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About John Soares

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John was introduced to the world of dogs at the age 6 through an uncle who bred and trained German Shorthaired Pointers. He thought it was remarkable that these dogs would instinctively work for their masters. He remembers family members telling stories of dogs they had owned and used for herding, hunting, protection, etc. These animals were respected, not only for being companions, but also for their working abilities. John has studied and trained professionally in both the U.S. and Europe. He is fluent in English, Italian and Portuguese.
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  • 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)

John has earned high honors at national championships in USA, Italy and Switzerland U.S.

  • 2021 AWMA IPG national Championship 7th Place (Fredericksburg, Pa)

  • 2018 Northeast UScA Regional Championship. 2nd Place (Martin’s burg, WV)

  • 2018 DVG IPG National Championship 3rd Place (Little Rock, Arkansas)

  • 1st place AWDF 2010 National Championship with a 99, 97, 97
  • 2010 Qualifier for FCI USA Team (Hameenlinna, Finland)
  • 2010 Qualifier for the FMBB World Championship USA Team (Cottbus, Germany)
  • 2009 AWMA Championship (Plant city, Florida) 6th place: 76, 94, 97 and Helpers’ Choice Award (2nd year in a row)
  • 2009 New England Regional Championships (Averill Park, NY) 2nd Place; 98 Tracking • 95 Obedience • 94 Protection
  • 2009 Northeast Regional Championships (Mt. Airy, MD) 3rd Place; 95 Tracking • 91 Obedience • 95 Protection
  • 2008 AWMA Championships IPOIII (Olympia, WA) 88 Tracking • 94 Obedience • 97 Protection * Helpers’ Choice Award
  • 2008 New England Regional Schutzhund Championships (Gardener, MA) SchHIII competitor earning 98 Obedience, 94 Protection
  • 2008 Masters World Dog Sport SchH Tournament for German Shepherd Dogs Competitor
  • 2008-2009 UDC National Training director
  • 2007-2008 DPCA National Training Director
  • 2006-2008 UDC National Training Director
  • 2006 AWDF IPOIII Championship Competitor
  • 2005 Northeastern Regional SchH3 Champion (USA)
  • 2005 IDC IPOIII World Championship 4th place (Germany)
  • 2005 Chiaravalle German Shepherd Regional SchHIII Championship (Italy)
  • Qualified for Italian SchH German Shepherd Championships (Italy)
  • 2005 FCI Helper Certification (Italy) – out of 89 applicants, 6 were certified
  • 2005 FCI SAS IPO National Championship 6th place(Switzerland)
  • 2005 FCI SAS IPO National Championship High in Obedience (Switzerland)
  • 2004 AIAD IPO National Champion (Italy)
  • 2004 AIAD IPO National Championship High in Tracking (Italy)
  • 2004 AIAD IPO National Championship High in Obedience (Italy)
  • 2004 IDC IPO World Championship 96 pts. Obedience (Slovakia)
  • 2004 IDC IPO World Championship 95 pts. Protection (Slovakia)
  • 2004 AWDF IPOII Champion (USA)
  • 2003 DPCA IPOIII National Champion (USA)
  • 2002 DPCA IPOIII National Champion (USA)
  • 2002 IDC IPO World Championship Team Captain (Czech Rep.)
  • 2001 Qualifier for FCI USA Team (Slovenia)
  • 2001 UDC IPOIII National Champion (USA)
  • 2001 UDC IPOIII National Championship High in Tracking (USA)
  • 2001 UDC IPOIII National Championship High in Obedience(USA)
  • 2001 UDC IPOIII National Championship High in Protection (USA)
  • 2001 AWDF IPOIII Vice Champion (USA)
  • 2000 Northeast Regional SchHI Champion (USA)


  • USA World Team IPO Qualifier 2001 (Slovenia)
  • IDC IPO World Championship Team Captain 2002 (Czech Republic)
  • IDC IPO World championship Competitor 2004 (Slovakia)
  • IDC IPO World championship Competitor 2005 (Germany)
  • Italy World Team IPO Qualifier 2005 (France)

The above was accomplished with five different dogs of three different breeds (two Dobermans, two German Shepherd Dogs and one Malinois) at regional, national and international competitions throughout the U.S. and Europe. At a local level, an estimated 18 dogs have been trained and titled, some from BH through SchH/IPOIII.

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Introducing John Soares, an experienced German Shepherd trainer specializing in obedience and behavior training. He is dedicated to helping German Shepherds and their owners thrive through effective training techniques and personalized guidance.

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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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