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German Shepherds consistently rank in the top five most popular dog breeds in America - and for good reason. German Shepherds are highly intelligent and loyal. With proper training and socialization, they are also obedient and great with other dogs and children. Not to mention, they’re beautiful!

Dog Training Elite Des Moines has years of experience with German Shepherd training and has developed obedience and personal protection training programs suitable for this breed. Because of their intelligence and natural herding instincts, German Shepherds can also be trained as service dogs.

Like any intelligent dog, however, a German Shepherd without proper training can become a handful. Their intelligence can lead to stubbornness. Extensive training and socialization are key to harnessing the unique abilities of this breed and diminishing any potential destructive behaviors. Thankfully, the high intelligence of German Shepherds enables them to learn commands quickly. The professional training of Dog Training Elite Des Moines will help any German Shepherd become an incredible companion to individuals and families.

Dog Training Elite offers professional German Shepherd training for puppies and adults near you in Des Moines.
German Shepherd Puppies vs. Adults

Dog Training Elite Des Moines recommends starting dog training as early as possible, soon after a puppy is ready to leave its mother. Puppies are capable of learning basic commands, and smart German Shepherd puppies do great with early training.

If you adopt an older German Shepherd, or never got around to puppy training, don’t worry! Dog Training Elite Des Moines has adult dog training programs as well. A complete puppy training typically takes a few months. Adult dog training can take longer or shorter, depending on whether a dog needs to unlearn bad habits in addition to being trained.

In-Home German Shepherd Training

Dog Training Elite Des Moines offers specialized in-home German Shepherd training for both owners and dogs of any age. Working with a German Shepherd and the owner directly in the home allows dog trainers to create personalized training plans for individual dogs, as well as address any unique needs or issues. Once a dog has completed in-home training, they can take group classes for more in-depth training - Dog Training Elite Des Moines offers both puppy and adult dog group classes.

Beginning training in the home also helps owners bond with their dogs so when the dog trainer leaves, no progress is lost.

Dog Training Elite offers in-home dog training for German Shepherds in Des Moines.

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 Des Moines 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.


We deal with problem behaviors on a personal basis.

Environment Specific

We train wherever issues tend to arise (i.e. jogging, park, home).


We support owners in the off-hours (when training is "not in session").


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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German Shepherd Specific Tips Be Consistent

Dogs, and especially German Shepherds, do best with consistency. Always make sure to use the same verbal and/or physical cues during training to avoid any confusion. Also, be consistent about rules - establish at the beginning, for example, whether or not your dog is allowed on the couch. Then, don’t change the rule under any circumstances.

German Shepherd Specific Tips Get Plenty of Exercise

German Shepherds are an energetic breed - if you don’t have a yard for your dog to play in, that’s fine, but make sure your German Shepherd gets daily exercise through walking, hiking, etc. An energetic dog with little to no exercise can become a destructive, disobedient dog.

German Shepherd Specific Tips Positive Reinforcement

Since German Shepherds are historically trained as working dogs, they thrive on being busy. Training is a great way to give German Shepherds the mental and physical stimulation they need.

Dog Training Elite Des Moines has developed training programs for puppies and adult dogs alike based on positive reinforcement. German Shepherd training with our in-home option is entirely possible. Read on to learn more about the Dog Training Elite Des Moines training method.

Elite Dog Training in Des Moines All Breeds. All Sizes. All Ages.

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The Dog Training Elite

Dog Training Elite Des Moines uses modern training methods focused on positive reinforcement and bonding between dog and dog owner. Dog Training Elite Des Moines never resorts to the use of punishment to help dogs unlearn bad behavior. The difference becomes clear when comparing a dog that is trained out of anxiety and intimidation vs a dog who truly desires to please from the inside out.

The Dog Training Elite Des Moines training theory is mostly based around classical conditioning, also known as the Pavlovian method or respondent conditioning. This includes developing conditioned or automatic reflexes to commands. In its simplest form (after proper conditioning), when an owner says "sit," their dog automatically sits without thinking about it.

Through a combination of commands and an electronic collar, dogs learn to follow commands at once. The electronic collar is not a shock collar; it is a gentle electronic pulse, similar to the tug of a leash, used to get the dog’s attention. Other dog trainers use harsh static collars or spray collars which have been shown to be less effective. Dog Training Elite Des Moines’s method of focusing on positive behavior reinforcement nurtures a dog's loving and naturally obedient nature.

Ready to turn your dog into a loyal and loving companion? Find a German Shepherd trainer near you today!

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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!

I have had the best experience training Milo from day one. I'm a first time pup owner and wanted a well behaved dog that I could take anywhere with no worries. We have gotten so much more than this from Dog Training Elite Des Moines! At the beginning, they gave Milo and I extra care coming to our home to work one-on-one. This helped make huge advances in his training. We switched to group classes where he's learned how to be a well behaved pup with other dogs and people around. Milo and I enjoyed our experience so much, I looked into Therapy Dog Training. About a year and a half later, Milo is getting ready to test to become certified. It is all thanks to the care, time, and continued personalized focus Jack, Cannady, and Morgan have provided us. I could not speak more highly! Would absolutely recommend to anyone looking for dog training!!
— Sarah Meyer
Posted October 2nd 2022
Morgan was amazing and very thorough with us. She made sure we felt comfortable with training before she left. Also they make themselves available anytime we need them.
— April Page
Posted September 13th 2022
Jack has trained by dog since she was a puppy and made an incredible difference in her obedience and her overall demeanor. Jack is patient and a natural at what he does. He talks through the entire process and thoroughly explains the training technique, each step of the way. Jack and Cannady are both very professional and attentive to you and your animals needs. My puppy is now a certified therapy dog and I couldn't have done it without Jack and Cannady! They are the best!
— Rebecca Schroeder
Posted September 6th 2022
Great trainers who are flexible in training. I am in a wheelchair and am training a service dog and Dog Training Elite was extremely helpful modifying the training and even had a trainer work one on one with my dog in group since I couldn’t train in the grass. Very happy with the training my service dog is getting.
— Tom Ostwald
Posted August 24th 2022
I have enjoyed working with Dog Training Elite. They are very knowledgeable, and have given us the tools to best train our dog. We have seen huge improvements with our dog over the last 4 months.
— Brittni Pierce
Posted August 24th 2022
They did a fantastic job with my baby bella during the day stay program. The transformation from crazy puppy to well-trained dog was incredible. Some behaviors that were difficult for us, like jumping on people, and walking on a leash. Pickup and drop off were seamless and they did a thorough job of explaining the process in the beginning and an excellent tutorial of how to keep up the training at the end of the training session, and we have a blast at the group sessions that you receive after, just a great atmosphere and great people
— Rob Sirfus
Posted August 18th 2022
Awesome program and I highly recommend DTE. The results are well worth the investment! Must get the VA teamed with the program.
— Brett Hora
Posted August 18th 2022
My pup, Fergus and I started with DTE Des Moines not quite a year ago. I had started on his basic obedience on my own, but unlike other dogs I’ve trained, I needed this one to be a cardiac alert service dog for myself. I was not willing to train with punishment rather than positive reinforcement and refused other trainers because of the use of inhumane shock collars as correction. DTE uses an e-collar that vibrates to get the dogs attention, but never to punish. Ever. I put the collar on myself more than once and adjusted the vibrations to know exactly how it feels. It does not hurt the dog in any way, so I moved forward. Fergus is a mix of 2 breeds that are not known for having good sniffers, as needed for cardiac alert training, but our trainer said, “I’ll never give up on a dog. Fergus might be able to do it , and we can try if you want to put in the time and move forward”. Wow! Complete honesty at the risk of losing a potential client! So, 10 months ago we started scent training while also teaching what he needs to know to be capable in any public setting. It turns out his nose is good enough! I’m so grateful that DTE Des Moines believes in all dogs and their potential, while giving us the knowledge to work with our dogs daily to build trust and the skills needed to help those of us who need them. They are knowledgeable, patient, kind, encouraging and put a lot of thought into which approaches to take with each unique team to be as successful as possible. Whether you need simple obedience or more advanced work, I can’t recommend them highly enough. You can tell they love what they do, and they do it well! DTE Des Moines, thank you for believing in me and Fergus. We are incredibly grateful!
— Heidi Katzenbach
Posted July 29th 2022
DTE Des Moines has given us the tools to work with our now 8 month old Golden Doodle and enjoy walks, outings, visitors to the house, and other dogs with a well behaved pup. The trainers are extremely knowledgeable and very patient teaching pet owners the techniques. My husband and I signed our pup up for one week training in the office at DTE, Jack came to our home a few weeks later to help us fix some challenges we were having with the heel command, and now we are enjoying the group classes. All we’ve gained through their training has been more than I thought possible and well worth the investment. I recommend DTE Des Moines to everyone I know wanting to work on behaviors with their dog.
— Nancy Walker
Posted June 25th 2022
Cannady and Jack are extremely personable and passionate about helping people improve their relationships with their dogs through quality training that works! They have been fantastic to work with and I wish I could give 10 stars!
— Kyle Christie
Posted May 11th 2022
We are having great success with our puppy, Opie after working with the DTE team. He is learning commands quickly and loves working with the trainers. Opie can be a bit stubborn and I really appreciate all the tips and details the trainers give us to work with this trait. You can tell the DTE staff really cares about the dogs they work with and helping you succeed!
— Brookann Barkley
Posted October 28th 2021
I am just getting started with training for my puppy. I have started the puppy training and very happy so far!
— Rebecca Hopkins
Posted October 12th 2021
We contacted DTE DSM because we were lost with our puppies disobedience and poor behavior. From our free evaluation to our 4 private at home personal lessons, we were given our dog back. She is now a well behaved, confident and happy member of out pack. I don't know who learned more, Rizzo or my daughter and I. We still have our 4 group sessions band I can't wait to see what comes of them. This service was truly the best use of money. I cannot recommend this group higher. Kathryn, Jack and Cannady have given us back our pet with all the tools necessary to enjoy her to the fullest extent. Thank you DTE...Bill Sexton
— William Sexton
Posted August 9th 2021
My beautiful 4 year old dog has been struggling with reactivity for the past year and a half-humans and other dogs. We enlisted another very prominent trainer in Des Moines prior to Elite and truly felt that we were a hopeless case after. The previous trainer was expensive and we had several sessions that each ended with “I don’t know what’s wrong with him.” We were heartbroken. Then we found Elite, and after only three sessions, our boy has been improving 100x over! The trainers have given us clear techniques and instructions and actually LISTEN to our concerns! I literally tear up just thinking about how much more confident I am in my boy now, and only after 3 sessions! No more reactivity on walks and he is already catching on quickly to other commands! I will update this review as we go along, but am SO SO incredibly happy we found these trainers!! Worth every cent!!!
— Kelsey Weltzin
Posted August 3rd 2021
After a few failed efforts at training, DTE finally had a system that worked for me and my easily-distracted, tuggy lab. They are professional and a pleasure to work with.
— June Keith
Posted July 26th 2021
Jack and Kathryn are excellent trainers. Every week they work with our dog Jeter and he is learning so much. I’m so glad we found them. Highly recommend
— Amy Goos
Posted July 26th 2021
From the initial consultation I knew Clary was in good hands for the SD program. Everything was explained very clearly and thorough, and they really care about helping you. I’m excited to get her started in the next couple months!
— Madison Arrasmith
Posted July 7th 2021
When I hired them I thought my dog was a 50/50 chance of being trainable...they are AMAZING!! I believe we have only had 6 sessions and my dog can now go on walks off her leash and be around other dogs without any problems. She was a psychopath before her training with them! We had her on a tow chain in our living room because she would run around our house and destroy EVERYTHING! This dog literally ate a part of my floor and time she even ate a hole in my mattress and I was only gone for aprx 2 minutes! But after only 2 sessions with Jack she was able to be in our house free roaming....she would sit and stay close by more destructive behaviour at all! There's Soo much more I could y but seriously they are the best I could have asked for!
— Bri Jay
Posted June 24th 2021
I would highly recommend Jack and Cannady if you’re looking to get your dog trained. In only a few short sessions with them, our dog Roger was much more controllable. We went from a next to impossible dog to take on walks to a dog that now walks without a leash. The concepts are very simple to learn and with daily trainings, everyone in my house is able to work with Roger.
— Zach Shimp
Posted June 14th 2021
I could not be more impressed with this company and it’s ability to both train and educate clients and their pups! Cannady’s aptitude to listen compassionately to my concerns and her connection with my dog are unmatched; paired with Jack’s professionalism and attention / deep care for the work he does with animals- I am absolutely floored. I saw changes in my dog’s behavior within a week of my first training session, which was absolutely shocking to me. After trying both medication to ease my dog’s severe separation anxiety and another training company for her dog to dog aggression, I was not sure what to expect when starting with DTE.. but these two have supplied me with the tools I need to comfortably go on walks again with my dog and leave her alone in my home without worry. With that, Jack has been nothing but attentive and adaptive to my schedule and happily answers any & all questions I have about my dog and the mechanics of their training method. I 10/10 recommend these two and DTE Des Moines as a whole. You guys are the best!
— Natalie Shimp
Posted June 10th 2021

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