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What is a Therapy Dog?

A therapy dog is a dog that performs a service for other people. Typical therapy dog tasks are going to nursing homes or hospitals to cheer people up. For your dog to qualify, he/she must be friendly with strangers, and with training, be able to work around a high level of distraction and to understand personal boundaries, such as not jumping up, licking, mouthing, etc.

Research shows that therapy dogs can have a positive effect on a patient’s mood, stress, and pain levels during facility stays. Children, in particular, respond positively to therapy dogs. They are more motivated to participate in treatments, feel optimistic about the future, and experience an overall sense of calm when a certified therapy dog is present.

Therapy dogs can promote social interaction between individuals within communities that may not otherwise experience socialization typically. Therapy dogs offer unconditional love, non-judgmental interaction, reduce stress, anxiety, and loneliness and provide an overall positive distraction to ailments.

Goals for Your Therapy Companion


  • Socialization
  • Lower Pain Levels
  • Motivation
  • Provide Comfort
  • Decrease in Stress, Anxiety, and Depression
  • Promote Healing
  • Increase Overall Optimism
  • Ease Loneliness


Not all training packages may be available at our Dog Training Elite in Cleveland location, please reference our pricing page for complete information on services offered.


Therapy Dog

Therapy dog training is based on your dog's abilities.

$3,195

A therapy dog volunteers alongside you, where permitted, and provides comfort to others. Examples include cheering people up at nursing homes or hospitals.

A good therapy dog is naturally friendly with strangers, able to work around a high level of distraction (with training), and able to understand personal boundaries, such as not jumping up, licking, mouthing, etc (with training).

  • Private, one-on-one training sessions in your home and the community 8 Sessions
  • Group Training Classes 12 Park Sessions
  • AKC Training
  • Therapy bandana, ID Card, and Certificate of Training
  • An exclusive directory of therapy events and locations for you to donate your time
  • Come
  • Sit, Down
  • Place
  • Heel
  • Quiet
  • Off, Wait
  • Leash Manners
  • People Manners
  • Load up in the car / kennel
  • Make a friend
  • Choose one personalized greeting (high five, shake, hug, etc.)
  • Top-notch off leash obedience
  • Distraction Training

ESA Dog

Emotional Support Animal training is based on your dog's abilities.

$2,700

An Emotional support dog provides comfort and companionship to its handler at home. ESA's have housing rights with medical endorsement (but not public access rights).

A good emotional support dog promotes improved mood through positive interactions, touch therapy, and maintaining a routine.

  • One-on-One & In-Home Training Sessions 8 Sessions
  • Group Park Training Sessions 12 Months
  • Puppy Selection Advice
  • One Personalized Skill
  • Come
  • Heel
  • Sit
  • Place
  • Off
  • Quiet (stop barking and whining)
  • Lay Down
  • Leash Manners
  • People Manners
  • Load-up (in Car or Kennel)
  • No Jumping up (on people)
  • *Specialized task for in-home comfort and support

Therapy Dog

Therapy dog training is based on your dog's abilities.

$3,195

A therapy dog volunteers alongside you, where permitted, and provides comfort to others. Examples include cheering people up at nursing homes or hospitals.

A good therapy dog is naturally friendly with strangers, able to work around a high level of distraction (with training), and able to understand personal boundaries, such as not jumping up, licking, mouthing, etc (with training).

Training Equipment Included: E-Collar

  • Puppy Selection advice
  • Private, one-on-one training sessions in your home and the community 9 Sessions
  • Group Training Classes 16 sessions
  • AKC Training & Testing
  • Therapy bandana, ID Card, and Certificate of Training
  • An exclusive directory of therapy events and locations for you to donate your time
  • Come
  • Sit, Down
  • Place
  • Heel
  • Quiet
  • Off, Wait
  • Leash Manners
  • People Manners
  • Load up in the car / kennel
  • Make a friend
  • Choose one personalized greeting (high five, shake, hug, etc.)
  • Top-notch off leash obedience
  • Distraction Training

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!

Josh is an awesome trainer. My dog Lovie behaves so well now
— Jeramee Caraballo
Posted June 14th 2024
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Josh is the best. My dog behaves so well now.
— Jeramee Caraballo
Posted June 14th 2024
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We are Seniors and adopted a spirited golden retriever. We thought we'd be able to manage him. He's a golden, right? But this dog had so much energy and strength that we feared we'd get dragged around the neighborhood. Dog Training Elite (Josh and Lexie) taught us how to manage him, anticipate his "triggers," and accept only the behavior we desired without breaking his spirit. He's 1 1/2 now and we are still doing the group classes. We couldn't be happier. Sully goes most everywhere with us now and is a good Boi thanks to DTE.
— Jane Lewins
Posted June 3rd 2024
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— Julia SP Page
Posted June 10th 2024
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Could not recommend more! Had my pug thing trained to be a service dog. They offer boot camps, at home visits, public outings, group classes, and a free consultation! They are super patient and friendly, and never made me feel rushed or stupid.
— Reannin Bailey
Posted June 4th 2024
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Josh was so good working with our dog. Patient and I swear he’s the dog whisperer. I would recommend him for any dog type or breed. Any problem you have he has an answer for. He even got our neighbors dog to stop attacking your feet for attention.
— Christine Dodds
Posted May 31st 2024
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My rescue dog went from no obedience or listening skills at all and in a matter of a few sessions listens great and have had no issues with obedience since. Wish they could train my kids!
— Dustin Supan
Posted May 31st 2024
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Extremely professional, knowledgeable trainer. Knows everything from basic obedience to full on dual purpose. Great trainer and person that explains everything. Other staff have been very professional as well.
— Zach King
Posted May 31st 2024
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DTE made things super convenient and taught me and my puppy so much. I have so much confidence at home and in public.
— Zane Baylor
Posted May 31st 2024
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We gave our rescue Grey a great home with lots of patience and love! "DOG TRAINING ELITE" gave us the tools, training and skillset to build on that foundation! With their help, we have been able to build Grey's confidence so he can be a GREAT DOG!!! The owners Kevin, and Andrea and their team are great pack leaders!!! Their leadership builds confidence in the handlers and canines to trust and have confidence in each other. We strongly recommend DOG TRAINIG ELITE for all dog training. Lynn & Yvonne
— Yvonne Thompson
Posted May 25th 2024
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Our experience with Dog Training Elite has exceeded our expectations. After only 3 sessions our dog's behavior has dramatically improved! We still have 12 sessions to go. Can't wait to see the end results! Josh provides excellent hands on training which allows us to practice the techniques with results after he leaves.
— Kevin Fagan
Posted May 24th 2024
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We got to work with Josh for our Goldendoodle, and he was nothing short of Elite. We had him trained as a diabetic alert dog, and the level of obedience in a (currently) 11 month old puppy is unmatched. He’s been able to perform his service duties well, which has saved me from some bad situations had Leo not caught them. Josh has been incredible to work with separate from the results. He was intentional with all training, and didn’t stick to a strict regimen and force Leo to follow it, but he learned what our struggles and successes were and matched training accordingly. We made the correct decision from day one. We’ve had minimal things destroyed from chewing or playful puppy phase, had little issue around others, and had little issues in house training too. Josh trained us as well as our dog, so we could be an extension of his training and it worked beautifully. It’s hard to have an energetic pup be so obedient, but it’s been a dream for us by choosing Dog Training Elite. I have way more I could say, but I hope reading this helps anyone who may be on the fence. You get the best care from Josh and the entire team, and you get long lasting results as long as you keep up with the minimal training to ensure it sticks with the pup. Thank you Dog Training Elite for all the hard work! Leo and I thank you so much!
— Sam Logan
Posted May 24th 2024
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Josh is a very patient and talented dig trainer. He has been very successful in training our 90 pound GSD. Last night he combined come, sit and place outside with the dog off leash. The photo is from this morning after we successfully practiced the same!
— Brigitte Matchett
Posted May 24th 2024
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I have a German rottweiler that had reactive aggression. Just taking him out with any other person or dog around was a challenge.. car rides were not fun. After much research I decided to work with this company. I will say it has been the best decision I have made. Josh is very patient and understanding. He has done wonders with Kota... we even went to Home Depot without any issues. Josh has been a god send. I was at my wits end with Kota and thought it was a lost cause. Josh trains the dog so they know what to do then he trains us to do it. Bonus... those skills he teaches us I can use with other dogs. The gift that keeps giving!. Josh is very down to earth, very approachable, and has a super kind heart. I have been amazed and impressed how quickly Josh can illicit change with my stubborn dog. I have had other large breed dogs, and other Rottweilers through the years. I have taken all my dogs through training. I will say Josh has done more, with a dog with more issues than I have ever had. For the 1st time the training is very easily reproduced to other dogs. He explains the rationale behind as why some other ways aren't as effective and why. I can't say enough positive things about my experience. If you are on the fence. Trust me. Go with this company. You will NOT be sorry.
— Renee Poling
Posted May 23rd 2024
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We have had multiple sessions with both Josh and Lexi and they have been amazing to work with. Millie loves seeing them and has made so much progress in just a short amount of time. Our last session was at Lowe’s and Millie did a little off leash and stayed by my side - it was amazing! If you would have told me two months ago that was going to happen, I would have thought you were crazy! So happy we went with Dog Training Elite and it is worth every penny. Couldn’t recommend them more!
— Jason Hartzell
Posted May 23rd 2024
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Trust worthy, Veteran owned. Does great work!
— Kim Burger
Posted May 21st 2024
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The facility was empty so we are moving in and will occupy the property.
— James J Greene Sr (JimmyJeruelle)
Posted May 13th 2024
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Great staff and great training! You can tell they love their job, love dogs and love helping people move to the next level in their dog training.
— Coach Dan Howard
Posted April 28th 2024
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We had a great experience with Dog Training Elite! We were sold the minute we had the pleasure of meeting Josh and Lexi and got to learn about them and the wonderful training program. Our puppy Maggie was 12 weeks old when we started her basic training with Lexi. She was very professional, efficient and effective with training and also really fun to work with! Maggie loved her and was SO excited to see her every week. It's been such a positive experience for us as dog owners to learn how to train Maggie in a way that makes it fun and get the results that we want. We have moved through the in-home puppy classes and obedience classes and Maggie has learned all the basic commands and good manners, on leash and off, in a program that was tailored for her and the way she best learns. We feel very comfortable taking her out and about with us. We are looking forward to the Saturday group training sessions with Josh soon. Maggie is going to love it!
— Lori Davis
Posted April 26th 2024
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Josh and Lexi have been in my home for multiple sessions and not only are the professional and knowledgable, but they are really personable as well. We have a great time each session and my 7 year old dog has made tremendous progress in just 3 sessions. I can't rave enough about these guys, you will not be sorry if you choose them for your canine family!
— Agata Stasiak
Posted April 13th 2024
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