Building Relationships Based on Understanding and Respect.

Our distinctive approach to boarding & training sets us apart in enriching the relationship between family, children, and best friend in ways many didn’t think existed.

Building Relationships Based on Understanding and Respect.

Our distinctive approach to boarding & training sets us apart in enriching the relationship between family, children, and best friend in ways many didn’t think existed.

Many breeds. Countless happy clients. One team.

We train all breeds. Yet what makes us different is our passion for removing barriers to opportunities for better bonds between human and dog.

Do everything you can for your dog.
And it’ll return the favor.

You need a complete dog trainer that can give you the results you need. And easily learn how to manage your dog in your home or out in public in less time than you can imagine. A canine expert that educates you on everything from obedience and behavioral training to advanced dog training and off-leash control of your pet when necessary. And gets your dog motivated to follow commands consistently. And generalizes the training to your entire family. And provides follow-up training and answers all of your questions. Agreed? Great. Ready when you are.

That’s Why John Soares K9 Training is here to help.

Flexibility is what puts John Soares ahead of the class.

When training dogs, it’s best to have a world class team that can take a balanced approach based on your specific needs, whether that’s basic obedience training, off leash obedience (walking your K9 off lead), or behavior modification to address aggression, biting, and toy possession. JSK9 has the experience to deliver the results you need in weeks — not months — for your family dog in our reputable board & train programs.

We are considered the trainer’s trainer and have proven time and time again to help people rehabilitate dogs deemed too aggressive, too disobedient, and too dangerous into well-trained canines.

While primarily serving New Jersey (NJ), we also serve advanced obedience and Schutzhund clients around the world who come to us on the East Coast for dog training help and seminars in improving the relationship they have with their dogs, whether that’s novice training to advanced working K9s that may have already competed in IPO, DVG, or participated in law enforcement roles as police K9s. While our AKC obedience programs are primarily in a boarding and training environment, we offer specialized private lessons, on a case by case basis, for sport dogs such as German Shepherds, Dobermans, and Belgian Malinois who require a K9 coach for tracking, obedience, and protection.

Proof of the Pudding (We Are The Real Deal)

We recommend that you learn more about our dog training school’s credentials, but if you’re pondering if we’re really experts at dog training click here to watch John at the The American Working Dog Federation Championships, or click here to read our testimonials, or click here to read our reviews on Google+ local.

Featured Protection Dog For Sale.

Here is your opportunity to own an amazingly well rounded k9. “Pekko” is a fully trained German Shepherd coming through our advanced training program. He would do well in a household where the handler has an interest in IPO/Schutzhund or, alternatively, as a family/executive level protection dog. He has received countless hours of advanced training by our elite team of dog trainers and has proven to be one of our standouts with exceptional nerves and character. Learn more about Pekko by visiting his profile page.

Schedule an Evaluation With John Soares

That dog isn’t going to train itself. So let’s get the ball rolling. To start a no-obligation evaluation, just let us know a few details. John will be in touch.

Your questions answered. Address bad pet behavior now.

Want to talk? CALL (973) 506-4644 or send us an email. Most people find it the most effective to schedule a free evaluation where they bring their pet to our K9 training centers in Ringwood (near Oakland, Franklin Lakes, and Westchester County) or Philly Area for those down by Cherry Hill, where John Soares himself can go over the specific concerns you’re having with your dog.

At the end of the evaluation, you’ll be provided a realistic game plan to train your canine and be given a better idea of the length of training.

Training Philosophy

Our philosophy on training is a foundation of fairness and balance with each and every dog receiving a certain sensitivity to their specific needs as animals with hearts and feelings. We strive to be one of the best dog trainers in NJ, but we engage in K9 training not only in the North Jersey Area, but with people from all walks of life around the Tri-State such as NYC (including Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens). Especially for our stay away dog training clients, we’re first identifying the specific behavioral problems you’re having with your pet, then we address and correct these issues in a controlled environment, but we don’t stop there. We generalize the training with several dog training experts that are employees of ours, so your pet listens regardless if you or another family member is handling the dog. Before your best friend graduates from our K9 academy, we proof the training with distractions and test your pet in a variety of scenarios that they must pass. Still, we’re not done yet. On the day you pick up your dog, you go through the first of four follow-up sessions to become properly educated and have all of your questions answered on how to move forward in communicating with your K9. Unlike many professional K9 trainers, I empower my customers through guidance as an expert coach. Geographically, we have clients drive from Delaware and Maryland to have us train their big dogs and small dogs – but what matters most to us is that you want to improve the relationship with your pet, and are looking for a top-rated Dog Trainer / K9 Behaviorist / Pet Trainer to help.

Northern New Jersey Training Classes & Courses

John Soares instructs people on how to become dog trainers, and teaches in real life in the Northern NJ area (not far from Wayne or Paramus) and also runs his school for people who want to change careers and work with dogs in the Southern NJ or Philadelphia Area. Becoming a dog obedience instructor with JSK9 as your mentor is more than just reading a book and pass a test. You’ll be working in a hands on, experiential learning environment.

Include Your Dog Fully in Your Life

John Soares School For Happy Dogs is the best way to learn how to effectively communicate with your best friend.


Appropriate for dogs as
young as 5 months old


Move beyond a
6 foot leash


Save and protect
the relationship with your dog

JSK9. Often Imitated. Never duplicated.

State of the Art Facility

While many trainers will ask to meet you in a park, we have invested in a wide array of amenities at our climate controlled indoor training facility in Northern New Jersey. Our training environment and tools set the standard at the highest levels of our profession.

Fully Licensed & Insured

We carry comprehensive licensing and insurance to reinforce our commitment to safety, education, and professionalism. Not many trainers go to the extent that JSK9 does in safety standards of our pet clients and their handlers.

Highly Rated on Google

Top reviewed by clients and peers. Our independent reviews on Google are a great way to get an unfiltered look at what people think of JSK9. We’ll let our satisfied clients do the talking.

Dogs Trained

National Awards Won

International Awards Won

Trainers' Years of Experience

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Following a simple formula of practice and consistency Rocco has in a very short time exceeded all of my expectations. He not only showed extremely well but be he was magnificent with the spectators, press and media he encountered. Rocco


After we met with John, we could tell that he had the knowledge and resources to provide highly customized training that met our specific needs as a family. We like the fact that John’s facility is open rain or shine.  Thank you for everything, John!!! Jessica Ma


Ready when you are

Your dog isn’t going to train itself (in good behavior). So let’s get the ball rolling. To receive a no-obligation pet evaluation, just let us know a few details. We’ll be in touch very soon. Please use the phone number below or send us a message using our inquiry form.

Our prices for dog training are based on an in-person evaluation of your pet.

Call: (973) 506-4644

John Soares K9 Training, LLC

Areas We Serve:

Alpine    Bedminster     Cherry Hill     Essex Fells     Franklin Lakes     Haddonfield      Ho-Ho-Kus     Mendham     Moorestown     Morristown     Mullica Hill     Ridgewood     Saddle River     Short Hills/ Millburn     Upper Saddle River     Voorhees    Warwick    Washington Township    Wayne


Saturday: Closed
Sunday:  8AM–6PM
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 8AM–6PM
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: 8AM–6PM
Friday: 8AM–6PM


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John Soares K9 Training, LLC 1165 Greenwood Lake Turnpike Ringwood, NJ 07456 Tel: (973) 506-4644