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A therapy dog is a dog who visits places like schools, hospitals and nursing homes. Therapy dog training in Atlanta teaches dogs to provide comfort, support, and affection to the people they meet, particularly vulnerable people like children, seniors, patients in hospitals, and so on.

Therapy dogs are not service dogs. Service dogs are trained to perform specific tasks to help a person who has a disability. This distinction is important because therapy dogs do not have the same access to public places like service dogs do. For example, service dogs can go into restaurants, but therapy dogs cannot. Therapy dogs still provide a valuable service and should receive therapy dog certification.

Dog Training Elite in Atlanta provides therapy dog training in Atlanta to give people emotional support in all stages of life.

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Children can especially benefit from therapy animals - Dog Training Elite in Atlanta is happy to help your family with these certifications.

Who Do Therapy Dogs Help?


Therapy dogs may be regular visitors to a variety of people and places, with hospitals and rehabilitation centers being among the most common. Children, in particular, respond positively to therapy dogs.

Seniors in assisted living or people with mental disabilities who live in facilities and experience feelings of isolation also see a lot of benefits from visiting with a therapy dog.

Besides providing valuable social opportunities and relieving anxiety, therapy dogs may even help lower blood pressure and heart rate in patients and the other people they visit.

Why Are Therapy Dogs Important?


Therapy dogs offer unconditional love, non-judgmental interaction, reduce stress, anxiety and loneliness, and provide an overall positive distraction to ailments. Research shows therapy dogs can have a positive effect on a patient’s mood, stress and pain levels during facility stays.

Young patients — children — seem to benefit most from working with therapy dogs. They are more motivated to participate in treatments, feel optimistic about the future, and experience an overall sense of calm when a certified therapy dog is present.

For people who may have a hard time socializing due to mental disabilities or their living situation, therapy dogs can promote social interaction within their community and help them to connect.

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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How Does a Dog Become a Therapy Dog?


If you have felt the benefits of owning a dog, you may feel inspired to help more people feel the unconditional love, joy and support your dog provides. However, having a friendly, loving personality isn’t enough for a dog to qualify as a therapy dog. Some other qualifications to consider are:

  • The age of your dog. Puppies do not make good therapy animals.
  • How obedient your dog is. It’s important your dog listens to you and obeys basic commands. Dogs that go through obedience training with Dog Training Elite in Atlanta have the perfect foundation to go onto therapy dog training, as long as they are old enough.
  • How social your dog is. Your dog may be affectionate with you — but are they affectionate with strangers? Do they like to receive attention from strangers, particularly petting?

Therapy Dog Handlers


As a dog owner, it’s important to reflect on whether you would like to become a therapy dog handler as well. If you enjoy connecting with people, becoming a therapy dog handler may be a great fit. You can also choose where to volunteer to better suit your interests — if you like kids, volunteer to visit schools or children’s hospitals. If you prefer to work with older people, then sign up to visit senior living centers.

Once you’ve determined that becoming a therapy dog handler and helping your dog become a therapy dog is the right move for the two of you, you’re ready to start therapy dog training. The trainers of Dog Training Elite in Atlanta are experts in the behaviors needed in a therapy dog and will help you and your dog either brush up on or master behaviors such as “leave it,” “watch me,” loose-leash walking and not jumping on other people.

To help your dog become well socialized, you may consider also signing up for one of Dog Training Elite in Atlanta’s group obedience classes. A group class environment is also beneficial because it helps your dog learn to be obedient when there are a lot of distractions around, a crucial skill for a therapy dog.

Once you’ve completed initial training, you’re ready to apply for therapy dog certification in Atlanta. However, it is important to note that this certification is not the end. It’s important to stay on top of your dog’s training and continue to help them be the best therapy dog they can be.

By working with Dog Training Elite in AtlantaAtlanta, you will also be trained to be a therapy dog handler with your pup.

Proud Sponsor of The Malinois Foundation

At Dog Training Elite in Atlanta, 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 in Atlanta 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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Why do Therapy Dog Training with Dog Training Elite in Atlanta?


The Dog Training Elite in Atlanta training method stands out because of its emphasis on positive reinforcement. Dogs are never punished for bad behavior, instead they are rewarded for good behavior. This kind of training makes a huge difference in your relationship with your dog, and will make a difference in how your dog interacts with other people.

The balanced training method of Dog Training Elite in Atlanta fosters a dog’s naturally loving and obedient nature. Focusing on positive reinforcement and rewarding good behavior helps build a strong bond between dog and owner built on love and trust. This foundation in turn becomes a great foundation for dog and owner to become a fabulous therapy team providing an invaluable service to the community.

If you feel therapy dog certification is right for you and your dog, get started by contacting Dog Training Elite in Atlanta. Request your free training demo and in-home evaluation today.

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