About the Liberty Hill Team


United K9 Academy Liberty Hill. The growth of Liberty Hill community warranted the expansion of a United K9 Academy and a local office. Our franchise owner, Jenn is an avid Jeeper and works with the Jeep community to give back with events, donated services and discounting for her Jeep community. The Liberty Hill Office will be serving families in Cedar Park, Leander, Marble Falls, and surrounding areas. Their team of Elite Trainers can help you with any dog training or behaviors needs. Training programs offered are: Service Dog Training, Basic to Advanced Obedience, Board and Train programs, and Puppy Training. The staff is trained in The Science of Animal Learning Theory, K9 First Aid, and Animal Behaviors and much more. For more information check out the trainers below and fill out a contact form.

Jenn 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.

Meet the Trainers

Brandi Farber

Brandi grew up in the central Texas area working with ranch dogs and rescues. She has volunteered at many shelters and rescues over the years and has a special place in her heart for rescue canines. She has about 9 cumulative years training dogs. She currently has 3 children, not including her two fur babies, Gerda and Roomba.

Hannah Scharnberg

Being a 5th Generation Austinite, my love for the outdoors as well as animals was hardwired into my brain from the start! At the mere age of 14, I got an afterschool job working for a Training, Boarding, and Daycare facility for dogs. After just one week of working with and around all of the pups I was hooked! Soon after, the lead trainer asked if I would like to start shadowing her during her one-on-one lessons with some of her most "misunderstood" of trainees. I did not hesitate to say yes. Being the natural daredevil and adrenalin junkie that I am; the thought of working with or even watching a trainer interact with dogs that have shown some Texas sized problems was absolutely captivating to me. I could not wait to start! I get asked quite often what made me leave the "9 to 5 business world" to start training dogs? My answer is usually who wouldn't? Is it challenging? Absolutely! But the reward of knowing that you have created an unstoppable bond with an animal without ever sharing words is something no human can give you. It's what I live for!

Sarah Nickels

Hey! My name is Sarah Nickels. For as long as I can remember, my family and I have had dogs. Trading has always been a passion of mine, and training my dog Scotty has been one of the most rewarding things I've done. Friends and family didn't think it would be possible to train him, but with a lot of determination and skill he has become a better dog than anyone thought possible.

Dog training is my dream job, and it's an incredible feeling to be able to do what I love. I have trained dogs from basic to elite obedience, and enjoy working with dogs that struggle with fear or reactivity.

Teri VanBee

When I was only 13 I would ask my neighbors in New Mexico if I could walk their dog or dog sit if they were going out of town. I would constantly try to volunteer at the zoo once I got a little older and even at the shelter just so I could get some time with the animals. I moved to Texas when I was 17 and sadly I couldn't find a job dealing with animals so I became a private security officer. I have been working in the security division for 7 years now and it isn't what I love to do. One day I decided to buy a Jeep wrangler and that was what changed my life for the better. I started to get out more and I even adopted my Jeep dog to add to my family. I met Jen about 2 years ago and she told me about her company United K9 Academy. I was so intrigued about becoming a trainer and working with animals again but I was scared to leave my 8-5 job. I can now say that this is the right choice for me. I am excited to go to UK9A events and even to go to trainings. My dream has always been to work with animals and now I get to do that and I couldn't be happier working with United K9 Academy.
I have always had a love for animals of all sorts for as long as I could remember. I got my first dog (Snip) when I was only 6 months old and he became my best friend. When I was 8 years old, Snip bit me but that did not waver my love for him, it was my fault as I did not notice his warning signs and after that he was always by myside and we understood each other better than before. I am now avid about learning a dog's signs and trying to teach people as dogs have personalities also and signs that you can read. Snip passed when he was 16 years old and it was like losing part of myself. I have had over 10 dogs in my life time. Each has had their own personalities and has helped me in their own way while I had them. It's amazing what each animal is capable of and each personality responds to with training. Each dog is different and it's always an adventure and I think that's why I love it so much.

Griff Brown

I come from a military family and have lived internationally as well as all over the United States. I moved to Texas in 2017 and graduated shortly after. Not long after moving back, I received my certification in Canine Behavior Analyzation with United K9 Academy. As part of my training I adopted a beautiful Border Collie named Gracie. She is trained and certified in obedience and now she is training in sport dog work; frisbee and agility. I am looking forward to working with you and your pup(s) please feel free to reach out.

Joshua Carrier

My entire life we have always had at least 2 dogs in our family home. At a very young age I immediately began to find comfort and entertainment from these wonderful furry creatures. My mother has always been actively involved in voluntary rescue for dogs and even began her own boarding and training business. We have had a lot of dogs of all shapes and sizes from dachshunds to Rottweilers and every breed in between. A year after I graduated from high school, I joined the Army to become a Drone Operator, but unfortunately due to back issues I was honorably discharged and moved back home. It didn't take long for me to realize that just as soon as that door closed another one opened, an even better one! I quickly realized that dogs were my passion and training them was what I wanted to do with my life. Educating and informing others about dog behaviors, body language and other very common misunderstandings people may have helps people understand dogs at a deeper level and keeps them from immediately taking dogs to shelters or simply rehoming them. This is what I want to help and avoid.
Today I have my boy Solo, whom is a very large German Rottweiler! He is a gentle giant and absolutely loves playing and running around with all the other pups! He is the joy of my life.

Shawn Meeks

I was born and raised on a ranch here in Central Texas. I've been training animals my whole life. I served in the coast guard for 2 years and when I left to serve, I had to leave behind my girl, "Hay Dog." Today she is 5 years old and is my demo dog and pride and joy. Why Hay Dog,? Ask me when we meet, it is a funny story.
My strongest experience is working with herding dogs such as, Border Collies, Heelers of all kinds and Australian Shepherds. Over the last few years and the course of my training I have also worked with all types of dogs, Great Pyrenees, Anatolian shepherds, German Shepherds, Pitbull's, Great Danes, Labradors, Bulldogs (English and American), Retrievers, Labradoodles, Dachshunds, Chihuahuas and of course the most common of all... the unknown mixed breed dogs. I'm very excited to be a member of the United K9 Academy family and I can't wait to help teach/train you and your companion. Reach out and let's talk about how I can help.

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