Daniel De La Pena
Daniel has always had a love for dogs. Growing up he had several dogs throughout his childhood, but his passion for dogs developed during his service on active duty as a Military Police Officer. During his tour in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation New Dawn (OIF/OND) Daniel 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, Daniel conducted hundreds of narcotics & explosives searches with K9 assets daily. In addition to his military experience Daniel graduated from Starmark Academy where he received his certification as a canine Trainer and behavior specialist. Daniel is the Proud Owner of Signature K9 Training Academy, and along with his team of dedicated canine professionals, welcomes you to the Signature K9 family.
A graduate of Troy University, Lexus obtained a B.S. degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology. She continued her education in an area that was always a passion of hers. She attended Tarheel Canine Training where she acquired her Master Trainers Certification in: Professional Obedience, Behavior Modification, Narcotics and Explosives Detection, Tracking/Trailing, Patrol/Apprehension, and Personal Protection Dogs. Lexus currently owns 2 working canines: a Belgian Malinois, K9 Bad, who is certified in narcotics detection and patrol/apprehension, and a German Shepherd, K9 Sloan, who is certified in narcotics detection and tracking. She also trains her dogs in the sport, Protection Sport Association (PSA). To further support her sport, she is a committed member and active decoy of a local club. Her extensive background, experience, and training in all these areas over the past 5 years, provides a vast and unique ideology in her training.
Janelle De La Pena
Executive Administrator/ Trainer
A retired Army veteran, loving wife and mother, dogs have always been a part of Janelle’s life; at one point she had six dogs living under one roof. Janelle married her husband and his passion for dog training/ handling caught her interest. Once she was medically retired from the U.S. Army, Janelle started her journey to become a dog trainer by attending and completing Starmark Academy’s 12-week certification program. Here she was able to work with rescue/shelter dogs and help train, rehabilitate, care for, and bond with some amazing animals! Once graduated from Starmark, she joined Signature K9 Training Academy to help sharpen the skills she already had, and develop into an understanding, knowledgeable, and compassionate trainer. She looks forward to helping you and your K9 with all your training needs!
Mandy Derick has been in the canine industry for over 3 years now. It all started when she got her dog Meeka who ended up developing resource guarding issues and dog reactivity. Mandy reached out to a trainer and was immediately struck with a newfound passion for dog training. Mandy pursued further education by attending Starmark Dog Training School, where she studied canine behavior and training. Committed to providing the most effective & convenient solutions to her clients’. Mandy continued her education and professional development by joining Signature K9 Training Academy’s and learning how to take the skills she already had and sharpen them. Mandy is excited to be aboard the Signature K9 team and looks forward to helping canines and their owners for all their training needs.
Mark Mayo Jr.
Mark is U.S. Army Veteran who retired as a Sergeant First Class after 14 years of service. After retirement, Mark followed his lifelong passion for dogs, and pursued a career as a professional dog trainer. Mark attended a 12-week program at Starmark Animal Behavior Academy, in Hutto, Texas; where he graduated among the top trainers in his class. Mark is experienced in Puppy Socialization and Training, Basic Obedience, Intermediate Obedience, Off leash and Advanced Obedience, Ecollar Training, Home Manners, and Behavioral Modification. Mark joined the Signature K9 team in June 2019, further developing his knowledge, skills, and experience under the guidance and mentor ship of Daniel and Lexus. Mark married his childhood sweetheart 14 years ago and they have two sons, two Dobermans and a Yorkshire Terrier.