Capitol Canine Institute

Capitol Canine Institute

4.8 (4)
13 hires on HomeGuide
1 employee
3 years in business

About this pro

I have the philosophy that you are the best person to train your dog.  Therefore I train you to train your dog.  I provide all of the techniques you need to accomplish your goal of having a well behaved, loyal and well mannered dog.  

Togeather, we provide your dog a well rounded experience of fun training and socialization combined with other tools you will need to give your dog the happy protected life he or she deserves. 

As a Deputy Sheriff in California I began training dogs as a member of the K-9 unit and found that I loved it.  I have now been training dogs for 38 years and now specialize in Obedience and Service Dog Training.   I love working with all breeds and all sizes.  I really love seeing the transformation of the owner and dog team as they learn and become bonded as a team.  99 percent of my clients are amazed at what their dog is capable of accomplishing at the end of the training.

Personal Training Certifications:

Certified Master Domestic Dog Trainer, AKC, ACI.

Certified Assistance Dog Trainer, ACI, SDCD, IAADP, NAOSD.

Certified AKC CGC and Puppy Trainer Evaluator.

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Woodbridge, VA 22193
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4 Reviews


  • Sofie Bitangcol

    John is a great trainer. He's a knowledge of wealth then it comes to training dogs, and he's very easy to work with. He trains you on how to train your dog. I'm very happy with my pup's progress. When we're ready for more advanced training, we'll definitely train with John again.

  • Esha Shukla

    We are very satisfied with John. Excellent instructor, coaching us with his experience how to treat our dog and noticing results in his behavior.

  • Pat Wilkerson

    John has been great. He is flexible at working with 2 puppies and 2 out of practice humans. He really knows what he is talking about. We started with really young puppies but he is working with us and assures us he will stick with us until we get it right. We see progress with the training each week. Definitely a positive experience and very reasonably priced. When we are ready to go to the next level of training, John will be there with us.

  • Talia Hammoud

    John really helped us understand our dog and how to see things from her point of view. We have an 8 month old pitbull terrier who was very shy when we first adopted her, after we started working with John we noticed many improvements in her behavior around other people and dogs. Also, she no longer pulls on her leash when we walk her which was a big issue for us and we only had a couple sessions with him so far. I recommend working with John as he is very patient and helpful with teaching us how to train our dog.

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What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

I teach the client how to teach their dog.  At each session I provide them with the techniques and skills needed to accomplish the goal for that session.  The client is given homework to work with their dog during the week and at the next session we riview, test, and make necessary adjustments.  This technique has proven over the years to produce a well mannered calm and happy dog as well as a very happy client.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I have been training dogs for the past 38 years.  I am a certified AKC STAR Puppie, CGC, CGCA, CGCU and Theropy Dog Trainer.  I am also a Certified Service Dog Trainer with IAADP, ADI, SDCD, ASDA. 

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