My name is Brandy Eggeman and I am the owner and operator of Citizen K9 Dog Training & Agility LLC as well as the Director of the canine facility for Hero Kids Foundation. 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 17 years in search and rescue work for the state of Virginia and 2 years in England with Dartmoor Mountain Rescue. I am the only trainer that does search and rescue that has state certification with Virginia Department of Emergency Management that trains within the Hampton Roads area. 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. It doesn't matter what kinds of certifications are held if they can be arrested attending a search it is probably a problem.
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 dogs and work dogs in Schutzhund, along with having trained pet quality dogs for the past 9 years. 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. 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!