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Training is key to creating a safe, loving environment for your canine companion. Dogs are great learners and always eager to please their owners. With the right techniques, a little patience, and consistency from the whole family, Fido can learn just about anything.

Besides teaching your dog respectful behaviors (like no excessive barking and no begging from the table), training keeps your dog:

  • Safe
    If your dog knows to come on command, or “stay” in place, both of you will be safer when outdoors. Untrained dogs may dart off into the road, or become distracted by their surroundings and get lost.
  • Smart

    Consistent instruction is mentally stimulating and improves your dog’s cognitive health. Learning also prevents boredom and the destructive habits that result from it.

  • Happy

    Dogs thrive on positive, loving relationships with their human family members. A dog that doesn’t know proper behavior is unlikely to have a positive relationship with the people around him. By teaching your dog what behaviors are acceptable, you establish a comfortable and loving environment.

Dog Training Elite is proud to have the highest rated professional dog trainers near you in Atlanta.

Effective training is key to a positive dog-owner relationship. Learning how to communicate with your canine companion is difficult without assistance, however. If you’ve been struggling with your dog’s behavior, it may be time to find a professional dog trainer near you.

Silver

$950

  • In-Home Training SessionsOne-on-one & personalized 5 Sessions
  • Come
  • Place(go to bed)
  • Heel(walk with you without pulling)
  • Sit(next to you & off leash at a distance)
  • Off(furniture if desired)
  • Quiet(stop excessive barking & whining)
  • Down(next to you & off leash at a distance)

Gold

$1,595

  • In-Home Training SessionsOne-on-one & personalized 5 Sessions
  • Group Park Training Sessions 6 Months
  • Come
  • Place(go to bed)
  • Heel(walk with you without pulling)
  • Sit(next to you & off leash at a distance)
  • Off(furniture if desired)
  • Quiet(stop excessive barking & whining)
  • Down(next to you & off leash at a distance)
  • Housebreaking / Potty Training
  • Calm Anxiety & Build Confidence
  • Get into Car or Kennel
  • STOP Running Away
  • STOP Jumping on People
  • STOP Puppy Biting
  • STOP Chasing Animals
  • STOP Chewing
  • STOP Digging

Platinum

$2,095

  • In-Home Training SessionsOne-on-one & personalized 7 Sessions
  • Group Park Training Sessions 8 Months
  • Come
  • Place(go to bed)
  • Heel(walk with you without pulling)
  • Sit(next to you & off leash at a distance)
  • Off(furniture if desired)
  • Quiet(stop excessive barking & whining)
  • Down(next to you & off leash at a distance)
  • Housebreaking / Potty Training
  • Calm Anxiety & Build Confidence
  • Get into Car or Kennel
  • STOP Running Away
  • STOP Jumping on People
  • STOP Puppy Biting
  • STOP Chasing Animals
  • STOP Chewing
  • STOP Digging
  • STOP / Control Aggression(dog & human)
  • Choose One Advanced Skill: - Intro to Therapy Dog Training See Details - Emotional Support Dog Training
    - Ride on a Golf Cart, Skateboard, or Wagon
    - Stay with You on Jog, Hike, or Bike Ride
    - Other Appropriate Co-designed Skill/Task *Specialized training options based upon your dog's abilities.
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Finding Professionals In An Unregulated Industry


There is no regulating body or licensing process for professional dog trainers. Anyone can advertise themselves as a trainer, whether they have the necessary skills and knowledge or not.

Navigating through this unregulated industry can be tricky. As a dog owner, you want a qualified trainer that will:


  • Respect you, your dog, and your family.
  • Stick to your schedule.
  • Use positive training methods.
  • Never harm your dog.
  • Address your dog's unique needs and behaviors.
  • Teach you how to better communicate with your dog.
  • Provide ongoing support and check-in after training sessions.
  • Train in various settings, environments and stages.
  • Empower you to build a healthy, loving bond with your dog.

It takes years of experience and education for trainers to be able to offer all of the above. So how do you find a professional that fits your and your dog’s needs?

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"Pawsitive" Indicators of a Good Dog Trainer


Some things to look for when searching for a Atlanta dog trainer include:

Training Technique

There are various training methods out there, but the most effective is positive reinforcement. According to the American Kennel Service, positive reinforcement techniques “are based on the science of animal learning and have the bonus of strengthening the dog-owner bond.”

    Stay Away From:
  • “Alpha Dog” or dominance-based training techniques. Dominance theory is based on incorrect assumptions of dog and wolf behavior. Dog behaviorists have proven that positive techniques are the only healthy way to communicate with dogs. Dominant, punishment-based training causes anxiety, fear and aggression.
  • Trainers that use choke-chains, shock collars, sprays, and other punishment tactics.
Personality

You want to enjoy the time spent with your trainer, so find someone with a happy, exciting personality. You’re looking for a professional, of course, but we are all dog lovers here, so light-hearted attitudes are important. Your dog must connect well with a trainer for efficient learning, so pay attention to how your dog reacts to your chosen trainer.

    Stay Away From:
  • Trainers that make you feel bad about your relationship with your dog or your dog’s behavior.
  • Rude, dismissive attitudes, and trainers that are too uptight.
  • Trainers that use harsh words and aggressive tactics.
Empowerment

A dog trainer is truly a teacher at heart, and their goal is to teach you how to better communicate with your dog. You need a coach who helps you connect better with your pet, empowering you to build a strong bond. When the trainer is gone, you’ll be the one giving the commands, so make sure you find someone that is understanding, patient, and committed.

    Stay Away From:
  • A trainer that does not want to involve you and your family members in the process.
  • Programs that only offer board and train -- effective training involves various settings, including classes and inside the home.
  • Trainers that cannot explain how dogs learn and cannot teach you how to communicate with your dog.
Credentials

Dog trainers do not need a license, but there are various education programs available. Look for a trainer that can prove their credentials with experience, education, and certifications. If you have a specific need, such as personal protection or service training, be sure to find a trainer that is experienced in that area.

At Dog Training Elite, our dog trainers are educated and experienced with training dogs of all breeds, sizes and ages. All locations are registered with the Professional Retriever Trainers Association, the International Association of Canine Professionals, and the American Kennel Club.

    Stay Away From:
  • Trainers that cannot prove their education, experience, or background.

Customization

All dogs have unique personalities and life experiences that shape their behaviors. A well-qualified trainer offers customizable programs tailored to the unique needs of each client and dog. In-home training approaches are preferred, so the trainer can observe your dog in his home environment (where he feels most comfortable acting naughty!).

You should also look for a trainer that covers both basic obedience and advanced programs.

    Stay Away From:
  • Trainers that can’t teach more than basic obedience commands.
  • A trainer that diagnoses medical issues as reasoning for problem behaviors. Trainers are not licensed veterinarians and should never diagnose a dog. If a medical issue is suspected, a qualified trainer will recommend you speak to a vet.
Good References

References and consumer reviews are key to finding a reliable trainer. Ask around at the dog park for good references, and research each trainer or company. Read through customer reviews and take a look at how professional their website appears.

    Stay Away From:
  • Trainers that have no website or online references, or trainers that have poor reviews.
  • Trainers with reviews that mention aggressive tactics, fear-based techniques, and punishment-based theory.

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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 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.

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!

The whole Dog Training Elite Denver crew have been knowledgeable, dedicated and considerate. Our at home lessons have been inspirational and I'm excited to start the group sessions. Thank you for supporting our Veterans, DTE.
— Raphael Crater
Posted May 7th 2021
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Hayden is Amazing and is the best dog trainer I have met. He is so friendly and has really explained what we need to do. He has helped us so we don’t get discouraged and if we need to we can text him whenever. I will never go anywhere else. They are amazing!!
— Jamie Ulibarri
Posted May 6th 2021
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I have a 9 month old English Mastiff that I thought was to big of a block head to be trained but in one lesson with Hayden he changed my whole outlook on dog training. With the proper trainer your dog is really able to do anything, thank you for all your help Hayden!!
— captain zulat
Posted May 5th 2021
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I’m not even sure I can put into words how amazing this training program is. It’s the third training program we have tried in order to work through my dog’s reactivity issues. Before we started, we could barely go on a walk without her reacting to every person, dog, or motorcycle we saw. Now, having only completed the individual training sessions, her reactivity is almost completely gone. She is more confident, more relaxed & so much better behaved. The trainers are professional, knowledgeable & so helpful with anything you need. I can’t recommend Dog Training Elite enough!!
— Maggie Rick
Posted May 4th 2021
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They are the best!! After our 1st training session we saw a difference. I would refer them 100 percent!! Thank you for helping our fur baby Mango ❤️💕❤️
— Maria Graham
Posted May 3rd 2021
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I have a 1.5 year old Dutch Shepherd. My fiancé and I got her from a breeder back in Virginia and have had problems with human and animal aggression since she was a puppy. We had previously gone through months of training at a facility not capable of training her in a way that produced permanent change. When we moved out to Arizona, I was in panic mode because I still had a dog that was untrained and aggressive. That's when I did some research and found DTE. Neal came out to my house for our free consultation and I couldn't help but hold my breath. See, I didn't have high hopes as I was at the point of believing my dog could not be helped. Man, was I wrong. Within 2 training sessions, my dog gained a confidence she didn't realize was possible. She became incredible obedient and was no longer compelled to react to people and animals we encountered on walks. After multiple individual training sessions, socialization group classes, and protection classes, I can honestly say my dog is one of the most well-behaved dogs I've ever seen. I cannot say enough good things about this company as a whole, but maybe that's because they have honesty changed my life. I highly recommend this company for any level of training, but especially if you have a dog similar to mine.
— Katlyn D.
Posted May 3rd 2021
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Tyler was awesome! His guidance helped us get our dog under control on walks and curb the barking in the house. We even saw improvement after just the first session. Thank you, Tyler! Looking forward to group classes!
— Sarah Garber
Posted April 30th 2021
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I am doing the service dog training with my Xoloitzcuintli and the staff has been very responsive and educational in helping me and my dog learn how to work together!
— Olivia KaChenChai
Posted April 29th 2021
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This company is amazing! And idk what I would have done without them. My breeder recommended me to them and it’s definitely worth every penny especially with a new puppy that wasn’t crate train. It’s amazing to see how much my puppy learn in one week and how he can sleep in his crate now peacefully. You can tell how much they love this job and how dedicated they are. I also love that even after the fact my puppy completed his puppy training if I have questions or concerns they are real quick to response and help. Definitely recommended!! You won’t regret it. Hands down best company out there.
— zuli Santana
Posted April 28th 2021
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DTESATX, is so responsive, efficient, professional and reasonably priced. Administratively, Maggie is the best. I wish more businesses had people like her working for them! She always extremely pleasant and responds very quickly to texts and is super efficient getting us signed up for our sessions and group classes. Our trainer, Dave, is very professional and no-nonsense, yet also very understanding of the challenges our daughter faces and how it affects her and her service dog in training. The support and guidance we get from him between training sessions shows that he is always available to his clients, around the clock. He is definitely passionate about what he does! We are extremely happy with our experience thus far and would highly recommend them to anyone.
— Gillis Gomi
Posted April 26th 2021
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DTESATX, is so responsive, efficient, professional and reasonably priced. Administratively, Maggie is the best. I wish more businesses had people like her working for them! She always extremely pleasant and responds very quickly to texts and is super efficient getting us signed up for our sessions and group classes. Our trainer, Dave, is very professional and no-nonsense, yet also very understanding of the challenges our daughter faces and how it affects her and her service dog in training. The support and guidance we get from him between training sessions shows that he is always available to his clients, around the clock. He is definitely passionate about what he does! We are extremely happy with our experience thus far and would highly recommend them to anyone.
— Moka Latte
Posted April 26th 2021
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I HIGHLY recommend this company if you are looking to get your dog trained. They take pride and care about every single dog they work with. Whether your dog is untrained or well trained they tailor there teaching methods to each individual dog. Not only do they train your dog they also work with the handler to ensure they are prepared to maintain the training after it has be completed. I will be bringing any/all future dogs here to be trained.
— Jessica Dana
Posted April 25th 2021
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Hayden is our trainer. He’s so responsive and professional. It had been some time since we had a pup as our older shepherd passed away. We have an imported champion bred German Shepherd that he is training to be a service dog. We’ve loved every minute of the in home lessons as well as the group classes. He trains your dog but he trains the human too. We now have knowledge we can use forever and ever down the line with this and other pups in the future. When you think about how much you spend on your dog and the potential destruction an untrained dog can do, (and we have definitely experienced that first hand in the past with other dogs!) it’s easy to see what a good investment it is.
— Nancy DeMello
Posted April 25th 2021
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Hayden was a fantastic dog trainer he really achieved amazing results in a short period of time. I would recommend him to anyone.
— Jim Hewett
Posted April 25th 2021
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I have to admit that I was skeptical at the beginning because my dogs were too hectic and full of energy. But, OMG.....after the first class with Shawn and Angela my dogs made a 360 degrees change!!!!! Now they make eye contact, respond to the come command and now We are able to walk with them without them pulling or being out of control. They do deliver what they say they will do. I am very please and amazed with the first class!!!!🥰 I can not imagine how my dogs will be after the complete the training🙏🏽. I will highly recommend Shawn 110%.
— Amalfi Pimentel
Posted April 24th 2021
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We have absolutely loved Shawn and Angela with our dogs!!! After our first session our dogs were SOO DIFFERENT!!!! We have tried many other trainers and tried to find someone that would fit with our lifestyle and Dog Training Elite was exactly what we needed. We are very content with this training. It truly is THE LAST DOG TRAINER WE WILL EVER NEED!!!!
— Ashley Pimentel
Posted April 24th 2021
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Shawn and Angela from Dog Training Elite were absolutely wonderful. My 2 year old Shih Poo is like night and day after just four sessions. I can walk my dog without her barking at other dogs and people. Now I can take her places knowing she'll listen and behave. We have a whole new relationship! Yes, it's an investment but to me it's a priceless one. I highly recommend Dog Training Elite Charlotte.
— Jennifer Jackson
Posted April 23rd 2021
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The trainers are very good at what they do! I am training my puppy to be a therapy dog and in just a few months of working with them, he can stay, sit, come, walk perfectly on leash, settle, and many more commands. The trainers have been patient and professional. They first show you how to work with your dog and then offer feedback as they observe how you work with your dog. I am so happy with my dog, Gilly’s progress!
— Holley Digby
Posted April 23rd 2021
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He is the Best Trainer I have ever met. He is so good with the dogs. He loves everyone as if they are his. He explains every detail on what he is doing and what you need to do very well. I will definitely use them again.
— Jamie Ulibarri
Posted April 19th 2021
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Great trainers! The dog was transformed
— Jason Struck
Posted April 19th 2021
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Trust Your Gut


Choosing a trainer is an important part of being a dog owner, and in the end, you want to choose the professional you feel comfortable with. This is someone that you’ll be inviting into your home and spending plenty of time with! A dog trainer with credentials, experience, and a friendly personality that makes your dog’s tail wag is most likely a great choice.

You also want to make sure you get your money’s worth, so choose a trainer that is invested in you and your dog. At Dog Training Elite, we follow up with our clients even after training sessions have ended. Our goal is to help clients build strong relationships with their pets, and that takes consistent effort. Our professional dog trainers are some of the best in the Atlanta area. We cover training programs such as obedience, personal protection, anxiety, aggression, and service dog.

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