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Develop a Stronger Bond Through Training


Bringing home a new puppy can be a fun and special time. Puppies are cute and playful and bring a lot of joy into a home! They can also bring a lot of chaos and messes. Early days spent with your puppy are important for both bonding and training. In fact, if you’re wondering how to bond with your puppy, training can be a great way, as they look to you for guidance and direction. Dog Training Elite in Atlanta is here to help.

Dog Training Elite in Atlanta can help teach you how to bond with your puppy.
Dog Training Elite in Atlanta In-Home Puppy Training

Dog Training Elite in Atlanta’s offers comprehensive in-home puppy training. For the first 4-6 weeks, trainers use “treat training” before moving onto more advanced puppy training. Puppies will learn the following behaviors:

  • Come, sit, loose-leash walking, and down
  • Puppy corrections (Stop biting, digging, jumping, etc.)
  • Crate training/ housebreaking
Trainers will also help owners learn about the following:
  • Socialization tips
  • Environmental hazards
  • Puppy enrichment
  • Caring for your puppy
  • And more!

Training a puppy can feel overwhelming. By pairing you with a professional trainer, not only will your puppy learn quickly, but you will feel confident and empowered to continue training your puppy after the sessions are completed. Training in your own home will help you bond with your pup so even after the professional trainer leaves, you and Fido can continue to progress together.

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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In-Home Puppy Trainers


Working with a trainer and your puppy in your own home will help your puppy stay focused. Dog Training Elite in Atlanta dog trainers create personalized training plans for individual puppies that will also address any unique needs or issues.

Once a puppy has completed in-home training, Dog Training Elite in Atlanta offers puppy group classes for further training. These group classes are a great option for exposing a young puppy to other dogs, people, new sounds and sights so they become well socialized.

Positive Reinforcement Training Methods


The Dog Training Elite in Atlanta training method focuses on encouraging proper behaviors with positive reinforcement. Punishment is never used as a form of training as it can lead to aggression and fear in dogs. Dog Training Elite in Atlanta does use an electronic vibration collar (not a shock collar) to help puppies stay alert, and treats for extra encouragement.

Positive reinforcement teaches a puppy that performing obedient behaviors wins love and affection from their owner. Dog Training Elite in Atlanta’s professional puppy trainers include owners in the training process so that puppies learn who is in charge. Working with professional trainers of Dog Training Elite in Atlanta, your puppy will not only develop deep-rooted obedience, but working alongside these trainers will help you and your puppy build a strong, healthy relationship founded on loyalty and trust.

Elite Dog Training in Atlanta All Breeds. All Sizes. All Ages.

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Tips on How to Bond
With Your Puppy

Training is a great way to establish a deep, loyal bond with your puppy. Outside of your training sessions, there is more you can do to strengthen your bond. Here are some more tips for how to bond with your puppy:

Your puppy may not understand the words you’re saying, but he or she will understand your tone of voice. Speaking in an excited tone of voice will get your pup excited and motivate them to do what you want them to. Speaking in a low, calm voice can help soothe and relax your puppy.

Puppies thrive on routine. A consistent schedule will help your puppy adjust to their new home, and to you and your family. A puppy’s schedule needs to include eating, playtime, puppy training, potty breaks, and nap times.

As mentioned above, playtime is an important part of your puppy’s schedule. Playing with your puppy will help strengthen your bond and stimulate their brains. Walks are an easy and great way to give your puppy much-needed exercise. Start small, walking around in your yard or driveway and gradually extending the distance around your neighborhood.

Creating boundaries in your home for your puppy helps strengthen your bond because your puppy will look to you for direction and guidance. It will also help your puppy avoid bad habits. Baby gates and playpens are a useful way to create physical boundaries.

Puppies can become overwhelmed about all the new things they’re exploring. Crate training is a perfect way to allow your puppy to have their own space where they feel safe and comfortable and help them develop some independence so they grow into a well-adjusted dog.

The most adorable way to bond with your puppy is by cuddling them! Snuggling with your pup can help him or her feel comforted and safe. The best time to get a cuddle session with your puppy is when they are sleepy. Cuddling also helps puppies get used to having their paws, belly, face, etc. handled, and can be a good time to introduce light grooming practices like brushing their fur.

It’s OK to be nervous about bringing your puppy home. But with the professional dog trainers and programs at Dog Training Elite in Atlanta, plus these tips on bonding with your puppy, you will develop a rewarding relationship with your 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!

We had an excellent experience with DTE NE-ATL so far. They are friendly and easy to work with.
— Micah Salas
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.

Posted January 24th 2023
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Gosia is very knowledgeable and patient. She was very professional and I would definitely recommend her for obedience training!
— Celeste O'Keefe
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.
— Vic Zurigo
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!
— Chris Cybulski
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!
— Kyle Christie
Posted May 30th 2022
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Charmone really knows her stuff! She is a professional and gets the desired results!
— Jasmine Garland
Posted April 4th 2022
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Excellent customer service. Everything is laid out and easy to understand in their contract. Great results with the trainers!
— Mel Williams
Posted March 8th 2022
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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.
— Tyson Newell
Posted February 15th 2022
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