In-Home Training Packages

Training Tools Included!

Silver

$1,475

  • In-Home Training SessionsOne-on-one & personalized 3 Sessions
  • Come
  • Heel (walk with you, loose leash no pulling)
  • Sit(next to you & off leash at a distance)
  • Place(go to bed)
  • Quiet(stop excessive barking & whining)
  • Off(furniture when desired)

Gold

$2,275

  • In-Home Training SessionsOne-on-one & personalized 6 Sessions
  • Group Park Training Sessions 12 Sessions
  • Come
  • Heel (walk with you, loose leash no pulling)
  • Sit(next to you & off leash at a distance)
  • Place(go to bed)
  • Quiet(stop excessive barking & whining)
  • Off(furniture when desired)
  • Down(lay next to you & off leash at a distance)
  • Load Up (go into kennel, car, or dog house)
  • Calm Anxiety & Build Confidence
  • Housebreaking / Potty Training
  • STOP Jumping on People
  • STOP Mouthing & Nipping
  • STOP Chewing & Digging
  • STOP Begging & Stealing Food
  • STOP Bolting Through Doors & Running Away
  • STOP Chasing Animals, Cars & Bikes

Platinum

$3,175

OUR MOST POPULAR PACKAGE!

LIFETIME SUPPORT

Our platinum package offers you training sessions throughout your dog's lifetime! Follow-up sessions to be scheduled once per month as needed, after initial program is completed.

  • In-Home Training SessionsOne-on-one & personalized 9 Sessions + Unlimited
    *see above description
  • Group Park Training Sessions Unlimited
  • Lifetime support via text/email and in-person support sessions *scheduled at trainer's discretion (no more than once per month, after completing initial program
  • AKC Canine Good Citizen Testing
  • Come
  • Heel (walk with you, loose leash no pulling)
  • Sit(next to you & off leash at a distance)
  • Place(go to bed)
  • Quiet(stop excessive barking & whining)
  • Off(furniture when desired)
  • Down(lay next to you & off leash at a distance)
  • Load Up (go into kennel, car, or dog house)
  • Manners, Safety & Boundaries
  • Calm Anxiety & Build Confidence
  • Housebreaking / Potty Training
  • STOP Jumping on People
  • STOP Mouthing & Nipping
  • STOP Chewing & Digging
  • STOP Begging & Stealing Food
  • STOP Bolting Through Doors & Running Away
  • STOP Chasing Animals, Cars & Bikes
  • STOP Reactivity (dog & human)
  • *Stay With You on a Job or Bike Ride (off-leash)
  • *Emotional Support Dog Training(ESA)
  • *Control Aggression(dog & human)
  • *Calm Extreme Anxiety(behavioral modification)

E-Collar, training supplies and equipment included.
*For a Platinum package please select one; Off-Leash OR ESA OR Control Aggression OR Calm Extreme Anxiety.
Dogs must be evaluated prior to being accepted into specialized training programs.*

Puppy Packages

Training Tools Included!

Cub

For clients in search of a puppy.

$135/hour

Included with Package: DTE Puppy Essentials Handbook

  • Assistance with breed selection based on client's lifestyle
  • Puppy evaluation and recommendation for training packages
  • Beginners education of the critical foundation of puppy training
  • Option puppy selection assistance including Volhard Testing

Beta

Designed for puppies 8 - 16 weeks of age

$595

Included with Package: DTE Puppy Webinar access

  • In-Home, One-on-One Training Sessions 4, 30 minute sessions
  • Come
  • Sit
  • Loose Leash Walking
  • Down
  • Stop Biting
  • Stop Chewing
  • Stop Digging
  • Stop Jumping
  • Housebreaking & Potty Training
  • Crate Training
  • Socialization Tips
  • Environmental Hazards
  • Puppy Enrichment
  • Caring for Your Puppy

Alpha

Designed for puppies 8 - 20 weeks of age

$795

Included with Package: DTE Puppy Webinar access

  • In-Home, One-on-One Training Sessions 6, 30 minute sessions
  • Come
  • Sit
  • Loose Leash Walking
  • Down
  • Stop Biting
  • Stop Chewing
  • Stop Digging
  • Stop Jumping
  • Housebreaking & Potty Training
  • Crate Training
  • Socialization Tips
  • Environmental Hazards
  • Puppy Enrichment
  • Caring for Your Puppy

Platinum Elite

$3,475

  • In-Home Training SessionsOne-on-one & personalized 9 Sessions + Unlimited
    *see above description
  • Group Park Training Sessions Unlimited
  • Lifetime support via text/email and in-person support sessions *scheduled at trainer's discretion (no more than once per month, after completing initial program
  • AKC Canine Good Citizen Testing
  • Come
  • Heel (walk with you, loose leash no pulling)
  • Sit(next to you & off leash at a distance)
  • Place(go to bed)
  • Quiet(stop excessive barking & whining)
  • Off(furniture when desired)
  • Down(lay next to you & off leash at a distance)
  • Load Up (go into kennel, car, or dog house)
  • Manners, Safety & Boundaries
  • Calm Anxiety & Build Confidence
  • Housebreaking / Potty Training
  • STOP Jumping on People
  • STOP Mouthing & Nipping
  • STOP Chewing & Digging
  • STOP Begging & Stealing Food
  • STOP Bolting Through Doors & Running Away
  • STOP Chasing Animals, Cars & Bikes
  • STOP Reactivity (dog & human)
  • *Stay With You on a Job or Bike Ride (off-leash)
  • *Emotional Support Dog Training(ESA)
  • *Control Aggression(dog & human)
  • *Calm Extreme Anxiety(behavioral modification)
  • Crate Training
  • Socialization Tips
  • Environmental Hazards
  • Puppy Enrichment
  • Caring for Your Puppy

Puppy Essentials Webinar

70 Minute Webinar

$45

Our trusted puppy class is now available "on-demand" from the comfort of your home! Plus you will also get a personal call with one of our experienced dog trainers for a tailored experience. This webinar video is designed for owners of puppies age 8-16 weeks old, and will be accessible to you for a 3-day period via Eventbrite.com (easy to use website!) Select today's or tomorrow's date to get immediate access to the video! You can also add a $45 Puppy Kit during checkout to have essential puppy tools delivered right to your door!

  • Introducing a new puppy to your home
  • Health & well-being
  • Nurturing a good temperament
  • Veterinary care & vaccines
  • Scruffing & calming signals (dog yoga)
  • Basic Treat Obedience Including: Come, sit, loose-leash walking, and down
  • Puppy Corrections (Stop biting, digging, jumping, etc.)
  • Crate Training/ House Breaking
  • Socialization Tips
  • Environmental Hazards
  • Puppy Enrichment
  • Caring for Your Puppy

Designed for puppies age 8-16 weeks of age.
Prepares your young puppy for formal training.

Therapy Dog

Training Tools Included!

Therapy Dog

Therapy dog training is based on your dog's abilities.

$3,175

A therapy dog volunteers alongside you, where permitted, and provides comfort to others. Examples include cheering people up at nursing homes or hospitals.

A good therapy dog is naturally friendly with strangers, able to work around a high level of distraction (with training), and able to understand personal boundaries, such as not jumping up, licking, mouthing, etc (with training).

LIFETIME SUPPORT!

  • Puppy Selection advice
  • Private, one-on-one training sessions in your home and the community 9 Sessions
  • Group Training Classes Unlimited
  • Lifetime support via text/email and in-person support sessions to be scheduled at trainer’s discretion. (No more than once per month, after completing initial program.)
  • AKC Training
  • AKC Canine Good Citizen Testing
  • Therapy bandana, ID Card, and Certificate of Training
  • Practice testing for the Therapy Test, now or in the future
  • Come
  • Sit, Down
  • Place
  • Heel
  • Quiet
  • Off, Wait
  • Leash Manners
  • People Manners
  • Load up in the car / kennel
  • Make a friend
  • Choose one personalized greeting (high five, shake, hug, etc.)
  • Top-notch off leash obedience
  • Distraction Training

E-Collar, training supplies and equipment included.

Service Training Packages

Training Tools Included!

We offer free consultations to evaluate your dog's ability and temperament as a good candidate for any of our service dog training programs or we can provide one litter visit for puppy selection. Call us today to schedule a free in-home service dog training evaluation! All service dog training packages include:

  • Lifetime Support for all Service Packages!
  • One-on-One Service Dog Training in your home and in the community
  • Unlimited Group Classes
  • AKC Testing
  • ID cards, registration, and certificates

Psychiatric / PTSD Support Dog

12 One-on-One Sessions & Unlimited Group Sessions

$3,975

LIFETIME SUPPORT

A Psychiatric/PTSD service dog will be able to go anywhere with their handler and assist them in times of high stress and provide a sense of security. A service dog will provide emotional support, reintegration into society, reduce depression, help cope with anxiety, reduce the frequency and severity of flashbacks, anchor handler to the present, and reduce suicidal ideation. Psychiatric service dog tasks are customizable, but examples include:

  • Grounding
  • Deep Pressure Therapy
  • Panic Response
  • Create a Physical Buffer
  • Interrupt Repetitive Behaviors

Mobility Support Dog Training

16 One-on-One Sessions

Call for Details

A mobility support dog can increase an individual's independence and quality of life by assisting with tasks that are difficult or impossible to complete on their own. A brace and mobility support dog can be taken anywhere and are trained to their handlers specific mobility and ambulatory needs. Mobility service dog tasks are customizable, but examples include:

  • Forward Momentum Pull
  • Counterbalance
  • Open Doors with Adaptive Equipment
  • Turn Lights On/Off
  • Item Retrieval

Personalized Autism Canines

14 One-on-One Sessions & Unlimited Group Sessions

$6,725

LIFETIME SUPPORT

Personalized autism canines provide an emotional anchor for children with autism and a sense of security to family members. The autism world is widely accepting of service dogs, as overwhelming results show psychological benefits for the child in addition to the entire family. Autism support service dog tasks are customizable, but examples include:

  • Deep Pressure Therapy
  • Anchor a Child Who Wanders
  • Sensory Assistance
  • Find Help
  • Redirect Repetitive Behaviors

Diabetic Alert Dog Training

24 One-on-One Sessions

Call for Details

Living a balanced life with Type 1 diabetes isn't always easy. With the support of a diabetic alert dog, that balance becomes a possibility. Alert dogs for diabetics provide the stability, safety and support that allows for increased activity and peace of mind. Diabetic alert service dogs will learn basic obedience and advanced tasks that are customizable, such as:

  • Alert to Blood Sugar Highs & Lows
  • Alert Others in the Home
  • Find Others in the Home
  • Medical Response

Lifestyle Training Packages

Training Tools Included!

Wedding Day Extras

Puppy's First Dance: Dance with the Bride/Groom/Couple
$135 - Per Hour Practice Private Session

Wedding Day Professional Trainer: DTE Trainer will care for and handle your dog on your special day. Handler will be dressed professionally in a collared DTE shirt and slacks. Or a suit/dress/tuxedo upon request at dog owners' expense.
$1,200 - For the Day

Flower Dog / Ring Bearer

$3,475

Your dog is an important part of your family. Don't forget to include them in your big day, and develop their skills to become a great companion ever after.

LIFETIME SUPPORT

  • Private, one-on-one training sessions 8 Sessions
  • Wedding Rehearsal 1 Session
  • Group dog training sessions Unlimited
  • Come
  • Sit, Down
  • Place
  • Heel
  • Quiet
  • Off, Wait
  • Set Boundaries
  • People Manners
  • Leash Manners
  • Build Confidence & Calm Anxiety
  • Control Destructive Behavior
  • Control Reactivity (dog & human)
  • Potty Training
  • Get in Car/Kennel
  • + Specialty Skills* Below:
  • *Walk down the aisle
  • *Deliver Ring/Flowers to the happy couple
  • *Sit or Place during the ceremony
  • *Sit & pose for photos

*You must purchase a wedding package to add on wedding day package extras

Dog of Honor / Best Dog

$3,175

Your dog is an important part of your family. Don't forget to include them in your big day, and develop their skills to become a great companion ever after.

LIFETIME SUPPORT

  • Private, one-on-one training sessions 7 Sessions
  • Wedding Rehearsal 1 Session
  • Group dog training sessions Unlimited
  • Come
  • Sit, Down
  • Place
  • Heel
  • Quiet
  • Off, Wait
  • Set Boundaries
  • People Manners
  • Leash Manners
  • Build Confidence & Calm Anxiety
  • Control Destructive Behavior
  • Control Reactivity (dog & human)
  • Potty Training
  • Get in Car/Kennel
  • + Specialty Skills* Below:
  • *Walk you, your Maid of Honor, or Best Man down the aisle
  • *Sit or Place during the ceremony
  • *Sit & pose for photos

*You must purchase a wedding package to add on wedding day package extras

Adventure Dog

$3,475

With Adventure Dog training you and your dog can enjoy all of the fun activities that the great outdoors has to offer. Take your dog with you on life's great adventures!

LIFETIME SUPPORT

  • Private, one-on-one training sessions 6 Sessions
  • In Field training sessions 3 Sessions
  • Group dog training sessions Unlimited
  • Come
  • Sit, Down
  • Place
  • Heel
  • Quiet
  • Off, Wait
  • Set Boundaries
  • People Manners
  • Leash Manners
  • Build Confidence & Calm Anxiety
  • Control Destructive Behavior
  • Control Reactivity (dog & human)
  • Potty Training
  • Get in Car/Kennel
  • + Specialty Skills* Below:
  • *Off leash obedience
  • *Ride on a paddle board
  • *Ride in a kayak, canoe, or boat
  • *Swimming and water safety
  • *Ride on a golf cart or ATV
  • *Ride on a sled or skateboard
  • *Heel & run next to you on a bike
  • *Heel & run next to you on a scooter
  • *Heel & run next to you on a jog or hike
  • *Keep a 20ft. radius in camp

*Specialty skills & extras are based upon your dogs ability, and must be approved by a DTE trainer.
E-Collar, training supplies and equipment included.

Visit us at the Charleston Winter Wedding Festival February 19th, 2023

Come see us at our booth and receive more information on our values, training methods and training packages.

We can't wait to meet you and your dog!

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Nominate Your Own Hometown Hero to Win a 7-Day Resort Stay!

Dog Training Elite Lowcountry wants to recognize heroes in our communities that exemplify what it is to be a hometown hero. Dog Training Elite, in partnership with the Motoa Project, is awarding* one Hometown Hero in the South Carolina region with a 7-day stay at a 5-star resort(a $10,000-$15,000 vacation giveaway).

*Airfare, taxes and additional fees not included.

Hometown Hero West Michigan

Please provide you and your nominee's information below:


  1. Fill out your information and your Hometown Hero's information here.
  2. Be sure to include if the hero is in need of The Malinois Foundation to find and/or train a service dog to travel with the hero.
  3. Upon submission, our team will review your nominee.
  4. We will reach out directly to you to alert you if your nominee is selected.

Your Information

Nominee Information

We are proud to parter with the Malinois Foundation

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.

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


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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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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Dog Training Elite Lowcountry - IACP Member
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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!

Steve was the trainer for Lana, our golden doodle 2 year old dog. Lana was trained from a very energetic dog that lunged towards strangers to say hello and pulled on walks to a service dog for PTSD. I recently took her on an international flight and she behaved perfectly and sat under my seat the whole flight. The crew said that she was the most well behaved service dog they have ever seen. Lana has become a new dog and now we take her everywhere. Steve was so helpful and went above and beyond to help train our dog. We recommend him to everyone and cannot say enough about the training Lana received! He drove out to our house for every lesson and worked with our schedule to make it work. Thank you!
— Rachel Banu
Posted November 6th 2022
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Steve was the trainer for Lana, our golden doodle 2 year old dog. Lana was trained from a very energetic dog that lunged towards strangers to say hello and pulled on walks to a service dog for PTSD. I recently took her on an international flight and she behaved perfectly and sat under my seat the whole flight. The crew said that she was the most well behaved service dog they have ever seen. Lana has become a new dog and now we take her everywhere. Steve was so helpful and went above and beyond to help train our dog. We recommend him to everyone and cannot say enough about the training Lana received! He drove out to our house for every lesson and worked with our schedule to make it work. Thank you!

Posted November 6th 2022
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Had a great time working with Steven. Steven worked with Winnie and Marley amazingly. Thank you for all the help!
— Duey Carstensen
Posted August 24th 2022
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Our almost 3 year old was super hyper and would not listen at all! after just our first session with Dog Training Elite Low country, he was a totally different dog! We cannot believe what a difference this training has made. Thank you Valerie and Steve!

Posted August 12th 2022
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This is the best investment we have ever made with our dog. Steven Thompson is professional, prompt, kind, and extremely competent with canines. Our Goldendoodle is excited to see him for a lesson and she learns very quickly with his handling. He is also very patient with Lana’s human friends who he teaches alongside her. We are excited to be able to take a well-behaved dog with us to explore new places, confident that she is under control.

Posted August 12th 2022
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Valerie and Steve area AMAZING PEOPLE and Charleston is very lucky to have them to help improve the lives of both dogs and their owners. You can tell they truly care about driving quality results and are very compassionate about improving your relationship with your beloved furry family member. I know that they are also very passionate about giving back to the community through their charity organization, the Malinois Foundation. They are extremely professional yet personal and if you are looking for a Dog Trainer in Charleston, look no further! Wish I could give more than 5 stars!
— Kyle Christie
Posted July 8th 2022
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Valerie an Steve are very knowledgeable an knows exactly what they are doing in training an the steps that need to be taken. Very detailed with explanations an process. I would definitely recommend their services! Thanks for all you do for our fur babies!
— Joyce Carpenter
Posted July 1st 2022
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Val and Steve are fantastic trainers. They are dedicated and truly passionate about improving the bond between dogs and their owners. I highly recommend them for all training needs!
— craig fizer
Posted June 14th 2022
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I would like congratulate Steve and Valerie on the opening of their Dog Training Elite business. I have seen the effectiveness of their training methods and the positive transformation in the behavior of the dogs they train. They genuinely want each owner to have the best possible relationship with their dog so that both can experience the all fun activities and joy that dogs bring to our lives. If you would like to make your dog a bigger part of your lifestyle, I encourage you to have Steve and Valerie demonstrate the level of confidence and obedience that their training can provide for your dog.
— Vince Conrad
Posted June 6th 2022
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My puppy, Tails, is currently in the training program and it has been great so far. Valerie and Steve are kind, professional, attentive, and always willing to answer any questions I have.
— Abi C
Posted June 4th 2022
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Valerie and Steve are tremendous and caring dog trainers, they are patient and want to help with every situation. After seeing their amazing dogs Hank and Rusty, I can't believe how lucky the Charleston area is to have such caring people in their area.
— George Rehbein
Posted June 1st 2022
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Steve is a great guy whose love of dogs is inspiring!
— Jessica Ciupak
Posted May 24th 2022
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Valerie and Steve are so passionate about the work that they do!
— Kelley Rosequist
Posted May 18th 2022
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Valerie and her dog, Hank, were amazing! So excited for her to train my dog and to work with her!
— Sunny de Armas
Posted May 18th 2022
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