Location: McNeil

Taurus McNeil

Taurus is a life-saver- with work and a new puppy with lots of energy, daycare has been wonderful. The training is exceptional.


General Information

Hours: Monday-Sunday: 7 am - 8 pm
Phone: (512) 258-5588
Fax: (512) 258-9002
Email: mcneil@taurusacademy.com
Address: 6917 McNeil Drive
Austin, TX 78729
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Our Pack

Dedicated to you and yours.

  • Cate has lived all over the world but decided to call Austin her home in 2004. After nine years working at a desk, she made the choice to follow her heart and make the move to Taurus. Cate has a degree in photography with a minor in psychology and hopes to put both to use while at Taurus. When she's not busy loving on other people's dogs she can be found loving on the four dogs she shares with her husband Wade, or setting them up for a photo session. She also enjoys hiking, exploring, kayaking, refurbishing furniture, making stained glass, cheese, snorkeling with her nephew, and making her husband belly laugh.
    Cate McElroy


    Pack Leader

  • Kristin moved to Austin from Houston in 2007 to attend The University of Texas, where she got her Bachelors of Science in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior. After working her way through college in the service industry, she is super excited to finally start her career in dog training where she can apply her passion and knowledge of animal behavior to bettering the lives of dogs and their families. Kristin fosters dogs through Austin Dog Rescue, volunteers with Austin Area Wildlife Rehab, and is an active member of the Texas Humane Legislation Network. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, birding, camping, and hanging out with her "small zoo" of animals at home.
    Kristin Reno


    Trainer Consultant

  • Jordan is a native Austinite and proud of it! She loves that we have so many fun pet friendly events and festivals year round to attend. She is currently a licensed Massage Therapist, and is excited to bring the practices of addressing the well being of the body, mind, and soul in her approach to caring for and training the dogs here at Taurus. When not throwing herself into her work, she enjoys free time with her two dogs Frank and Molly, preferably having a quiet afternoon hanging out in the pool.
    Jordan Werner


    Trainer Consultant

  • Deidre and her Yellow Lab, River, are a couple of bookworms. After growing up in El Paso, Deidre moved to Austin and is a dedicated student. She loves to help people and nothing makes her happier than knowing she made someone else’s day. 
    Deidre Salas


    Pack Member

  • Kaitlyn has a wandering soul! She is passionate about animals, her family and traveling. She loves to go to new places and especially enjoys music festivals. In addition to her two dogs (a Dachshund and a Heeler mix), Kaitlyn has a leopard gecko named Bandit and a hamster named Bernie. She believes that every dog and home is unique and she loves that she gets to make an impact on those relationships.
    Kaitlyn Deckert


    Pack Member

  • As an army brat, Sarah moved a lot growing up. Now that she’s in Austin and closer to her family, it’s no wonder she likes to stick close to home with her amazing cat, Polly! Sarah has always wanted to work with animals and ultimately wants to work for the betterment of animal welfare—and she knows that behavior & training are the best ways to realize that goal!
    Sarah Williams


    Pack Member

  • Austin leads a thrilling, action-packed life—she mostly enjoys watching YouTube videos of people filling in their weekly planners—no, really. Ever since she moved from Georgetown with her two cats, Austin has been checking out the city life more by hiking or binge-watching Netflix!
    Austin Hillmann


    Pack Member

  • Courtney’s pit bull, Theodore, is a trooper. He wears costumes and goes on lots of adventures to trails, dog parks, even nursing homes! Courtney loves to introduce Theodore to new experiences and wants to help dog owners achieve their perfect relationship with their own dog.
    Courtney Timbs


    Pack Member

  • Lauren is one well-traveld dog lover: born in California, she has also spent time in China and Thailand before settling in Austin to be closer to her family. She has always been passionate about animals, from researching her dog Colby's rare breed (she's pretty certain he's a Pyrenean Shepherd) to drawing and painting her favorite animals. She loves working at Taurus, where her career is motivated by her genunine interests. She loves taking Colby out to Zilker Park and Town Lake whenever she can!
    Lauren Higgins


    Pack Member

  • From hiking to reading, from birdwatching to herping (that's reptile-watching, for those not in the know), Becca has a long list of varied interests! Her experience with anxious dogs made her want to help owners model leadership for their pets to make them feel secure and happy. She knows how to manage a pack; her household consists of a dog, a cat, a bearded dragon and six (yes, six!) pet rats! 
    Becca Rainwater


    Pack Member

  • We couldn't put it better than Alician can: "Getting paid to be surrounded by dogs every day = dream job." Alicia's positive energy makes her the perfect candidate to watch the progress firsthand in both dogs and owners in training. She, her boyfriend, Sean, and their massive Great Dane mix, Indigo, love to hit the dog park as well as go swimming or wander around South Congress. 
    Alicia Harms


    Pack Member

  • Animals and their care have been a life-long passion of Jamie's. Being able to make a living doing what she loves is simply a dream! She, her three cats, one giant German Shepherd, and one God-of-Thunder-resembling boyfriend (no really, he goes by Thor) love spending time together at home or checking out what's new at Dragon Lair. 
    Jamie Pace


    Pack Member

  • Robin Fiedler


    Pack Member

  • Megan Allen


    Pack Member

  • Sarah Heath


    Pack Member

  • Michael Marscharka


    Pack Member

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