Elite, Award Winning Dog Training Services in Charleston / Summerville

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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 Lowcountry offers expert in-home dog training near you in Charleston / Summerville.
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 Lowcountry offers professional group dog training programs near you in Charleston / Summerville.
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Welcome to Dog Training Elite Lowcountry! We are a professional, family owned Charleston / Summerville-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 Charleston / Summerville 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 Lowcountry 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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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 Elite Lowcountry has award winning in-home dog trainers and top rated dog training programs.

Why Dog Training Elite Lowcountry?

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.

Come Meet Us!

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.

Proud Sponsor of The Malinois Foundation

At Dog Training Elite Lowcountry, 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 Lowcountry 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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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!

DTE is the only training method that has worked with my 1.5 year old stubborn lab. It has brought order back to our house and made her an all around better pup. The team is professional and knowledgable, I would recommend them to anyone!
— Laura Bickel
Posted July 5th 2022
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We didn’t regret doing the Elite Camp at all. Erin was Theo’s trainer and she is awesome!
— Wai Wai Myint
Posted July 2nd 2022
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I just happened to find these wonderful people while looking for trainers for our Kanela. This group has took our girl and is making her a service dog for our girl Lani. As many would not have even given our girl a second look just because her breed they were open to try and have been nothing short of amazing. They have proved that Kanela is as smart as we thought and sooooo much more!!! I would recommend this group to anyone and have already to some. As we are not in their normal area they were willing to meet us in the middle to accomplish what we set out to do. If you are looking do not waste anymore time these lovely people will help you train your dog to be amazing!!!!
— Lyn Campbell
Posted July 2nd 2022
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Had a great experience with DTE! I was a little skeptical of the method at first, but we stuck to the program and did the homework as instructed. We are lightyears away from where we started with our dog in just 2 short months. Looking forward to the group trainings to get us to our end goal.
— Cole Harte
Posted July 1st 2022
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Jeff is been great. He truly cared about Obi and teach him and me the best way to train him. 100% recommended
— mchaverri86
Posted June 30th 2022
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Jason helped me with my 2 Dogs. I have a Pit mix that was reactive and is now no longer reactive and does great off leash, along with a Hound mix that was near impossible to get to listen to simple commands that now can be off leash and listens very well.
— Rick M
Posted June 27th 2022
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Our family chose Elite Dog Training of Charlotte for obedience training of our 8 month old Labrador Retriever, Clyde. We then found ourselves in a family medical emergency prior to the scheduled training. With no hesitation Mr. Shawn came and picked up Clyde the very next day and took him for the 2 week overnight training camp. Words can never express how thankful we were for this compassion shown with our situation. I knew then we had chosen the perfect place for Clyde. Over the course of the next 2 weeks, I received daily texts of pictures and videos of what Clyde was learning. He was night and day from when he left our home! By the time he returned (2 short weeks) our 5 year old daughter could walk him on a leash by herself, he was following all basic commands, running an obstacle course and could even ride a skateboard! We continue to stay in contact with Mr. Shawn and his family, sending pictures of Clyde with our daughter and continue to use them for boarding and training purposes. You won’t regret choosing Elite Dog Training of Charlotte. You will be amazed by the transformation of your dog’s behavior in a very short time. Mr. Shawn and his team are the best! They deserve more than just 5 stars!
— Alecia Mashewske
Posted June 25th 2022
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The basic obedience camp was 1000% worth the money and time. My golden doodle is basically a completely different dog. Erin (the trainer) was so kind, patient and let me pick her brain about more training tips after the camp was finished. Would do this again in a heartbeat!
— Hollie Steed
Posted June 25th 2022
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Great training, I wouldn't go anywhere else!
— C S
Posted June 23rd 2022
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What a joyful pleasure to work with Mr. Shawn and Angela at Dog Training Elite in Charlotte. My best reward came from the dog park training, my pet Bleu building confidence, obedience and discipline. Mr. Shawn and the Sharon in the office was very detailed in explaining the program contents and meeting my expectations. Thank you Angela for your in home pet assistance it was educational for myself and Bleu. I plan to continue our training, Good Day!!!
— Terri Owens
Posted June 23rd 2022
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I have been thoroughly impressed with DTE. They have been super helpful and have offered me all the support I need as I train my dog. The trainers are super friendly and offer good feedback. I would recommend DTE to everyone.
— Adrian W. Eads
Posted June 21st 2022
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My dog is still a 5 month old pup and is in training to be my service dog. Every single person that meets her thinks she is just a small dog because they can’t grasp how well behaved she is!!! She is a completely transformed dog from when we first got her. She is still herself 100% but she is so well behaved and listens immaculately thanks to her trainers!!!! The fact that they come to MY HOME to train her has been huge for me especially with these gas prices! They adjust her training to HER too. It’s not just a set training without modifications. They understand that every dog and every owner is different and have such a wide knowledge on owners and dog health and more. They work with you in every aspect, LITERALLY. You think of something, they will work it out with you and they respond so quickly, professionally, and kindly. I truly am blown away with this company, her trainers, and of course my dog! As are everyone that crosses her path. Could not recommend Elite enough. I do want it to be known that we are NOT wealthy! Quite the opposite. But again, they work with you and every single penny is undeniably worth it. If you are considering giving your dog up, DONT. Get them through this training, even just the basics, your frustrations will disappear. I’m certain of that.
— Jaclynn Hamer
Posted June 21st 2022
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My dog is still a 5 month old pup and is in training to be my service dog. Every single person that meets her thinks she is just a small dog because they can’t grasp how well behaved she is!!! She is a completely transformed dog from when we first got her. She is still herself 100% but she is so well behaved and listens immaculately thanks to her trainers!!!! The fact that they come to MY HOME to train her has been huge for me especially with these gas prices! They adjust her training to HER too. It’s not just a set training without modifications. They understand that every dog and every owner is different and have such a wide knowledge on owners and dog health and more. They work with you in every aspect, LITERALLY. You think of something, they will work it out with you and they respond so quickly, professionally, and kindly. I truly am blown away with this company, her trainers, and of course my dog! As are everyone that crosses her path. Could not recommend Elite enough. I do want it to be known that we are NOT wealthy! Quite the opposite. But again, they work with you and every single penny is undeniably worth it. If you are considering giving your dog up, DONT. Get them through this training, even just the basics, your frustrations will disappear. I’m certain of that.
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Posted June 21st 2022
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From start to finish the experience with Savanna was perfect. Great communication and excellent with follow-up. Especially grateful for the little details that made the whole process and experience feel personalized.
— David Anthony
Posted June 17th 2022
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We’ve been doing in-home sessions with Evan for several weeks now and it has been incredible! The 1-on-1 training with our Golden Doodle, as effective as it has been, is nothing compared to the insights and training that we’ve received as owners. We decided to hire Dog Training Elite Utah County because, during our initial consultation, before we ever paid a dime, they gave us a few pointers that had an immediate and positive impact on our dog. Genuinely, I can’t praise them enough! Over the course of 3 weeks, Bruno has gone from a wild puppy to one that we feel comfortable leaving out of the kennel when people come to visit. For real, if you’re on the fence about hiring Dog Training Elite Utah County, just call for the initial consultation. It was an expense that gave us heartburn, until we met and saw how knowledgeable, passionate, and patient they are. Looking back, I’d gladly pay WAY more for the training we’ve received so far, and we haven’t even finished our sessions. Just give them a call!
— Greyson Dixon
Posted June 17th 2022
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Dog Training Elite has been phenomenal! We are training our Labrador to be a therapy dog for our dental office. The combination of in home and group lessons has been very beneficial. The trainers are all so friendly and easy to work with. We get comments all the time about how well behaved our puppy is. At 6 months old he is proficient at all the commands. We will definitely be using Dog Training Elite for all of our dogs in the future and HIGHLY recommend them!!
— Jennifer Clark
Posted June 16th 2022
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I love working with Dog Training Elite. They come to your house for training, and they are very knowledgable. I would definitely recommend this company.
— Aubrie Munson
Posted June 11th 2022
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I signed my dog up for the Service Dog Training Camp. She has every skill I will need for her to be my service dog, she is incredibly obedient and is much more confident (she had a VERY overly excited/anxious demeanor before). I feel it’s safe to say this company has absolutely changed my dog for the better: a dog who was once ignoring commands, had a short attention span, and was slightly destructive has now since graduated her program to be my service dog. Plus, you can tell the trainers genuinely care and want what’s best for you dog! However, I will say it’s not magic and you must also keep your pup accountable for the training to stick at home. Your dog will thank you for coming here and continuing the training at home.
— Caitlyn McElyea
Posted June 10th 2022
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The trainers really know and understand dogs. They have worked with me and my boy Tate to break bad habits, create good habits and transition into the most wonderful service dog I could hope for. They are patient and kind. They listen to your needs and confirm their understanding before suggesting trainings and/or therapies. Savanna has gone above and beyond helping me. Priscilla has been amazing at every turn. I can not recommend Dog Training Elite and their trainers highly enough.
— Rose Harvey
Posted June 9th 2022
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Working with Dog Training Elite has been the very best investment of time and money for my family and Daisy. We spent thousands of dollars with other training organizations and nothing worked for us. What I loved about Dog Training Elite initially was that the trainers were going to come to my home, where they could see and help me best address Daisy's unmannerly behaviors. Within 2 days of using their tools and approaches, we saw a dramatic positive change - less jumping on people and less barking at the door bell. In only got better from there. The techniques are easy and enjoyable for us and Daisy. I now have a well behaved dog who walks nicely on a leash and is mannerly in my home. I have to believe that she is much happier now that she understands our expectations. Cameron and Dominic did a phenomenal job for us and we look forward to the group training sessions later this month where Daisy can strut her stuff! We are so proud of her.
— Sue Slattery
Posted June 9th 2022
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