Staff

Craig Hanna 

Owner

My whole life I have had a passion for dogs. I have always had some kind of pet in my life but dogs have always provided me with a source of happiness, which lead me to volunteer at local shelters early on.

In September 2006 I had to make a choice in my life that would take me away from my passion to help our country. I wanted to join the military as a K9 Handler but there were no slots available. Instead, I joined as a Combat Engineer. A year and a half into my first duty station, a Sergeant Major came to our company looking for soldiers to go to Mine Dog School, I jumped into action.

In March 2009 my whole life changed. I was living my dream working with K9's and helping our country. One of the greatest things to come out of that training school was a dog that will forever hold a special place in my heart. Her name is MWD Raja.

After getting out of the military I knew undoubtedly what I wanted to do for a living. I started a training program in Saint Robert, MO called K9 Manners. I worked with shelters like Waynesville, MO Animal Shelter and Saint Robert, MO Animal Shelter. After my time in Missouri, I moved to Harker Heights, Texas and started United K9 Academy. I dedicate a few hours of my week to almost every local shelter, assisting them place dogs in their forever homes. In addition, I volunteer my time to help these dogs achieve success at remaining in their new home upon adoption.

I also work with TADSAW (Train A Dog Save A Warrior), working hand in hand with Vets With PTSD and TBI. A Great benefit of working with the TADSAW Program is getting to help veterans find compatible canine companions from the shelter system. Win-win for both the Vet and the newly adopted dog.

I love working with aggressive dogs and helping owners to understand ways that they can effectively gain the behaviors they are seeking from their dog.

Training is a passion of mine and I look forward to sharing my years of hands on experience with you.

Tanja Veals

Trainer For: Killeen, Harker Height, Belton, Temple and Fort Hood Areas 

I'm a native of Nuernberg Germany. At an early age I always had a passion for animals of all varieties, from goldfish to horses. I started Dog training at a young age of 13 years with my Father who is also a certified dog trainer in Germany. Soon after my father gave me my first German Shepherd whom we trained in Schutzhund, Obedience, and Tracking. We both won a variety of Trophies throughout the years. Since then I knew dog training is my passion and would be in my future for many years to come. Throughout my experience, I realized that a more modern approach to training products better result for some dog's behavioral problems. By employing ethical, force free techniques based on fundamental scientific principles of animal behavior and learning I believe that many dogs can become a safe and loving companion.

But only when I adopted my last dog from the Shelter three years ago, a pit bull named Kenya, I knew I wanted to start working as a professional Dog Trainer and went through the program with United K9 Academy. As a dog trainer I am committed to provide the most effective and humane training to dogs and their owners.

I always have a special place in my heart for rescue dogs and to help other dogs get a second chance in their life, I also volunteer in a dog walking and training program at the Animal Shelter. For me it is incredibly rewarding to see dogs overcoming their personal limitations and start building their social skills.