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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.

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


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.

Award-winning Trainer

If you want an award-winning championship IPO dog, you need an award-winning master dog trainer and coach to show you the ropes. All of John’s accomplishments are displayed prominently at his training centers, as evidence that he has and knows what it takes for you to compete at the highest levels and win.

John brings a rare level of patience and flexibility to educating those who are new to the sport, so why don’t you give him a call today to open doors to your passion of sport dog training.

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

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