Psychiatric / PTSD

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Psychiatric / PTSD Dog Trainer in Davis / Weber County, UT

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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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Psychiatric / PTSD Support Dog

$3,995

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:

  • Grounding
  • Deep Pressure Therapy
  • Panic Response
  • Create a Physical Buffer
  • Interrupt Repetitive Behaviors
  • Watch rear blindspot
  • Additional tasks as needed, must be approved by trainer
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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 Davis / Weber County 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 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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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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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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I have loved working with dog training elite! They have helped me and Cooper become more confident in our abilities and each other. Colleen has been amazing to work with!
— Kristen Faerber
Posted January 20th 2022
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My dog, Mila, and I have greatly enjoyed training with everyone at Dog training elite.
— Misty Toon
Posted December 23rd 2021
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They have been training my puppy as a service dog and they have done AMAZING! Any questions you have they always get back to you fast and are always on time and doing what’s best for the dog.
— Rylee Ray
Posted October 22nd 2021
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Super awesome training and trainers! They helped us so much and we couldn’t be happier with our puppy’s obedience! Always professional and fast to respond! Would always recommend to anyone looking for a trainer!
— Kayleigh O
Posted October 22nd 2021
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I was ready to rehome my aggressive pitbull. But through working with Salena I love my dog again and I am able to take her out for walks without her trying to attack other dogs or people that frighten her. She is building confidence with each session. Thanks DTE for helping me keep my dog at home were she belongs.
— Michelle Alcas
Posted September 13th 2021
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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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