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Elite, Award Winning Dog Training Services in Cleveland

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.

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

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Award Winning Dog Training Services in the Cleveland Metro Area

Welcome to Dog Training Elite in Cleveland! We are a professional, family owned Cleveland-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 Cleveland 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 in Cleveland 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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Meet Our Trainers

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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 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 in Cleveland has award winning in-home dog trainers and top rated dog training programs.

Why Dog Training Elite in Cleveland?

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.

Proud Sponsor of The Malinois Foundation

At Dog Training Elite in Cleveland, 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 in Cleveland 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!

Kevin and Andrea, are extremely passionate and take the time to ensure your dog is trained the proper way. Andreas attention to detail is unmatched. You can't go wrong entrusting Kevin and Andrea with your dog training needs.
— Joshua Lopez
Posted March 12th 2023
I had the pleasure of working with Josh a few years ago. His methods of training are outstanding. Every dog is different and he takes the time to learn each dogs personality and traits in order to find the best way to train them. I have seen him work with several dogs, and each dog was trained using techniques geared towards each one. Never heavy handed, just understanding each dog. His love for dogs is unbeatable. Josh is easy going, and his instructions are very easy to understand. I highly recommend Josh for training anywhere from protection training to basic training for your dog. It's the best feeling when you can get your dog to sit, stay, and come when called.
— Sandie Taylor
Posted March 12th 2023
Great owner. Love his passion. If you see him thank him and his four legged friend for their service to this country. 🐾
— Jordan Frisco
Posted March 12th 2023
Increíble amazing work,,
— alex velez
Posted March 11th 2023
Josh is a great guy! I served with him in the US Navy, where he was a K9 handler. He is extremely knowledgeable and passionate in all aspects related to K9 training. You can’t go wrong choosing this elite handler to achieve your goals.
— Jason Walkenbach
Posted March 11th 2023
If you are looking for one of the best in the industry, look no further. Josh is one of the most passionate and knowledgeable dog trainers out there.
— Matt Osterbur
Posted March 11th 2023
Josh is an awesome guy with an abundance of experience training and handling dogs. If you want that well trained dog that wows let Josh and dog training elite help out.
— Matt Randa
Posted March 11th 2023
The owner, Josh, is one of the best in the k9 industry, when it comes to knowledge and expertise is the field of K9 behavior modification and training. His extensive work ethic, coupled with years of real word experience with multiple breeds of K9, make him an asset to any K9 owner, who wishes their K9 companion to be elevated to the next level of abilities.
— Bobby Boehmler
Posted March 11th 2023
Josh is simply the best in the industry. The training sessions provided by Josh are very educational and insightful. After just one training session our family could easily see a significant change in our dogs behavior. This is easily one of the best decisions we have made for not only our dog, but also for our family. Josh is friendly, professional, and extremely knowledgeable. We highly recommend Josh and his elite dog training services.
— Anthony Bova
Posted February 20th 2023
We are SO pleased with our dog training with Elite. Josh is so knowledgeable and passionate and takes his time to explain things to us as the owners. We have a 7 month old golden & after just two training sessions his behavior is sooo different. We have a stubborn puppy and we were nervous that he wouldn’t respond well to training but Josh knows EXACTLY what he is doing and within minutes had our stubborn golden paying attention to commands. Within 5 minutes of Josh being here, our puppy stoped eating mulch & grass - something we have tried to get our puppy to stop for MONTHS. So excited to see where we are at the end of our training based on where we are already!
— Lauren Ferritto
Posted February 15th 2023
Dog Training Elite thank you for taking such wonderful care of my puppy, Stella today!! If I could give you more stars, I would. Since our first training day experience Josh helped me and my puppy both feel comfortable and at ease!! The training has given me hope for my puppy in just 2 weeks of training my puppy is so much happier and calmer, she has learned so much. They also give owners the tools to be able to continue to help their dogs even after they leave the training highly recommend!!
— Kevin Melendez
Posted February 1st 2023
Josh is excellent in his teaching of dog training!!!!
— Ted Kubit
Posted February 1st 2023
We have never done professional training with our dog and we were skeptical about doing it. However, with having a young family we decided to just try it out and see what happens. We are so happy and thankful for our results with Dog Training Elite! Josh was super professional and understanding with the issues we were having with our furbaby and what the best course of action was to help our family be successful with carrying out a plan to assist with these issues. Some problems we had were him charging the front door when company was coming over, him trying to escape when the door was opened, but we also wanted him to just learn more obedience. It was amazing to see how fast our dog learned new tasks and became proficient at them! He is like a new dog and now we know he understands what we ask of him and we can trust him to do it. I would highly recommend Josh and Dog Training Elite to anyone! Their knowledge and dedication helped our family and dog become way closer and have a better bond.

Posted January 25th 2023
I cannot say enough good things about our experience with Josh at Dog Training Elite. We adopted Nala, the sweetest Yellow Lab from the shelter and had been working on training her for almost a year - she is smart but stubborn. She was leash aggressive outside, dragged us around with zero regard to our commands, and resource guarded around other dogs. We were scared what she might do around other dogs and were past the point of knowing what to do, until we got in contact with Josh. Due to Nala’s unknown background of what her life was like before the shelter, I was worried her behavior was just how she was - but Josh showed us this was not the case. Nala did a lessons with Josh and came back to us completely transformed into a well behaved dog. Josh truly listened to our concerns and worries, took the time to explore those with Nala, and educated us on how we can provide her structure and confidence. Not only is Josh extremely knowledgeable, you can tell how much he loves and cares for each dog he’s training - and Nala seemed to love him just as much. Additionally, after the training he made it very clear that he was available for any follow up questions or concerns at any time. I am no longer embarrassed to go out in public with Nala, or dragged down a flight of stairs due to lack of leash control. If you are in need or training for your dog, I highly recommend Dog Training Elite.
— Jessie Robinson
Posted January 25th 2023
Getting my dog trained with Dog Training Elite (Josh) was by far the best decision I have made for my dog. She is a completely transformed dog for the better. Josh was excellent throughout our entire training process. He is so diligent and detailed in his training methods, adaptable to the personality and needs of you and your dog and made every single aspect of the training experience digestible for me. He uses helpful analogies so you understand the tactics, works at a pace appropriate for you and your dog and is so knowledgeable. I cannot express in words how grateful I am for the work he has done with my dog and for the training he has given ME to be able to consistently and very easily continue to work with my dog forever. He helped her learn everything from how to properly walk on a leash right next to me to having excellent recall off leash even in high traffic areas. We worked with her throughout the week as well as we were instructed and that plus the group trainings made all the difference. Josh’s work is incredible and I am recommending Dog Training Elite to literally every person I know with a dog!!

Posted January 4th 2023
Great people! Caring and super helpful!
— BrennanOMalley
Posted January 3rd 2023
Kevin and Andrea are so wonderful! You are in excellent hands!
— Brad Okeson
Posted December 26th 2022

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