Elite, Award Winning Dog Training in Carmel / Fishers, IN

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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 Indianapolis offers expert in-home dog training near you in Carmel / Fishers.
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 Indianapolis offers professional group dog training programs near you in Carmel / Fishers.
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Dog Training Elite Indianapolis

317-827-8717

9745 Randall Dr #120
Indianapolis, IN 46280

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Award Winning Dog Training Services in the Carmel / Fishers Metro Area


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Welcome to Dog Training Elite Indianapolis! We are a professional, family owned Carmel / Fishers-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 Carmel / Fishers 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 Indianapolis 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 Trainers

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Doug Pfaff

Owner / Trainer

Tessa Smith

Director of Operations

Olive

Demo Dog, Semi-retired

Bean

Demo Dog Team Lead

Elijah Turner

Lead Trainer

Donna Rivers

Trainer

Brittany Wilson

Trainer

Josh George

Business Development Manager / 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.

Dog Training Services in Carmel / Fishers, IN

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We are often at home shows in your area! Our passion for dogs and service sets us apart. All of our local dog trainers are trustworthy, willing to be there for our clients and love what they do. We want to build a community for our clients that love their dogs just as much as we do and once you begin the training process with us, you become a part of the Dog Training Elite family.

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

Why Dog Training Elite Indianapolis?

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.

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!

INCREDIBLE experience! By the end of day 3 in their facility camp, Theo is following commands even when he is taking a break from his collar. They share videos of the commands they teach on a daily basis and provide daily progress notes. All of the trainers are so patient and passionate about what they do and take the time to explain and answer all questions. Theo absolutely loves going back every morning. Completely blown away and we still have 1.5 weeks of training left.
— Ayca Byerley
Posted June 5th 2024
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The team at Dog Training Elite is incredible. Our sweet Roxy shows aggressive behaviors when meeting someone new, and the entire team helped coach us on proper handling techniques. I would highly recommend each member of this team to work with your pet as they show patience and direction and teach you how to be a better dog owner. We specifically are grateful for Josh and his commitment to help Roxy be her best self. Thank you for all your hard work!
— Emily Nowlin
Posted June 4th 2024
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The whole atmosphere of this place is positive and encouraging to the dogs and their owners. Highly recommend!!
— Susan Patterson
Posted May 8th 2024
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We did the two week training camp for our dog and it completely changed his behaviors. We didn't have to fight him on walks anymore or worry about him dashing out of the house if a door opened to the outside. He listens to our commands and we have peace of mind knowing that he has a solid foundation for us to continue training him into the future. All of the trainers were extremely friendly, caring, and helpful. Getting footage of training every day also helped us to do training at home. Overall I can't recommend their services enough - we're extremely grateful!
— Vincent Maggioli
Posted April 16th 2024
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I could not recommend Dog Training Elite any more! Everywhere I go people ask me how I got my dog to behave as well as he does, literally on a daily basis! I always send them to DTE because they are outstanding. They know how to address every bump in the road that comes up, and really care about you and your dog. Doug and Elijah have been working with me and my dog Oakley for a long time, and the other trainers are all wonderful too. Great for service dog training or obedience training. So nice to have a manageable life again after the puppy craziness that was going on in our household😆 Oakley also LOVES them and genuinely enjoys working with them. If you’re on the fence about working with DTE, do it! The best investment you’ll make.
— Faith Wooldridge
Posted April 3rd 2024
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great people with customized assistance to better meet uoir needs
— Patrice Caron
Posted March 28th 2024
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Love the trainers and their dedication. They work so well with my girl. Thank you all for everything and a big shout to Elijah! He is a great teacher and passionate about what he does. Love to see it!
— Kenzie Rickly
Posted December 27th 2023
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We LOVED DTE Indy! All the trainers are tremendous with the dogs and really pay attention to each one they are training. They truly care about your pet and want them to succeed and get better every day like they are their own dogs! Could not recommend DTE Indy enough!!
— Megan Finerty
Posted March 18th 2024
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Before DTE, I was ready to rehome my rescue that had been rehomed to me. I've had dogs before, but I could not get Hartley's behavior was causing a great deal of stress. The trainers are amazing and they really worked with her (and me) on her issues and behavior. Now, I have a dog that is amazing. I recently took her to my father's nursing home. People kept remarking at how well behaved she was. I cannot thank this place enough for what they have done.
— Karen McClure
Posted March 4th 2024
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We had a wonderful experience at Dog Training Elite with our pup Gracie. We adopted 12 mo old Gracie as a rescue, and we knew immediate training was needed to help her transition to a family pet. Doug and his experienced team did a great job with her, and we’ve easily learned how to follow the training program at home. I would highly recommend this program.
— marsha servaas
Posted February 15th 2024
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You guys are amazing Olaf learned everything from you Thank you for being there during the rough times 🤗❤️
— Saro Kh
Posted February 13th 2024
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Highly recommend Dog Training Elite, the trainers are fantastic and they did a great job with my German Shepherd puppy.
— Margaret Breneman
Posted February 12th 2024
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In just four weeks with Dog Elite Trainers, my golden doodle Harper and I have experienced a transformative journey that goes beyond obedience training. The trainers' expertise, coupled with genuine passion and love for their work, has created an environment where Harper thrives. The personalized approach to her unique personality has not only equipped her with essential commands but has also instilled newfound confidence. What sets Dog Elite Trainers apart is their commitment to fostering a strong bond between dog and owner. The support extends beyond the training sessions, providing me with the knowledge and skills to reinforce positive behavior at home. The dedication, patience, and genuine care exhibited by the trainers make every session enjoyable and effective. Dog Elite Trainers have not only met but exceeded our expectations, and we eagerly look forward to the continued growth and learning in the upcoming weeks. Highly recommended for anyone seeking a meaningful connection with their furry companion!
— Jacinda Devance
Posted February 10th 2024
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Our puppy, Annie, just finished obedience training at Dog Training Elite and we are absolutely thrilled with our experience! Not only did Annie learn a lot of new skills while attending their day camp, they gave us tons of videos and constant support to help us maintain her progress at home. I was a little nervous to drop off our sweet girl that first day, but the entire staff loved her and cheered her on like she was one of their own. Annie was SO EXCITED to go back in the next day, and she kept her enthusiasm for the entire two-week course. We'll definitely be returning for their advanced training courses and can't wait to take advantage of the weekend group classes!
— Kelly Davisson
Posted January 21st 2024
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Highly recommend!
— Lindsay F
Posted January 15th 2024
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i am currently taking my dog winnie to be trained here and they’ve done an amazing job with her! she’s a super high energy dog and they’ve helped her become more focused and concentrated! we’ve also met some amazing dog parents along the way:)
— Fatime K
Posted December 27th 2023
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Josh & Elijah came to the rescue to help build confidence and trust with my 2 y/o fearful, reactive labradoodle and it's been a game changer! I can take her on walks and have company now without feeling like she might try to eat anyone that inhabits the earth with us! They were great about explaining subtle indicators and behaviors I hadn't experienced with a dog until now, which has been so helpful for me to proactively respond to her reactions and often avoid them altogether. I did my homework on best options for helping with her struggles and while I wasn't expecting a miracle, I couldn't me more pleased with the outcome so far and am excited to start group classes this weekend! I knew I made a great decision for her by how quickly she trusted them and responded to their training style. I have really appreciated the level of professionalism from everyone I've interacted with at DTE, that they haven't been pushy in any way, are very flexible with scheduling and have provided everything we've needed to help us succeed! It also feels great knowing they're available for ongoing support and communication if/when we need it. If you ever doubted making this investment in your doggo, hopefully a few compelling reviews help get you over the same hump I sat on too long!
— Elizabeth Kleeman
Posted December 12th 2023
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We have worked with the trainers at DTE since late April and I am so pleased with the progress my pup, Fitzgerald, has and continues to make and with the attentiveness of the trainers. Doug, Elijah, and Josh always make sure to answer any questions or concerns I am having and when I am out (in the community) with Fitzgerald, we are constantly complimented on how "well trained Fitzgerald is at 18 months old". While Fitzgerald has his witching hour when he is being the very definition of a puppy, he can easily be redirected with a simple, one word prompt, "Off" and he's back on track. It has been so rewarding to watch Fitzgerald bond with his friends, a second grade class in one of the local schools has adopted him as their classroom pet and he visits the school and classroom each week. I am blessed in that I am able to take Fitzgerald with me to work each day, as I work as a behaviorist with individuals diagnosed with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities, a category of individuals who tend to have intense behavioral deficits. Fitzgerald is such a calming presence and loves each of the individuals on my caseload. The training Fitzgerald continues to receive is on display with every interaction he has with anyone he encounters and I am always offering strangers the contact information for DTE. Prior to finding Doug and his team, we'd communicated with other trainers, but none of them felt like a good fit for my family's needs and I didn't want to "Board and Train", especially a puppy who was only months old, as that required us to send Fitzgerald away for at least 2 weeks at a time. Doug never even suggested such a plan which immediately placed me at ease. I will continue to sing the praises of Doug and the DTE team because they are excellent and after searching and speaking with quite a few trainers before finding Doug and his team, I am convinced that they are the best team of trainers in the Indianapolis/Metro area.
— Natasha G.
Posted December 7th 2023
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Training with DTE has been and continues to be worth every penny paid and likely more. We have worked with the trainers at DTE since late April and I am so pleased with the progress my pup, Fitzgerald, has and continues to make and with the attentiveness of the trainers. Doug, Elijah, and Josh always make sure to answer any questions or concerns I am having and when I am out (in the community) with Fitzgerald, we are constantly complimented on how "well trained Fitzgerald is at 18 months old". While Fitzgerald has his witching hour when he is being the very definition of a puppy, he can easily be redirected with a simple, one word prompt, "Off" and he's back on track. It has been so rewarding to watch Fitzgerald bond with his friends, a second grade class in one of the local schools has adopted him as their classroom pet and he visits the school and classroom each week. I am blessed in that I am able to take Fitzgerald with me to work each day, as I work as a behaviorist with individuals diagnosed with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities, a category of individuals who tend to have intense behavioral deficits. Fitzgerald is such a calming presence and loves each of the individuals on my caseload. The training Fitzgerald continues to receive is on display with every interaction he has with anyone he encounters and I am always offering strangers the contact information for DTE. Prior to finding Doug and his team, we'd communicated with other trainers, but none of them felt like a good fit for my family's needs and I didn't want to "Board and Train", especially a puppy who was only months old, as that required us to send Fitzgerald away for at least 2 weeks at a time. Doug never even suggested such a plan which immediately placed me at ease. I will continue to sing the praises of Doug and the DTE team because they are excellent and after searching and speaking with quite a few trainers before finding Doug and his team, I am convinced that they are the best team of trainers in the Indianapolis/Metro area.
— Natasha Gray
Posted December 7th 2023
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We purchased a puppy to train as a serviced dog for our son who has special needs. Dog training Elite does in home training and then the group classes to assist you in helping you pooch hone their skills. They are professional courteous and just amazing! They even help make it possible for us to attend a special group class for service dogs when I ran into a work conflict. 100% recommend this company!
— Abby Wallace
Posted June 16th 2023
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