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What is a Therapy Dog?

A therapy dog is a dog that performs a service for other people. Typical therapy dog tasks are going to nursing homes or hospitals to cheer people up. For your dog to qualify, he/she must be friendly with strangers, and with training, be able to work around a high level of distraction and to understand personal boundaries, such as not jumping up, licking, mouthing, etc.

Research shows that therapy dogs can have a positive effect on a patient’s mood, stress, and pain levels during facility stays. Children, in particular, respond positively to 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.

Therapy dogs can promote social interaction between individuals within communities that may not otherwise experience socialization typically. Therapy dogs offer unconditional love, non-judgmental interaction, reduce stress, anxiety, and loneliness and provide an overall positive distraction to ailments.

Goals for Your Therapy Companion


  • Socialization
  • Lower Pain Levels
  • Motivation
  • Provide Comfort
  • Decrease in Stress, Anxiety, and Depression
  • Promote Healing
  • Increase Overall Optimism
  • Ease Loneliness


For full package details (with disclaimers) please reference our pricing page.


Therapy Dog

Therapy dog training is based on your dog's abilities

$2,995

A therapy dog volunteers alongside you, where permitted, and provides comfort to others. Examples include cheering people up at nursing homes or hospitals.

A good therapy dog is naturally friendly with strangers, able to work around a high level of distraction (with training), and able to understand personal boundaries, such as not jumping up, licking, mouthing, etc (with training).

  • Private, one-on-one training sessions 10 Sessions
  • Group dog training in the community 32 Sessions
  • Therapy bandana, certification and ID Cards
  • An exclusive directory of therapy events and locations for you to donate your time
  • Certification/Testing
  • Come
  • Walk with you (no more pulling)
  • Sit (next to you)
  • Sit (off leash, at a distance)
  • Down (next to you)
  • Down (off leash, at a distance)
  • Wait
  • Quiet (stop barking and whining)
  • Load up in the car or kennel
  • Place
  • Heel
  • No Jumping up (on people)
  • Make a friend
  • One personalized greeting (high five, shake, hug, etc.)

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.

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!

I could not have asked for a better team than these guys!!!! My Siberian Husky Dakota and I started a journey of searching for a service dog trainer at the beginning of the year. I prayed day and night to find the right fit for us. A lot of trainers out there are not very friendly, professional and down right abusive. Ed, Betsy and especially Claire (our Claire Bear) have taught us invaluable skills and techniques I could have never accomplished alone. Dakota is absolutely flourishing everyday into a truly remarkable service dog. She loves to “work” and just as important as her training is, Ed and Claire have been so patient and graciously taught me the skills I need to train MYSELF and that’s where the true treasure was they helped me successfully find. My team is exceptionally professional. But more importantly to me, they have been the LOVE, RESPECT, CHARACTER, TEACHERS, and CONFIDENCE that Dakota and I needed on our journey. Positive Reinforcement is exactly that…..positive reinforcement. We are so blessed to have found Dog Training Elite!!!! Our lives have truly changed because of the pure heart and soul and dream of Ed and Betsy and their incredible staff. We love you so much we truly do!!!!
— Amanda Hart
Posted June 24th 2022
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Ed and Betsy are phenomenal trainers! My yellow lab, Ruger, is 6 months old. He was jumping on people all the time, not listening to commands, and running off when off his lease, just to name a few issues. Ed and Betsy taught me everything I needed to know to train Ruger. They even took time checking in on Ruger during the week and they answered any questions I had immediately. By the end of my training sessions, Ruger was following commands, staying be your side when off the lease and no longer jumping on people. He has come a long way! I can’t thank Dog Training Elite enough! They are beyond AMAZING and I highly recommend Ed and Betsy to help train your 4 legged fur baby! Thanks a Million!
— Becky Schulze
Posted June 24th 2022
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Ed & Claire with “Dog Training Elite,” are phenomenal trainers and bend over backwards to meet/accommodate both you and your dog??? There techniques are very effective and on point. They are very adaptable as well; and work with you and your dog in a very professional manner. I highly recommend them if your in the Baton Rouge area!!!!!!!!!
— Dan Blount
Posted May 26th 2022
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I could not recommend training with Ed and his team enough! I tried many different avenues to train my toy poodle Frankie and their methods are the only that have truly stuck and worked for him. All of the team are really welcoming as well :-)
— Julia Torres
Posted May 26th 2022
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Ed and Betsy are fantastic to work with and bring their passion for helping people and their dogs into every session. Their knowledge and the e collar training method helps transform dogs into well-mannered, safe, happier, and calmer pups. Another gift DTE has given me is the toolkit to build a stronger relationship with my dogs. I am amazed at the progress I’ve seen in my dogs- Thank you for making such an impact on my life DTE! Myself and my dogs thank you.
— Claire Kane
Posted May 26th 2022
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My boy Max was having some behavior issues and aggressiveness after being lost for 4 months. It got so bad to the point where we could not invite anyone to the house. I ended up realizing I had to figure out a way to help him get back to the sweet pup I had before. So I called around, met with different trainers, and then I met Mrs. Betsy & Mr. Ed, and their team I just knew they were the best of the best. Max was aggressive with them at first but they always kept their composure. Mr. Ed taught me everything I needed to know. Took time checking in on Max during the week. Answered all my questions right away. After all the sessions finished, I got to see a well behaved and well mannered Dog. Max now listens to all the commands, does not bark aggressively at people anymore, and does not try to bite at anyone. When people come over they are always so impressed at how well behaved Max is now. They helped in a way I will never be able to fully thank them for. Their love and experience for dogs shows and that is why I immediately felt comfortable having them as Max's trainers. I will highly recommend them to everyone.
— Avilenne Gil
Posted May 26th 2022
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Upon contacting Elite Dog Training I was at my wits end. Graham was a rescue, he showed continued aggression and excessive barking. Nothing we tried seemed to work. He began training with Elite at about 7 months old. After the first session we noticed a difference in Graham. After 6 home sessions, I can now walk Graham without being drug. He is enjoyable to walk now. He is a different dog. Betsy and Audra helped us navigate the world of a rescue with issues. Betsy and Audra were very patient and helpful and I really enjoyed the sessions. Graham loves them! I am so grateful to Elite for “rescuing” me. Sonia (Graham’s grandma)
— Amanda Moran
Posted May 24th 2022
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Ollie is a 16# Terrier Mix we adopted from a local rescue 2 years ago. He came to us with serious problems- wild eyes(wouldn’t make eye contact), repetitive behaviors (running for hours in patterns, chasing lights and shadows), extreme fear and anxiety over separation, loud noises, car rides etc. We watched training videos, read books on dog behavior, had 4 sessions with a prior trainer, spent hours playing interactive dog toys, rocking him to calm him down and trying to provide a peaceful, safe environment. It felt like we had a special needs dog and indeed he had most of the characteristics of Canine Compulsive Disorder. We worried constantly. Medication from the vet, calming chews, and working with him over time helped to some degree, but we couldn’t seem to get past his episodes of extreme anxiety which would override any progress. Then along came Ed and Betsy and staff of DTE. Despite Ollie’s problems, they were certain they could help. The changes in him are unbelievable! He is calmer, happier, and more trusting. Though we are continuing to work with him, Ollie’s repetitive behaviors are rare and he actually rode in the car without shrieking and jumping hysterically. Although Ollie is still a work in progress, DTE has been a God send and has given us a sweet boy that we can actually enjoy. The Dog Training Elite team have been professional, friendly, supportive, knowledgeable, and only want the best outcome for the dog and the owner and we are so appreciative. Thank you Dog Training Elite.
— Tammy Gascon
Posted April 17th 2022
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Ed and Betsy are great to work with. They are hardworking and determined dog training specialists. I believe their long, varied experience is a big factor in their overall effectiveness. It is amazing to watch them direct the dogs and simultaneously instruct others on what they are doing. I have watched them get my dog to do new things in minutes. They are truly amazing. I don’t think there is anyone else in Louisiana that can get the results they do.
— R West
Posted March 23rd 2022
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We are extremely pleased with the training our dog received. Betsy is an incredible trainer! She is patient with both our dog and with us! She is well versed in her field and will be using her and Dog Training Elite for all of our dogs.
— Gildas Igondjo
Posted February 9th 2022
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Ed and Betsy are absolutely passionate about helping improve the lives of dogs and their owners. I would recommend that anyone who wants a well trained and happy dog contact them. They will be the last dog trainers you ever need!
— Tracy Britt
Posted February 4th 2022
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I can say with 100% confidence that Betsy and dog training elite are the best dog trainers around. I witnessed 180 degree transition of a hyper lab to a service dog in training. The lab is fully obedient and maintained his loving personality. I’ve asked DTE of southeast louisiana to train my 13 lb anxious 3 yr old as a result. They are the best! More to come!
— Audra Larkins
Posted February 2nd 2022
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I can not recommend Dog Training Elite Baton Rouge enough! Ed and Betsy are prompt, professional, knowledgeable and I would use them for training again in a heartbeat. The entire experience has exceeded expectations from initial training inquiries to strategies moving forward. I would recommend DTE BR to anybody looking for reliable, convenient training.
— Garrett Bruce
Posted February 1st 2022
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The owners are phenomenal! Not only do they love dogs, which means so much, but they are excellent at what they do! They have helped re-train my older dog and I never thought that was possible! Not to mention their dogs are the epitome of what a wonderfully trained pup would exemplify. I appreciate their dedication and love of our furry family members and after getting to know them through this process- not only are they great at what they do but they are smart, caring, and all around incredible people! I think they have done an amazing job and you can't go wrong with picking Dog Training Elite in SE Louisiana and the Baton Rouge area! Thank you Ed and Betsey, you are true gems!
— Julie Tesh
Posted February 1st 2022
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Proud Sponsor of The Malinois Foundation

At Dog Training Elite Southeast Louisiana, 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 Southeast Louisiana 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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