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New Jersey Dog Behavior Modification Board & Train

Behavior Modification Board & Train Program at John Soares School For Happy Dogs

Dog Behavior Modification Training in New Jersey

Although dog training has been around for a long time, there is confusion about how to best handle a dog with behavior problems, due to the conflicting information published by different authors. Not everyone is equipt and qualified to address these specific issues that families run into with their pets. Having worked with thousands of dogs over the years, we have a clear understanding on how to properly address unwanted behavior through behavior modification in a boarding/training environment, where your pet will be a guest at our training center for a brief period of weeks.

One common scenario is that the dog owner has already attempted behavior modification and now they’re at a point of giving up after limited or no  progress.  At John Soares School For Happy Dogs, we are very passionate about saving the relationship that you have with your dog through proper training and communication. Unclear communication is usually the biggest underlying problem, along with spoiling or not defining how and where your pet fits in with you and your family. Your pet may already understand Basic Obedience commands, while exhibiting behavioral issues that are undermining how he or she fits into your life, such as:

1. Bark continuously;

2. Destructive chewing;

3. Showing aggression, flight behavior, etc.

Most behavioral problems are the result of improper management. In order to have a balanced pet, proper neutralization and imprinting is required. Ultimately, behavior is the outcome of learning, and all dogs learn certain behaviors whether it’s your choice or not. Once they learn the wrong behavior and are allowed to repeat the behavior over and over again, the problems magnify.

The question I see forming by potential clients goes like: “Will I have to sacrifice my relationship with my pet to achieve proper behavior?” Not at all.  Our goal is correct or eliminate the behavior and actually improve your relationship with your pet.

What are next steps?

Our training methods are geared for flexibility by being based on the individual’s temperament and ability. Once a no-obligation pet evaluation is completed with Master Trainer John Soares, we’ll go over the timeframe necessary for training at our licensed/insured New Jersey based dog boarding & training school. Your dog will receive the highest level in care and given the same attention that our prized and loved competition dogs receive. All clients receive updates at key milestone points in the training program and pet graduates receive a complimentary bathing before going home.  Typically, on the day that you checkout your dog, John will take you through the first of four follow-up training sessions. These follow-up sessions are designed to reinforce the training and help you understand how to manage, communicate, and handle your dog moving forward.

Families of graduates of our board & train dog behavior modification course often tell us that we turned their dog into a trusted member of the family and provided a newfound relationship that didn’t exist before.

John Soares K9 Training and its School For Happy Dogs is committed to saving your relationship with your pet before it’s too late. We are at the forefront of animal behavior and psychology, which allows us to diagnose behavioral problems in dogs and implement training strategies through a balanced, ethical approach that saves and preserves the relationship the dog has with its owner. Don’t let these issues go unchecked, so give us a call today and speak with John about scheduling your evaluation and answer any question you may have.

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



Training is individualized to ability and temperament.


Associational training where negative impacts are reversed.

Balanced Techniques

A combination of the best training strategies.

Enhanced Relationship

Through proper communication and education.


Bad behavior will be eliminated.

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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