About Signature K9

Meet the Founder

Daniel De La Pena | Founder/Head Trainer

Dogs have always been a passion of mine, and I’ve been fortunate to have owned several throughout my childhood. However, it was my time serving as a Military Police Officer that truly ignited my love for working with dogs. During my deployment to Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation New Dawn (OIF/OND), I worked alongside explosive detection MWDs (military working dogs) and collaborated with local Iraqi Police Departments to conduct proper checkpoint and security searches. Later, while stationed at the prestigious United States Military Academy in West Point, New York, I assisted in conducting hundreds of narcotics and explosives searches with K9 assets.

Before becoming a dog trainer I was a pet dog owner. I know firsthand the frustration and confusion that comes with behavioral problems in dogs. I tried seeking professional help from a franchise training company, but it turned out to be a terrible experience that made things worse for my dog. Determined to find a solution, I decided to educate myself and learn more about my dog’s behavior. I attended a school for dog trainers and became a certified dog trainer and animal behavior specialist. With this knowledge and experience, I started my own business to help other dog owners in central Texas facing similar challenges. If you’re struggling with your dog’s behavior, know that you’re not alone, and there are solutions to help both you and your dog.

Since then, I’ve made it my mission to continue learning and growing as a canine professional. I attend seminars, take courses, and seek out apprenticeships whenever possible to improve my skills and knowledge. My ultimate goal is to help people develop better relationships with their dogs and resolve any behavior problems they may encounter. As the Proud Owner of Signature K9 Training Academy, I lead a team of dedicated professionals who share my passion for dogs and commitment to helping pet owners. We welcome you to the Signature K9 family and look forward to working with you and your K9 companion.

About Signature K9

Our goal is to make dog training an enjoyable and rewarding experience for both you and your dog. We understand that owning a dog can sometimes be stressful and frustrating, especially if you’re dealing with unwanted behaviors or issues. That’s why we’re here to help, offering guidance and support to help you build a stronger bond with your dog and create a harmonious home environment.

Our training philosophy is based on balance. We believe in using positive reinforcement to encourage good behaviors and reward progress, but we also recognize the importance of correcting and redirecting unwanted behaviors. We’ll work with you to develop a training plan that meets your dog’s specific needs, helping them to develop new skills and behaviors that will benefit both of you.

At Signature K9 Training Academy, we’re more than just a dog training company – we’re a community of passionate dog owners and trainers who are dedicated to helping you and your dog succeed. Whether you’re looking to address specific behavioral issues or simply want to improve your dog’s overall obedience, we’re here to help. Contact us today to learn more about our approach to dog training and how we can help you build a stronger, more rewarding relationship with your dog.


Proudly Serving Elgin & Central Texas