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Basic Obedience

Off Leash Obedience

Behavior Modification

Protection Dogs

Dog Training Services

Basic Obedience

You deserve a healthy, harmonious relationship with your dog. If you and your dog are at your worst together – count on us in establishing clear communication and proper obedience.

Put our top New Jersey basic obedience dog trainers on your side for a lasting bond with your K9.

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Board & Train in New Jersey

Off Leash Obedience

Unlock the freedom for your best friend with our expert off-leash dog training programs. Sign up today and watch your pup unleash their true potential!

Our off leash program is top-rated and proven.

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New Jersey Off Leash Dog Training

Behavior Modification

Unfortunately, unwanted dog behavior is often serious – dog bites, aggression, destructive chewing, and jumping can wreak havoc on the bond you have with your pup. You’ll need experts on your side to save the relationship you have with your dog..

Complicated behaviors require an experienced dog trainer.

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New Jersey Dog Behavior Modification

Vacation Immersion Program (VIP)

The ultimate boarding program for dogs in New Jersey, where your pup learns through fun adventures and experiences.

Expect your dog to have a lot of fun and learn a thing or two along the way.

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New Jersey Vacation Boarding Program

Schutzhund Training

The ultimate bond and discipline with Schutzhund training, where you and your working K9 become true sport competitors.

Test your dog’s potential in this fun and competitive sport.

Discuss Your K9’s Potential With A Schutzhund Trainer

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New Jersey Schutzhund Training

Become a Dog Trainer

Becoming a dog trainer opens the door to a fulfilling career where you can positively impact the lives of both dogs and their owners.

What are the steps to becoming a dog trainer in New Jersey?

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New Jersey Dog Trainer Course

Schutzhund Helper Certification

Are you looking for the right training organization to become a certified helper in IGP / Schutzhund?

Take the next step to earn your Helper Certification through our professional dog trainer courses.

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New Jersey Schutzhund Helper Certification Course

Dog Training Seminars

If you are looking to enhance your training club, law enforcement organization, or vet practice with a professional and informative seminar by John Soares, you have come to the right place.

Dog training seminars in New Jersey are a great way to expand your knowledge and skill set in dog training.

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New Jersey Dog Training Seminar

BEST Dog Trainers in New Jersey, North Jersey, and Passaic County, Bergen County, Morris County, and Essex County

Susan ManalioSusan Manalio
12:03 17 Jul 23
My 7-month-old White GSD Star, just returned from her 4-week board and train with John. What an amazing difference in her obedience. I worked with her since she was 8 weeks old to build a good foundation but started struggling with her on-leash training as she got older. She was also extremely mouthy when taking her collars on and off, which had to change. John’s ability to evaluate, read and work with dogs is second to none. To say the results of my expectations were unmatched, is an understatement. Every week I was sent updates, videos, and pictures on how Star was doing. During these 4 weeks I missed her terribly, but I knew she was in the best of hands. Upon her return I participated in the first of 4 training sessions which were included in her board and train. John taught me, as the handler, how to work with Star with the training tools specific to her. She now walks beautifully on-leash and does not react when I pull her collars on and off. She is also more focused on me and does what I ask her to do regarding obedience. John has a deep passion for training and endless patience when showing handlers (no matter what level) how to work with their newly trained dog. I found John by accident when I was looking for additional training for my last WGSD 10 years ago. I loved his style and how he worked with people as well as dogs, he has a deep compassion for both. I am looking forward to when Star is old enough, when John will re-evaluate her to attend off-leash training at his board and train facility. I HIGHLY recommend John as a trainer; he is the best of the best, and I feel grateful and fortunate to have had this opportunity to work with him and I look forward to continuing with John.
Ray WhiteRay White
15:23 14 Jul 23
I highly recommend John Soares K9 Training. John did a great job achieving our objectives with our Doberman, who was previously very reactive and difficult to walk. After just a few weeks of training, our dog is now able to stay focused on us in complex and challenging environments, and walking is now super easy with no pull or distractions.I was particularly impressed with John's patience and understanding. He was always willing to answer our questions and help us understand what we needed to do to continue training our dog. He also took the time to teach us how to prevent our dog from becoming reactive in the future.I believe that the investment in John's training was well worth it. Our dog is now a much better household member, and we are all much happier. I would definitely do it again with any other dog we may get in the future.Here are some key points from my experience with John Soares K9 Training:* John is a highly experienced and knowledgeable dog trainer.* He is patient, understanding, and fun to work with.* He teaches you how to prevent your dog from becoming reactive in the future.* The investment in his training is well worth it.If you are looking for a dog trainer who can help you achieve your training goals, I highly recommend John Soares K9 Training.
Andrew SAndrew S
14:39 11 May 23
John has a rare gift with dogs, and besides immense experience he has an innate talent in being able to translate his gift into real results.Through my own interactions and experience with John, I know for certain that he is also a man of great honor and integrity.He's a straight talker who will tell you from the start what can and can't be achieved, rather than give false promises.These qualities all make him your only choice in what is otherwise a sea mediocre and inexperienced K9 trainers out there.
Jeff ScottJeff Scott
19:22 07 Apr 23
Absolutely the most knowledgeable, and professional dog trainer you will ever meet.
Marvin CarpenterMarvin Carpenter
00:45 30 Mar 23
I’m so glad that my wife and I decided to go with John Soares K9 Training, the results were life changing. Our Doberman is a total different dog after spending four-weeks with John and his staff at his board & train facility. We were provided with video’s throughout her training and were impressed with her progress. Nova’s transformation was amazing, the training has blended perfectly into our daily lives. It was one of the best decisions my wife and I made to get Nova the professional training that she much needed. In addition, the four follow-up sessions were geared to train us humans on how to handle a well behave and trained dog. Thank you John, we are totally happy with the results and we highly recommend your board and train program (Obedience & Off-Leash) to family and friends.
Tina AlvesTina Alves
02:38 08 Oct 21
I am grateful to have found John to help me with my 18 month old doberman. Not only is John an expert in understanding how this breed thinks but he took the time to get to know my dog’s specific temperament and personality. The 4-week board and train program was definitely worth it because he helped me get to a better place with my pet by teaching me about the importance of tone of voice when giving a command, leash pressure, and timing of corrections. I feel more confident and in control as a handler. The follow up sessions were key to better understanding how to manage his dog reactivity. Thank you for all your help, I really appreciate it!
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What We Do

→ Family / Personal Protection Dog Sales: Fully trained German Shepherds.
→ Service Dog Sales: Trained to perform specific tasks per your needs/disability.
→ Board & Train: Basic Obedience & Off-Leash Obedience

Top-Rated Dog Trainers

Our focus is on delivering mutual benefits: Win-win outcomes that make life better for pet owners and dogs alike through world-class board & train programs.  We also train and place some of the world’s finest protection dogs.  These are family and executive-level protection dogs.  They are NOT attack dogs.  Our service dogs are certified and trained for your specific disability.  These are not ESAs (emotional support animals). Whether you need a K9 for personal protection or a service dog for a disability, contact us to discuss your needs.

New Jersey protection dog with child.

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Our Approach

→ Learn more about us on our website.
→ Read our Testimonials and Google Reviews
→ Call or email to schedule an evaluation

 

All of our services require an in-person evaluation.  As an essential business, we conduct in-person evaluations with a prior appointment only.  Whether your inquiry is related to basic obedience, off-leash obedience, personal protection, or protection dog sales for family and executive protection, our programs are customized to meet your needs.  We do not provide prices without an evaluation since our training is completely customized to you. 

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Our Mission

→ Promote family and personal safety.
→ Improve the bond between human and dog.
→ Provide a wide array of educational solutions.

 

We have a sense of urgency in our commitment to continually transform and improve the bond between human and K9.  Our approach encourages and equips individuals to focus on lifelong learning, communication with their dog, and grow in a healthy way.  We also greatly believe our mission is to promote family and personal safety and know that personal protection dogs can be the difference in saving lives.  We take great pride in providing both pet training and high-level personal protection solutions to the public.

 

Flexibility is what puts John Soares ahead of the class.

Whether you’re looking to purchase one of the finest protection dogs in the world or looking for training for a dog you recently acquired, 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.

Board & Train Programs

When hiring a dog trainer, 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.

Personal Protection Dogs

Responsibility for bringing security and peace of mind to our clients through world class protection dogs is something we take great pride in.  Our family protection dogs, executive protection dogs, and home protection dogs, along with other dogs with protection training, are available for the right owner.  Don’t find yourself settling for a guard dog that doesn’t have the dialed-in world class training that’s ultimately necessary. Protect yourself and your family with the most high caliber protection dog available through a customized matching process to your needs.

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Why Choose John Soares K9 Training…

While primarily serving New Jersey (NJ), we also serve advanced obedience and Schutzhund clients around the world who come to us from NYC 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 training.

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.

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.

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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.

National Awards Won

Dogs Trained

International Awards Won

Years Of Experience

Professional Dog Training in New Jersey

New Jersey Basic Obedience Training
BASIC OBEDIENCE

Appropriate for dogs as
young as 5 months old

New Jersey Off Leash Dog Training Programs
OFF-LEASH OBEDIENCE

Move beyond a
6 foot leash

New Jersey Off Leash Dog Training Programs
BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION

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.

John Soares K9 Training, LLC Reviews

Susan ManalioSusan Manalio
12:03 17 Jul 23
My 7-month-old White GSD Star, just returned from her 4-week board and train with John. What an amazing difference in her obedience. I worked with her since she was 8 weeks old to build a good foundation but started struggling with her on-leash training as she got older. She was also extremely mouthy when taking her collars on and off, which had to change. John’s ability to evaluate, read and work with dogs is second to none. To say the results of my expectations were unmatched, is an understatement. Every week I was sent updates, videos, and pictures on how Star was doing. During these 4 weeks I missed her terribly, but I knew she was in the best of hands. Upon her return I participated in the first of 4 training sessions which were included in her board and train. John taught me, as the handler, how to work with Star with the training tools specific to her. She now walks beautifully on-leash and does not react when I pull her collars on and off. She is also more focused on me and does what I ask her to do regarding obedience. John has a deep passion for training and endless patience when showing handlers (no matter what level) how to work with their newly trained dog. I found John by accident when I was looking for additional training for my last WGSD 10 years ago. I loved his style and how he worked with people as well as dogs, he has a deep compassion for both. I am looking forward to when Star is old enough, when John will re-evaluate her to attend off-leash training at his board and train facility. I HIGHLY recommend John as a trainer; he is the best of the best, and I feel grateful and fortunate to have had this opportunity to work with him and I look forward to continuing with John.
Ray WhiteRay White
15:23 14 Jul 23
I highly recommend John Soares K9 Training. John did a great job achieving our objectives with our Doberman, who was previously very reactive and difficult to walk. After just a few weeks of training, our dog is now able to stay focused on us in complex and challenging environments, and walking is now super easy with no pull or distractions.I was particularly impressed with John's patience and understanding. He was always willing to answer our questions and help us understand what we needed to do to continue training our dog. He also took the time to teach us how to prevent our dog from becoming reactive in the future.I believe that the investment in John's training was well worth it. Our dog is now a much better household member, and we are all much happier. I would definitely do it again with any other dog we may get in the future.Here are some key points from my experience with John Soares K9 Training:* John is a highly experienced and knowledgeable dog trainer.* He is patient, understanding, and fun to work with.* He teaches you how to prevent your dog from becoming reactive in the future.* The investment in his training is well worth it.If you are looking for a dog trainer who can help you achieve your training goals, I highly recommend John Soares K9 Training.
Andrew SAndrew S
14:39 11 May 23
John has a rare gift with dogs, and besides immense experience he has an innate talent in being able to translate his gift into real results.Through my own interactions and experience with John, I know for certain that he is also a man of great honor and integrity.He's a straight talker who will tell you from the start what can and can't be achieved, rather than give false promises.These qualities all make him your only choice in what is otherwise a sea mediocre and inexperienced K9 trainers out there.
Jeff ScottJeff Scott
19:22 07 Apr 23
Absolutely the most knowledgeable, and professional dog trainer you will ever meet.
Marvin CarpenterMarvin Carpenter
00:45 30 Mar 23
I’m so glad that my wife and I decided to go with John Soares K9 Training, the results were life changing. Our Doberman is a total different dog after spending four-weeks with John and his staff at his board & train facility. We were provided with video’s throughout her training and were impressed with her progress. Nova’s transformation was amazing, the training has blended perfectly into our daily lives. It was one of the best decisions my wife and I made to get Nova the professional training that she much needed. In addition, the four follow-up sessions were geared to train us humans on how to handle a well behave and trained dog. Thank you John, we are totally happy with the results and we highly recommend your board and train program (Obedience & Off-Leash) to family and friends.
Tina AlvesTina Alves
02:38 08 Oct 21
I am grateful to have found John to help me with my 18 month old doberman. Not only is John an expert in understanding how this breed thinks but he took the time to get to know my dog’s specific temperament and personality. The 4-week board and train program was definitely worth it because he helped me get to a better place with my pet by teaching me about the importance of tone of voice when giving a command, leash pressure, and timing of corrections. I feel more confident and in control as a handler. The follow up sessions were key to better understanding how to manage his dog reactivity. Thank you for all your help, I really appreciate it!
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