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Dog Training you can trust when it MATTERS

A trained dog in the comfort of your home is great to have, but what about in public, or in times of stress?

No matter what the environment, your pet should look to YOU for direction regardless of the environment.

Private in-home training sessions will help to identify any present "triggers" that may already exist for your pet, and how to work through high-stress situations, in a way that is safe for all parties.

Training classes that are exclusively designed around socialization are not what you will find at Sky Soldier Dog Training simply because pet owners cannot reasonably control what other dogs and their owners will do in public settings like dog parks, etc. We want to control the controllable, which is you and your pet, and the overall response to a stimulus.

Training will help to better assist dog owners on ways to recognize signs of stress in their pet and how to manage this stress safely and effectively diffuse it.

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Understanding Balanced Training

Dog training methods fit into one of two categories: Balanced & Purely Positive

Balanced training allows you to be the leader in the eyes of your pet in a manner that is fair, and in a way that BUILDS confidence.

Thanks to the results pet owners have experienced, balanced training is becoming the preferred choice for dog owners who are serious about their commitment to changing their dogs' behavior and how well they obey commands, no matter the environment.​

Balanced training also incorporates luring when your dog is learning, but there are also fair and reasonable consequences to hold the dog accountable once they know what is expected of them through training.

Balanced training does not mean you cannot enjoy your dog being a dog - it means that you can teach your dog their place in your home, in a way that is fair and consistent.

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Interested in training for a new member of the family?

A well-trained puppy is a happy and confident dog

Adopting a new dog into the family can present a learning curve (or five), even for a seasoned pet parent!

Kennel or crate training, nipping, jumping, pottying in the house, harassing older siblings, etc.

Puppies cannot self-regulate. But that does not mean they cannot learn how to be a well-mannered addition to your family.

Booking training sessions help pet parents to understand the best way to communicate with their pets.

Set your new puppy up for success by filling out an Inquiry Form and scheduling your FREE Zoom Consult TODAY! 

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Reactivity: Aggression or Fear?

Examples of common, but not necessarily "normal" behaviors we regularly address include:

  • Resource Guarding Food or Toys

  • Separation Anxiety

  • Destructive Behavior

  • Biting, or showing teeth

  • Counter-surfing or food stealing

  • Growling or lunging on a leash

While these behaviors CAN be frustrating, in most cases they are out of fear or lack of boundaries and not actual aggression. 

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We recently had Brandon Eichholz from Patriot Dogs recommended to us (from a good friend) to help train our one year old German shorthaired pointer. This is our third GSP but our first male and Brandon correctly diagnosed him within 2 minutes as being a big “GOOFBALL.” Lloyd is definitely a Mama’s boy and rather spoiled (that is putting it mildly). GSPs are extremely energetic by nature and therefore require a great deal of exercise. And even after a daily run on the treadmill (average 4-7 miles) our Lloyd still has PLENTY of energy! Frankly, I feared we had a good 4-5 years of bad behavior before Lloyd started to settle down a little bit.

During my first conversation with Brandon, he thoroughly explained his philosophy, what to expect of LLoyd during the training period AND, more importantly, what was to be expected of us. Each week (total of 6 weeks) we had an hour lesson practicing a particular skill. Each lesson was immediately followed up with a very detailed email recapping the instructions and commands to be used with Lloyd. Those came in VERY helpful as Brandon makes everything look so easy and one can quickly forget even very simple instructions!

Each week Brandon would come to our home with a new skill for Lloyd to learn and practice. Each week I would begin the lesson with a deep skepticism. I would, however, follow Brandon’s detailed (but very simple instructions) and each week, Lloyd (and Brandon) would prove me wrong. Six weeks later, I have a lovable GSP that behaves in ways I never thought possible.

In short, Brandon’s skills as a dog trainer are EXCELLENT and we HIGHLY recommend him as a trainer. I rarely feel the need to write reviews but we have had such a POSITIVE experience with Patriot Dogs that it was deemed necessary. Lloyd is a “work in progress” as he is still very young. Brandon has put us on the right path and made our time with Lloyd much easier and, thus, much more enjoyable. Our Lloyd is still very much a lovable GOOFBALL but a MUCH better behaved one!

Tricia N

We reached out to Sky Soldier Dog Training looking for guidance on training our American Bulldog puppy and building up her confidence. At 80 lbs and only a year old, we needed to make sure we were prepared for any situation we could encounter.

Brandon is very clear in his training and if something didn’t make sense, he’s more than willing to explain the technique until we felt comfortable. We asked if we could train outside the house to work on distractions and he was more than willing.

Sky Soldier Dog Training exceeded my expectations and I can see on a daily basis that Remmi is a more confident girl. We would highly recommend Brandon and will reach out to him when it’s time to welcome another pup into our family.

Christina B

My wife and I just adopted a 1-year-old shepherd mutt from the humane society. Our previous dog spoiled us. He was never any trouble and just seemed to do everything right.

This dog is something else and we decided we wanted some professional training to help change some of his undesirable behaviors. We chose Sky Soldier Dog Training.

Brandon teaches you how to train your dog in your home. He is polite and punctual. He asks questions and quickly learns your concerns about your dog's behavior. He is very efficient.

The whole time he is demonstrating the training exercises, he is also sharing insights as to why he trains in the manner he does and also what's going on with your dog - dispelling a lot of incorrect notions about why dogs do what they do.

I am very pleased with the results I got from the money I spent on training. I feel the price charged is very reasonable for the results I got. When I am out on walks with my dog Tuck, I receive repeated comments from neighbors about what a good boy he is or how much his behavior has improved if they knew him before training started.

Consider me a satisfied customer and take this as my recommendation if you are looking for a dog trainer.

James B

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Hands down the best dog training around. I would highly recommend Sky Soldier to anyone who is looking to train their dog. I have been through a few different trainers with my dog and past dogs and I have gained more knowledge from Brandon in six sessions than I have in all of my other training combined.

My dog, Tater Tot, would go crazy when we would go on walks and did not do well with anyone walking into my apartment. Throughout the training, we were able to build his confidence and those things have progressively gotten better and better! He even got the best compliment when a lady said that he was the most well-behaved Pomeranian she has come into contact with! Thank you Brandon for such an amazing experience!

Emily Rae

Our blue heeler Percy was a hot mess - anxiety, barking, nipping, pulling, lunging at other dogs…you name it, he had it. I called in Sky Soldier Dog Training and he set up our 6-week course, working the schedule through schedule changes, and even coming on holidays.

I came to Brandon with a litany of issues but he insisted that we start from the basics and develop boundaries, instill confidence in Percy, and train us better on proper reinforcement and consistency. The training was brilliant and totally opened my eyes to a whole different way of thinking about training.

Brandon did a superb job of explaining the *why* and demonstrating the *how* by incorporating both positive reinforcement and fair pressure which was far more effective than just saying “NO” and hoping for the best.

Percy is a whole new dog now. Even though we didn’t directly cover specific negative behaviors like barking in the car, nipping us during play, or lunging at other dogs, he now has more confidence, and we have a better understanding of how to enforce boundaries so he actively and consistently makes better decisions with confidence.

Thank you, Brandon!

Sterling M

When you’re looking for a trainer, it’s a big responsibility and can be quite a daunting task. That person will become part of your puppy’s routine and structure, and by extension, will become a part of the family. The decision to choose Brandon at Sky Soldier Dog Training was an easy one. Simply put, he cares.

Your journey, much like any job or new endeavor, starts with an interview, in this case via Zoom. Brandon gets to know your goals, explains his training philosophy, expands on his training background, and “meets” your pup. In our case, our Jackson was the young age of 12 weeks. Brandon outlined via a detailed proposal, what his “plan” was and asked for feedback before a mutual agreed contract was signed.

During training sessions, Brandon was straightforward, patient, attentive, and told you things you didn’t necessarily want to hear, but needed to hear. Jackson’s training plan needed some modifications, and Brandon handled those with ease. Dog training isn’t always just about training the dogs, but is also training for us as pet parents.

Outside of training time, Brandon was always available, which was extremely comforting.

All in all, personalized, individual, and private training is absolutely the way to go. Jackson’s lessons don’t stop now that training is “over,” but will continue throughout his life. Sky Soldier Dog Training was just his springboard.

Eric W

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Interested in the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Program for your dog?

Sky Soldier Dog Training Owner is an official CGC Evaluator

The AKC Canine Good Citizen™ (CGC) program provides a perfect framework for training your dog to become a polite member of society.

The 10 test items on the CGC test are practical, functional behaviors that every dog should have to be welcomed in the community.

Who Can Participate in CGC?

CGC is open to all dogs–purebred and mixed breeds. There are no age minimums or limits for participating in the Canine Good Citizen program, because yes, you can always teach an old dog new tricks!

  • Test 1: Accepting a friendly stranger

  • Test 2: Sitting politely for petting

  • Test 3: Appearance and grooming

  • Test 4: Out for a walk (walking on a loose lead)

  • Test 5: Walking through a crowd

  • Test 6: Sit and down on cue and stay in place

  • Test 7: Coming when called

  • Test 8: Reaction to another dog

  • Test 9: Reaction to distraction

  • Test 10: Supervised separation

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At Sky Soldier Dog Training, we strongly believe that it’s never too late to change our pet’s behavior. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

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