John McWIlliams has been a professional dog trainer since 1982.
John got his start with the U.S. Air Force’s Green Dog Program as an Animal Behavior Modification Specialist. In this position, John trained dogs to be used as Military Working Dogs in Patrol functions (building search, field search, apprehension, controlled aggression, obedience and agility) and in Drug Dog Detector functions. John completed his service in Belgium on the Florennes U.S. Air Force Base where he became the first American Drug Detector Dog Handler certified by a Belgian Air Force Wing Commander.
After serving his country, John went on to the Morris County Sheriff’s Office in New Jersey working as an Investigator with the K-9 Unit. John became the Officer in Charge of Training, responsible for the day to day training of all assigned working dogs, their handlers, and Police Officers from nearby Police Departments and Sheriff’s Offices.
In 1994, with his wife Erin, John opened the doors of Paws-itive Experience Pet Services LLC. As Head Trainer, John has devoted himself to putting his vast knowledge and experience to use helping dog loving citizens. John teaches pet owners and their dogs fundamentals of obedience and problem solving in the classroom as well as Private Training consultations either in the home or at our Training Center. In addition, John evaluates dogs for placement through various animal rescues and shelters. He also does training seminars for local rescues in order to help further educate their staff. John is well known for his ability to evaluate, monitor and alter aggression levels in dogs and is frequently recommended by local veterinarians, breeders and law enforcement agencies.
In 2014, John and Erin started Glucodogs, Inc which is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization to train Diabetic Alert Dogs. Recently, he has also started working with Veterans and their service dogs.
John’s accolades include:
Accepted as an Expert in Superior Court, State of New Jersey
Evaluator for the American Kennel Club: Canine Good Citizen (#4031)
Provisional Judge, American Temperament Testing Society (ATTS)