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Central New Jersey, or “Central Jersey” as it is commonly known, is a unique blend of diverse cultures, historic charm, and modern amenities. It boasts a population of approximately 1.5 million residents, with a median home value in 2022 of $400,000, showcasing a strong housing market. The region is commended for its excellent educational institutions, with some of the highest-ranked school districts in the state. Central Jersey also features prominent landmarks and attractions, such as the esteemed Rutgers University and the historic Princeton University. Furthermore, it’s a hub for recreational activities with numerous parks, hiking trails, and beaches. Its advantageous location allows for easy access to New York City and Philadelphia, making it a prime spot for individuals looking for suburban living with city accessibility.

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Parks & Recreation

Central Jersey offers a wealth of parks and recreational activities that caters to individuals of all ages and interests. One of the most popular parks is the Washington Crossing State Park, a historical and recreational park spanning across 3,575 acres. Visitors can explore nature trails, picnic areas, and the historic site where George Washington crossed the Delaware River. For beach enthusiasts, the Sandy Hook Gateway National Recreation Area provides stunning beaches and more than 300 species of migratory birds.

For those seeking a unique blend of natural beauty and cultural history, the Grounds For Sculpture in Hamilton is a must-visit. This 42-acre park mixes nature with art, housing over 270 contemporary sculptures among beautifully landscaped gardens. Outdoor sports lovers can make their way to the Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park which offers canoeing, fishing, and a network of trails for hiking and biking.

The Monmouth Battlefield State Park, site of one of the largest battles of the American Revolution, now offers guided tours, hiking, horseback riding, and a chance to step back into history. No matter your interests, recreational opportunities in Central Jersey are plentiful, diverse, and endlessly enticing.

Getting to Central Jersey

Central Jersey is conveniently located and well-connected by a network of major highways and public transportation options. Here are some of the best ways to reach Central Jersey:

By Car:

From Philadelphia, take I-95 N or I-295 N, which will lead you directly into Central Jersey. If you’re coming from New York City, the most direct route is via I-95 S. Another option from NYC is the Garden State Parkway South.

By Public Transportation:

For those who prefer public transportation, New Jersey Transit operates extensive bus and train services throughout the region.

  1. Train: New Jersey Transit’s Northeast Corridor line services many towns in Central Jersey, including New Brunswick and Princeton. The line runs from NYC’s Penn Station to Trenton, NJ, making it a convenient option.
  2. Bus: There are also numerous NJ Transit bus routes servicing Central Jersey. The 130, 131 and 133 lines, for instance, run from Port Authority Bus Terminal in NYC to various points in Central Jersey.

The region is also serviced by the SEPTA (Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority) for those traveling from Pennsylvania, and the PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson) for travel from NYC and Newark.

Remember, Central Jersey is a vibrant and diverse region with much to offer. Regardless of how you choose to get there, you’ll be greeted with a mix of historic charm, modern amenities, and recreational opportunities.

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With over 30 years of experience as a professional dog trainer, I have come to understand that dog training is both a science and an art. Let me explain in more detail.

From a scientific perspective, dog training is grounded in behavioral psychology. It is about understanding how dogs learn and the mechanisms that drive their behaviors — it’s essentially applied animal learning theory. For instance, we use principles like classical conditioning, where a dog learns to associate one thing with another, and operant conditioning, where a dog learns from consequences. Take clicker training as an example. We use a click to mark the exact moment a dog performs a desired behavior, followed by a treat. The dog begins to understand that the click means a treat is coming, and therefore, the click becomes a powerful tool for shaping behavior.

On the other hand, dog training is also an art. Every dog is different, with their unique personalities, temperaments, and past experiences. As trainers, we need to adapt our methods and approach for each individual dog. We need to have the patience and intuition to understand what each dog needs and how they’re likely to respond. Knowing when to reward, when to correct, and when to soothe requires a keen sense of timing, rhythm, and empathy — much like an artist creating a masterpiece.

Ultimately, the goal is to create a harmonious relationship between the dog and its owner, and this requires a balanced approach, blending the science of animal behavior with the art of understanding and communication. The science provides us with the theories and techniques to train effectively, while the art enables us to adapt our approach to the unique needs of each dog and owner.

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Don’t wait another day to begin a rewarding journey with your dog. You’ll be amazed at how quickly you’ll see progress, and the joy that comes from a strong and understanding relationship with your K9 friend. Pick up the phone and dial (856) 783-4042 or send us an email today to schedule your first consultation. Remember, the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Let us be that first step towards a well-trained and obedient dog. Your dog deserves the best, and so do you. Call now!

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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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Marlboro, NJ
Medford, NJ
Mendham, NJ
Millburn, NJ
Millstone Township, NJ
Montclair, NJ
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Moorestown, NJ
Morris County, NJ
Morristown, NJ
Mount Laurel, NJ
Mountain Lakes, NJ
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Nutley, NJ
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Paramus, NJ
Parsippany, NJ
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Plainfield, NJ
Princeton, NJ
Red Bank, NJ
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Rumson, NJ
Rutherford, NJ
Saddle River, NJ
Scotch Plains, NJ
Secaucus, NJ
Short Hills, NJ
Somerset County, NJ
South Brunswick, NJ
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South Orange, NJ
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Spotswood, NJ
Springfield Township, NJ
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Summit, NJ
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