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We are a family-owned kennel located just outside Nashville, TN. We specialize in breeding German Shepherds and training all types of canines for a variety of possible scenarios - including civilian, protection, sport, police
and military arenas.


Our Services


Breeding Program

The breeding program at Cedar Valley Canine is small and carefully monitored.

We’ve been successfully breeding German Shepherds for over 25 years, and we’ve taken that experience and expertise and used it to develop and raise our standards to the highest level of excellence. Because of this, we can guarantee that your Cedar Valley Canine pup or dog will have sound temperament, good health and lifetime support (we’ll be with you every step of the way!).


Training Programs

We offer a variety of training programs to fit your needs, including board + train, on-site, and specialty.

We have over 40 years of experience training household, military or police canines. Our programs range from on-site immersive training camps where your pet stays with us or on-site home visits where one of our trainers can come to your home and assess your needs. We also offer certificate completion programs for the AKC’s Canine Good Citizen, which is a prerequisite for many therapy dog certifications.

Meet Dave Taylor, the man behind Cedar Valley Canine

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 With over 40 years of experience, Dave has placed multiple dogs in Police/Military/Government service in the United States and abroad, has trained/certified hundreds of dog/handler teams in Narcotics, Explosive Detection work, and Patrol Dog programs. Plus, he has trained over 5000 dogs in the private and service dog sector.

“We have three small children so we wanted to make sure our dog would seamlessly fit into our family. After a couple of visits with Dave, he helped us get our puppy. We sent her back to Cedar Valley Canine for training at several different occasions throughout her first year. Wow, it was SO worth it! To say she is amazing is an understatement. Raina is now a little over 1 y/o and goes everywhere we go. She has many roles in our family… babysitter, companion, playmate and exercise partner to name a few. She has won over every person she meets and I credit that to quality breeding and training. Thank you, Cedar Valley Canine!”  


What a great experience! We had no idea what to expect from woking with a breeder (always haven taken in mutts) Cedar Valley has a great program, owners, trainers and of course dogs. It was clear within moments of our visit that our daughter's new companion would be a German Shepherd. We are so eager to see the new puppies and start our training adventure. My only discouragement was not having made this commitment sooner! Thank you Dave and Betsy for helping us make the best decision to suit our families need for companionship with protection!



 Life at CVC