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​John Hadfield is an army veteran, has a degree in Russian Language, and worked and traveled with the President as a member of the White House Communications Agency. He is also a former circus performer, traveling the world as part of a comedy juggling and acrobatics act. During his time with The Royal Lichtenstein Circus, he worked daily with dogs, two monkeys, a miniature horse and a bear. In 2013, John began a new chapter after graduating from The Karen Pryor Academy Dog Trainer Professional Program (KPA-CTP). His life came full circle as a trainer for Pets for Vets, matching shelter dogs with veterans who need a companion - giving both a second chance in life. He is an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator and Trick Dog Evaluator. John lives and works with his amazing Akita Reggie, and loves studying how dogs and people think and learn.

  • Graduated Karen Pryor Academy Professional Course 2013

  • Instructor for Puppy Head Start 2012 - Present (Academy of Dog Training and Agility)

  • Instructor for Rally Obedience - Beginner and Intermediate 2013 - Present (ADTA)

  • Instructor for Dog Tricks Class 2014 - Present (ADTA)

  • Private lessons - Specializing in reactive dogs

  • Assistant Instructor for KPA Professional Course with Laurie Luck - 2016

  • Aggression in Dogs Master Course 2019 - Present

  • Pets for Vets dog trainer, Northern Delaware Chapter  - 2019 - Present

  • AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator 2014 - Present

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“John is incredible. We have a yellow lab pup. In about 4 weeks, Benny has learned many helpful focus commands such as sit, wait, look, touch as well as leash training. John is patient, kind and very knowledgeable about animal behavior.  We strongly recommend him to any dog owner.”


   - Dana DeGaetano Hayden (and Benny)

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