

After high school graduation, Ryan went to college to study computer science, but when he realized the passion wasn’t there, he moved to Tennessee and started working and training dogs as part of a federal program that rescues and rehabilitates dogs used for fighting. While there, he focused on managing primarily worked with dogs suffering from a massive level of aggression and fear. Ryan’s passion for dog training stems from working with misunderstood dogs that just need that little extra help to feel confident, loved, and safe. When Ryan isn’t training dogs you can find him doing one of his many hobbies which include song writing, mountain biking and unicycling, and stock market analysis.

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

Ashley Lomax – Trainer

At only 10 years old, Ashley knew she wanted to be a Professional Dog Trainer. So, she began training her dogs on her own, and then helped train her neighbors dogs for the hands-on experience (as well as a little pocket cash). At age 14, she began interning, studying and eventually actively training service dogs for disabled children, which is a path she followed for the next 12 years – eventually building her skills via training with companies such as PetSmart and Sit Means Sit. Ashley is an upbeat, energetic and enthusiastic Trainer who will keep you and your dog entertained through various activities, whether in class or during a board and train!

Ashley is passionate about dogs, but loves her Bengal cats and loves horses as well! In her downtime she enjoys riding her motorcycle, horseback riding, swimming, reading, writing, drawing, video games, puzzles, or a Netflix binge cuddled up with her animals.

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

Ashley Murphy – Finance Director

Bio coming soon!