Welcome to EIK9

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Please check out vom Kugelblitz Kennels page for our planned upcoming “A” litter with Raina and Soren.

Welcome to EIK9, home of the Canine Copilot pack and vom Kugelblitz Kennels.

We are located in upstate NY and offer a variety of training including basic and advanced obedience, behavior modification, agility and other fun sports, detection and protection with a focus on canine Search and Rescue. We occasionally have adult green or trained dogs for sale, as well as litters of pups raised for working detection or protection homes. We stress quality not quantity. When you train with EIK9 you have a partner and friend for life.

Jenn currently handles numerous certified SAR K9’s in every discipline possible, and has trained dogs for detection in everything from tracking and trailing to narcotics, bed bugs, explosives and more. Her life is all about dogs, but it is not how she makes a living as it is instead her passion. She has been told by many other handlers, clients, and trainers that she has a gift with dogs and it is her intention to share that gift with all who wish to receive it.  Holding certificates from Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) International Associations of Canine Professionals (IACP), and American Kennel Club as a certified trainer, behaviorist, and Canine Good Citizen evaluator, Jenn shares almost as many accolades as her canine partners. Currently a member and K9 Handler with International Police Working Dog Assosciation (IPWDA) as well as secretary of the New York State Federation of Search and Rescue teams. Holding a degree in Accounting and currently finishing up her AAS in Veterinary Technology so that she may add License Veterinary Technician to her ever growing resume.

You will not find a more knowledgeable active handler/trainer in the area. Whether you have an out of control pet dog, need to learn how to have a better relationship with your companion for you and your family, or wish to add a new working dog to your home we do it all with care and compassion.

Our training philosophy 

Our main goal is to ensure you have a successful, fulfilling life with your K9 partner. We believe that having a solid foundation with your pup will lead to that  ultimate K9 relationship. Training every dog is different and we do not have any set method or curriculum. Everything is tailored to each individual dog or pack and its needs.

We do maintain a philosophy throughout working with canines, this has come after years of experience working with thousands of dogs, studying body language and canine communication. You must have a FOUNDATION laid so your dog understands what you want, you must COMMUNICATE effectively to your dog and keep it CONSISTENT. You must RESPECT your dog and you must require the same RESPECT.

We will teach you how to read your dog, how to communicate effectively and consistently with your dog, and how to use everyday life as a training session. Dogs do not put training life “on paws” and only pay attention and learn when you want them to, everything you do, everything yous aw, and EVERYTHING you reinforce every minute is you training your dog. Behavior is not static- it is always changing and evolving.

We rely on the basic reinforces in dog life, food, water, social interaction, and exercise and will teach you many other secondary reinforces that you can use with YOUR dog. We primarily train by direction, not correction and we hold true to our statement that there are no disobedient dogs, only unclear human communication. Remember dogs see the world differently than us, the past is over for them, and the future is inconceivable, they only live in the moment.

Our German Shepherd Breeding Program

At vom Kugelblitz German Shepherds we have one main goal, and that is to breed the TOTAL German Shepherd Dog as Max Emil Friedrich von Stephanitz envisioned and spoke of years ago.

“The most striking feature of the correctly bred German Shepherd are firmness of nerves, attentiveness, unshockability, tractability, watchfulness, reliability and incorruptibility together with courage, fighting  tenacity, and hardness.”

We are not a kennel, and we only have a litter once every few years. Our foundation dogs are health tested, hips and elbows xrayed, are either certified search dogs, IPO titled, herding titled or a mix of all of the above. Our dogs do it all, they are working, biting powerhouses with insane drive but great control, who can be found in a room full of kids providing canine therapy in their off time at a therapeutic boarding school. They are family members and live in the home as we do not believe in keeping kennel dogs. Please check out the canine copilot tab for more information on Raina and Soren our current foundation female and male. Both dogs have great drive, but there ability to think while working in real life situations is what makes them exceptional shepherds.

Focused heeling- GSD style

Heeling under distractions

Heeling under distractions

The basis of IPO centers around obedience, and heeling is one of the most important exercises as well as being plain beauty in motion of a canine human team. The obedience routine involves heeling through the whole exercise, as well as the protection routine. To have a dog who can heel focused in any environment shows great self control, and dedication to their handler.



April showers bring May…….quickly please???

Soren retrieving his ball

Soren retrieving his ball

The whirlwind of life never seems to stop, and between teaching  and running the Dog Corps. program at the Family Foundation School, working at the veterinary hospital, and training clients as my 3 jobs not to mention training my 7 dogs in Therapy work, Search and Rescue, IPO, and now movie acting. Plus running Life Long Tails Rescue and keeping up with the ever changing cycle of dogs and small animals in and out of foster its a wonder i remember to breath!

But there is no rest for the weary

April and May bring us the following

Emeline- At the end of the month Eme will take her IPWDA trailing test to certify as a Internationale police working dog association trailing K9. Eme has already proved herself running a few successful trails of run away students at the school i teach dog training at.

Raina- Is in the process of learning her role as a seeing eye/assistant dog for an upcoming film shooting next month. This is Raina’s first movie and she needs to learn 20 extra commands in addition to her basic obedience. Look for plenty of details and blog posts on this amazing opportunity for Raina and I, and of course the release of the movie in 2014.

Sören-  Has his first confirmation show for the SV coming up this summer as well as his AD which is a 12 mile endurance test. This is the start to his IPO work and we are laying the foundation now!

Abby- This old girl is maintaining her SAR and therapy work and in training for an article certification that will prove to help at searches and at home when you lose your keys playing soccer with the kids 😉

Fugly- With the successful completion of his CGC this boy is on his way to therapy certification. We are continuing his training and he works almost daily with the kids at the school accomplaning them to classes and therapy sessions and spending down time in the dorms.

Anna- Also completed her CGC and will be moving on to her therapy test. Anna is usually found at home keeping things running smooth but she loves to come down and visit with the kids and hang out with them.

Kaze- The newest addition to the copilot pack is a vivacious 10 month old silky terrier named kamikaze. This girl has a bright future as we are getting her basic training in place and developing her hunt drive and her reward system. Watch for what cool events this girl will be in next!

So as our crazy spring ensues please bear with us. If you need help we are currently accepting a limited number of new clients in the Sullivan, Delaware, and Broome county area. Please visit our site as it gets updated. http://www.EIK9T.com



Flashback Friday

This weeks flashback friday post is pictures of the canine copilot dogs out and about for Elite Instinct Canine training sessions.

Raina and I at Home Depot


Franky in the car waiting for the lesson to begin


Abby in a sit stay