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Proven Benefits of Dog Ownership

Post by: Andrea on Jan 21st 2021

There is a reason that dogs are considered "man's best friend." Their loyalty, devotion, and silly antics keep us smiling all day long. Our furry friends offer a feeling of peace and comfort that is hard to find anywhere else. We all know that big, round puppy eyes are enough to make anyone's heart melt, but science tells us that there are various other benefits that dogs provide us.

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Our Dog Training Business Starts the Year off with a BANG!

Post by: Kim on Jan 18th 2021

To celebrate, we’re sharing an exclusive interview with our last Franchise Owners to join us in 2020, Shawn and Sharon Gantowski! Keep reading to learn all about the franchise-owning power couple and discover why they decided to bring a dog training business to Charlotte, NC with Dog Training Elite!
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The Ballard Family Add Another Affordable Pet Franchise to their Empire!

Post by: Kim on Dec 22nd 2020

If you follow Dog Training Elite, you’ve probably heard of the Ballard family, the dog-training superfamily that has nearly sold out the state of Colorado! The latest jewel in their affordable pet franchise crown is Colorado Springs, which will fit in perfectly with their five current Colorado locations.
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Ensuring a Stress-free Holiday Season for Your Dog

Post by: Andrea on Dec 15th 2020

The hustle and bustle of the holiday season is often stressful for dogs. Bright, flashing lights and colorful decorations fill the house, guests come and go (and the doorbell is constantly ringing), delicious smells of off-limits food fills the house, furniture is rearranged, and your dog's routine is interrupted. Holiday parties are the most stress-inducing, and dangerous, events of the holiday season for pets and it's important to prepare your dog if you are the host this year.

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Why Choose In-Home Dog Trainers in your local area

Post by: Amanda on Nov 9th 2020

Sending your dog away to a training facility and never interacting with the trainer or your pet during the process is not a good approach. Many pet owners that choose this option often find that their dog regresses to problematic behaviors once they return. Group classes, on the other hand, are a distracting environment for a puppy or a dog new to training. Without the basics of in-home training, obedience is hard to learn. Whether you are looking for dog trainers in your local area for a new puppy or an older dog, in-home training offers the following benefits:

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Common Dog Emergencies

Post by: Amanda on Oct 22nd 2020

Just like people visit their doctor for frequent check-ups, so must dogs be evaluated by their veterinarian once in a while. Vets can ensure your dog remains healthy by checking weight, running routine exams and giving the appropriate shots and vaccines. Our four-legged companions can fall ill sometimes and you can always trust your vet to help you diagnose and treat your dog if this happens. While most dog illnesses are not urgent, health emergencies can occur. We have compiled a list of the most common emergencies that dog owners come across. Many of these emergencies can be fatal, so it is important to have an emergency vet contact on hand.

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Training Your Puppy to Be a Service Dog

Post by: Andrea on Sep 23rd 2020

The Dog Training Elite service puppy training program pairs families with preselected puppies and trains them to fit their special needs. We believe this approach is best for both the family and the puppy and encourages a deep, loving bond.

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Matt Willis Brings Our Pet Training Franchise to St. Louis!

Post by: Kim on Sep 16th 2020

We’re thrilled to announce that St. Louis, MO is now Dog Training Elite country! We had an opportunity to learn more about the man who is bringing our pet training franchise to the Gateway to the West. Meet our newest Dog Training Elite Franchise Owner, Matt Willis!
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How Service Dog Training Can Change a Life

Post by: Andrea on Aug 25th 2020

If you think a service dog could be useful to you or a loved one, Dog Training Elite offers various service dog training programs. We have helped veterans suffering from PTSD, like Juan Perez, and thousands of others find stability and confidence in their life with our service dog training.

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Dog Training Business Owner Brings Vet a New BFF

Post by: Jeffrey on Aug 12th 2020

Rex the adorable Belgian Malinois puppy has a new "fur-ever" home, thanks to dog training business owner Whitley Cheatham! Through her work with our nonprofit organization, The Malinois Foundation, Whitley has brought joy, happiness, and support to the life of U.S. military veteran Juan Perez, in the shape of a darling, furry bundle of love!

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The Importance of Spaying / Neutering Your Dog

Post by: Andrea on Jul 20th 2020

If you have adopted an intact dog and are wondering whether you should have your new pet fixed, the answer should most definitely be yes! While this is a personal decision every pet owner must make, the benefits of fixing your dog greatly outweigh the cons. Most pet specialists and veterinarians could even agree that there are no downsides to spaying or neutering, only benefits. So, if you are thinking about leaving your dog intact, take a look at the main benefits of spaying or neutering first:

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Dog Training Franchise Family Opens Denver Location! Dog Training Elite

Post by: Jeffrey on Jul 17th 2020

It's a great time to be a dog owner in Denver, now that the Ballard family has officially opened the doors of their dog training franchise! Sarah and Bert Ballard, along with their 18-year-old daughter and Training Director, Adria, hosted their official Grand Opening over the Fourth of July weekend.
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Why is my Dog Aggressive to Other Dogs?

Post by: Andrea on Jun 22nd 2020

Nothing ruins a day at the dog park faster than inter dog aggression. If you're struggling with a dog that is aggressive and hostile towards other dogs, you may be wondering how to teach your pet proper social skills. Aggression is typically a learned behavior that can be difficult to correct without professional evaluation.

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Our Dog Training Business Is Back in Full Swing!

Post by: Jeffrey on Jun 12th 2020

Dog Training Elite is BACK!... or, to be more accurate, we never left, since our dog training business continued to offer virtual evaluations and other creative workarounds to stay connected to our customers during the quarantine.
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Harness or Collar: Which is Better for Your Dog?

Post by: Andrea on May 26th 2020

It's important for your dog to have everything he or she needs for a happy, comfortable life. While a collar is essential for safety, a sturdy and comfortable harness that fits your dog properly will make walking a more enjoyable activity for both you and your dog. If you have a particularly disobedient dog that loves pulling, professional dog training that covers basic obedience can help. Dog Training Elite offers various obedience dog training programs in your local area.

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The Malinois Foundation: a PTSD Success Story

Post by: Ninthroot on May 22nd 2020

Josh, a U.S. Air Force Veteran, came to The Malinois Foundation in hopes of finding a canine companion who could help him reacclimate to civilian life after serving in Afghanistan. Over 1,000 miles away from Josh's home town in Arizona, our San Antonio franchise had a one-year-old fully trained PTSD service dog named Gizmo fall into their laps.

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Ballard Family Brings Dog Training Franchise to Denver!

Post by: Kim on May 8th 2020

Dog Training Elite is proud to welcome the Ballards to our franchise family! Sarah and Bert Ballard, along with their daughter Adria, are gearing up to open the first of their five Denver, CO Dog Training Elite locations within the next few months, and we couldn't be more excited!

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Dog Training Elite Is Open!

Post by: Andrea on Apr 27th 2020

At the height of the COVID-19 outbreak, Dog Training Elite ceased regular operations in order to combat the spread of the virus. During this time, we reorganized our training programs to fit social distancing and heightened sanitation measures. We have been approved to reopen and offer our in-home training and group classes.

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Our Recession-Proof Franchise Goes High-Tech During Quarantine

Post by: Jeffrey on Apr 18th 2020

Our Corporate team is here for all current and future Franchise Owners to provide the guidance and support they need to grow their Dog Training Elite business into a successful recession-proof franchise.

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Quarantined with a Naughty Dog?

Post by: Andrea on Mar 23rd 2020

As self or state enforced quarantines are enacted across the nation, you may be wondering what you and your family will do stuck inside with a naughty pup. If your new dog is a mischief maker, follow these tips to stay sane during time spent indoors:

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DTE is Committed to the Health & Safety of Our Clients

Post by: Susan on Mar 17th 2020

Group Classes will be canceled for the next few weeks as we are being advised to limit group interactions. Thank you for being flexible during these uncertain times. We will continue to keep you updated about our response to COVID-19 as the situation unfolds.

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How to Recognize Signs of Stress in Your Dog

Post by: Kenzie on Jan 25th 2020

Changes in your dog’s daily behavior are worrying when you don’t know what they’re experiencing or how to help them. Here are some of the signs that can help you recognize stress or anxiety in your dog, brought to you by our experts in positive puppy training.

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Gift Ideas For Your Dog

Post by: Kenzie on Dec 20th 2019

The holidays are officially upon us, which means it’s time for the annual dash of gift-buying, gift-giving, and gift-exchanging. There are the regular gifts for family, friends, and coworkers, but for dog-owners, there may be one extra special present to throw into the mix. Here are some of our favorite gift ideas to include your pup in the holiday cheer, brought to you by our dog training specialists.

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Reasons to Adopt a Senior Dog

Post by: Kenzie on Nov 11th 2019

November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month, and our team of dog trainers is excited to share just a few of the reasons to consider adopting a senior dog.

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Dog Facts for National Dog Day

Post by: Kenzie on Aug 26th 2019

In honor of National Dog Day, our top dog trainers are excited to share some fun facts you may not know about your furry best friend!

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How to Help Your Dog If They're Overheated

Post by: Kenzie on Jul 23rd 2019

Heat is the most daunting threat your dog will face this summer. High temperatures may signify the perfect season for venturing outdoors to find adventure with your best friend, but dehydration and overheating come on quickly, with potentially grim results. So before you go out to enjoy the sunshine, here are some ways to help your dog if they become overheated, brought to you by our dog obedience training experts.

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Why You Should License Your Dog

Post by: Kenzie on Jun 21st 2019

Being a dog owner comes with a lot of responsibilities. Walking them, giving them water and nutritional food, keeping them supplied with toys, playing with them, and taking them to the vet for check-ups are all key pieces in keeping your pup safe, happy, and healthy. However, one duty that many dog owners forget about or neglect is getting their dogs licensed. A pet license simply means that a pet is legally registered within their state to live with their owners and in their residence. This license will provide your dog with protection in many situations and will provide you both with some benefits. But if you don’t know many details about a pet license, you may be a bit hesitant to go through with the process. Here are some reasons why you should license your dog, brought to you by our experts in puppy training.

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Signs That Your Dog Has Seasonal Allergies

Post by: Kenzie on May 18th 2019

If you’ve ever suffered from seasonal allergies, you know how miserable it is to not be able to enjoy warmer weather with itchy eyes and a runny nose. But you may not be the only one in your home to be suffering from a hypersensitive immune system. Dogs can experience seasonal allergies just like us, with numerous different side effects. Here are some signs that your dog has seasonal allergies, brought to you by our dog obedience training experts.

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How to Create a First Aid Kit for Your Dog

Post by: Kenzie on Apr 16th 2019

First aid kits are an important precautionary step for emergency situations. Having an updated, well-stocked first aid kit could be a literal lifesaver in the event of a natural disaster, and will be incredibly helpful any time immediate assistance is needed; not just for you, but for your dog as well. It’s recommended that you keep a kit made for your dog in your home and place extras in your car, with friends, and at any other place you both frequent. However, you may be worried about what exactly should be put into a kit for your dog to be better prepared for the unexpected. In recognition of Pet First Aid Awareness Month, here are some tips on creating a first aid kit specifically for your four-legged best friend, brought to you by our dog training specialists.

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Helping Your Dog Lose Their Winter Weight

Post by: Kenzie on Mar 12th 2019

Winter weight gain is as prevalent for our dogs as it is for us. They do, after all, depend heavily on us to lead them in a healthy lifestyle. So if we've given in to lazy days and indulging in comfort food during the holidays, we're also prone to dwindling with our pup's activity and nutrition. No judgment here; it's easy to do! But now that the days are lengthening and the weather is warming you're likely making goals to lose some weight before summer fully arrives, and your dog may benefit from having the same goal. Here are some simple and effective ways you can help your dog lose some of their winter weight, brought to you by our dog training experts.

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Lying About Emotional Support and Service Dogs

Post by: Kenzie on Feb 19th 2019

If you're not familiar with the issue you may be wondering why lying about owning an emotional service animal is such a big deal. Fake service and emotional support dogs have become more and more of a problem in recent years. For individuals who actually own and need them, this is frustrating and genuinely harmful. People with physical disabilities or crippling emotional afflictions deeply rely on service and emotional support dogs not just for comfort, but for survival. They're more than a normal pet. They require service dog training and years of experience, and have to be thoroughly educated for their job.

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Post Christmas Puppy Training

Post by: Kenzie on Jan 23rd 2019

Christmas has come and gone, which means many families have grown by one set of furry paws: a sweet Christmas puppy! Getting a new puppy for the holidays is undoubtedly a joy, but it's also a big and sometimes difficult responsibility. Puppies require time, effort, and commitment that far extends Christmas morning. This is, after all, a life to provide for and take care of daily for the next 10 to 15 years. So what's the first step? Here are some reasons you should start training your new Christmas puppy early, brought to you by our puppy training experts.

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What to Do If Your Dog Eats Chocolate

Post by: Kenzie on Dec 23rd 2018

It's not just a myth that chocolate can be dangerous for your pup. While digesting a couple of chocolate chips or a bite of a chocolate cookie may not be a problem, there's always a chance that even a little bit of chocolate could make your dog sick. And with the holidays in full swing there's a higher chance that your dog could get into the sweets. Knowing how much chocolate is considered toxic and treatment for chocolate poisoning could save their life if they've consumed too much. Here are some tips on what to do if your dog eats chocolate, brought to you by our dog obedience training.

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Diabetes in Dogs

Post by: Kenzie on Nov 20th 2018

November is nationally recognized as American Diabetes Month, but did you know that it is also Pet Diabetes Awareness Month? Diabetes in dogs has become a growing epidemic throughout the years. Knowing what diabetes is, how to prevent it, and how to treat it if your dog develops it is our responsibility as pet owners to keep our pups as healthy and happy as possible. Here are some facts about diabetes in dogs, brought to you by our k9 training experts.

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Why It's Important to Vaccinate Your Dog

Post by: Kenzie on Oct 19th 2018

While it may seem difficult to believe that your perfectly healthy pup could easily get sick, animals are really no different humans when it comes to contracting dangerous diseases. With the winter seasons bringing about the threat of these illnesses it's a good time to consider immunization for your dog. Here are some reasons why vaccination is so important to your dog's health, brought to you by our dog training and dog health experts.

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How to Make Your Home Safer for Your Dog

Post by: Kenzie on Sep 24th 2018

Dogs are far more than just animals. They're integral parts of our families, and we treat them as such. In many ways, taking care of them is much like caring for a child. They need time, attention, and a safe environment to live in. Here are some ways you can make your home safer for your dog, brought to you by our expert dog trainers.

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Fun Facts About Dogs

Post by: Kenzie on Aug 7th 2018

Dogs are man's best friend, which is why they deserve a special day to celebrate all of the wonderful things about them. In honor August 26th being National Dog Day here are some fun facts about dogs, brought to you by our top dog trainers.

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Plants to Keep Away from Your Dog

Post by: Kenzie on Jul 19th 2018

After being stuck inside all winter, summer is the time for your dog to play outside to their heart's content. But while your garden can hold a lot of fun for your pup, it can also hide some dangers in plain sight. There are many average outdoor and indoor plants that are known to be toxic to dogs. Here are some of the most common, brought to you by our top dog trainers.

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How to Keep Your Dog Hydrated This Summer

Post by: Kenzie on Jun 20th 2018

Summer is finally here, and that means that we're in store for plenty of long, hot days. While this means there will be a lot of fun outdoor activities to do with your pup, it can also lead to dehydration if you're not careful. Here are some helpful tips to keep your dog hydrated this summer, brought to you by Dog Training Elite's dog training experts.

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Fear Aggression in Dogs

Post by: Kenzie on May 14th 2018

All animals have the same basic response to danger that humans do: fight, flight, or avoidance. Aggression in dogs is difficult for everyone from the owners, strangers who encounter them in the streets, and the dogs themselves. But what makes these dogs so aggressive? Here is some information on fear aggression in dogs brought to you by our dog training experts.

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Spring Activities to Do with Your Dog

Post by: Kenzie on Apr 11th 2018

Humans aren't the only ones who get excited when the sun starts to shine more and the weather gets warmer. Dogs enjoy springtime after a long winter just as much as we do! After a whole season spent indoors, here are some activities brought to you by our expert dog trainers to do with your dog now that spring is upon us.

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The Malinois Foundation

Post by: Kenzie on Mar 27th 2018

Dog Training Elite is proud to support The Malinois Foundation, a life-changing foundation giving veterans and Americans in need the gift of a trained service dog.

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Fake Service and Emotional Support Dogs

Post by: Kenzie on Feb 22nd 2018

Fake service and emotional support dogs have become more and more of a problem in recent years. Make no mistake, these dogs are most definitely a real and important thing. People with physical disabilities or crippling emotional needs greatly benefit and deeply rely on them not just for comfort, but for survival. They're more than just a normal pet, they require service dog training and years of experience. So why and how are people getting away with using fake service dogs?

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Valentine's Day with your Dog

Post by: Susan on Feb 2nd 2018

Valentine's Day is a special day set aside for the ones you love. It's a day to remind the one's that mean the most to you, just why they mean as much as they do. Who ever said your dog can't be that special "some-puppy"? When most people think of Valentine gifts, it's roses, chocolates, cards, and candies that typically come to mind. So, if your dog is your Valentine this year, you may need to think outside of the box for their gift. I can't imagine a pop up card Hallmark meaning that much to your dog... even if it sings "Who Let the Dog's Out"

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Puppy Training Classes

Post by: Susan on Dec 28th 2017

Proper training is essential in raising a new puppy to be a well adjusted and obedient dog. The idea of training a puppy on your own can be daunting. Luckily, there is the option of enrolling your pup in puppy training classes.

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Service Dogs vs Therapy Dogs

Post by: Susan on Nov 30th 2017

Service dogs and therapy dogs are often seen as synonymous, but the truth is that there is a vast difference between the two. Both have very different responsibilities, training, and limitations. One is not interchangeable with the other. So what exactly is the difference between service dogs and therapy dogs?

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Benefits of in Home Dog Training

Post by: Amber on Oct 20th 2017

Sending your dog away to a trainer often leads to regression once the dog returns home with you. An in home dog trainer from Dog Training Elite will work with you, in the environment that the dog will be used to, to ensure lasting results. Here are some of the best benefits of home dog training.

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