Psychiatric / PTSD

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Psychiatric / PTSD Dog Trainer in Connecticut, CT

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A Psychiatric/PTSD service animal will be able to go anywhere with their handler and assist them in times of high anxiety and stress. A service dog will provide emotional support, reintegration into society, reduce depression, reduce the frequency and severity of flashbacks, anchor handler to the present, and reduce suicidal ideation.

Individuals with PTSD often feel unsafe and unsure of reality, especially in public settings. Service dogs for PTSD can help ground their handler to reality, prevent people from crowding or rushing up to them and provide the emotional support needed to de-escalate anxieties. They can be trained to recognize the signs of a panic attack, wake individuals experiencing night terrors and regulate emotional responses through pressure.

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PTSD / Psychiatric Service Dog

12 One-on-One & Unlimited Group Sessions

$3,945

A Psychiatric/PTSD service dog will be able to go anywhere with their handler and assist them in times of high stress and provide a sense of security. A service dog will provide emotional support, reintegration into society, reduce depression, help cope with anxiety, reduce the frequency and severity of flashbacks, anchor handler to the present, and reduce suicidal ideation. Psychiatric service dog tasks are customizable, but examples include:

All Training Tools Included

  • Grounding
  • Deep Pressure Therapy
  • Panic Response
  • Create a Physical Buffer
  • Interrupt Repetitive Behaviors
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Benefits of Psychiatric/PTSD Service Dog Training:

  • Increase activity and integration into society: Dogs are active and need to be exercised regularly, the responsibility of caring for a service animal will force their handler to get out and exercise. A routine is established and ties to the future are forged again.
  • Create a sense of safety: Public settings and crowds are an enormous trigger for most individuals suffering from PTSD. Psychiatric service dogs are trained to create a physical barrier between their handler and crowds of people.
  • Ground in reality, redirect hyper-vigilance: Hyper-vigilance is a symptom of PTSD and creates constant tension and paranoia within sufferers. Service dogs are trained to recognize their handler’s warning signs for anxiety, hyper-vigilance, and panic attacks and redirect that energy into positive coping skills and grounding techniques such as petting the dog.
  • Reduce nightmares and flashbacks: One of the most emotionally challenging situations for individuals with PTSD to deal with are flashbacks and nightmares. They can transport an individual back to a terrifying time in their life where they have felt unsafe, threatened, and traumatized. A PTSD service animal is trained to bring their handler back to reality quickly and calmly, ground the individual, and help them to feel safe in their environment again.

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Dog Training Elite has expert PTSD dog trainers in Connecticut that provide service dog training programs for those suffering from PTSD.

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!

I do not have enough good things to say about trainer J and the team at dog training elite. I came to them with a 2 year old rescue malinois/shepard mix who had severe anxiety, extremely reactive, and every walk with her was a task. After 1 session we saw improvement and after 5 it was like a brand new dog! In just 5 sessions trainer J was able to take my girl from a reactive girl I couldn’t take my eye off for one second, to a dog that I enjoy taking with me everywhere I go and she’s loving her new life in brooklyn! Thanks so much trainer J!!
— Joseph Dougherty
Posted May 21st 2024
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Choosing elite dog training for my service dog and regular obedience classes for my other dog was one of the best decisions I ever made! The trainers are knowledgeable and are not only good at training your pets but also helping you as an owner feel empowered and learn the proper techniques so that you don't confuse your pup. They are very knowledgeable in traditional training but also are adaptable. What I mean to say is that they really do look at the individual dog and family to evaluate the needs and best Best way to meet the ne meet those meet those needs.
— Alex McDaniel
Posted May 16th 2024
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This is my 1st time utilizing a trainer. Everyone from booking an appointment to the actual training of my do Franklin went easy and smooth. Everything was made so simple Franklin picked up on everything quickly. His behavior changed and he has become alot easier to handle. I highly recommend Jason as a trainer. Franklin was extremely comfortable and willing to work with Jason at every appointment.
— Sue Holly
Posted May 10th 2024
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We are super satisfied and definitely met our expectations. If you are looking to train your dog as a service dog or even to correct behavior, I’d highly recommend Dog Training Elite of New Haven. Jason and his team are very professional and knowledgeable in this field.
— YR
Posted April 20th 2024
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Dog training elite is a great company with exceptional service. We can contact them at any time and they always get back to us within a reasonable timeframe. Jason is an amazing trainer that is sensitive to the needs of his clients. We truly enjoy working with them on our journey through obedience and service training.
— Kyle Buchanan
Posted April 20th 2024
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Highly recommend Dog Training Elite - New Haven! Loren, Jason & Jeremy are all phenomenal to work with! We couldn’t have had a better experience with a trainer! Experienced, knowledgeable, professional, communicative, and effective for canines AND their humans!! Elsa gives them two paws up!
— John Neyer
Posted April 19th 2024
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DTE is the perfect choice for dog training. Everyone from Loren to Jason were nothing short of excellent. My dog Rayne has so much anxiety, that it caused her to become very reactive towards people and other dogs. After one session with Jason I started seeing an improvement. He really takes the time to focus on both you and your dog’s behavior. I highly recommend DTE.
— Paul Hartnett
Posted April 13th 2024
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Jason is a great trainer. He has done wonders with my dog Rayne. I can’t wait to do more group sessions!
— Danielle Skoglund
Posted April 6th 2024
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Thank you, Jason, for helping us with our Doberman. Although he is our 2nd dobie he presented us with a challenge having such high anxiety we didn’t experience with our older one. This was new for us and became very frustrating. Jason reassured us we were doing everything right and with some consistent training and technique helped our Dobie become more adjusted and able to work through his anxiety. Walks are now a pleasure vs a stressful time for the 2 of us. The group sessions were vital for us, the consistency of the trainings helped him be around other dogs and begin to trust other dogs vs stress out around them. The one-to-ones were personal and Jason dedicated the time to exactly what our Dobie and I needed to be successful. We continue with the group sessions to keep the consistency. Thank you for helping us get our Dobie to a better place for him and our family.
— MEGC G
Posted February 21st 2024
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Thank you, Jason, for helping us with our Doberman. Although he is our 2nd dobie he presented us with a challenge having such high anxiety we didn’t experience with our older one. This was new for us and became very frustrating. Jason reassured us we were doing everything right and with some consistent training and technique helped our Dobie become more adjusted and able to work through his anxiety. Walks are now a pleasure vs a stressful time for the 2 of us. The group sessions were vital for us, the consistency of the trainings helped him be around other dogs and begin to trust other dogs vs stress out around them. The one-to-ones were personal and Jason dedicated the time to exactly what our Dobie and I needed to be successful. We continue with the group sessions to keep the consistency. Thank you for helping us get our Dobie to a better place for him and our family.
— Marian Gaudioso
Posted February 24th 2024
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Jason and Jeremy provided exceptional dog training for our English Lab. Their expertise and patience helped shape our dog's behavior in a short amount of time. Their methods use positive reinforcement as well as insightful techniques to truly make a difference. They are super qualified to take your dog to whatever level you desire. We highly recommend their services to anyone seeking effective and compassionate dog training.
— Corrine Jermine
Posted February 6th 2024
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Dog Training Elite has made a significant impact on my dog's behavior; he now listens attentively and responds well to commands, showcasing a remarkable improvement in his overall obedience.
— Sarah Weinberger
Posted February 1st 2024
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Jason is amazing with our German shepherd. His approach is very gentle and our puppy took to him immediately. She even wants to go home with him when he leaves. Highly recommend!
— Taryn Walberg
Posted October 29th 2023
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Highly recommend. Loren was a pleasure to work with and Jason is a magician. It's a big investment in time and money and it's absolutely worth it. It's like we have a new dog! We enlisted Jason's help at a critical juncture--our young beagle was acting like a boss--and thanks to Jason's patience, skill, and good cheer, we now have a better-behaved dog. Have worked with many trainers over the course of 20+ yrs of dog ownership; Jason is far and away the best. Thank you!!
— LilyBartShops2023
Posted October 12th 2023
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Dog training Elite has been wonderful! They’re always available to answer your questions and help when needed. Jason and Loren are excellent! Definitely recommend!
— Taryn
Posted October 8th 2023
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We have had a great experience with DTE. We have worked with both Jason and their new trainer Jeremy, and both are fantastic. They have helped our dog Chevy channel all of his energy and us to work with him. Both them and Loren are so easy to contact and always make themselves available in a timely manner. You can also tell they all truly care about the dogs that they work with. I love that with our package we will have them as a resource for as long as we need. They have been such a blessing to our family! Definitely recommend.
— Amanda Mimande
Posted October 8th 2023
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Jason is great! We have made major improvement with my pups social anxiety, the group classes have been a huge help and Luke continues to improve with each class
— Kayla
Posted August 18th 2023
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I 100% recommend working with DTE. It was worth every penny! Jason absolutely transformed my dog in 5 sessions. He went from a crazy dog who wouldn’t listen and was misbehaving, to an easy going good boy who I can walk in public, not worry about him jumping or biting on guests, and always coming when I call him. Loren was super easy to reach at all times and communicate with! Even better, I am continuing my training when I go to school in a different state, Jason and Loren have set me up with the trainers there! They also offered zoom calls or to reach back out if I needed any help and to keep them updated. They really care for the dogs they are working with and want to make sure they are making progress!
— Lily Wallace
Posted August 17th 2023
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We have loved working with Jason! Our pup absolutely loves him, and he has made such strides in his training because of this company. The flexibility of scheduling is really beneficial to us with our busy lives. Highly recommend!
— Emily Lomnitzer
Posted August 16th 2023
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We truly never thought our dog Millie would be able to be around other dogs but with Jason’s help she has turned into a completely new dog. Taking her for walks is no longer an issue after leash training and we no longer dread having to take her outside! Definitely recommend Dog Training Elite for any type of behavioral issue you may have with your dog.
— Justin Pronovost
Posted August 16th 2023
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At Dog Training Elite New Haven, 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 New Haven works 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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