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Award-Winning Dog Trainers in New Jersey

Award-Winning New Jersey Dog Trainers

Multiple International, National, and Regional Titles Won

In our team of dog trainers, we have two internationally recognized professionals who compete at the highest levels of the sport — Schutzhund/IPO, AKC, FCI, AWDF, etc. I mean, the list truly goes on and on. We have won dozens of awards in dog training and participated as judges and training directors for entities including Tri-State Doberman Club, Alpha Schutzhund Club, and North Jersey Dog Sport Club.

We’ve won many of the toughest competitions in the dog sport world when you put us up against other internationally recognized trainers. We take dog training very seriously. We’re all perfectionists in making sure our dogs are well taken care of and have the love, knowledge, and communication to succeed in training.

Happy Dogs Boarding and Training has a team of trainers that carries an impressive list of credentials to say the least. A key characteristic that separates us from others is that we all have specific scopes of dog training that we are passionate about.  If you ask any Happy Dogs Boarding and Training member, they will tell you that we strive to be the nation’s best boarding training program.

Select Professional Achievements Include

Some of their credentials include:

  • 2009 Certified Helper, Belgian Malinois (FCI – Italy)
  • 2009 Certified Regional Level Helper (USA)
  • Working Judge, certified by the Federation American Bulldog
  • Helper and handler in Schutzhund/IPO
  • Decoy and handler in French Ring
  • Personal protection and police decoy
  • Trainer for dogs in accelerates, search and rescue and narcotics
  • Training director position in USA (Alpha Schutzhund Club)
  • Training director position in Europe (Zebul Club)
  • Training director position in USA (Tri-State Doberman Club)
  • Training director position in USA (North Jersey Dog Sport Club)
  • FCI helper (certified in Europe)
  • Former Working Dog Sport judge (AKC)

Published Articles:
La Soria di Paco (Paco’s Story) Work Dogs Magazine N°103 Marzo 2001
Il Gioco (The Play) Work Dogs Magazine N°105 Maggio 2001
Puppy Up-Bringing Work Dogs Magazine 107/108 Luglio 2001
Istinti ed effetti collaterali (Instincts and Side effects) Work Dogs Magazine N°109 Settembre 2001
Questi famigerati Super-Cani (The Notorious Super-Dogs) Work Dogs Magazine N°110 Ottobre 2001
Sensi, Super-Sensi, Exra-Sensi Work Dogs Magazine N°113 Gennaio 2002
L’Attenzione (The Attention) Work Dogs Magazine N°114 Febbraio 2002
Il Branco parte prima (The Pack part 1) Work Dogs Magazine N°115 Marzo 2002
Il Branco parte seconda (The Pack part 2) Work Dogs Magazine N°116 Aprile 2002
Razze a confronto: Pastore Tedesco e Cane Corso (A breed confrontation: German Shepherd and Cane Corso) Work Dogs Magazine N°119/120 Luglio 2002


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michael Quigley Jrmichael Quigley Jr
01:24 10 Dec 23
I want to thank John Soares and his staff, for their remarkable training with our 5 year old German Shepherd, Duke. Prior to training with John Soares, my wife found Duke to be unmanageable when walking Duke outside. Duke became Dog Aggressive. Duke's tugging and barking had to be addressed.Having trained with John Soares years ago with success, I had total confidence, John and his excellent experienced staff would correct Dukes behavior. After John evaluated Dukes behavior, John explained to my wife and I in great detail, why Duke behaved in this manner. John designed a custom training plan to aid in Dukes training. Understand, No two dogs are alike.With Johns advice, my wife and I scheduled Duke for a Board and Stay Training. On a frequent basis during Dukes stay, John sent use training videos of Dukes improvement. John always maintain open lines of communication.After completing Dukes stay, John did a series of one on one training sessions with Duke, both my wife and I. The results were positive and enlightening.Both my wife and I applaud John Soares and his excellent and experience training staff with working with Duke. Having worked as a volunteer in a local kennel, I seen to many dogs surrendered for this type of behavior. I knew if anyone could correct this behavior, John Soares could.There are dog trainers and then there is John Soares. The teacher of trainers. Johns knowledge and experience with canines must be recognized as Outstanding. John has a God given Gift with training and communicating with Mans Best Friend.Both my wife and I highly recommend John Soares and no other.John with out doubt is a FIVE STAR TRAINER an a Great Guy!!!
Jah GJah G
01:48 26 Nov 23
Our 1 year old GSD just finished his board and train. We cannot say enough great things about John and his training. I mean just look at his history! You can immediately tell his passion for this is genuine. We cannot recommend him enough. Our Echo had a tough life before us. We all believe he was not dumped, but he was an escape artist and they forgot to microchip him on time. With that, he did not know proper manners. After the shelter found him as a stray, he was adopted and then surrendered THREE times by THREE different families. All because he lacked obedience, which was never his fault. John has not only trained Echo, but also trains us so that we are setting him up for continued success. We will definitely be continuing training with him. Thank you John and your team for taking great care of our boy.
Doodle DogDoodle Dog
18:27 06 Nov 23
Excellent! Worth the wait! I wouldn’t hesitate recommending!
02:20 12 Sep 23
There is no enough what I can say about john and his knowladge and patient to teach you and your dog,no 1.
Melissa (Mel725)Melissa (Mel725)
18:27 13 Oct 22
Highly recommend!!! John is amazing at training. He and the entire staff have gone above and beyond to ensure our dog was properly trained. He provided clear instructions and responded promptly to any of our questions. We are forever grateful to John and his team. Our dog is so much better at walking— no more pulling me or dragging me across neighbors lawns or chasing squirrels!!! . Again I highly recommend this place for any dog training needs. You will not be disappointed! Thank you John!
19:24 05 Sep 22
We highly recommend John as a trainer! After interviewing many trainers in for our 18-month old Rottweiler, and after he evaluated our dog, we though that John was the best at setting our expectations for her training, putting in practical terms what goals we could achieve and how we would get there. Our dog spent 5 weeks with John and we are really happy with her training. John not only trained our dog but the 4 post-board training sessions with us and our dog, trained us how to handle her as well. We found John to be really observant correcting our body language and verbal cues, explaining to us what our dog’s perspective is. This helped us to adjust our routines with her at home and proof his training. We look forward to her next training session with him as we make progress together!

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