MEET THE FOUNDER

Daniel De La Pena

Founder/Head Trainer

I have always had a love for dogs. I owned several dogs throughout my childhood, but my passion for dogs developed during my service on active duty as a Military Police Officer. During my tour in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation New Dawn (OIF/OND), I conducted checkpoints with explosive detection MWD’s (military working dogs) and trained with local Iraqi Police Departments to conduct proper checkpoint/security searches. While stationed at the prestigious United States Military Academy in West Point, New York, I assisted in conducting hundreds of narcotics & explosives searches with K9 assets daily. In addition to my military experience, I graduated from Starmark Academy where I received my certification as a canine Trainer and behavior specialist. In addition, I have attended training seminars of world-renowned trainer Nino Drowaert (STS K9) and Christopher Fraize (Canine Solutions Training Services). Working with dogs and helping people has given me a new sense of purpose and has allowed me to grow as a person, and as a trainer. As the Proud Owner of Signature K9 Training Academy, along with my team of dedicated canine professionals, I welcome you to the Signature K9 family.