Brandon Marquez


About Me:

Education & Training

There were many things Brandon enjoyed during his time in the Military. Throughout his seven years at MARSOC, he worked with an amazing MPC, Shimanski. Shimanski was trained in explosive detection, controlled aggression and team protection, and human tracking. Having various disciplines gave them a wide range of real-world applicability and experience. Going on hundreds of real-world operations, in some of the most dangerous parts of the world, Brandon found his favorite part of canine training, explosive detection. Over the course of their travels, Brandon and Shimanski experienced a great deal of success searching for explosives and working overseas. For their decisive actions, Brandon received both Combat and Valor awards. 

While explosive detection and advanced training have been his favorite parts of working with canines, the aspect Brandon loves most about it is, the foundational obedience that is required. This soared his interest to work with not just these high caliber dogs, but also the average house dog. During the final year of his Military career, Brandon took to personal dog training. With a true passion for dogs and extremely unique experiences, he wanted to share that and bring well trained dogs to as many homes as possible. Brandon was able to understand the common issues dog owners and their families face at home and provide custom solutions to solve those problems. Taking his high-level unique experience and bringing it to everyone interested has allowed him to see his favorite type of dog, a well-trained dog! 

Through all the various countries, operations, and dogs, one thing always remains true – every dog and problem set is unique. This is a critical value Brandon holds in his career and applies to each situation. Understanding the dog, the family, and the lifestyle is crucial to give you the best trained dog possible. This is why Brandon will be fully committed and involved to give you and your dog the best knowledge possible for success. 

Since establishing Crux Canine Training, Brandon has continued to share his passion for dogs and helping other veterans. Brandon is also the founder of Southern Cross Service Dogs, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing exceptionally trained service dogs to veterans in-need.