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Service Dog Training


Top Dog Trainer for Military Veterans in Charleston / Summerville, SC

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We have programs
designed for veterans.
Call to learn more!

843-934-2823

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Dog Training Elite Lowcountry believes so strongly in the healing power of service dogs for retired military veterans that we have created "The Malinois Foundation". We donate our time and passion to veteran service dog training Charleston / Summerville for the foundation.

Service dogs can help ease both mental and physical impairments attained through a veteran’s service to our country. Many veterans suffer from PTSD, physical disabilities, and a variety of other handicaps and service dogs have been proven to lessen symptoms and assist in integrating veterans back into normal routines as much as possible.

We have programs designed for veterans. Call to learn more!

843-934-2823
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The Malinois Foundation Dog Training Elite's Non-Profit


It is our mission to provide service dog training to veterans with physical and/or mental impairments. The Malinois Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization created to provide individuals suffering from PTSD, physical disabilities, and other special needs with a dog that can comfort and assist them.

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Dog Training Elite is proud to partner with The Malinois Foundation to help with training service dogs for retired military veterans in Charleston / Summerville.

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 Services


Dog Training Elite Lowcountry is passionate and committed to helping our service members heal and progress through service dog work. We offer several service dog training Charleston / Summerville options for veterans, call us today to learn about how service dogs can help improve the lives of veterans. Veterans who have physical disabilities benefit both emotionally and physically from a balance and mobility support dog. They can regain their freedom and independence as well as receiving the emotional support that a service dog can provide. The bond that is created between veterans and their service dogs has enormous healing power and is becoming increasingly popular in the mental health and medical communities as one of the best options for recovery. Military and Retired Vet Service Dogs from Dog Training Elite Lowcountry will help:

  • Increase activity and integration into society.
  • Increase independence.
  • Create a sense of safety. 
  • Provide 24/7 companionship and support. 
  • Ground in reality, redirect hyper-vigilance. 
  • Reduce the length and intensity of night terrors and flashbacks.

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Dog Training Elite has expert dog trainers experienced at service dog trainin for retired military veterans in Charleston / Summerville.

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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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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