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Elite, Award Winning Dog Training in Charleston / Summerville, SC

All Breeds. All Sizes. All Ages.

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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.
Socialized Group Training

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Dog Training Elite Lowcountry

843-934-2823

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Award Winning Dog Training Services in the Charleston / Summerville, SC Metro Area


Welcome to Dog Training Elite Lowcountry! We are a professional, family owned Charleston / Summerville, SC-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, SC 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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Steve Thompson

Owner & Trainer

Valerie Mosier

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.

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.

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.

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!

We have been very impressed with Dog Training Elite! Colby has worked wonders with our Springer Spaniel puppy!
— Cameron Bongiorno
Posted June 18th 2024
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We have a German Shepherd and we are extremely pleased with the training program and the trainers.You can rely on them to meet the specific needs. We LOVE our trainer Colby. We have seen so much progress and success with Bailey. Also they offer continuous support even after their training is complete. In case of any issues that arise later that you might need help with. They are worth every penny . Thank you guys so much !
— A “Coralline” Blais
Posted June 15th 2024
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We have been working with Colby and she has been a life changer for Annie’s development and socialization. The company’s training program has helped us learn how to better meet our fur baby’s needs. There was a point before we began working with them that we had considered whether it was best for our family to re-home her which we have never considered doing before. Since we have started training and introducing her to difficult training situations she has become a more patient with loving and socially acceptable behavior. Colby has certainly impacted the dynamics in our home and we couldn’t be more grateful! Oh and Annie absolutely loves it when her buddy Colby comes for training! If you need dog training, please consider Steve, Colby and team at Dog Training Elite Lowcountry! Annie and the Vinson Family
— Teri Vinson
Posted June 14th 2024
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We have had a fantastic experience with our trainer Colby! She has been extremely kind and patient training our family and our pup, Linus. One of the things I appreciate also is her punctuality and keeping us on track so that we use the time we have scheduled efficiently. Linus is responding well to their methodology and we are so excited to see how much more he will learn. We are so looking forward to having the opportunity to take him on more family outings and sharing those life experiences with him.
— Brenton Dameron
Posted June 4th 2024
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As I sit here crying, I had to come back and edit my review. If I could give Colby 10 stars, I would. Today, for the first time, when I took Roxy for a walk, she didn't drag me down the street. It didn't hurt to walk her because she wasn't pulling. Before Colby's help, I honestly didn't think I would ever be able to walk her myself. I thought I was always going to have to rely on someone else. It wasn't just taking the time to teach Roxy, Colby took the time to teach me too, and that is what made the difference. Thank you SO much, Colby. You have a great gift.
— Miriam Bumgarner
Posted May 21st 2024
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Baeleigh is a fantastic, knowledgeable, and patient trainer. She's owners feel confident during session, and that confidence extends into between the sessions.
— Savannah Frierson
Posted May 18th 2024
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Colby has really some a great job helping me train my service dog. Pyrenees are notoriously independent dogs and with her guidance we have a near flawless recall and obedience. She is very good at making the training concepts clear and is good about reminding you to use the correct tools.
— Amanda
Posted May 16th 2024
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We have enjoyed our experience so far with Dog Training Elite Lowcountry! Dexter is learning and progressing so much with their training. Baeleigh has been a joy to work with. She is very knowledgeable, and it is so easy to see her care for your pet! She wants to set you up for success and encourage you along the journey!
— Chance Hicks
Posted May 16th 2024
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Coldby is the best trainer! My aussie made so much progress in just a couple months with her direction and training.
— Shannon McNally
Posted May 15th 2024
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Colby has helped me train my German shepherd and I couldn’t have asked for a better trainer! She has helped me and my baby learn and trust each other I’m so proud of everything we’re able to accomplish with Colby’s help!
— Emma McCoy
Posted May 14th 2024
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We have had an amazing experience with Colby at DTE! She provides fantastic sessions that made a world of difference for our dog. Colby's expertise and dedication have led to tremendous improvements in our dog's behavior. Her friendly and professional approach made each session enjoyable and effective. Highly recommend Colby for anyone seeking top-notch training for their pets. Thank you, Colby, for your excellent work!
— Brian Stevens
Posted May 14th 2024
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We would like to give a big shout out to Colby with Dog Training Elite. Colby has done an amazing job training our two Pit bulls without even using any treats. Our fur babies love her and she shows love to them. We didn't think they were trainable. We would recommend Colby and Dog Training Elite. Thank you for helping us.
— Kenneth Hegwood
Posted May 11th 2024
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Gosh! Where do we begin!!! Trust these amazing people with your fur babies! You will not regret it. Our sweet Bear has learned so much thanks to Colby and the tools she is giving us! We highly recommend Dog Training Elite Lowcountry!
— Robert Clark
Posted May 2nd 2024
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Gosh! Where do we begin!!! Trust these amazing people with your fur babies! You will not regret it. Our sweet Bear has learned so much thanks to Colby and the tools she is giving us! We highly recommend Dog Training Elite Lowcountry!
— Suzanne Clark
Posted May 2nd 2024
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Dog Training Elite is awesome! Colbie, in particular, is an outstanding trainer! She clearly loves the dogs, communicates well with us and patiently and thoughtfully answers our questions. We have two rambunctious Brits that she has helped us train into fun loving, obedient dogs. Thank you!
— Ken Hirsch
Posted May 1st 2024
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The entire team was fabulous. They taught my dog, Bella, and me to be a true team. All with positive reinforcement!
— Annette Cooper
Posted April 23rd 2024
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Dog Training Elite is one of the best things to ever happen to me. They helped me find my sweet baby Shadow who has helped me tremendously. In just one training session with Colby, my puppy was acting like a whole new dog. Colby was very attentive and took the time to get to know me and my dog to better help with the training and from the start, Shadow was attached and couldn’t get enough of her. Along with Colby, Steve (the owner) took Shadow in for a week for intense training and she came back knowing so much more than she did going in. He took the time to fill me in on what she had learn and how to hold her to those standards. The whole team at DTE is just wonderful and I would highly recommend them to all!
— Amber Nejman
Posted April 12th 2024
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Training with the owner Steve has been great! Second session and we are working on heel. He was able to stay in a Place for the entirety of a surgery so I've been very impressed. Our puppy is being trained as a service dog, and he loves going everywhere. He's always on his best behavior. The trainers are doing an excellent job of training us how to help him be successful long-term. All of us enjoy the training sessions and learning new skills
— Heather C
Posted March 22nd 2024
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Steve was awesome and I really liked the approach. I am convinced that my dogs will be so much easier to control after training. The dogs are great and love people but their level of love and excitement made some people uncomfortable. The are responding in a very positive way to the trading.
— Karen Eaton
Posted October 7th 2023
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Dog Training Elite Lowcountry helped us train our Bernedoodle as a service dog. They worked with our busy schedule and truly met the needs of our family. Our dog had her CGC, AKC Urban, AKC community, and service dog public access tests passed before she turned 1 thanks to their guidance. I now have all the tools necessary to maintain her training.
— Lindsey Rebecca
Posted June 30th 2023
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