About the Waco Team


United K9 Academy Waco. Not only is Waco growing rapidly but is the home to a few interesting historical sites, Magnolia Market Silos, Waco Suspension bridge, Texas Ranger Museum and McLane Stadium, and franchise owner Josh Connor's favorite: the Dr. Pepper Museum. He would not be his cheery self without his daily dose of Dr. Pepper. This area is growing rapidly and was in the need of a United K9 Academy franchise. This local office is serving families in Waco, Hewitt, Lorena, Robinson as well as the surrounding areas. Our Team of Elite Trainers can help you with any dog training or behaviors needs. We offer training programs like: 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.

CRAIG HANNA

Owner/Trainer

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.

Meet the Trainers

Rayna Stout

I have been involved with dogs for the past 28 years. I started working at a Veterinary clinic while I was still in high school. I went from kennels to technician. I even learned how to groom dogs. The Veterinary field taught me a lot about dogs. I learned to read their body language and defensive handling for my safety and the Veterinarian's. My greatest teacher and soulmate was a wolf dog named Claundyke. He taught me about pack behavior and dominate vs submissive. Claundyke was my co-pilot while I traveled the US showing South African Boerboels. I owned the first Boerboel to earn a Conformation title in the US and the first breeder in Colorado. I produced the first Agility titled Boerboel. As well as produced and owned the first Trick titled Boerboel. Somewhere along the way I switched to Border Collies. In 2007, I started competing in Agility, Rally and Obedience. Since then, I've put around 20 titles on my dogs. They've starred in Commercials and modeled for print ads. In 2009, I traveled to the Philippines to teach workshops in Rally, Puppy & Basic Manners. While over there, I assisted in an Evaluation for the Senator's dog. I went back in 2011 and did a trick show with my dog Lyric at the Better Dog Games. Once more in 2018 to deliver a puppy and teach a workshop on Puppies. I currently raise a breed that I'm developing called a Toty Collie. They are the only breed created for the purpose of tricks. Even though they are great at all sports! I am a CGC Evaluator for the AKC and a Certified Trick Dog Instructor through Do More With Your Dog. My dogs are currently training in Frisbee, Agility, Dock Diving and of course, Tricks!

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