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Empowering Owners

We work with dogs of any breed, size or age - and we empower owners with lifelong skills to continue successes.


  • Leash & potty training
  • Staying & coming
  • Destructive chewing & digging
  • Stealing food, clothing, or other objects
  • Barking, howling & whining
  • Food guarding & begging
  • Mouthing, nipping & playing rough
  • Anxiety & submissive urination
  • Jumping up & hyperactivity
  • Aggression & anxiety

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We strongly believe that the key to sustained obedience and training is to empower owners to be an integral part of the training experience.

Dog Training Elite in Boston has the top in home dog trainers near you in Boston.
In-Home Training

Dog obedience classes are held on a consistent basis and are included in most packages. Our dog obedience training classes are designed to place yourself and your dog in public places (surrounded by other dogs, people, smells, and sounds)!

Dog Training Elite in Boston offers award winning group obedience dog training classes near you in Boston.
Socialized Group Training

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Not all training packages may be available at our Dog Training Elite in Boston location, please reference our pricing page for complete information on services offered.


Dog Training Elite in Boston has award winning in-home dog trainers and top rated dog training programs.

Why Dog Training Elite in Boston?

Lifetime Investment

We follow up & are invested in the owner's success long-term.

Value Priced

We pride ourselves on being able to offer our professional services at prices that are budget friendly.

Local Trainers

All of our local dog trainers are trustworthy, willing to be there for our clients and love what they do.

Simplified & Customized

We plan training around the owner's schedule and require only 15 min/day follow-up practice.

Award Winning Dog Training Services in the Boston, MA Metro Area


Welcome to Dog Training Elite in Boston! We are a professional, family owned Boston, MA-based dog training company with over 40 years of experience that specializes in strengthening the bond between your dog and your family, with a strong emphasis on teaching your dog the highest level of obedience, despite even the toughest level of distractions. Our Boston, MA dog training programs are certain to meet all of your training needs. Unlike a lot of other dog training companies, we understand that each client has different needs, so we tailor our dog training programs to accommodate your unique situation. Dog Training Elite in Boston also trains service animals and dogs ready to volunteer in the community as therapy dogs and companions to those with special needs. We also offer a fun and challenging personal protection program as well!

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Meet Our Team


Michaela Macchia

Owner / Lead Trainer

Marcus DiBenedetto

Owner / Lead Trainer

Jason Spring

Owner / Trainer

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!

Our rescue dog Maggie came to us as a puppy and in spite of all the best intentions and love, she (and many of her littler mates in other homes) has been reactive in multiple ways. We used to host gatherings with friends and family, but since having Maggie, our house has had to be closed due to her unpredictable and antisocial behavior. However, we loved her completely and knew she could be the best dog if we had some help. Elite training was just the program for us. It is intensive and thorough and expects effort from both the dog and the owners, but the outcome is amazing! The trainers, specifically Matt, equipped us with the tools and skills to successfully take Maggie for walks, into public settings and we can even have friends come over again! We have learned so many ways to help Maggie succeed. She has worked hard to overcome her anxieties to meet our expectations with the help of this training. Thank you to Dog Training Elite for giving us the dog we knew she could be.
— Letitia Bartow
Posted November 21st 2023
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My boyfriend and I just moved to the area and were looking for a trainer for my 4 year old Dutch Shepard. I am so happy we found Dog Training Elite. From the first time we met Matt at our free consultation, it was clear he understood our goals with our dog. My dog can be difficult and reactive so I am always hesitant when bring her into new situations. Matt helped us get out of our comfort zone and taught us new techniques that have been extremely beneficial. He was able to cater to our goals and adjust the trainings as needed. We have seen so much improvement with our dog throughout our sessions and I could not recommend this training program enough!
— Olivia Nortrup
Posted November 17th 2023
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Marcus and Barbara delivered an amazing program and showed incredible skills in training my dog Didi. They were not only patient with my dog, but also with me as an owner to learn best practices and techniques to get better results. Regarding the program itself, one of the things I was concerned with was the E-collar, but I was surprised that majority of the training is about positive reinforcement and love (lots of pets for Didi) and the training collar is not at all what one might think. Both Marcus and Barbara showed commitment and care for dogs, and it made me feel extremely comfortable and happy with the choice. The improvement on both Didi and I started since day 1, so I cannot say enough good things about Dog Training Elite and their trainers Marcus and Barbara.
— Massimo Nardi
Posted November 1st 2023
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Our dog has come a long way with the 6 private sessions. She is much easier to handle. Is much calmer and seems happier. My only con is one of the trainers seemed new and not quite as knowledgeable. I asked about a specific problem about our dog chewing and she had no answer. However the next visit Jamie had a brilliant suggestion.
— Laurie Duquette
Posted October 28th 2023
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The best decision we ever made for our sweet Augusta, was to work with Dog Training Elite. We had the most incredible training provided by Matt. Matt's dedication, passion, support and expertise are second to none. The training is as much for the humans as it is for the dog. Maybe more. I learned a ton, and I've bonded with my best friend Augusta like I never could have imagined. Thank you!!!
— Red Curry
Posted September 28th 2023
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From our first lesson, when Marcus was able to pat my dog, Gracie, I knew I made the right choice for a dog trainer. Only 2-4 people have been able to touch her since I’ve had her (6 years). Needless to say, I was amazed. We also worked with Jaime. She was great to work with as well with home sessions and a couple sessions at Home Depot, where Gracie handled the noise and people really well. I highly recommend Dog Training Elite!
— Robin Mael
Posted September 27th 2023
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Wonderful trainers. Each trainer that came to house really understood our pups and us as well. Highly recommend Dog Training Elite Boston for your training needs
— Stephen Arnold
Posted September 19th 2023
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Dog Training Elite has been amazing to work with!! The trainers are fantastic and their customer service is top notch!! I would highly recommend them to anyone with a dog!!! The difference I have seen in my shepherd mix’s behavior has been amazing!
— Tiffany my3sweetgirls0403
Posted September 12th 2023
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Marcus and his team are exemplary. they all have such a perfect touch with our puppy. we are incredibly happy with each of them and the technique they use. 100% recommend
— Linda Courtiss Rheingold
Posted September 11th 2023
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Dog Training Elite has been nothing but AMAZING for me and my service dog, Stella! It has always been amazing meeting with the trainers and they're always willing to answer my questions and provide a easy to understand and friendly approach. They have helped me through every step of the way to getting Stella to be the best she can be for me! I truly love DTE and I literally reccomnend it to everyone who needs dog training. Thank you so much DTE for being such an amazing and awesome part of my journey!!
— kaeya!
Posted September 8th 2023
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Jason is amazing and Honey loves him
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Posted July 3rd 2023
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Marquis is fantastic. He's done wonders teaching my dog, Harley. He also takes the time to help us understand his training methods and what we need to do in order to maintain our dog's learning. I highly, highly recommend!

Posted June 21st 2023
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Marcus is an amazing trainer !!! Extremely professional and kind

Posted June 21st 2023
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I highly recommend Dog Training Elite!! I got my dog, Mabel, in December of 2022, and she was a rescue who came from a high-kill shelter. She experienced trauma and never had a real home, and she was very reactive and afraid of other dogs. I live downtown, where there are so many loud and scary things for a nervous doggo. I spent the first few months very stressed and afraid every time I walked her. Going from a shelter to living in a busy city was difficult for her to handle. I finally started contacting dog trainers, and Dog Training Elite was the only one who offered to come to our home and conduct a free assessment. I could tell immediately that Marcus cared for my dog and wanted to see her happy. With the assistance of the E collar and Prong Collar and consistent training on my part with Mabel at least five days a week, I am so happy to say that Mabel's reactivity rarely happens anymore. Marcus and the other fantastic trainers at DTE have truly changed our lives. Using both the E collar and Prong collar made the most significant difference for us, and I am so grateful that the trainers were there to teach me how to use these tools properly. Training with DTE's guidance has made my and Mabel's relationship stronger and has led me to know now how to maintain the training and continue it. We are currently working on off-leash training with her now and going to group classes! I highly recommend all the trainers at DTE. They are all very knowledgeable, will answer any questions, will work around your schedule and come to you, and they all genuinely care for your dog, which is fantastic! If you are looking for any training for your dog, they should be your first call!
— Laurie Shorrosh
Posted June 5th 2023
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Nyla loves her weekly meet-ups with pups her own age. She otherwise wouldn’t have that socialization opportunity. She’s almost done with puppy classes, graduating to adult training. Very exciting! Thank you, Marcus and Michaela, for your patience, commitment, and love for our rambunctious Va’Nyla Bean.

Posted March 25th 2023
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Great service and you can tell the trainers love dogs

Posted March 25th 2023
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Jason is great! Very upbeat and knowledgeable, and it is obvious that he loves working with dogs. I've had the pleasure of working with him recently and would highly recommend him.
— Montina Ruffin
Posted December 2nd 2022
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Great caring business owners that will treat your dogs like their own !

Posted September 27th 2022
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Proud Sponsor of The Malinois Foundation

At Dog Training Elite in Boston, 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 Boston works 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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