Times have changed, don’t stay stuck in the past

I get a lot of phone calls everyday, sometimes its easy, new puppy, owners want basic obedience class.

Some times its a nightmare. Dog has attacked and injured 3 people. Dog guards food, dog attacks other dogs.

They want answers, they want reassurance, they want the dog fixed before i even see him. I’m not a miracle worker, and i wont compromise my ethics either. I train dogs, i manipulate dog behavior to achieve a desired outcome, and I systemically desensitize dogs with issues. I rehab, i retrain, and i work with them to correct behavior, and i’m not talking about the dog most the time, i’m talking about the owner.

We live in a world were you don’t house train your dog by rubbing his nose in the pee, you don’t stop him from jumping on the counters by hitting him with a newspaper (all your teaching him then is that newspapers are bad) and you don’t get obedience by yanking the choke collar and lead till they sit.


I can’t tell you my way is faster, i can’t promise its the best, but i can ASSURE you that it will be based on mutual trust, respect and clear communication. I want a dog who enjoys being with me, I don’t want a dog who is scared of a newspaper. I want to invest time and energy in my relationship with my dogs, I don’t want a quick and dirty fix.

What do you want?


The newest Eagle Valley SAR Dogs recruit from vom Kugelblitz Kennels

April of 2014 K9 Raina of EV Search Dogs gave birth to 7 puppies bound for great things. So far 14 months later, i have yet to be disappointed. vom Kugelblitz “A” litter has 4 puppies currently in SAR, 2 in dual purpose police homes and 1 in an AKC obedience home. K9 Annika is maroon girl, and the runt of the litter that i kept back. This little girl had a ton of fight in her and when i thought we may loose her, and she pulled through i knew she had my heart.

Annika vom Kugelblitz CGC CA is in training for Airscent SAR and IPO. After taking a break over the last 8 months and focusing on obedience and tracking she is back at her airscent work and its like we never stopped. Once we solidify her complete find, refind sequence in which she locates her subject, comes back and finds me, barks repeatedly till told show me and then re finds her subject doing the whole sequence over and over till i am with the subject, we will start her testing! 2 of her littermates on Amigo SAR dogs have already passed 3 of the 5 certification tests, and Annika will be no different. I’m proud of all my SAR dogs, but what makes me even more proud of Annika is that i produced her, she is a product of my breeding, and like her mother, father, and all the other SAR dogs in the house she is handled, owned, and trained exclusively by me. This little girl just may be the one to carry on the vom Kugelblitz line.


Below is a short video clip of the locating, refind, and barking of Annikas Search sequence.




Part of the pack, Annika in the middle far back


Practicing down stays, getting ready for her BH


After earning her CA title. 3 nice lure coursing runs for this girl. So proud of her!

Last weeks fun trail!

Last week at Eagle Valley Search Dogs team training our one and only Miss Emeline got a nice practice trail down a mountain side, through a creek and swamp and happily found her subject!

The trail was laid around 930am and we let it age 6 hours with both human and dog contamination at the start, plus multiple cars driving over it in the beginning.

june 20 2015 eme trail

Our subject is the teal blue, and Eme and I is the purple. Working both many known and blind trails, plus many real trails i know that taking her straight down elevation like above is complicated and she works her butt off to sort out the drifting trail scent and  stay close to right on the trail. What i love about this, is you see a dog who truly works her scent, and works it well. She gives clear negatives, always re casts and picks up the trail again with clear body language signals that let me know if we are on, or in fringe as she sorts it out.


Trailing dogs are A TON of work, and require not only a lot of time and commitment, but a good backing of supporters to help lay trails, go out with you running through the woods at mach 10 speed in 80 degree heat and rain, and a genetically solid dog. Anyone looking to practice some wood navigating experience in and around the Middletown NY area let me know, as long as you are at the end of her trail with some ham or a ball you will have one insanely happy black shepherd in your lap!


vom Kugelblitz “B” litter has arrived

On June 11th and June 12th we welcomed 9 little bundles of joy!! Diva did amazing, and we are happy she whelped all 9 in perfect health, without loosing a single pup.

We have 2 males and 7 females. The females are solid black, black and tan, and sable. The males are black and tan and sable.

We are accepting deposits now, and have a few females available from this large litter. Please contact us today if interested.