Elite, Award Winning Dog Training Services in Asheville

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Empowering Owners

We work with dogs of any breed, size or age - and we empower owners with lifelong skills to continue successes.

  • Leash & potty training
  • Staying & coming
  • Destructive chewing & digging
  • Stealing food, clothing, or other objects
  • Barking, howling & whining
  • Food guarding & begging
  • Mouthing, nipping & playing rough
  • Anxiety & submissive urination
  • Jumping up & hyperactivity
  • Aggression & anxiety

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We strongly believe that the key to sustained obedience and training is to empower owners to be an integral part of the training experience.

Dog Training Elite Asheville offers expert in-home dog training near you in Asheville.
In-Home Training

Dog obedience classes are held on a consistent basis and are included in most packages. Our dog obedience training classes are designed to place yourself and your dog in public places (surrounded by other dogs, people, smells, and sounds)!

Dog Training Elite Asheville offers professional group dog training programs near you in Asheville.
Socialized Group Training

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Award Winning Dog Training Services in the Asheville Metro Area

Welcome to Dog Training Elite Asheville! We are a professional, family owned Asheville-based dog training company with over 40 years of experience that specializes in strengthening the bond between your dog and your family, with a strong emphasis on teaching your dog the highest level of obedience, despite even the toughest level of distractions. Our Asheville dog training programs are certain to meet all of your training needs. Unlike a lot of other dog training companies, we understand that each client has different needs, so we tailor our dog training programs to accommodate your unique situation. Dog Training Elite Asheville also trains service animals and dogs ready to volunteer in the community as therapy dogs and companions to those with special needs. We also offer a fun and challenging personal protection program as well!

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Meet Our Trainers

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Our Balanced Theory

We base our training around the "Classical Conditioning" model (a.k.a. "Pavlovian" or "respondent conditioning"). This includes developing conditioned or automatic reflexes to commands. In its simplest form (after proper conditioning), when the owner says "sit," the dog automatically sits without thinking about it. Our unique techniques ensure our program is a success no matter what behavior we encounter.

  • Empowering Owners
    We empower Owners to train so their dog knows who to obey at all times.
  • Personalized
    We deal with problem behaviors on a personal basis.
  • Environment Specific
    We train wherever issues tend to arise (i.e. jogging, park, home).
  • Supportive
    We support Owners in the off-hours (when training is "not in session").
  • Involved
    We work with all members of the household.
  • Simplified & Customized
    We plan training around the owner's schedule and require only 20 min/day follow-up practice.
  • Continued Training
    Additional programs / group sessions offered after in-home training.
  • Lifetime Investment
    We follow up & are invested in the owner's success long-term.
  • Satisfaction Ratings
    Our high client satisfaction rating sets us apart from competitors.
Dog Training Elite Asheville has award winning in-home dog trainers and top rated dog training programs.

Why Dog Training Elite Asheville?

Lifetime Investment

We follow up & are invested in the owner's success long-term.

Value Priced

We pride ourselves on being able to offer our professional services at prices that are budget friendly.

Local Trainers

All of our local dog trainers are trustworthy, willing to be there for our clients and love what they do.

Simplified & Customized

We plan training around the owner's schedule and require only 15 min/day follow-up practice.

Come Meet Us!

We are often at home shows in your area! Our passion for dogs and service sets us apart. All of our local dog trainers are trustworthy, willing to be there for our clients and love what they do. We want to build a community for our clients that love their dogs just as much as we do and once you begin the training process with us, you become a part of the Dog Training Elite family.

Proud Sponsor of The Malinois Foundation

At Dog Training Elite Asheville, we believe that Service Dogs save lives. It is our mission to make these life-saving companions available to our Veterans, First Responders, Women Survivors, and Children with Medical Needs. Whether it be for PTSD, Mobility Support, or Special Needs, Dog Training Elite Asheville work's with the Malinois Foundation to heal and empower these individuals with a specialized service animal, a partner in life, and a new best friend.

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We help your dog become a valued companion and beloved member of the family. Read what our customers have to say and then give us a call!

Dog training elite has helped me and my service dog become a true team. The one on one session’s are life changing and confidence boosting. David and Nicki truly care about what they are doing and just want the best for you and your family including your fur baby. Thanks again to Dog Training Elite Asheville for another leash on life.

Posted May 23rd 2023
They are awesome! And my little Festus loves them! They are always happy to answer questions and provide pointers on days they don’t come out to train.
— Faye Wilson
Posted April 19th 2023
Nicole and David are great people, we are very happy to be your clients. Extremely recommended, they are very professional, responsible, patient, friendly, dedicated to their work. They have been able to answer all of our questions and concerns. They are always available to help us with our dog even at any time of the day they answer me. We continue to see progress in our dog. I can't wait for my dog to become a service dog. Thank you so much.
— Liz Pov
Posted April 10th 2023
I can't say enough about Dog Training Elite. They started working with me and my 9-week-old black Labrador Retriever and it has been a game changer. Charlie is now 7 months old. She was a sweet but crazy puppy. She was a typical rambunctious, playful, happy girl but constantly getting into trouble, biting, jumping and chewing everything. After working with Dave and Nicole she is so well behaved and getting better every day. We have now graduated to group classes and I love them. I find them even better for myself than for Charlie. The classes have given us both much needed confidence with eachother as well as with others. The one-on-one classes taught me how to train Charlie with the basics and now I look forward to the group classes to practice and become more socialized with other dogs and other people and we are both learning new things every week. Charlie is still a rambunctious puppy but super sweet, much more well behaved and listens to me more than any other dog I've had. I would recommend Dave and Nicole highly to anyone who wants a true relationship with a well-behaved dog.
— Claire Mcquade
Posted March 27th 2023
Let’s just say I have a happy rambunctious pup that is known to get into a little trouble. Just a few sessions with Dog Training Elite Asheville and I have seen such a dramatic difference in my ability communicate and walk with my crazy little guy. Can’t wait to see how much better he gets from here! Great trainers all the way around! Highly recommend for anyone wanting to train their dog!!!
— Will Terracciano
Posted February 28th 2023
David and Nicole have been absolutely AMAZING!! From day one we never have any doubts that we chose the BEST of the BEST! We cannot thank them enough for all the time, energy, and effort they put in to make our sweet Ollie a fully (and properly) trained service dog for my husband. They go above and beyond, coming into our home to train for several weeks meant the world to us, due to my husband's TBI, being out in large crowds are extremely difficult to navigate, however, now we slowly integrate into our next milestone with Ollie's training, giving my husband some independence back that he lost with his Brain Injury. I could go on and on about Dog Training Elite Asheville, YOU MUST CHECK THEM OUT!!! 10/10 I HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
— Sonya Banks-Spears
Posted February 23rd 2023
The team at Elite has been patient and kind. I have a sweet pup who has been learning doggie manors and hopefully graduating towards Service Dog training. They have helped me build confidence in myself and my dog. The dog was becoming a wild unmanageable but sweet ball of fluff to a well manored and eager to listen ball of fluff.
— Adam Cuspa
Posted February 18th 2023
Thank you for training our Dental office therapy dog June. We are so happy with the progress she has made, and are looking forward to continue working with you.
— Kristi Platt
Posted February 14th 2023
We needed some training for our miniature schnauzer who was a yapper. We found the Dog Training Elite booth at the Apple Festival and they have been fantastic! Nicole came and did a demo with her own dog to show us what we could expect with regards to the commands taught…with no expectation that we would even hire DTE. But we did, immediately!! Nicole was great right from the beginning, making our puppy feel safe and comfortable and confident. She helped us learn the training techniques in order for us to reinforce the training with our dog so she could move on the next week to the next command. We appreciated her efforts so much we hired DTE to come train our two new puppies we had just gotten. DTE is a vital resource you need if you want a well behaved and adjusted dog. Highly recommend!!
— Rachel McNabb
Posted February 11th 2023
We have a 5 year old Aussie who was VERY stubborn and territorial and couldn't be around other dogs. Nicky and David taught us how to properly address these issues and how utilizing an E-collar was effective while not hurting our pup. Good training for owners and their dogs. 5 Stars!
— David Fordyce
Posted January 31st 2023
Nicole was our dog trainer for our English Creme retriever. Nicole is very responsive, communicates, and delivered on DTE's promise to give us the tools to start & continue training our dog. She was open to what we were willing to do as far as training and honest about the time and consistency it takes to train the dog. We enjoyed having her in our home & usually ran over her allotted time b/c she is just friendly to visit with! Gus loved her & was always excited to see her truck pull up!
— Denise Riddle
Posted January 28th 2023
I HIGHLY recommend contacting Dog Training Elite AVL ⭐️⭐️🌟⭐️⭐️ Myself and my Aussie, Indy have really enjoyed our one-on-one sessions with trainer, Nicole and I’m excited to start the group sessions. I met with a couple other trainers and didn’t agree with some of their training methods but when I met Nicole I knew I found Indy’s trainer. You’re not only training your dog, you’re training yourself. You will only get out what you put into the training and you have to be consistent and you will see results.

Posted January 27th 2023
Nicole is absolutely amazing! She is professional and friendly. She is a great teacher and very patient! My dog is huge (90lbs) and he listens so well now. I highly recommend her services! You won’t regret it!
— Kelly Pace
Posted December 22nd 2022
We started working with DTE in September 2022 to train our Black Lab to become a service animal for our youngest son. DTE has been absolutely INCREDIBLE! They have transformed our sweet lab in such a short amount of time. They support us on this journey and they always make themselves accessible to us for questions, tips or a quick one-on-one session. We are so grateful for DTE!! I highly recommend them to anyone needing help getting a pup to obey or to transform a pup into a service animal.
— Ashleigh Swayze
Posted December 19th 2022
Nicole and David are AWESOME!! First off, you can tell these folks love dogs and genuinely care about helping them...and you. We have an American Bully puppy that is extremely hyper! This is only our fourth session and I can't express what a huge difference they have already made. I know this training is an investment, but it is so worth it! If you seriously want a well behaved dog and actually listen/follow the instructions Nicole and David provide, you will be more than pleased with the results. We simply could not be happier with our decision to go with them for our training needs!
— Christy Rogers
Posted October 24th 2022
1000% recommend! My puppy Luca had obedience issues which caused him to have to move out of my house. Thanks to the efforts of Nicole, Luca has become such a well behaved puppy. They are so friendly and understanding. I appreciate them so much!
— Copelyn Wynn
Posted October 12th 2022
These guys are great. We have had 4 lessons so far and the difference is amazing. I can get Grayson to come, sit, heel, place, and we are starting with down. He also has learned off. I am simply amazed at the difference. I can't wait until we learn more. We have to train right along with him.
Posted September 28th 2022
Wow David is amazing! Kaja my dog was struggling with aggression and after just ONE lesson kaja is showing ZERO aggression towards other dogs! I highly recommend david and dog training elite!

Posted September 23rd 2022
David and Nicki are easy to work with. They are so patient and kind. I was really struggling to get my dog to walk on a loose leash and David was amazing in training my dog as well as training me how to handle him.
— Danielle Sanderson
Posted September 23rd 2022
WHAT A DIFFERENCE. David and Nicole did a wonderful job in walking us through their training methods by teaching us (and our dogs) the simple actions that make a world of difference in our dog's behavior. We have two hyper german shepherds that we ultimately didn't have control over when around other dogs or people. We can't recommend DTE enough.
— Sara Wolf
Posted September 7th 2022

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