My name is Brandy Eggeman and I am the owner and operator of Citizen K9 Dog Training & Agility LLC . I grew up with German Shepherds and my mom owns a kennel where she raises German Shepherds. I have over 30 years of experience in dog training with various breeds, with 19 years in search and rescue work for the state of Virginia and 2 years in England with Dartmoor Mountain Rescue. Our dogs alot of times cant go into areas with so much as a collar on so they have to listen and respond to our instruction as they work off leash in very high distraction environments.
I am the only trainer that does search and rescue that has had state certification with Virginia Department of Emergency Management that trains within the Hampton Roads area. I also work with the National Center For Missing and Exploited Children as a dog handler for them as needed. Having worked with law enforcement and many officials over the years in various venues, the quality of my training must meet the highest standards. My dogs have to meet the highest standards of training as well. Always do checking on individuals who claim to do this type of work as well as with state and local law enforcement and search agencies.
I train using positive reinforcement because I believe dogs learn best with this method and it strengthens your bond with your family member. I also believe there is a consequence for undesirable behavior. I use the analogy of being ticketed for speeding in your vehicle......it doesn't hurt but makes you think twice before doing it again!
I have shown dogs in obedience, trained therapy dog, Search dogs in both airscent and HRD, and worked dogs in Schutzhund, along with having trained pet quality dogs for the past 14 years as well as alot of behavior cases.
I also work with Virginia German Shepherd Rescue in the rehabilitation of dogs with behavioral issues so that they can be adopted out as lifelong quality family members as well as other rescue organizations. I am also a published author of a training book which won an award for best training book Nationwide. With 30 years of experience in many aspects of dog training, it would be my pleasure to put my extensive experience to work for you!
Marchello just joined us and has a couple years experience from up North. We are excited to have him come aboard. He will be doing our Day Training and enrichment programs as well as many of our other programs!
All our trainers follow the protocol and beliefs of this company in doing whats best for the dog and explaining the training as well as methodology behind it. We don't just train the dog, we educate the clients as well!