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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 New Haven location, please reference our pricing page for complete information on services offered.


Therapy Dog

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

$2,745

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).

Follow-up sessions to be scheduled once every 3 months as neededafter initial program is completed.

All Training Tools Included

  • Private, One-on-One Training SessionsIn your home & the community 8 Sessions
  • Group Dog Training in the Park Unlimited
  • Puppy Selection Advice
  • ID Card, & Certificate of Training
  • An Exclusive Directory of Therapy Events and Locations for you to Donate your Time
  • AKC Testing
  • Lifetime Support via In-Person, Text, Email, & Virtual(In-person support sessions to be scheduled at trainer's discretion, no more than once per month, after completing initial program. Text/ email unlimited!)
  • Come
  • Sit, Down
  • Place
  • Heel
  • Quiet
  • Off, Wait
  • Leash Manners
  • People Manners
  • Load up in the Car/Kennel
  • Make a friend
  • One Personalized Greeting (high five, shake, hug, etc.)
  • Top-Notch Off-Leach 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!

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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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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Dog Training Elite of New Haven has been an excellent experience. Trainer, Jason, did a wonderful job of helping us to understand & communicate better with our dog CHESTER. Jason was able to transform Chester into an obedient and first class SERVICE DOG. The staff's service and communication have been outstanding. This experience surpassed our highest expectations & allowed us the opportunity to collaborate with fellow animal lovers. We would recommend this service to anyone without reservation. Sincerely, Awilda Santos and Robert Smith.
— Awilda Santos
Posted March 27th 2023
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Dog Training Elite is amazing. My at-home training here in Branford was invaluable. It helped my dog Poppy understand and know what was allowed and what wasn’t and why. It has taught social skills and how to be a good dog in various, and sometimes, uncomfortable situations. The e-collar I use, is a wonderful tool and Poppy is happier now than before training. It has been worth every dollar. Highly recommend.
— Evgenia Perkins
Posted November 17th 2022
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Dog Training Elite is the absolute best. It has been a wonderful experience from the very start. Our trainer, Jason, was incredibly knowledgeable and willing to help with anything we needed here in Branford. In just a few months, we've seen a major transformation with our rambunctious 2-year old Aussie, Vita. By using the e-collar provided, training went way faster than expected, just by using it to get Vitas attention. Amazing!! It A big thanks to everyone at Dog Training Elite. We are so appreciative and happy we sought out help from this organization
— lindsay marottoli
Posted November 17th 2022
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Dog Training Elite is the absolute best. It has been a wonderful experience from the very start. Our trainer, Jason, was incredibly knowledgeable and willing to help with anything we needed here in Branford. In just a few months, we've seen a major transformation with our rambunctious 2-year old Aussie, Vita. By using the e-collar provided, training went way faster than expected, just by using it to get Vitas attention. Amazing!! It A big thanks to everyone at Dog Training Elite. We are so appreciative and happy we sought out help from this organization Lindsay Greenberg Branford, CT
— Lindsay Marottoli Greenberg
Posted November 17th 2022
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Jason is awesome with Boscoe there is such a big change in him within just 2 weeks of working with Jason. I highly recommend him you & your furry friend will be so happy!!!
— Colleen Bursey
Posted August 20th 2022
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Jason is a fantastic trainer. He's dedicated and truly passionate about improving the bond between dogs and their owners. I highly recommend him for all training needs!
— craig fizer
Posted June 14th 2022
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Jason's dog training skills are evident in his wonderful German Shepherd Nyx. New Haven is lucky to have someone so passionate and patient in the area training dogs.
— George Rehbein
Posted June 1st 2022
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Jason is awesome with his beautiful Shepherd, Nyx. She is a beautiful, well-behaved dog.
— Valerie de Armas
Posted May 24th 2022
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Proud Sponsor of The Malinois Foundation

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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