From puppies development to manners we have it all for you!

Canine Cadre is a 45-year-old organization based in Wallingford, Connecticut. We run a variety of programs in Central CT and lead an intensive and comprehensive private class schedule. We are one of the rare organizations that can tailor a program to fit you and your pet’s needs.

With his associates, Canine Behavior expert Len Paquette bring their understanding of the canine psyche into the training, troubleshooting and behavior modification process to ensure the maximum benefit for you, your family and your pet’s relationship.


Canine Cadre’s Puppy Headstart Program is and was one of the first of its kind in Connecticut. The PHP educates not only puppies but the owners as well on how to socialize, what it is, and why it is so critical. The benefits of socialization include developing natural bonding techniques, troubleshooting potential challenges for the puppy and knowing how to do it right the first time.


We diagnose and remedy behavioral problems from house soiling, separation anxiety to aggression.

Canine Training

We offer a variety of canine training courses such as:

– Puppy Head Start Program

– Canine Behavior Modification

– Canine Distraction Class

– Therapy and Service Dog Training

– Police Patrol Dog Training

– Internationale Prüfungs-Ordnung (I.P.O.) Dog Training

– Hearing Ear Dog Training

– Search and Rescue Dog Training

– Narcotics Dog Training

Meet Lenny Paquette

Lenny Paquette began his career as a USAF Patrol Dog Handler, Law Enforcement during the Vietnam era. Seeking a better understanding of the canine psyche he next apprenticed under a German Behavioral Biologist in the first federal program of its kind. Initially starting his business in 1977. Lenny combined behavioral understanding and obedience whether for home, Schutzhund (IPO) , therapy dogs, hearing ear dogs, narcotics dogs, SAR (search and rescue) dogs, and many other endeavors. Whether providing behavioral counseling for aggression, separation anxiety, barking, or chewing, we tend to provide a positive approach to behavior modification using training in drive. As a former competitor in the AKC obedience ring, and current competitor in the IPO ring, Lenny brings this expertise to the troubleshooting process as well. Lenny is also an Importer of German Line German Shepherd Dogs from Europe.

Lenny has appeared on Channel 2 CBS in New York regarding canine behavior. Lenny also has been a consultant for the FBI in New Haven, CT and other federal agencies. Lenny has trained narcotics dogs for the Meriden CT Police Department and for his own business searching businesses and private schools for narcotics.

Lenny began Canine Cadre while attending Central Connecticut State University in 1977 initially majoring in psychology and matriculated to business management. He began apprenticing in 1978 to enhance his ability to apply his understanding as a canine behaviorist/trainer. Lenny has worked with luminaries like Paul Newman, Scott Burrell, a fine gentleman who worked and loved his dog, and Ted Christopher, a NASCAR driver who trained all of his dogs with Lenny and became a lasting friend. Lenny treats everyone like a celebrity because dog owners love their dogs and know what love is. The British say, “you end up having the dog you deserve", If you apply yourself, you will have more than the dog, you will have trained with Lenny.

Meet Erich Paquette

Erich is the son of owner and founder Lenny Paquette and has been involved with Canine Cadre since he was very young. After attending college and living in Massachusetts for several years, Erich has relocated back to Connecticut and joined Lenny and the Canine Cadre crew. Erich’s natural teaching ability and love of dogs makes him the perfect fit alongside his father. He is passionate and caring and is dedicated to helping all dogs and owners to become the best they can be. You can find Erich most Saturday mornings running Distraction Classes and Puppy Social.

Meet Kat Stephens

Kathy Stephens has been a trainer for several years and has been a full time associate of Canine Cadre for the past year. She was involved in a Canine Cognition Study at Yale University during the time she joined Canine Cadre in 2018. In the past she has competed in American Kennel Club and obedience trials and became to realize that her more in-depth understanding of the canine psyche has brought her up to a new level of competence from a teaching/training aspect. Her love and dedication to our pooches is clear and she is a joy to work with.

Meet Dave Gregoire

Assistant Training Director Dave Gregoire has trained five dogs at Canine Cadrè since 1995. With his dog Cinders training here, Dave became a teaching Helper for our Schutzhund Club and now is Assistant Training Director, since 2015. Dave's thirst for knowledge, tremendous memory, love for his dogs, and our client's dogs, makes him an asset to Canine Cadrè.
He has been training his Doberman, Dio, diligently in preparation for IPO Trials at a National Level. He has been a great training partner to Lenny Paquette and his dog Kato who just achieved his IPO2
In October of 2018.