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Frequently Asked Questions

What areas of New Jersey do you serve?

For North Jersey: Bergen County, Passaic County, Hudson County, Essex County, Morris County, Sussex County (partially, as it is often considered part of both North and Northwest Jersey), Warren County, and Union County. 

For South Jersey: Atlantic County, Burlington County, Camden County, Cape May County, Cumberland County, Gloucester County, Ocean County, and Salem County. 

We also serve dog owners in Philadelphia, parts of Westchester County, NY, and Manhattan, NYC.

What breeds of dogs do you train?

We have experience training a multitude of breeds, big and small. This includes popular breeds such as Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, Beagles, Bulldogs, Yorkshire Terriers, Boxers, Dachshunds, Rottweilers, Golden Doodles, and Shih Tzus, to name a few. However, our expertise is not limited to these breeds. We have trained virtually every breed of dog, so regardless of your dog’s pedigree, we have the resources and know-how to provide the best training.

Do you train aggressive dogs?

Yes, we do train aggressive dogs. In fact, we have over 30 years of experience in this specific area. We have successfully trained aggressive dogs when others couldn’t, using tried and tested methods to ensure safety and effectiveness. Our vast experience enables us to handle different breeds and temperaments with understanding and patience.

What is the cost of dog training?

We carefully tailor our dog training to the specific needs of your dog and your individual situation, which means we don’t offer a one-size-fits-all pricing model. While we may not be the least expensive option available, we also aren’t the most expensive. What sets us apart is the caliber of our training. With us, you’re investing in championship-winning dog trainers with years of expertise under their belts. Our pricing reflects the high quality and personalized nature of this service.

I see that your address is in South Jersey. Can my consultation happen in North Jersey?

Yes, absolutely! For those coming to us from Northern NJ, New York, and NYC, we have another training facility in North Jersey. Rest assured, you can schedule your consultation in the most convenient location for you.

When is the best time to start board & train?

We recommend starting board & train when your dog is 5 months or older. This is the ideal age as it allows for the puppy to have received the necessary vaccinations and it is also a key developmental stage where they can start to learn and respond effectively to training.

Why should I use Happy Dogs Boarding and Training New Jersey?

We take immense pride in our unparalleled dedication to quality, our commitment to affordability, and our exceptional level of service rooted in timeless values. Our state-of-the-art techniques for dog care and training elevate us above conventional approaches. The benefits of our services vary, promising rapid, meticulous care and training, while also preserving a hygienic, healthy environment that is essential for your dog’s welfare. Our efforts to maintain and improve your dog’s behavioral and physical health mirror our dedication to their overall happiness and obedience.

What are the next steps to get started?

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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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