I began my K9 training career as a Marine in the Marine Corps from 2002-2010. I started out as a Military Police Officer and quickly worked my way into becoming a K9 handler. To be considered for the K9 program you have to be in the top 10 percent of your class, hold the highest marks in all aspects of your military training, and go through an interview process with your instructors, which includes knowledge questions about the Marine Corps as well as personal questions about your life. I was selected for the program and began my training at Lackland AFB, TX.
After graduation from the Military Working Dog School, I began my K9 career being stationed at MCAS Cherry Point, NC. I was a K9 handler, Lead Trainer, and Assistant Kennel Master while stationed in Cherry Point, from 2003-2006. During that time, I sought out additional training from a local professional K9 trainer who helped to teach me new and improved dog training methods and how to apply them to my working dog. I also deployed with my dog to Iraq from May 2004-November 2004. It is here where I really started learning how to not only work dogs, but also how to train them to do new tasks.
I then expanded my K9 training career by reenlisting and going to Lackland AFB to become a K9 trainer for the Department of Defense. I was stationed at Lackland from 2006-2010. This is where they train young dogs into becoming a Military Working Dog. It is here where I excelled as a trainer and received many recognition's and awards for my accomplishments as a dog trainer. I went on to become my teams lead instructor for training new trainers as well as becoming a Master Dog Trainer for the Department of Defense.
During my time at Lackland, I decided to start training personal dogs and dog owners for Petsmart from 2008-2009. It was here that I was able to work with more breeds and different training issues. This helped me to expand on training methods and get more into the psyche of dogs and dog training.
In 2010, I was Honorably Discharged from the Marine Corps. Over the next three years, I worked for two different companies as a dog handler overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as a handler for the Transportation Security Administration. During this time, I gained more knowledge about dog training from other trainers and their techniques.
From 2014-2019, I worked for a company training and instructing Special Operations Forces dogs and handlers. It is here that I started challenging myself and my capabilities more as a trainer. I would come up with new, better, and improved training methods. I was constantly using unorthodox training scenarios to challenge the dogs and the handlers, as well as finding quicker and better ways to train new dogs. Training with these men and these dogs really accelerated my education and training with dogs.
I decided after many years of working for other companies, to start a business of my own. I officially started my business on July 4th, 2016 working with clients solely on the weekends. As my clientele grew and word of mouth was getting out about my business, I decided to finally break away from working for other people and take on my business full time in March of 2019.
Brandon Liebert Owner of Inception K9 Academy Instructing
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