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Autism Support Dog Trainer in Charlotte, NC

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Service dogs can become an emotional anchor for children with autism and a sense of security to family members. Families experience a decrease in stress as they are more able to engage socially in public settings and experience less anxiety at home. A service dog increases safety and has a calming presence that can minimize emotional outbursts, allowing the family to feel more secure and a child with autism to better participate in family activities.

Children with autism can often feel isolated. A service dog becomes a 24/7 companion to share experiences with, connect with, and love. They can help children reintegrate into society and connect with others as well. Perhaps the most fascinating benefit is the effect a service dog directly has on cortisol levels. Testing cortisol levels is a way for researchers to test stress levels without having to ask participants questions. Cortisol studies have proven that autistic children’s cortisol levels are greatly reduced and sustained with the introduction of a trained autism service dog.

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Personalized Autism Canines

$6,295

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
  • Anchoring a Child Who Wanders
  • Sensory Assistance
  • Find Help
  • Redirecting Repetitive Behaviors

About Autism Support Dogs

There has been an enormous increase in the use of service dogs as a powerful tool in advancing and supporting those with autism. The autism world is widely accepting and promoting service dogs as overwhelming results come in showing that not only is a child’s psychological state improved, but that of the entire family’s is as well. A service dog can unlock levels of connection and progress that is otherwise very difficult to obtain with autism.

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Benefits of an autism service dog:


  • Increase social interaction
  • Redirect repetitive behaviors
  • Increase independence
  • Increase vocabulary
  • Improve the quality of sleep
  • Provide sensory assistance
  • Increase safety
  • Deep pressure tasks
  • Mobility assistance
  • Create a calmer environment
  • Assist in quickly recovering a lost autistic child

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.

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!

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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Shawn and Angela from Dog Training Elite were absolutely wonderful. My 2 year old Shih Poo is like night and day after just four sessions. I can walk my dog without her barking at other dogs and people. Now I can take her places knowing she'll listen and behave. We have a whole new relationship! Yes, it's an investment but to me it's a priceless one. I highly recommend Dog Training Elite Charlotte.
— Jennifer Jackson
Posted April 23rd 2021
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Such an amazing group! Our 11 month puppy was jumping on counters and barking nonstop, and they had him doing world’s better after just one session. They really focus on training the dog and the owner while building the dog/human relationship. In addition, they always made sure we felt comfortable with the training during all new tricks. They were very responsive in between sessions if we had any questions or concerns, and you can tell they truly love dogs. We can’t recommend this group enough.
— Kristin Stockdale
Posted April 5th 2021
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We are 100% satisfied with the results of working with DTE Charlotte. Our dog has transformed completely in just 2 short weeks! He has become more confident, happier, and of course more obedient. DTE picked our dog up and worked with him throughout the day. When they dropped him off, they taught us how to continue the training at home. They don’t just train your dog to listen to them. They help your dog learn to trust you and to listen to you. We used to be scared to bring our dog around a stranger’s dog. Now we bring him to breweries and dog parks without hesitation, and he listens to us without thinking twice. We found this program to be the best bang for our buck in the area and we definitely made the best choice. We would absolutely recommend this company to a friend, and we cannot wait to see how our dog continues to progress during the rest of our in-home and group sessions!
— Mackenzie Bolduc
Posted March 21st 2021
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I must say, we were a little skeptical about training an 8 week puppy because we weren't sure if it was worth it. I was so glad our breeder recommend DTE Charlotte! They were absolutely amazing and loved the communication and the daily updates! It made the transition of bringing a brand new puppy home much easier. I would 1000% recommend them to friends and family.
— Benjamin Santos
Posted March 1st 2021
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Why have I not done this sooner? My dog is a jumper and stubborn, but Dog Training Elite Charlotte is doing great things.
— Kris Y
Posted February 8th 2021
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Noticed a huge difference in just the first two days great job and thanks would recommend to anyone
— Lee
Posted February 7th 2021
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I love the day camp! They came to pick up my dog before I went to work, and she got dropped off after work. Super convenient! I was definitely impressed, even on day one with how my pup came back a more confident and obedient dog. Money well spent!
— Jess W
Posted February 6th 2021
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