Lead Trainer and animal specialist Tom McMurchie was born and raised in Carpentersville, IL where he developed a love for animals at an early age, where as a youth, he would manage to bring home every stray animal that he came across. In high school, Tom worked for a local pet store where he learned hands on animal behavior, handling and care. his love and passion for dogs continued to grow as he grew, and Tom spent most of his free time in the reading of countless books, with his quest being the best that he could be to help rehabilitate and rescue dogs. There was never any doubt in Tom’s mind that his lovde would be his life!
In 2002, Tom graduated from Dundee Crown HS and left the same week for Basic Training in the United States Army at Fort Jackson, SC. After training, Tom served his first year in South Korea, then was deployed on three separate occasions in Iraq, while he was stationed at Fort Hood, TX. While in TX,Tom attended the Triple Crown School for Dog Trainers.In 2007, he graduated the Canine Behavior and Training Specialist Program, which is the basis for Tom’s formal training. Tom has continued his education in the hands-on of working with dogs, from basic obedience to behavior modification with dogs scheduled for euthenasia, saving dogs along the way!
Tom received an Honorable Discharge on June 15th, 2009, and joined Team Dog! (the predecessor to Total Dog!) at that time! Tom has two dogs, “Tara”an 8 year old Belgian Malinois and “Bailey” a 2 year old German Shorthaired Pointer.