Elite, Award Winning Dog Training Services in Charlotte

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, no matter the problem behavior.


  • 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 Charlotte offers expert in-home dog training near you in Charlotte.
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 Charlotte offers professional group dog training programs near you in Charlotte.
Socialized Group Training

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Elite Training Camp - $2,495

We pick up your dog in the morning and drop off a well-trained dog in the evening!

Elite Training Camp

  • 2 weeks of day-boarding and training your dog, between the hours of 8:30am to 5:30pm, Monday thru Friday
  • 2 private sessions in your home after training is complete
  • 2 months of small group classes to practice around distraction, socialization and to perfect off-leash commands

Award Winning Dog Training Services in the Charlotte Metro Area


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Welcome to Dog Training Elite Charlotte! We are a professional, family owned Charlotte-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 Charlotte 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 Charlotte 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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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 15 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 Charlotte has award winning in-home dog trainers and top rated dog training programs.

Why Dog Training Elite Charlotte?

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.

Dog Training Elite Charlotte - The Malinois Foundation

Proud Sponsor of The Malinois Foundation

At Dog Training Elite Charlotte, 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 Charlotte 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!

I was beyond satisfied with Dog Training Elite Charlotte. After weeks of calling and meeting with people my husband and I both were having doubts if we would find the perfect match for us. Shawn promptly got back to us, set a meeting that very day and we did not even have to think about it, we left our pup there for the day to begin the two week training class. That very same day we saw a major improvement in our adorable (yet stubborn) golden retriever. We were having issues with her attempting to be the alpha of the house, harassing the children, refusing commands and frankly causing chaos whenever she felt like it. Within days her overall personality calmed, not only was she doing the basic commands, she wanted to learn and do more. She overcame some of her own insecurities and by week two was riding down the street on a skate board. I will be using DTE for any further training we do for our dog and will certainly refer anyone I know to them. We put a lot of thought into getting our new addition, that same thought process should be done when picking a trainer, it is an investment that will stay with you for quite some time. It was very important to Shawn and Sharon that we understood the training tools, commands and expectations so we could implement them at home. They both were very responsive in any questions and concerns we had. Thank you again for all that you helped us with and will continue to help us with.
— Jennifer Gatto
Posted July 13th 2021
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DTE is the BEST!! We HIGHLY recommend them. We enrolled our puppy into the 2 week day camp. Shawn and his family went over and beyond for us and our 4 month old lab puppy, Jackson. Jackson was full of energy and very strong. He was a sweet and loving puppy, but Shawn and his family were able to help Jackson and us to put all of that energy into good use. After one day with their family, Jackson was a different puppy. He was still his normal fun loving self, but listened and became a productive member of our family. Originally, our kids (6 and 9) were starting to lose interest in him because of his hyperactivity and mouthing. After the first day they couldn’t wait to be part of the on going training with us and Jackson. They couldn’t wait to see what he learned each day. Shawn was so respectful, patient, compassionate to Jackson and us. He was never in a rush and always took as much time as we needed to understand the new skill taught. He also was just a text/phone call away. I can’t say enough about this company and family. The are so passionate about what they do and they are truly there for the dogs and the dog’s families. Having a puppy is hard and time consuming work, and we now have the tools to help our puppy navigate the world and our family. We cannot wait to continue Shawn and his family’s work with Jackson and hopefully certify him as a therapy dog. DTE has a customer for life. I can’t wait to see what is in store for Jackson in the future!! Thank you so much Shawn, Sharon, Angela, and Addison!!
— Nathan Murphy
Posted July 9th 2021
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Shawn helped tame my skittish and anxiously aggressive Rottweiler. He was gentle with her and with us but within just a few minutes the command was taught in our dog was responsive. If you’ve ever questioned spending money on training your dog I highly recommend it! It is worth every penny
— Jeniffer Gillette-Dionne
Posted July 7th 2021
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Shawn and Angela were amazing with helping me do some touch up training with my German shepherd, Bo Dime. I highly recommend them to anyone wanting to have a well trained dog that you can take anywhere!!! Thank you!
— Jamie sellers
Posted July 3rd 2021
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My family got our very first dog, a lab/pit mix named Skye. She is a sweet dog, but the constant nipping, chewing, and disregard for basic commands like “come” were getting the best of us. I watched various tutorials and videos online, but we ultimately decided we’d benefit more by having Shawn from Dog Training Elite come out to the house. It turned out to be the best decision for Skye because after the very first session, we saw a big difference in her behavior. Shawn does a great job of not only training the animal, but the owner as well. He explained the psychology behind dog training to show us that certain actions we had been allowing were negatively impacting her behavior and making our expectations for her impossible. He was also great with our kids, and worked with them just as much as he worked with my wife and I. We saw more and more tangible progress after every session, and while Skye is still the same sweet dog, her behavior is like night and day. Now that her initial training is complete, we have the tools and knowledge to reinforce what we’ve learned. Huge thanks to Shawn and Dog Training Elite.
— Raymond Ballard
Posted July 3rd 2021
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DTE is AMAZING! So glad I reached out to them for the training of both of my goldendoodles. They were absolutely wild (full of energy) prior to training. And I never in a million years thought I would be walking my dogs off the leash!! My dogs used to almost pull me down walking (literally), now they do great with heel and all the commands that were taught! It feels great to be able to enjoy a nice walk and not have to worry about them. After week 1 I could already tell a huge difference. You will have a new dog after completing their training. Shawn and his team are great! Not only do they work with your dogs, but they also work with you to train them. You will have the dog they say you will after training. Definitely worth every penny. I’m amazed and recommend DTE 110%. Looking forward to group classes!
— Autumn Royal
Posted June 30th 2021
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I highly recommend Dog Training Elite Charlotte We needed a trainer to assist us with our high energy puppy that loved to nip and bite. After 1 day of training with Shawn and his family, our puppy’s demeanor and disposition changed 100% to the better. After 2 weeks of training, she was sitting, heeling, placing, laying down and understood the off command. She was also playing with other dogs, riding a skateboard, and completing a small obstacle course on command. Utterly amazing for a 3-4 month old puppy. I usually don’t take the time to write testimonials unless I am completely happy and satisfied with a service. Shawn and his team are accommodating, respectful, knowledgeable, and highly experienced in their trade. We plan to also use them for continuing training. Whatever challenge or goal you would like to achieve with your dog, call Dog Training Elite Charlotte and give them the opportunity to illustrate to you as they did with us!
— Steve T
Posted June 27th 2021
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Went on vacation and came home to a completely different dog! Shawn and the trainers transformed Reese (a stubborn little guy with small dog syndrome) into a very obedient pup! We highly recommend them and even have to a few neighbors with new puppies. Thank you to all the trainers again!
— David Hess
Posted June 23rd 2021
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I was at the end of my rope with my new puppy. She was getting more and more aggressive, potty training was a joke, jumping, biting. I called DTE on a Sunday and left a message. They called me back the next day. They could tell my family and I was frustrated. They were so busy that week but they fit my dog into their schedule anyway. My family and I are truly grateful! Our puppy seemed like a different dog once we picked her up! I was shocked! DTE gave us the tools to continue training at home with confidence. The foundation that DTE set for us is amazing!
— Lovealexla
Posted June 21st 2021
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Couldn’t be happier with the folks at DTE! Our puppy attended a puppy training camp before she came home to us. We received updates with pictures and videos every day! She came home and was potty trained and crate trained!! Thanks so much!!
— Kelly Collins
Posted June 7th 2021
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The staff at Dog Training Elite was amazing. They truly understand dogs and tailor training to your dog’s individual needs. Our puppy wouldn’t stop biting, no matter what we did and was quickly becoming more aggressive. After puppy camp at Dog Training Elite I can honestly say it’s not a problem any more. Now and then she will forget, but now we know how to correct her and she responds positively. She also got started with the basic commands of sit, down and come. I highly recommend Dog Training Elite. We look forward to Obedience Training which will start in about a month.
— Colleen Peleaux
Posted June 3rd 2021
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DTE is AMAZING! They picked my pup up and took great care of her. They kept me up to date with her training. Sent pics and video. I had know worries about how my pup was doing. They were there when I picked my pup up and gave me all the details and additional information to keep their good work going. It’s the first day with my puppy and I can tell it was worth every penny. She has been very well behaved. Going potty and going into her crate have been good. I would definitely recommend and consider sending my pup to additional classes. Thank you guys ☺️
— Melissa
Posted May 24th 2021
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Shawn and Angela have changed me and my Beagle’s lives! I have been nothing but impressed with how far my pup has came in such a short time. This has been the best thing I could have done for me and my dogs relationship/sanity. I only wish we started sooner!
— Amanda Deese
Posted May 22nd 2021
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We decided to do the 2 week bootcamp with our Mini Goldendoodle - she wasn’t terrible, but she would dig, eat our kids toys, take off out the door and pull walking on a leash. Millie went and day 1 she was a new puppy. The Gantkowski family was the best, Millie loved them and got so excited everyday. By day 3 she wasn’t digging or eating the kids toys. Now after 2 weeks - she is the best little dog ever. She listens, goes everywhere with us and is just the sweetest. Worth every single penny - I would recommend this family business over and over again! Thank you!
— Ashley Krasovic
Posted May 16th 2021
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Our training sessions with Shawn were great! He’s prompt, knowledgeable and attentive. Our puppy responded well to the training. Thanks again for your commitment, we enjoyed the experience.
— Mia Floyd
Posted May 13th 2021
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They are the best!! After our 1st training session we saw a difference. I would refer them 100 percent!! Thank you for helping our fur baby Mango ❤️💕❤️
— Maria Graham
Posted May 3rd 2021
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This company is amazing! And idk what I would have done without them. My breeder recommended me to them and it’s definitely worth every penny especially with a new puppy that wasn’t crate train. It’s amazing to see how much my puppy learn in one week and how he can sleep in his crate now peacefully. You can tell how much they love this job and how dedicated they are. I also love that even after the fact my puppy completed his puppy training if I have questions or concerns they are real quick to response and help. Definitely recommended!! You won’t regret it. Hands down best company out there.
— zuli Santana
Posted April 28th 2021
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I HIGHLY recommend this company if you are looking to get your dog trained. They take pride and care about every single dog they work with. Whether your dog is untrained or well trained they tailor there teaching methods to each individual dog. Not only do they train your dog they also work with the handler to ensure they are prepared to maintain the training after it has be completed. I will be bringing any/all future dogs here to be trained.
— Jessica Dana
Posted April 25th 2021
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I have to admit that I was skeptical at the beginning because my dogs were too hectic and full of energy. But, OMG.....after the first class with Shawn and Angela my dogs made a 360 degrees change!!!!! Now they make eye contact, respond to the come command and now We are able to walk with them without them pulling or being out of control. They do deliver what they say they will do. I am very please and amazed with the first class!!!!🥰 I can not imagine how my dogs will be after the complete the training🙏🏽. I will highly recommend Shawn 110%.
— Amalfi Pimentel
Posted April 24th 2021
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We have absolutely loved Shawn and Angela with our dogs!!! After our first session our dogs were SOO DIFFERENT!!!! We have tried many other trainers and tried to find someone that would fit with our lifestyle and Dog Training Elite was exactly what we needed. We are very content with this training. It truly is THE LAST DOG TRAINER WE WILL EVER NEED!!!!
— Ashley Pimentel
Posted April 24th 2021
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