United K-9 Academy – Fort Hood

Serving the Fort Hood Area.

About the Fort Hood Team

United K9 Academy Fort Hood is where it all began! We enjoy working with military personnel, civilians, and their dog training needs. Nothing gives you peace of mind while you’re at work and knowing your dog is home behaving or being cared for by our trainers. Our trainers are experienced in The Science of Animal Learning Theory, K9 First Aid & CPR, and Animal Behaviors. There is always an outdoors event in the Fort Hood area that we wish to enjoy with our family, and leaving our dogs behind is not an option. This being said, our number one feedback comes as soon as our clients take their well-behaved dogs out to these events. If you would like more information on dog training services, including but not limited to, United K9 Academy’s Service Dog Training, Basic – Advanced Obedience training, Board & Train services, and Puppy training services, check out our list of trainers and fill out a contact form.

Craig Hanna


  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.

Meet the Trainers

Veronica Dessus

Born and raised in Killeen, TX, Veronica has always had a passion for dogs. Joining the United K9 family has helped further her love for canine training and care. Veronica takes pride assisting owners and pets in better understanding each other.

Kaylann Surface

Coming Soon…


Other Services

Boarding, Dog Walking and Pet Sitting


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

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

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 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

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

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.

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

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!

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