About the Belton Team


United K9 Academy is a Belton/Temple area skilled dog training Franchise! Here at United K9 we strive to-be the best of the best! Our Dog Trainers have experience with all ages, temperaments and breeds. In addition, the team of dedicated dog training professionals specialize in Service Dog Training, AKC Evaluations, Board and Train Programs, Puppy Training, Private Lessons and much more. Not to mention, our skilled staff is trained in The Science of Animal Learning Theory, K9 First Aid, and Animal Behaviors. Please fill out a contact form, we would like to meet you, and your dog for a Free Consultation!

Jennifer Carrier

Owner/Trainer

As a young girl it was evident that dogs were going to be a big part of my life whether it was a multitude of residents dogs or involved with animal care, volunteering or training. As life goes on, your dream remains but the ability to provide an income for your family quickly takes precedence. I was blessed with 3 beautiful sons and dedicated my young adulthood to raising great boys, all of which are obviously just as in love with dogs as their mom. About 15 years ago, I had my first experience with adopting a dog from a rescue league for Rottweilers. Gus was a wonderful addition to our family and became just the beginning on my work with fosters. After that adoption, I did some transports of foster dogs from Tennessee to Massachusetts, this began the my volunteer work. The kids were still young and the daily grind of my 8 to 5 continued. I moved to Texas in the summer of 2010 and shortly there after began volunteering at a local adoption center. I routinely took in foster pups, dogs, kittens and cats to give them an "In Home" environment while they grew to the age that they could be fixed, chipped and up to date on all shots for adoption. I worked with their media team to do local interviews with news stations to promote pet adoption, the adoption center and events related to both. I quickly realized how much I had to give and how much I missed working with dogs. For a few years I watched friends' pets, helped place and re-home dogs in need, counseled on basic training techniques and continued my foster work. In 2016 I launched my own little service of "in home" dog boarding. It rapidly took off and I had more dog clients than space. 2017 was the year that I decided I needed a bigger house and more land to grow my business. It was not too long after I bought my new home that I realized a big change was needed. I wanted to focus solely on my business, so I did what any sane person would do, and quit my comfy 9-5 salaried position to work and train dogs every day. I have had dogs as far back as I can remember; read and watched everything possible to learn more about dog training techniques, foster programs, dog breeds, AKC programs, veterinary medicine, holistic pet remedies and anything else I could get my hands on. I knew however, that I needed to learn more. I needed to find someone that had worked in the industry and could give me real experience, someone that could mentor me and teach me what I could not read in books. In my search I was introduced to Craig Hanna, Founder of United K9 Academy, LLC. He was as so patient and knowledgeable, I knew that he was the person to fill in the gaps for me and teach me what I needed to know to open my own UK9A. I have since become a certified trainer with UK9A and entered into the business as a franchise owner. My UK9A location provides training services for, Liberty Hill and surrounding areas. I now have my dream job! Working for myself, training dogs and helping my clients to have well behaved, healthy, happy pets.

Veronica Dessus

Veronica was born and raised in Central Texas. She is an avid hiker, pet photographer, and loves Jeeps. Her passion for animals has lead her to become a dog trainer and a volunteer with Texas Humane Heroes. Veronica has four plus years experience in small animal care as well as two years experience in training. She resides in Harker Heights, TX, with her daughter and two Dutch Shepherds, Ripley and Weezer.

Megan Savage

For as long as I can remember, I have always had a positive connection with dogs. Being around canines are definitely one of the important keys to what makes me happy. I currently reside in Temple, Texas with my amazing husband who works for the military. Together we have two furbabies: a Pembroke Welsh Corgi (Huckleberry) and a German Shepherd (Rimuru). Starting at such a young age, I was greatly affected by assortment of different things. These "things" led to causing me to have PTSD, Anxiety Disorder, and major depression. However, they also led me to receiving my first service dog. This dog made such a positive impact on my life, and showed me the true value of having a service dog. Because of my service dog, I am here today. If it weren't for him, I know full heartedly I wouldn't be. It comes to show how important, and amazing dogs really are. Because of this, it has revealed my passion and dream to train dogs for other people. My main goal as a trainer is to show owners the amazing connection they can share with their dogs, and how important it truly is to have that. Now I feel that it is important to me to help others by giving them the same confidence and safety that these dogs have given me. I am looking forward to meeting future clients and their dogs.

Training

**Your trainer will discuss any additional required training equipment with you individually.**

    BOARD AND TRAIN PROGRAMS

    BOARD AND TRAIN PROGRAMS

    Our board and train program will take place in the trainer's home and will allow for more one on one time between your pet and their trainer. During this time, you will receive updates on their progress. Your dog will work in an in home environment as well as outside the home (parks, dog friendly stores, etc.) When the Board and Train concludes, your trainer will teach you what has been taught to your furry friend. This will be held at either at the trainers home or in your home. This will help you keep your dog sharp and continue his training. Your trainer will reach out to you after the training has concluded to check on your dog and his assimilation back into his home. The trainer will schedule a follow up session if needed. You will need to continue your companion';s training by reinforcing what United K9 Academy has taught you both. We are available for any questions anytime.

    Training equipment needed: 15 ft long leash, Place Cot, 6 ft leash and Training collar

    PRIVATE TRAINING PROGRAM

    PRIVATE TRAINING PROGRAM

    This 45-60 minute lesson is designed to help the handler (you) teach your own dog. During this time, the Dog Team (You and your dog) will work side by side with a professional trainer to get to the final goal that the dog team has set!

    SERVICE K9'S

    SERVICE K9'S

    We are certified to train service dogs for handlers with various disabilities. Our expertise includes service K9's for handlers with mobility issues, epilepsy, and diabetes; as well as service K9's for emotional support.

    THERAPY K9'S

    THERAPY K9'S

    Therapy K9'S are for everyone! United K9 Therapy Trained Dog Teams can go to hospitals and nursing homes to bring joy to others going through a rough time! (Note: These dogs do not have full access)

    BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION

    BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION

    Our team is equipped to handle dogs suffering from anxiety up to red zone. We will work side by side with you to get control over any behavior issue you have with your dog.

    PUPPY PROGRAMS

    PUPPY PROGRAMS

    We can work with your puppy as early as 8 weeks old up to 5 months. Our trainers will walk you through all of your training needs in the puppy stages from potty training to behavior.

    AKC TESTS AND CLASSES

    AKC TESTS AND CLASSES

    United K9 Academy is a American Kennel Club Evaluator. Stay tuned for Upcoming classes and test.

    GROUP CLASSES

    GROUP CLASSES

    This is where you will work among other dog teams and professional trainers. These classes are where you and your dog will learn to work with and around high distractions. This is where all your hard work will pay off. Stay tuned for upcoming classes. Sign up for our newsletter!

    Services

    OTHER SERVICES

    • Boarding
    • Dog Walking
    • Pet Sitting