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Started my dog with Dog Training Elite when I moved to Arizona. He was 1 years old and knew basic commands but I felt like he could use a lot of work to be more focused. About 6 months later, and his basic commands are so much better! He listens to commands even when I’m not near him, he listens at the dog park, hes no longer hyper when he sees a new dog, and overall a more obedient dog. Pricilla helped me at home for our last session and made huge progress with the command “heel” and making him come right to my side. She was very strict and really wanted him to perform the command perfectly before moving on. I love that she challenged him, because in the end it really worked! I’ll continue going to their group classes just to fine tune his skills around distractions. Thanks Dog Training Elite!
— Tyanna Roy
Posted February 20th 2021
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We were at a loss on how to help our puppy develop to be a well mannered dog. We saw immediate positive results when we started this program.
— John Arredondo
Posted February 19th 2021
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An EASY choice. I had intended to interview 3-4 different dog training companies but after meeting JENNY for our in-home consultation, I knew I didn't need to look any further. She brought a sincerity about her work that made me feel like she would care about teaching and training our dog as if it was her own. RONNIE is our 10month old toy poodle... he only weighs 3.5lbs but Jenny has created a confident, smart, obedient little giant in our dog. We are training him to be a therapy dog, as in comforting those at the hospital or in therapy sessions. Jenny seems to know weekly just what Ronnie needs to progress. She isn't forceful but she's not a push over either...each week she builds on his skills by setting a standard for him to reach by the end of session. She has included our five kids (ages 16-6years) in Ronnies therapy and gives us responsibilities weekly to reinforce his training that is simple to follow thru with. It's so exciting to see the progress our dog makes every week.
— Cameron & Camille Kesler
Posted February 18th 2021
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I can not give enough praise to DTE AZ and all of their staff! Each trainer is skilled and knowledgeable. Not only has my dog accomplished basic and advanced obedience, but has now completed task and protection work.  Thoroughly pleased with the work Neal and his entire team has achieved.
— Robert N.
Posted February 11th 2021
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DTE has been amazing to work with! They’re attentive to not only my needs but my service dog in training Charli’s too. I love that they have made me feel welcome at ease anytime I have to leave Charli there. The staff there is SO INCREDIBLE! If you want trainers that love not only your dog but care about you too then this is the place! Jenny has gone above and beyond for me and my pup! Charli loves seeing Jenny and the other trainers! Anyone that knows my Charli girl knows she is sassy so it’s been great having her be with the best of the best!
— Kristin Smith
Posted February 8th 2021
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We started sessions with our dog Ellie two weeks ago and have already seen major improvements in her behavior! She is a very anxious doggo but has the sweetest personality and Evan has been the greatest help. He wants to see her improve as much as we do! We couldn't ask for a better trainer! Ellie is less stressed and and working on trusting people again. We can't wait for more sessions!
— Glenne Miller
Posted February 6th 2021
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We are amazed at the quickness and thoroughness of the obedience training from Elite. We can take our Golden unleashed on a walk, and she'll 'place' on a bench or a rock when people pass. They say, "Wow!! What good manners!" Thanks 100% to Evan, our trainer!! He's almost got us, the owners, trained too.
— Gail Howe
Posted February 5th 2021
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Matt is an excellent trainer! He gave me the confidence and the tools to teach my pup to be a well behaved pet. No more jumping up on people and excessive barking.
— Kathleen Kartye
Posted February 5th 2021
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We have done both private and group classes with Dog Training Elite for our German Shepard. The staff is great and provides excellent customer service. Ashley has really helped us better work with our dog on a leash and with some behavioral issues in the house.
— Beth Schallop Call
Posted February 4th 2021
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I just started with Dog Training Elite for my little pup Daisy, she is currently in in the Gold Package and will soon be starting Service Dog Training! So far the staff has been nothing short of wonderful! They are professional and quick to answer any and all questions I have. Jenny is my current trainer and she is amazing! I am so excited to be working with her each week!
— Roxane Coleman
Posted February 3rd 2021
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Had our first training session for our pup with Evan today and my wife and I are VERY impressed! The service that was provided was definitely 5-stars worthy. Evan explained everything so well, was patient with our questions and worked so well with us and our pup. Would love to keep having him as our pup’s trainer!
— Reuben Dass
Posted January 30th 2021
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Matt and his team were first rate in their approach to training for our new puppy. He worked with us on understanding the best way to start of puppy off on the right foot with the basics including potty training, crate training and general puppy behavior and commands. We have had many dogs over the years but it was very beneficial to bring them in for our new puppy!
— Lori Hartman
Posted January 28th 2021
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Jenny at Dog training elite was a miracle worker with our puppy. In just a short time she taught out Golden Retriever to sit, come, stop biting, and most importantly to stop chewing on unknown objects. They made sure to individualize the training to meet our needs. Thank you so much for teaching us and our dog, as well as getting me banned from talking about my "perfect puppy" while my coworkers complain about their misbehaving dogs.
— Bradley Hillyard
Posted January 27th 2021
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Dave was our dog trainer for 5 private lessons. He started out asking us what issues we wanted to begin working on. I listed several thinking we would not be able to resolve any of them in five lessons. To my surprise, we have a very well behaved dog now, thanks to Dave.He was our private dog whisperer and an excellent one at that. Our 11-month-old Rhodesian Razorback now sits, catches and releases, doesn’t jump up on people, stays in place, and greets us with hot coffee every morning – ha ha !! Training a dog takes lots of consistent and repetitive work. We spend at least one hour daily “in school” with our pet.I can’t recommend Dog Training elite enough. Thank you Dave
— Sally Miniel
Posted January 25th 2021
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Jenny at DTE made raising a puppy a breeze. I always wanted the kind of trained dog that other people would notice was well mannered and very loved. She is incredibly efficient, taught and solidified “heel” in about an hour to our pup. Her knowledge base is incredible. The e collar made me nervous but now I have complete faith in it now that I know how to use it to help communicate rather than punish (my previous expectation) I recommend her to everyone I know looking for excellent training.
— Mckenzie Momberger
Posted January 25th 2021
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Whitley with Dog Training Elite San Antonio has been simply amazing! We have a very strong willed, confident and hyper Cane Corso. At only 5 months old, Whitley has helped us teach our big boy so much. A 5 month old pup sitting on the 50 yard line of a football field while I walk away all the way to the side walk by my car all the while he is watching me while football players are getting ready to start practicing...and not moving until I break him! AMAZING! I simply can’t say enough about Whitley, except that she has been GREAT! Thank you so much and looking forward to continue working with you in the future!
— Roger Caballero Jr.
Posted January 21st 2021
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We are so impressed how well our dog is behaving after only one day of bootcamp. He’s a totally different dog. It’s amazing!
— Brittnie Uhlendorf
Posted January 18th 2021
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I met Sarah at Aspen Grove and signed up for a home demonstration. The appointment was set, but I called Sarah in hysterics because Bucky had escaped from the front door for the umpteenth time. Sarah moved her schedule around so that we could meet sooner. I admit, I was a bit skeptic that my money would go to waste and that it wasn't possible in six sessions for Bucky to change. Well, six sessions later I was in tears again; this time because Bucky was listening to my commands and seemed to be so responsive. As an aside, the Ballard family members are exceptional human beings.
— Lisa Aiken-Jillson
Posted January 13th 2021
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We simply cannot say enough good things about Colleen and Dan!! We enlisted Dog Training Elite for our puppies Charlie (a Cockapoo ~8 months old - who was a major terror before) and his little sister Belle (a Bernedoodle ~4 months completely untrained and getting bigger by the day) We were absolutely blown away by the dog they brought to our house for the demo - we immediately signed up, and were not disappointed!! Colleen showed up for the first at home lesson and blew our mind. She was beyond patient - and Charlie was so disobedient one day we didn’t get through the entire lesson for both dogs and she offered to come back an extra time. (Side note: Colleen did not give up - she did get Charlie to obey the commend “Place” and he was rockstar after!!) We met her husband Dan for the first time at the park class (after the 5 at home lessons), and his passion for, and ability, with dogs is unmatched (Dog Whisperer 2…but really - Cesar Milan anyone?!) He even got my puppy Charlie to sit on a stool in the snow, which we thought was IMPOSSIBLE!! And he got Belle to walk onto the jungle gym and go down the slide (UNREAL!) Not only did they train our dogs but they also took the time to train us, which was probably even more difficult. Also important to note the park class was a phenomenal way to meet other dog owners and build a community and friends. If the above wasn’t enough, we wanted to see our family in HI for the holidays and the puppies were not old enough to come (rabies vaccines + COVID = impossible) - we almost did not go see my family because the thought of leaving the dogs with ANYONE would not do - especially after the training, we did not want them to regress! Not to mention, if you could see how pampered Charlie and Belle are (we do not yet have kids, so they are our kids), you would understand the helicopter parenting my boyfriend and I have over the dogs + the amount we spoil them - they are everything — boarding would not do! — and then here came Colleen and Dan!! :) They took both puppies (note: neither Charlie or Belle were not crate trained or trained to eat set meals) into their home with their 3 dogs (1 of which was also a puppy) and made Charlie and Belle apart of their family for 4 WEEKS!!! During the holidays!!! On top of that - we had originally planned on only being gone 2.5-3 weeks and extended the stay while we were there, which Colleen and Dan welcomed with open arms <3 During that time we received the best videos and photos of our puppies literally THRIVING (we were a little worried Charlie and Belle wouldn’t want to come home lol) under their care all the while being TRAINED and taken to park classes on Saturday!! :) (Note: boarded is not the appropriate word because Colleen and Dan truly made Charlie and Belle part of their family aka dog pack :) We cannot wait to continue working with this program and Colleen and Dan now that we are back in town with our beloved pups! PS - Colleen / Dan: My mom lives at the Four Seasons on the Big Island, HI and she would like you two to open a training center out there!!
— Katie Anderson
Posted January 10th 2021
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We simply cannot say enough good things about Colleen and Dan!! We enlisted Dog Training Elite for our puppies Charlie (a Cockapoo ~8 months old - who was a major terrorist before) and his little sister Belle (a Bernedoodle ~4 months completely untrained and getting bigger by the day) We were absolutely blown away by the dog they brought to our house for the demo - we immediately signed up, and were not disappointed!! Colleen showed up for the first at home lesson and blew our mind. She was beyond patient - and Charlie was so disobedient one day we didn’t get through the entire lesson for both dogs and she offered to come back an extra time. (Side note: Colleen did not give up - she did get Charlie to obey the commend “Place” and he was rockstar after!!) We met her husband Dan for the first time at the park class (after the 5 at home lessons), and his passion for, and ability, with dogs is unmatched (Dog Whisperer 2…but really - Cesar Milan anyone?!) He even got my puppy Charlie to sit on a stool in the snow, which we thought was IMPOSSIBLE!! And he got Belle to walk onto the jungle gym and go down the slide (UNREAL!) Not only did they train our dogs but they also took the time to train us, which was probably even more difficult. Also important to note the park class was a phenomenal way to meet other dog owners and build a community and friends. If the above wasn’t enough, we wanted to see our family in HI for the holidays and the puppies were not old enough to come (rabies vaccines + COVID = impossible) - we almost did not go see my family because the thought of leaving the dogs with ANYONE would not do - especially after the training, we did not want them to regress! Not to mention, if you could see how pampered Charlie and Belle are (we do not yet have kids, so they are our kids), you would understand the helicopter parenting my boyfriend and I have over the dogs + the amount we spoil them - they are everything — boarding would not do! — and then here came Colleen and Dan!! :) They took both puppies (note: neither Charlie or Belle were not crate trained or trained to eat set meals) into their home with their 3 dogs (1 of which was also a puppy) and made Charlie and Belle apart of their family for 4 WEEKS!!! During the holidays!!! On top of that - we had originally planned on only being gone 2.5-3 weeks and extended the stay while we were there, which Colleen and Dan welcomed with open arms <3 During that time we received the best videos and photos of our puppies literally THRIVING (we were a little worried Charlie and Belle wouldn’t want to come home lol) under their care all the while being TRAINED and taken to park classes on Saturday!! :) (Note: boarded is not the appropriate word because Colleen and Dan truly made Charlie and Belle part of their family aka dog pack :) We cannot wait to continue working with this program and Colleen and Dan now that we are back in town with our beloved pups! PS - Colleen / Dan: My mom lives at the Four Seasons on the Big Island, HI and she would like you two to open a training center out there!!
— Katie Anderson
Posted January 10th 2021
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