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Classical conditioning is a learning process also known as the Pavlovian method or respondent conditioning. Discovered by Russian physiologist Ivan Pavlov, classical conditioning involves developing automatic reflexes to specific conditions. This leads to creating behaviors.

Pavlov is considered to be the father of “classical conditioning.” As a matter of fact, he originally tested his theory using dogs. In an experiment, Pavlov observed dogs began to salivate not just when they received food, but when the people associated with feeding them arrived. Pavlov began to ring a bell when the dogs were presented with food. Over time, the dogs learned to associate the sound of the bell ringing with food. Their mouths would salivate whenever the bell rang.

Dog Training Elite in Atlanta dog training techniques are based on classical conditioning and rely on positive reinforcement to help your dog achieve deep-rooted obedience. Working with a Dog Training Elite in Atlanta trainer , your dog will become conditioned and develop those “automatic reflexes” to commands such as sit, stay, and so on.

Dog Training Elite uses classical conditioning as one of their dog training techniques in Atlanta.
Positive Reinforcement Vs. Punishment

Traditional dog training methods rely on punishment for errors and “low value” rewards, such as praise or petting, when a dog performs a desired behavior. Dog Training Elite in Atlanta never resorts to punishing a dog to make them unlearn bad behavior.

Using punishment as a tool can actually backfire. For example: punishing a dog for going to the bathroom inside a house won’t teach them to go outside instead. Often, the dog only understands that the mess makes their owner mad. Instead of going outside, the dog is likely to continue to make messes indoors - but where the owner can’t find them.

Research shows that focusing on positive reinforcement when a desired behavior occurs and not worrying about correcting bad behavior in dogs is more effective and has longer-lasting results. The difference between a dog who has been exposed to dog training techniques used to obey out of fear vs. a dog who learns to obey through a positive, loving bond with their owner is huge.

Positive reinforcement works with dogs because they are inherently eager to please. Rewarding your dog for good behavior as you work with a Dog Training Elite in Atlanta trainer to help your dog be more obedient will help you create a deep, loving relationship with your dog built on trust.

Training With An E-Collar


As mentioned above, Dog Training Elite in Atlanta NEVER uses punishments like shock collars to train dogs out of bad behavior. Dog Training Elite in Atlanta does make use of an electronic collar . The use of an electronic collar is vastly different in two main ways:

The electric collar does not shock your dog. Instead, it generates a gentle electronic pulse, similar to the tug of a leash.

The electronic collar is never used to punish a dog. It is used to simply gain the attention of a dog and help them focus on the task at hand.

Other dog trainers use harsh static collars or spray collars which have been shown to be less effective.

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.


Dog Training Elite in Atlanta is the top company near you that uses professional positive dog training methods.
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 15 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.

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The Dog Training Elite in Atlanta
Difference

Dog Training Elite in Atlanta uses modern dog training techniques and methods focused on positive reinforcement and bonding you and your dog. Dog Training Elite in Atlanta trainers never resort to punishment to help dogs unlearn behaviors.

Through a combination of commands and an electronic collar, dogs learn to follow commands at once. Dog Training Elite in Atlanta’s method of focusing on positive behavior reinforcement nurtures a dog's loving and naturally obedient nature.

After proper conditioning and working with Dog Training Elite in Atlanta, when you say “sit,” your dog will automatically sit without thinking about it. The unique techniques of Dog Training Elite in Atlanta ensure training is a success no matter what your dog’s behavior.

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We had an excellent experience with DTE NE-ATL so far. They are friendly and easy to work with.
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Posted January 28th 2023
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Needed some training for my 2 year old Golden Retriever and was sitting in traffic when I saw DTEWest Atlanta car and decided to give them a call! One of the best decisions I have ever made. I had called around a few places and their offer was the best for what I needed. They also offer a variety of packages which I loved. The team at Dog Training Elite West Atlanta is simply amazing! Whit, Kyla & CJ are true professionals and it shows that they love what they do. Extremely patient & kind especially to my sweet pup! They felt like family. We had in home training sessions and they were so much fun. I looked forward to seeing them every single time and so did my doggo! They were always on time and communicated transparently. I now have a pup who is well trained. The walks have been 1000 times better, no more pulling and dragging and recall is great! My pup now knows how to behave when I have guests in my home. My pup also does commands off leash which I am most excited about. 10/10 recommend DTE West Atlanta! Just amazing.

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Gosia is very knowledgeable and patient. She was very professional and I would definitely recommend her for obedience training!
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Posted January 16th 2023
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Gosia is great with dogs! Dog Training Elite Northeast Atlanta has definitely changed my mind about dog training.
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Posted December 27th 2022
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Great customer service and experience with DTE Northeast Atlanta! Really liked the quick replies and willingness to help with our needs!
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Posted December 9th 2022
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Whit and his team Cam and Kyla have been a godsend! My husband and I fell in love with our, at the time 3 month old, American Akita while we were vacationing in Florida. We couldn’t wait to get him back home but with my husband starting a new job and already having our hands full with 5 and 6-year-old boys, I already knew that I was going to need help with Yoshi. I personally shopped around for different companies and found Dog Training Elite online. My husband and I had reservations in the beginning of course as with anything new, but let me tell you we are definitely pleased with the process so far. Whit advised that I would see a difference after the second appointment but he was wrong… LOL!! I saw a difference after the very first! Every appointment weekly I feel closer and closer to Yoshi! Cam and Kyla are family and they not only put my nerves at ease but they are knowledgeable, professional and complete sweethearts. Yoshi’s breed is known for their stubbornness but when it’s time for training even he looks forward to Cam and Kyla’s visit because he himself can’t resist their gentle and loving nature. If you are looking for results, then Dog Training Elite West Atlanta is the place!!!
— Candace Robinson
Posted June 10th 2022
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Whit and DTE of West Atlanta team has a very personable and professional approach to Dog Training. This is also a Veteran owned business. Whit and his team have comprehensive knowledge about dog training with over 40 years of theory development behind their techniques from the franchise that is sure to drive high quality results. They truly care about improving your relationship with your dog and are motivated to help you through it every step of the way. Highly recommend!
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Posted May 30th 2022
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Charmone really knows her stuff! She is a professional and gets the desired results!
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Excellent customer service. Everything is laid out and easy to understand in their contract. Great results with the trainers!
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Dog training Elite trained all three of my dogs our youngest dog has been trained as a service dog for my wife. I will have DTE train my next dog as well. Thank you so much.
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