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1644 River Road
Ashland City, Tennessee 37015


Cedar Valley Canine is a multi-purpose kennel providing canines and training for a variety of purposes in the civilian, protection, sport, and police & military arenas.

Our History + Philosophy

Our History + About Us

A Family-Owned Kennel since 1993

Dave Taylor started Cedar Valley Canine in 1993. The business was originally known as Cedar Valley Kennel, aptly named because he lived in a cedar valley just outside of Nashville. In 2010, Dave moved to Auburn to become the Training Director at The Auburn University Detection Training Center which put his own business on hold for a little bit. However, after a wonderful time at Auburn where he was a Level IV trainer and instructor, he moved back to Nashville to continue with Cedar Valley Canine. 

Today, we are located just outside of Nashville with access to major interstates and only 30 minutes from Nashville International Airport. With 90 beautiful acres bordering the Cumberland River in Cheatham County, we have a training environment that allows us to prepare dogs for almost any possible scenario. Plus, they have fun while they are with us too! 

Our Philosophy 

Beyond Sit + Stay 

Whether it’s breeding German Shepherds or training dogs, we’re passionate about going the extra mile to guarantee success. 

When it comes to training, we believe that establishing communication for both the dog and owner is the key to success. We’ve developed a learning method based initially on positive reinforcement (food, toys and praise). At the appropriate stage of training, we use negative reinforcers to teach the dog consequences of unwanted behavior. In the end, it’s about creating a mutual understanding between dog and owner that will last a lifetime. We have multiple programs that fit a variety of training needs- anything from civilian, sport, military, protection and police. We welcome any and all breeds to our training program. 

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We’ve been successfully breeding German Shepherds for over 35 years, and we’ve taken that experience and expertise and used it to develop and raise our standards to the highest level of excellence. 


Our breeding program is small and carefully monitored. As a family owned kennel, our German Shepherds are hand-raised with a keen focus on health and temperament. We take the utmost care for our puppies and dogs.