United K9 Academy DFW (Dallas / Fort Worth) is here!! With the growth of these cities and the growth of the dog community, United K9 will be there to help with any dog services and training needs! We have an exceptional staff that is trained and experienced. We will work side by side with you to achieve your training goals. We have a variety of programs that will help you with these specific goals. Our programs include: The Tip of the Sword Board and Train Programs, Our Elite Private Lesson Programs, The New Recruit Puppy Training, Service K9 Team Training Programs, and much more! Our staff is trained in The Science of Animal Learning Theory, K9 First Aid, and Animal Behaviors. For more info Please fill out a contact form below for your free consultation.
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 the Waynesville and Saint Robert's, MO Animal Shelters. I left Missouri, I moved to Harker Heights, Texas in 2012 and started my company, United K9 Academy in 2015. I dedicated volunteer time every week hours to the local dogs shelters to help place dogs in their forever homes. I also volunteered time to help these dogs achieve success at remaining in their new home after adoption.
Today, I currently work with TADSAW (Train A Dog Save A Warrior), working hand in hand with Vets that have 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.One of my favorite passions would be working with aggressive dogs. I also enjoy helping owners to understand why and how dogs act the way they do and to help dog owners achieve the desired 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.
I have enjoyed many jobs in my life. I joined the US Air Force after I graduated from high school. I had wanted a job in law enforcement but that wasn't where they needed me. They sent me to school for Bioenvironmental Engineering and I was stationed in Germany, where I met my husband and where our son was born. My husband's responsibilities required us to move often and required him to be away a lot. Once I got out of the service, I focused on being a wife and mother for a few years, then I worked at jobs that allowed me to be available for our son when my husband was away.
It was during that time that I was blessed to work at a veterinary clinic. I started as a kennel assistant, where I learned how to properly care for the pets who boarded at our facility. I moved up to become a groomer and eventually, I learned how to be a veterinary assistant. Over the next several years, I worked in 3 different clinics in 2 states, and loved almost every minute of it. The hardest part of the job was dealing with animals who were either too sick to help, or dogs whose behavior was too much for their owners to handle and they chose to euthanize them.
As a veterinary assistant, I helped with many different types of surgeries and procedures on large and small animals. I helped a vet perform health checks and vaccinate wild mustangs in Colorado. I rescued an injured owl from the side of a highway in NC, then helped the vet treat him and get him healthy enough to go to a wildlife rescue. I met wonderful and unusual pets, such as a mountain lion who was raised by a rescue family and slept with their kids. I comforted animals who were sick, hurt, and frightened and it felt good, knowing I'd made a difference. But having to stand by while healthy dogs/puppies were euthanized, simply because they were the wrong color, or barked too much, or were unwanted for other reasons, made me realize that the job was not going to be a long-term career. The ones I couldn't help kept me awake at night.
When my husband retired from the Air Force, I was finally able to pursue a career in law enforcement. I attended a police academy in Colorado and got a job as an officer on a college campus. It truly was my dream job, but it ended too soon, as I was seriously injured in an auto accident and was no longer able to perform my law enforcement duties. I've spent the past 24 years healing and learning to adjust to my limitations and I struggled to find another job that I could enjoy without aggravating those injuries.
Seven years ago, we moved to Texas, to live near my husband's family. In 2017, we acquired 2 German shepherd puppies. They were adorable, but full of energy and had strong personalities. They came from working bloodlines and I needed help training them. They learned quickly, but the "positive only", treat-based training didn't work once they reached 2 years old. I needed access to more tools and knowledge. That is when I met Craig Hanna, with United K9 Academy. He was able to teach me how to train my dogs, and while doing so, I learned how much I enjoyed it. I realized that, not only could I do this, but I could do this professionally. With Craig's instruction, I earned my dog training certification and have been working with him for about 3 years. I enjoy working with dogs of all ages but I'm especially fond of working with puppies and rescues. I love helping them learn what is expected of them, so their new homes become their forever homes. I help dogs who struggle with a variety of behavior issues that are caused by anxiety, boredom, insecurity, fear, dominance, former abuse, and even genetics.
Being a wife and mom are the most important accomplishments in my life, and are my greatest blessings from God. Working with animals and learning how to care for them was fun and exciting. Being able to serve and protect my community as a police officer was amazing, even if it was only for a short time. I am thankful for the wonderful jobs I've had over the years and becoming a dog trainer is one more way I've been blessed. It fills my heart with joy to know I am helping dogs overcome behaviors that could have cost them their homes, or their lives. Too many dogs are surrendered to shelters, or dumped along a highway, for behavior issues that could have been prevented, minimized, managed, or eliminated with proper training and exercise.
I would love the opportunity to help you improve communication between you and your dog. Strengthening the bond of your relationship will help your furry friend be a well behaved member of your family.
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
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!
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 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)
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.
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
United K9 Academy is a American Kennel Club Evaluator. Stay tuned for Upcoming classes and test.
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!
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