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What makes a dog a service dog? Who can have a service dog, and why? We answer all these questions and more, as well as explain what sets Dog Training Elite Northern Utah apart from any other dog training service.

Dog Training Elite Northern Utah offers top rated service dog training near you in Davis / Weber County.

Dog Training Elite Northern Utah is proud to have professional service dog trainers near you in Davis / Weber County.

Service Dog Training FAQs


Service dogs are dogs that have been specially trained to assist their handler or owner with specific tasks. Dog Training Elite Northern Utah trains dogs to assist people with epilepsy, diabetes, PTSD, autism, and various mental illnesses.

Service dogs are for any individual dealing with a disability that lowers their quality of life. For example, someone who suffers from epilepsy may avoid going out in public due to a fear of falling or other consequences related to seizures. This may inhibit their independence and sense of well-being.

In addition to improving the lives of individuals, service dogs can bring a sense of security to families, such as families with autistic children. Children with autism can often feel isolated and a service dog becomes a 24/7 companion to share experiences with, connect with and love. They can also help children reintegrate into society and connect with others.

Families who have children with autism 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.

Service dogs are for all individuals or families that are experiencing a decrease in quality of life due to disability.

Service dog training begins with puppies. Dog Training Elite Northern Utah’s service puppy training program works with breeders to adopt puppies that are fully obedience trained by six months and are ready to undergo extensive socialization and additional training to ensure they are well-suited for service and therapy needs.

Then, Dog Training Elite Northern Utah places puppies with families or individuals. Further specialized service training takes place alongside the new handler. It generally takes 1-2 years for a service dog to become fully trained.

Service dog training focuses on two main areas: public access behaviors, and how to “do work or perform tasks” that assist with a disability.

Public access behaviors refer to how a service dog acts in public - well-trained service dogs remain calm in public situations and in turn help their handlers to stay calm, and are attuned to any other handler needs.

As for “do work or perform tasks,” the ADA requires that service dogs be trained to take a specific action when needed to assist the person with a disability.

For example, to assist handlers with PTSD, Dog Training Elite Northern Utah trains dogs to de-escalate anxiety, wake handlers experiencing night terrors, and so on.

The ADA does not require special certification for service animals. State and local government agencies, businesses and non-profit organizations may not require documentation, such as proof that the animal has been certified, trained or licensed as a service animal, as a condition for entry. Mandatory registration of service animals in the city of residence is also not permissible under the ADA.

However, service animals are not exempt from local animal control or public health requirements, such as vaccinations, or local dog licensing and registration requirements.

Dog Training Elite Northern Utah sets itself apart from other dog training methods by focusing on positive reinforcement with a personalized, in-home approach. This method empowers owners and handlers to be an integral part of the process for sustained dog obedience and service training. For service dogs especially, it is important that handlers be present and involved every step of the way.

The positive reinforcement approach, also referred to as “Classical Conditioning” or the “Pavlovian” model has shown to be more effective with longer lasting results than any other training method.

Dog Training Elite Northern Utah does not use punishments or shock collars to break bad habits. Instead, Dog Training Elite Northern Utah pairs positive reinforcement training with a vibration electronic collar. An electronic collar is not a shock collar and does not harm the dog. It is used to gain the dog’s attention, similar to a tug on a leash. It is never used as a punishment for bad behavior.

Another unique aspect of training with Dog Training Elite Northern Utah is that while most dog training programs train dogs at their own facilities, Dog Training Elite Northern Utah specializes in in-home training, customizing training to the dog, its owners and its environment for long-lasting success.

Positive Reinforcement Training


Training takes time, commitment and balance and Dog Training Elite Northern Utah is there every step of the way. With Dog Training Elite Northern Utah, dogs will learn the highest level of obedience, even in the face of the toughest level of distractions. The positive-reinforcement method focuses on encouraging good behavior through ongoing praise, creating a dog that wants to please from the inside out and creating deep-rooted, sustained obedience as well as a strong bond between dog and owner.

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.


Dog Training Elite Northern Utah is the top company near you that uses professional positive dog training methods.
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 15 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.

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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!

They have been so supportive through my whole process. At first, I wasn’t sure if a service dog could help me and at the consultation they taught me all of the ways a dog could help me and recommended some breeds that would be a good fit. Then Colleen drove 3 hours to the breeder to do the temperament test on 2 potential puppies to make sure whichever we chose would be able to handle the training and expectations of his job. Then the hard part of picking between 2 adorable puppies … that was on us 😜. Training started 3 days after bringing the puppy home. Starting with the absolute basics! Through the puppy training, basic obedience and now public access we have worked with multiple trainers who are all aware of my needs and our pup’s personality. They have all been knowledgeable, kind, and patient with our pup and with me and all of my questions. Before this, I’ve never had a dog that would walk with a loose leash, now I have a 5 month old pup that everyone asks how he became so well behaved and stays by my side!!! I tell everyone about Dog Training Elite of Northern Utah! I can’t recommend them enough for all types of training, but especially for potential service dog needs.
— Mary Derrick
Posted January 27th 2023
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Dog training elite has trained all 3 of my pups and they are amazing! Best Trainers around! Highly recommended them for any dog needing training!
— Emily Baggot
Posted December 20th 2022
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I love working with Dog Training Elite. Every time I needed advice on how to work with my pup or just for anything in particular they were always there to help. Could just text him and they would just get back to me with great advice. Also they always work with me on making payments if I needed help. They're great dog trainers to learn from. Love those guys!
— Marissa Gonzalez
Posted November 15th 2022
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Very professional. They met and exceeded all my expectations. They have also helped with issues beyond basic training. They treated me and my dogs with importance and not just another client or number. I absolutely and highly recommended them above all other dog training options.

Posted November 8th 2022
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They are all so professional and have a way to make training seem like a fun game for the dogs. Zero loves all his trainers and always gets excited to see them whether it’s one on one training or at group class.

Posted September 15th 2022
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Everyone is so friendly and they have so much patience for all the dogs they work with. The way they make training seem like a fun game sometimes. Zero loves all his trainers and is always excited for group class or anytime we have a training session and he sees the trainers.
— spookywollip
Posted September 15th 2022
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We have husky pups and I knew they were going to be a challenge. We have had 2 lessons so far and the pups have done a great job! They learn so much on each lesson. They work hard and are more mellow which helps them to sleep well after the lessons. Ryan has been very helpful. He is knowledgeable and knows how to address the dog's problems! The class is fun for the dogs because it helps with their behavior as well as all of us meeting new people. Great training class!
— Marney Wright
Posted August 24th 2022
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They’ve been with us every step of the way before we even got our puppy! In fact they were the ones that recommended the breeder we got Mula from. And she’s been the most wonderful dog from the day we met her from 6 weeks old. At around 8 weeks we had Mula home and dog training elite was there 1 week later to start training. Colleen, Melonie, Selena, Hailey, Bri & Fona. All of them are lovely and so pleasant to work with. Anytime I text them I get a super fast response back. In fact I think I reached out one night and was surprised to get a reply back even though it was like 10pm. They have so much passion for what they do, and some even have their own service animals. And they don’t just do service animal training they do behavioral training too for house dogs. I love their park classes, they make it really engaging for the dogs and so fun for the people too. Last time we played tik tac toe with our dogs lol and musical chairs. Was cool. My dog Mula is now 8 months old and just this last Thursday passed her public access training test!!!! Next up is task training. I always look forward to training sessions! I literally tell everyone about them, they are so great ✨ -Opal
— Hannah Fawson
Posted August 20th 2022
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They were great! My dog loved working with all of them. They eased my anxiety about the e-collar and everything. They definitely are the best trainers I’ve seen in a while!
— neida garcia
Posted August 4th 2022
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I was really nervous about finding a good company to train my sons service dog & spent months researching. Dog Training Elite was the only one I found that would do at home training. I'm a hands on/observe learner. It was so great to have Melanie & Salena come to my home, show me exactly what to do, & practiced with me until I felt comfortable. They explained the process & answered my questions with kindness. They were always right on time & eager to work with us. They also worked really well with Drake. I feel he did so much better being at his home with me for his basic training. They also answered emails/texts within the same day. They worked well with me to figure out a plan that would work best based on my sons special needs/disability. Drake has now graduated from his basic training & we're excited to start group trainings. Highly recommend Dog Training Elite if you want convenient & professional dog training no matter what services you are looking for.
— Rose Carter
Posted July 20th 2022
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My dog is still a 5 month old pup and is in training to be my service dog. Every single person that meets her thinks she is just a small dog because they can’t grasp how well behaved she is!!! She is a completely transformed dog from when we first got her. She is still herself 100% but she is so well behaved and listens immaculately thanks to her trainers!!!! The fact that they come to MY HOME to train her has been huge for me especially with these gas prices! They adjust her training to HER too. It’s not just a set training without modifications. They understand that every dog and every owner is different and have such a wide knowledge on owners and dog health and more. They work with you in every aspect, LITERALLY. You think of something, they will work it out with you and they respond so quickly, professionally, and kindly. I truly am blown away with this company, her trainers, and of course my dog! As are everyone that crosses her path. Could not recommend Elite enough. I do want it to be known that we are NOT wealthy! Quite the opposite. But again, they work with you and every single penny is undeniably worth it. If you are considering giving your dog up, DONT. Get them through this training, even just the basics, your frustrations will disappear. I’m certain of that.
— Jaclynn Hamer
Posted June 21st 2022
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The trainers with DTE are amazing. I started training my puppy when she was very small and I have never had such an obedient dog. They build a solid foundation for training and ensure you have all the support you need. They are flexible and work with your schedule.

Posted June 21st 2022
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I have been thoroughly impressed with DTE. They have been super helpful and have offered me all the support I need as I train my dog. The trainers are super friendly and offer good feedback. I would recommend DTE to everyone.
— Adrian W. Eads
Posted June 21st 2022
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Highly satisfied!! From our first contact experience with Fona (Admin) and Colleen (Owner/Consultant) we were impressed with their professionalism. Every contact was responsive, respectful, timely, and well managed. And Salena and Melanie (as our trainers) were fantastic and wonderful. They were equally well-qualified, always on time, personable, helpful, great instructors and friends to my dog Ledger... even when he was acting like a complete canine idiot!! Their training philosophy and use of training techniques was absolutely top notch, and one-on-one sessions were conducted with Ledger's highest good and well-being the priority. We were fully supported and always in great, competent hands. In good conscience I can only give them a very high A+, 5 ⭐ rating with my highest satisfaction and full recommendation!! Thank you Northern Utah Elite!! Launee Simmonds
— N S
Posted June 8th 2022
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Dog Training Elite is absolutely ESSENTIAL for anyone that has been diagnosed with a disability, and needs a service dog. It's stressful enough trying to navigate through a health diagnosis. So you can imagine how daunting it can seem to choose a breed, find a reputable breeder, asminister temperament testing to your service prospect, work through multiple training levels with the prospect puppy, and finally passing public access with personalized task training. Dog Training Elite makes the entire process as simple, and as pain free as possible. My service dog Jin is just over a year old and and is fully trained and certified for both CPTSD and Medical Alert Service (POTS). In a very short time, they have helped me turn my silly little puppy into the most crucial, and dependable companion I've ever had. I'm not joking when I say this dog has literally saved my life, more than once, and it's all thanks to them. If you want professional training, timely responses, and the most accomplished service dogs, go to DTE FOR SURE!! 100/ 10 Recommended!!
— Bree Turner
Posted June 1st 2022
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It has been a great experience working with dog training elite (especially Trevor). Roman (my doberman) used try to pull me down the street when we took him for a walk. Now I can run with him and he stays right beside me. I can even walk him without a leash and he stays right at my side. All their staff have been great to work with!
— alejo sanchez
Posted May 21st 2022
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We had a great experience with Dog Training Elite. We worked mostly with Salena and our puppy loved her. Trainings were effective and they gave us all the tools to reinforce everything she learned. They were awesome to work with and our puppy learned so much.
— Sara James
Posted May 9th 2022
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We have had such a great experience with Dog Training Elite. We've had three different trainers work with our very anxious 2 year old boxer. When we started we couldn't safely walk him. We have now walked to a park full of kids, scooters, and people and he held a down! Money well spent!
— Jodi Parker
Posted May 5th 2022
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Colleen was amazing! She walked us through training our 3 Brittany’s. There is a remarkable positive improvement in both their demeanor and behavior. Two of them are rescues that endured previous abuse. Colleen helped us work through their fears and insecurity.
— Maureen Evans
Posted April 28th 2022
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we had a great experience working with Dog Training Elite. Trainers were very patient and with our busy life schedule and were very committed to the success of our family's dog training. Looking forward to 6 months of park class. Thanks!
— Lindsey Cowdin
Posted March 16th 2022
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Proud Sponsor of The Malinois Foundation

At Dog Training Elite Northern Utah, 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 Northern Utah 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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