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New Jersey Schutzhund Training

Schutzhund/IPO Training & Coaching Program

Schutzhund Trainer in New Jersey

Often, people want more than an obedient, off-leash trained dog. At John Soares K9 Training, we have training and coaching specifically dedicated to Schutzhund, which is a German word for “protection dog.” Our clients in the sport have varied skill levels and professional backgrounds. In fact, many started as dog lovers who simply wanted to test the capabilities of their dog and didn’t know where to begin. There are misconceptions that Schutzhund is a male dominated sport, and this couldn’t be further from the truth. There is also a falsehood that mostly police K9s compete in Schutzhund, which is inaccurate and largely confused by the fact that law enforcement K9 handlers compete in United States Police Canine Association National Patrol Dog competitions. In fact, the sport is a highly diverse group of people from all walks of life with a passion to become over-achievers with their dogs.

While rewarding and fun, Schutzhund requires a trainer who understands the inner workings of tracking, obedience, and protection. These experts are trainers, helpers, former judges, or all-of-the-above. They are rare individuals who are in the upper echelon of trainers. That’s where John Soares comes in as a highly trusted and respected member of the Schutzhund/IPO community with numerous awards and testimonials.

Your Introduction to Schutzhund Sport Dog Training

If you’re interested in the sport of Schutzhund/IPO,  give us a call for a proper introduction to the sport. If you already have one of the breeds listed below, schedule an evaluation with Master Trainer John Soares to determine if your dog has the genetic potential for competing.

If you don’t already own a dog, John can match you with the right young adult or adult dog with working ability. JSK9 has dogs for sale with the temperament and drive to work. We would be happy to discuss availablity of dogs and answer any questions you may have in purchasing a working line K9 for Schutzhund competitions.

Best Breeds For Schutzhund/IPO Sport


The training for Schutzhund typically involves traditionally known breeds such as the German Shepherd, Belgian Malinois, Doberman, and Rottweiler. However, the following breeds have been known to compete as well: Boxers, Giant Schnauzers, Dutch Shepherd Dogs, American Bulldogs, Black Russian Terriers, Airedale Terriers, Bouvier des Flandres, Beaucerons, and Cane Corso. John has trained all of the above breeds.

Dedicated Mentor

Patience and flexibility puts John Soares ahead of the class.

A Judge's Perspective

A necessity for competitors is to know what judge’s are looking for.

Award-winning Trainer

40 national awards, 60+ international awards, and 3 decades of experience.


John’s passion as both an educator and competitor is helping you succeed.

Outdoor & Indoor Dog Training Center

The best of both environments for rain or shine training sessions.


A highly supportive group of members who consistently train with John.

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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