Meet the Trainer

John Forlenza has been training dogs since 1996, including ten years of experience training for one of the Midwest’s largest training centers. John has worked with all breeds and ages as well as residential, personal protection, sport, and police dogs (as a State of Illinois Certified Police K9 Instructor and Trainer). He is a highly motivated and dedicated trainer who has experience in all phases and levels of dog training. John has been characterized as a strong communicator and problem-solver by the thousands of owners and officers he has had the pleasure of working with.


Why choose John Forlenza of
K9 Training Association of Chicago?
- State Certified Police K9 Trainer by Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board
- experience with over forty police K9 departments in Northern Illinois; training, problem solving and instructing officers as a state certified instructor with one of the Midwest’s largest training centers
- completed eighteen courses as an instructor of a state certified, 420 hour, basic K9 course through NEMRT (Northeast Multi-Regional Training)
- educator of tutorials and advanced seminars in all areas of K9 handling
- member of NAPWDA (North American Police Working Dog Association)
- attendee and visiting trainer at NAPWDA annual seminars
- consultant and trainer for uses of K9 in the Northern Illinois Police Alarm System
- presenter of over 500 public demonstrations of Police K9 units for Sheriff’s departments, thirty other municipal departments, Citizens Police Academies, schools, churches, and clubs
- characterized as a strong communicator with effective presentation skills throughout Lake, Cook, McHenry, Kane, and DuPage counties, in all community settings
- member/competitor in United Schutzhund Clubs of America; Schutzhund I-III high competitor; awarded high in obedience and protection
- member/competitor of the Working Dog Association                                      
- member/competitor of the German Shepherd Dog Club of America (GSDCA)       
- volunteer, donator, and guest speaker for rescue organizations


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