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Develop a Stronger Bond Through Training

Bringing home a new puppy can be a fun and special time. Puppies are cute and playful and bring a lot of joy into a home! They can also bring a lot of chaos and messes. Early days spent with your puppy are important for both bonding and training. In fact, if you’re wondering how to bond with your puppy, training can be a great way, as they look to you for guidance and direction. Dog Training Elite Des Moines is here to help.

Dog Training Elite in Des Moines can help teach you how to bond with your puppy.
Dog Training Elite Des Moines In-Home Puppy Training

Dog Training Elite Des Moines’s offers comprehensive in-home puppy training. For the first 4-6 weeks, trainers use “treat training” before moving onto more advanced puppy training. Puppies will learn the following behaviors:

  • Come, sit, loose-leash walking, and down
  • Puppy corrections (Stop biting, digging, jumping, etc.)
  • Crate training/ housebreaking
Trainers will also help owners learn about the following:
  • Socialization tips
  • Environmental hazards
  • Puppy enrichment
  • Caring for your puppy
  • And more!

Training a puppy can feel overwhelming. By pairing you with a professional trainer, not only will your puppy learn quickly, but you will feel confident and empowered to continue training your puppy after the sessions are completed. Training in your own home will help you bond with your pup so even after the professional trainer leaves, you and Fido can continue to progress together.

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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In-Home Puppy Trainers

Working with a trainer and your puppy in your own home will help your puppy stay focused. Dog Training Elite Des Moines dog trainers create personalized training plans for individual puppies that will also address any unique needs or issues.

Once a puppy has completed in-home training, Dog Training Elite Des Moines offers puppy group classes for further training. These group classes are a great option for exposing a young puppy to other dogs, people, new sounds and sights so they become well socialized.

Positive Reinforcement Training Methods

The Dog Training Elite Des Moines training method focuses on encouraging proper behaviors with positive reinforcement. Punishment is never used as a form of training as it can lead to aggression and fear in dogs. Dog Training Elite Des Moines does use an electronic vibration collar (not a shock collar) to help puppies stay alert, and treats for extra encouragement.

Positive reinforcement teaches a puppy that performing obedient behaviors wins love and affection from their owner. Dog Training Elite Des Moines’s professional puppy trainers include owners in the training process so that puppies learn who is in charge. Working with professional trainers of Dog Training Elite Des Moines, your puppy will not only develop deep-rooted obedience, but working alongside these trainers will help you and your puppy build a strong, healthy relationship founded on loyalty and trust.

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

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Tips on How to Bond
With Your Puppy

Training is a great way to establish a deep, loyal bond with your puppy. Outside of your training sessions, there is more you can do to strengthen your bond. Here are some more tips for how to bond with your puppy:

Your puppy may not understand the words you’re saying, but he or she will understand your tone of voice. Speaking in an excited tone of voice will get your pup excited and motivate them to do what you want them to. Speaking in a low, calm voice can help soothe and relax your puppy.

Puppies thrive on routine. A consistent schedule will help your puppy adjust to their new home, and to you and your family. A puppy’s schedule needs to include eating, playtime, puppy training, potty breaks, and nap times.

As mentioned above, playtime is an important part of your puppy’s schedule. Playing with your puppy will help strengthen your bond and stimulate their brains. Walks are an easy and great way to give your puppy much-needed exercise. Start small, walking around in your yard or driveway and gradually extending the distance around your neighborhood.

Creating boundaries in your home for your puppy helps strengthen your bond because your puppy will look to you for direction and guidance. It will also help your puppy avoid bad habits. Baby gates and playpens are a useful way to create physical boundaries.

Puppies can become overwhelmed about all the new things they’re exploring. Crate training is a perfect way to allow your puppy to have their own space where they feel safe and comfortable and help them develop some independence so they grow into a well-adjusted dog.

The most adorable way to bond with your puppy is by cuddling them! Snuggling with your pup can help him or her feel comforted and safe. The best time to get a cuddle session with your puppy is when they are sleepy. Cuddling also helps puppies get used to having their paws, belly, face, etc. handled, and can be a good time to introduce light grooming practices like brushing their fur.

It’s OK to be nervous about bringing your puppy home. But with the professional dog trainers and programs at Dog Training Elite Des Moines, plus these tips on bonding with your puppy, you will develop a rewarding relationship with your new best friend.

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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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