Common Ground Dog Training
Well Rounded Dog Trainer With 10 Years Experience

Private In-home Sessions To Fit Your Needs
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About Me
I am a former Military Working Dog Handler and trainer with 10 years of experience training dogs of all types. I am using my knowledge of canine behavior to help owners and dogs find common ground and develop lasting bonds.
 
I believe in fair, humane training techniques based on current canine training science. There is a proven balance between positive reinforcement and gentle correction - a balance that I always adhere to.
My Training
I stand out because of my tailored style of training. I don't try to fit every dog into the same box or insist that every owner enrolls in an extensive one size fits all program.
  1. Award Winning
    Selected as the Distinguished Honor Graduate at the Interservice Specialized Search Dog Handler Course held at Lackland Air Force Base.
  2. What Suits Your Dog
    My training is fully catered around what suits your dog. No two dogs are the same and that is why I think my training is so successful.
  3. Feedback
    Much of my training is developed from your feedback as the dog's owner. After each session I ask for detailed feedback to help plan the next session.
   We're very happy to announce that we are the official sponsors for the Desert Sage team of Girls On The Run!​

Best of luck to these girls while they learn, discover, empower themselves, and of course, RUN!

Proudly Partnered With Forever Friends

     The Forever Friends Canine Rescue provides care, comfort and compassion to abandoned, orphaned and relinquished dogs in danger of being euthanized with the vigilant placement through teaching, training and thoughtful consideration of finding every dog lover their perfect forever friend.
     
     We are proud to be partnered with Forever Friends Canine Rescue based in Meridian, Idaho. In support of their mission, Common Ground will provide free training to their dogs while in foster care to improve the dogs chances of adoption and will discount continued training for families of these adopted dogs.
My Clients
I pride myself on providing the best possible dog training experience and helping owners and dogs find common ground. Here is feedback from a few of my clients.
  1. "I want to thank John for continuing to help me with my beast Goliath. He's a 4 year old 115lbs Pitbull mix. We have had 3 sessions so far, and I thought Goliath was maybe to far gone at his age but John is an amazing trainer and working with Goliath after only 3 appointments has shown me that Goliath can still be trained! He's shown that with patienience & positive reinforcement Goliath can still be taught to be the an amazing dog that listens! Goliath struggles with listening & dog aggression, but is doing 110 times better since working with John! I would recommend him to anyone with any dog issues! I plan to keep working with him & enjoy our sessions."
    Jessica Clarke
    Jessica Clarke
  2. "Thank you, John, for your great work with Ranger. We have already noticed positive changes after just two sessions! Ranger thanks you as well for all of the treats."
    Sabrina Becherini
    Sabrina Becherini
  3. "John is so great! We had worked with a different local trainer when my dog was a puppy who charged us almost $1000 and convinced us to purchase an expensive e-collar. Eight years later our dog still had all of the same problems and the e-collar seemed to just make all of his bad behaviors worse. After just four sessions with John and at-home practice, I have seen a huge improvement with Uno. Thanks so much John!"
    Victoria Larson
  4. Our pup is a very high energy dog, mixed cattle dog. Since the first time we met John, when she was only 2 months old, John has been reliable, a great communicator, and a strong teacher for us and our wonderful dog. John has gone above and beyond, and we are very impressed with his spirit and approach. We can take her to the park and walks, and don’t worry about her running into the street or chasing squirrels. Helping us to channel her energy, has been a big part of the training process. Not only do we trust John, but our pup does too, which makes all the difference. Thanks to John’s guidance and experience, we have a funny and happy dog, who has been trained with smarts and heart. She is now 9 months old, and an amazing part of our family. Thank you John. ~Michael and Sarah~
    Elka
    Our pup is a very high energy dog, mixed cattle dog.  Since the first time we met John, when she was only 2 months old, John has been reliable, a great communicator, and a strong teacher for us and our wonderful dog. John has gone above and beyond, and we are very impressed with his spirit and approach.  We can take her to the park and walks, and don’t worry about her running into the street or chasing squirrels.  Helping us to channel her energy, has been a big part of the training process. Not only do we trust John, but our pup does too, which makes all the difference. Thanks to John’s guidance and experience, we have a funny and happy dog, who has been trained with smarts and heart.  She is now 9 months old, and an amazing part of our family.  Thank you John.  ~Michael and Sarah~