Autism Support Training

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 children with autism have reduced levels of cortisol with the introduction of a trained autism service dog.

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Personalized Autism Canines


Training Equipment Included: Flexi Leash, E-Collar (utilized after 14 weeks of age)

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 dogs will learn basic obedience and advanced tasks that are customizable, such as:

  • 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 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 child with autism

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.

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!

Dog Training Elite deserves a standing ovation, a high-five, and maybe even a doggie treat or two! 🐾 I came to them with a goldendoodle who thought "sit" was a game of musical chairs and "stay" meant "run around like a maniac." But thanks to their magical dog-whispering skills, my mischievous furball now acts like a canine Einstein! The trainers are like the Jedi Masters of the dog world, turning chaos into obedience, one paw at a time. Sunnie now sits, stays, and even knows how to fetch my slippers without eating them although I'm still waiting for my morning coffee. 😄☕ If your dog is more misbehaved than a squirrel at a nut shop, Dog Training Elite is your lifeline. I give them 5 paws out of 5! 🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾
— Danielle Mauldin
Posted September 29th 2023
The whole team at Dog Training Elite did an excellent job preparing Lucie and I as we started our partnership as handler and service dog. Their knowledge and skill was an integral part of our training and I would highly recommend them.
— Julia Bernanke
Posted September 22nd 2023
My wife wanted a puppy. I didn’t want a puppy. We got a puppy. A little floofy doodleish thing. I named her Winnie Pooper. She had soon earned the nickname “Sh!t Weasel”. We tried training her with food and treats. She soon learned that when we didn’t have treats - she didn’t need to listen. Her rampage through our lives continued unabated. I was ready to give her away to the first person who would take her. Then we called Dog Training Elite. Shawn came to the house for lesson #1. He had a calm, serious way about him. Winnie was outmatched and she knew it. Her capitulation was rapid and complete. Shawn demonstrated the e-collar by placing the prongs into the palm of his hand and turning the dial all the way up to show that it would cause no harm. Then he placed the collar on Winnie and in no time had Winnie sitting on command, and coming on command, and being a very good dog. Lessons 2 through 6 were with Angela. She showed us what to do and demonstrated that Winnie could learn commands very quickly. I nearly burst with pride when Winnie learned “place” and proved it by hopping on and riding a skateboard Angela had brought with her on our driveway. I ordered Winnie a skateboard of her own that very day. Today was our first group lesson with Winnie at the park. It was very organized and serious. Winnie was distracted by the other dogs and people, but with Shawn there helping we made it through some early drama. Now the dog I would have given away goes with me on a morning walk to start each day. She is still playful and full of joy, and now confident and poised, too. And I rarely have occasion to call her “Sh!t Weasel”, anymore. But that’s fine with me. Do yourself a favor and call Dog Training Elite today!

Posted September 10th 2023
DTE Charlotte has been absolutely amazing with helping me train Lupin to be a service dog. Shawn walked through the whole process and the initial consultation was super thorough and explained every step of the process including how they make sure the dog's temperament fits for service work through the the initial obedience at home classes and group work. Each training session is super involved and Shawn and Angela showed me how to work with him and made each training session fun for him. They came with several tools to help him master the commands. The group classes were something I have never experienced with dog training but they were so helpful! We were able to practice our newly learned skills with people doing the same thing and have plenty of distractions to help build on the commands. Shawn and Sharon were always nearby to help if a dog struggled. Lupin even learned how to skateboard! They truly love dogs and helping people build a better bond with their puppers. 🐶
— Jessika Lawrence
Posted September 10th 2023
Shawn, Sharon and Angela are beyond amazing! They are kind, knowledgeable and encouraging! After doing a ton of research we decided to go with DTE Charlotte and we are so glad we did. Our puppy Goose started with advanced obedience and is currently in service training to be our sons autism service pup. DTE Charlotte has helped us learn so much and I am still amazed at how available they are every time we have a question or need guidance. We can not say enough incredible things about this team of trainers. We are beyond thankful and would 100% recommend them to anybody looking into dog training!
— s c
Posted September 5th 2023
Thank you so much to Dog Training Elite for working with my maltipoo Dakota! They did an incredible job and I couldn't be happier with the results. Dakota is now well-behaved, obedient, and a joy to be around. The trainer's expertise and patience truly made all the difference. I am so grateful for their dedication and commitment to helping my puppy become the best version of himself. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
— Christy Key
Posted August 26th 2023
Dog Training Elite has shown my daughter and her service dog how to be a great team. They took the time to give us great tips to reach our goals! They were always available to any help we needed. We are so thankful to have met this beautiful family and be a part of their DTE team! 💙👩🏻‍🦱🦮
— Christina Reyes
Posted August 25th 2023
Shawn is a skilled highly professional dog trainer. We cannot thank him enough for his patience and expertise. He helped us with not one but both of our dogs, one being a puppy one being nine years old. In addition, they are always quick to respond with any questions we have following a session. If you are on the fence, pull the trigger and sign up trust me it’s worth the money.!!

Posted August 25th 2023
Shawn is a skilled highly professional dog trainer. We cannot thank him enough for his patience and expertise. He helped us with not one but both of our dogs, one being a puppy one being nine years old. In addition, they are always quick to respond with any questions we have following a session. If you are on the fence, pull the trigger and sign up trust me it’s worth the money.!!
— Julie Swanson
Posted March 16th 2023
Shawn was wonderful trainer. Highly recommend him
— madhankumar sathyamoorthy
Posted August 23rd 2023
Best trainer in the Charlotte area!! Our 5 year old dog, Leo, was very reactive towards strangers and dogs but with just the first couple in-home sessions, we felt more confident in ourselves and Leo trusting us as his owner. Shawn taught us how to think and understand our dog better and now we are able to take him out to parks and trails and advocate for Leo. Shawn and Sharon are amazing in communicating and are such genuine dog lovers!
— Juablai Yang
Posted August 20th 2023
Shawn, Sharon, and Angela are absolutely phenomenal. I cannot recommend them enough! From the moment we met, their passion for dogs was evident, and it truly reflected in their training methods. We signed up for the 5 in home sessions & 12 group classes. We have a Rottweiler who is a bit of a handful, but thanks to the trainer's expertise, patience, and positive reinforcement techniques, they have been transforming my very large (100lbs) 8 month old puppy Blitz into a well-behaved and obedient companion. They have took the time to understand my dog's personality and tailoring the training recommendations to address specific behaviors and challenges. I really appreciate the trainer's ability to not only work with Blitz but also educate us on how to continue reinforcing the training at home without their presence. Their knowledge and guidance is invaluable in ensuring that the lessons we learned during the sessions were effectively applied in our daily routines. All 3 trainers are always punctual, professional, and easy to communicate with for scheduling at home sessions and group classes on Saturdays. They have genuinely been invested in our dog's progress, and their genuine care and passion has been evident throughout our training journey. If you're looking for a dog trainer who can make a real difference in your dog’s behavior and your relationship with them, look no further. I wholeheartedly endorse Dog Training Elite Charlotte and give them a well-deserved 5-star rating!!! Thank you sooo much Shawn, Sharon, and Angela!! We truly appreciate you all!
— Lauren Smith
Posted August 6th 2023
I really enjoyed working 1:1 with Shaun training my feisty Cane corso. Looking forward to attending group classes next.
— Rick Burke
Posted July 24th 2023
Angela, Shawn, and Sharon have been a delight to work with when it comes to training my pup! They have helped me train my very friendly and highly active goldendoodle to not only be obedient but still be his loving self. Denver has gained so much confidence! No more leash pulling or barking at everything in sight. He now does so well in public and on our long walks. The communication with Sharon has gone above and beyond my expectations. All 3 are very knowledgeable! Always answers any of my questions and concerns (and believe you me, I had plenty of them). Not only have they taught Denver how to be an obedient dog but they have taught me how to be a great mom/leader for Denver. I highly recommend DTE!!
— Geneva Johnson
Posted July 3rd 2023
I can’t speak highly enough about my experience. My dog had nearly died twice, and as a result had severe anxiety. To the point where she would be reactive towards other dogs, and I was scared to take her places. Shawn worked with me every week, the one on one classes were crucial, and now she is not only getting over her anxiety, but able to socialize with other dogs. I can’t recommend this program enough. Sean is fun to work with and super educational. It wasn’t just my dog who learned something, I learned a lot about my dog as well and how to be the best owner I could be.
— Aidan Steinbach
Posted June 30th 2023
DTE (a family business) has provided wonderful dog training lessons for us and our GSD! The competence, commitment, flexibility and professionalism employed by Sharon in Admin and Shawn, Owner and the Trainer Extraordinaire has been outstanding! I will keep my comments based on Shawn since he is with whom we have had the most contact and has trained our GSD from the very first home visit. We started training our GSD when he was 8 months old and Shawn had his first (of 5) home training visits. I think it is important to remember that when I say Shawn began training our GSD, he was also training us! It has been imperative to do the follow-up work on the weekly training concepts that Shawn provides us in order to have the GSD behavior we would like and that our GSD would like also! Shawn has been terrific - even visiting us (outside the lessons) to make sure that we were walking with him correctly and not letting him get away with his shenanigans. We have also been taking our GSD to DTE’s classes at the park (2 times now, with more to go) and it has helped tremendously - socializing and working with another 20 or so dogs - at one time! Who would have thought that? Anyway, we will continue to follow the process, we have a ways to go, but have come a long way! It is mighty fine knowing that we have Shawn and DTE right there, a phone call or text away to help us and/or GSD get back on track! It goes without saying, - we have absolutely no qualms and greatly recommend Shawn and DTE Charlotte!
— Caitlin Echave
Posted June 26th 2023
I recently had the pleasure of enrolling my furry companion in this dog training program, and I must say that the experience exceeded all my expectations. The expertise and dedication of the trainers, combined with their exceptional methods, made this a truly remarkable five-star experience. First and foremost, the trainers displayed an unparalleled level of knowledge and skill. They demonstrated a deep understanding of canine behavior and psychology, allowing them to tailor the training techniques to suit each individual dog's needs. Their ability to effectively communicate with dogs and get them to respond positively was nothing short of impressive. The training methods employed were not only highly effective but also focused on positive reinforcement. I appreciated the trainers' emphasis on rewarding good behavior, creating a supportive and encouraging environment for both dogs and their owners. This approach helped foster a strong bond of trust between my dog and me, leading to remarkable progress throughout the training sessions. Furthermore, the training program was comprehensive and well-structured. It covered a wide range of essential obedience commands, as well as specific behavioral issues. Whether it was teaching my dog to walk politely on a leash or to come when called, the trainers utilized innovative techniques that yielded noticeable results. I was particularly impressed by the trainers' ability to address more challenging behaviors with patience and persistence, ultimately transforming them into positive habits. The trainers were also readily available to answer any questions and offer personalized guidance, ensuring that I felt supported throughout the entire journey. Overall, my experience with this dog training program was nothing short of outstanding. The trainers' expertise, positive reinforcement techniques, and comprehensive curriculum created an environment conducive to both learning and enjoyment. My furry friend and I have developed a stronger bond, and I've witnessed significant improvements in their behavior. I wholeheartedly recommend this dog training program to anyone seeking exceptional training services. It's a five-star experience that will leave you and your furry companion wagging with joy!
— Reema Singh
Posted June 19th 2023
Excellent team, helped us every step of the way from talking through logistics before even getting a puppy all the way through high obedience and soon to be service dog training for our wonderful new family member.
— Felicia Holland
Posted June 12th 2023
Bentley has gained so much confidence in just 2 short weeks I have a brand new puppy! Highly recommend Dog Training Elite Charlotte!!!
— Natalie Orr
Posted June 1st 2023
Bentley has gained so much confidence! In just 2 short weeks I have a brand new puppy! Highly recommended using Dog training Elite services.
— Natalie Orr
Posted May 31st 2023

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