Elite, Award Winning Dog Training in Fitchburg / Leominster, MA

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Empowering Owners

We work with dogs of any breed, size or age - and we empower owners with lifelong skills to continue successes.

  • Leash & potty training
  • Staying & coming
  • Destructive chewing & digging
  • Stealing food, clothing, or other objects
  • Barking, howling & whining
  • Food guarding & begging
  • Mouthing, nipping & playing rough
  • Anxiety & submissive urination
  • Jumping up & hyperactivity
  • Aggression & anxiety

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We strongly believe that the key to sustained obedience and training is to empower owners to be an integral part of the training experience.

Dog Training Elite Central Massachusetts offers expert in-home dog training near you in Fitchburg / Leominster.
In-Home Training

Dog obedience classes are held on a consistent basis and are included in most packages. Our dog obedience training classes are designed to place yourself and your dog in public places (surrounded by other dogs, people, smells, and sounds)!

Dog Training Elite Central Massachusetts offers professional group dog training programs near you in Fitchburg / Leominster.
Socialized Group Training

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Dog Training Elite Central Massachusetts


78 River St
Fitchburg, MA 01420

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Award Winning Dog Training Services in the Fitchburg / Leominster, MA Metro Area

Welcome to Dog Training Elite Central Massachusetts! We are a professional, family owned Fitchburg / Leominster, MA-based dog training company with over 40 years of experience that specializes in strengthening the bond between your dog and your family, with a strong emphasis on teaching your dog the highest level of obedience, despite even the toughest level of distractions. Our Fitchburg / Leominster, MA dog training programs are certain to meet all of your training needs. Unlike a lot of other dog training companies, we understand that each client has different needs, so we tailor our dog training programs to accommodate your unique situation. Dog Training Elite Central Massachusetts also trains service animals and dogs ready to volunteer in the community as therapy dogs and companions to those with special needs. We also offer a fun and challenging personal protection program as well!

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Meet Our Trainers

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Michaela Macchia

Owner / Lead Trainer

Marcus DiBenedetto

Owner / Lead Trainer

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.
Dog Training Elite Central Massachusetts has award winning in-home dog trainers and top rated dog training programs.

Why Dog Training Elite Central Massachusetts?

Lifetime Investment

We follow up & are invested in the owner's success long-term.

Value Priced

We pride ourselves on being able to offer our professional services at prices that are budget friendly.

Local Trainers

All of our local dog trainers are trustworthy, willing to be there for our clients and love what they do.

Simplified & Customized

We plan training around the owner's schedule and require only 15 min/day follow-up practice.

Come Meet Us!

We are often at home shows in your area! Our passion for dogs and service sets us apart. All of our local dog trainers are trustworthy, willing to be there for our clients and love what they do. We want to build a community for our clients that love their dogs just as much as we do and once you begin the training process with us, you become a part of the Dog Training Elite family.

Proud Sponsor of The Malinois Foundation

At Dog Training Elite Central Massachusetts, 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 Central Massachusetts works 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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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!

Best decision I have made! Marcus is fantastic. He is calm, knowledgeable and just an all around great trainer and person. I have two dogs with different personalities and he has taught me in a short time how to work with both of them. Ten plus in my book. Highly recommend.
— Kelly Medeiros
Posted December 1st 2023
Excellent dog trainers!
— Bill Osborn
Posted August 17th 2023
We've been training Roni (our 9 month old mix breed) at Dog Training Elite since the beginning of March and I can't say enough good about them. When we first started our journey of training my dog for service work, I was both excited and apprehensive, unsure of whether or not myself and my dog would be capable of learning everything. From the very beginning, Dog Training Elite stood out as a beacon of expertise, professionalism, and dedication, and I am thrilled to say that my expectations have been exceeded in every way. The one-on-one training sessions are nothing short of transformative. Each trainer's patience, attentiveness, and unwavering focus on my dog's progress has created an environment where she's eager to learn. What truly sets their one-on-one training apart is their ability to empower not only my dog but also myself. They recognize the importance of equipping the dog owners with the knowledge and skills to reinforce and maintain the training outside of the sessions. The clear and concise guidance, coupled with practical demonstrations, has allowed me to become an effective partner in my dog's ongoing development and success as a service dog. The group training sessions offer guidance on dealing with distractions, as well as providing some socialization. During group training sessions, Marcus and the entire team have demonstrated an unparalleled level of knowledge, skill, and genuine care for the well-being of each dog. The trainers exhibited not only a deep understanding of various dog breeds and temperaments but also an unwavering commitment to the success and happiness of their four-legged students. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with them, and Roni loves them too! In summary, their approach to service dog training is nothing short of outstanding. They have tailored the training program to meet my dog's specific needs, taking into account both her individual strengths and challenges. I would have never thought that I could bring Roni out in public, to restaurants, to stores etc. and she would be as well behaved as she is. Some of the tasks we've completed during our training sessions leave me extremely proud of her and super grateful for this training program. She still has a little ways to go before she's completely ready, but at 9 months old I couldn't be more proud. The biggest compliment is no matter where we are with her, or who we are with - friends & strangers all comment on how well behaved she is. I love hearing that. Dog Training Elite is hands down the best decision I made for Roni.
— Krista Herzberg
Posted August 15th 2023
Our experience with Marcus and his team has been fantastic. I took Kodak, my German Sheppard in for a 2 week boot camp. We have been struggling with dog aggression issues. The evaluation and training techniques had him figured out and then they translated to me what I need to do to improve as well. Yup - I needed boot camp also. It’s an on going project and they have a number of training options to help keeping it on the right track. It has been a relief to have a path to take to make Kodak the best he can be!
— Suzanne Sinnery
Posted July 24th 2023
Marquis is fantastic. He's done wonders teaching my dog, Harley. He also takes the time to help us understand his training methods and what we need to do in order to maintain our dog's learning. I highly, highly recommend!
— The Local Spotlight
Posted June 21st 2023
Marcus is an amazing trainer !!! Extremely professional and kind
— Tony Chianese
Posted June 21st 2023
Nyla loves her weekly meet-ups with pups her own age. She otherwise wouldn’t have that socialization opportunity. She’s almost done with puppy classes, graduating to adult training. Very exciting! Thank you, Marcus and Michaela, for your patience, commitment, and love for our rambunctious Va’Nyla Bean.
— Marina Doktor
Posted March 25th 2023
Great service and you can tell the trainers love dogs
— Chris Gingras
Posted March 25th 2023
Marcus & Kara have been amazing to work with...Gustav loves every moment of his classes! My pup is on his way to being a service dog thanks to the teachings of DTE and I am beyond pleased with the results. Very exciting to keep up the hard work.
— Kelly Malone
Posted February 16th 2023
Marcus and Michaela are the best trainers! They had my sassy samoyed obeying commands and picking up a few tricks after just a few sessions. Highly recommend training with DTE!
— BCRS Nest
Posted February 11th 2023
We have been working with Dog Training Elite for a couple of months now. One of the reasons we chose them was because they offer both in home and “real world” classes; it wasn’t just one or the other. We could not be happier with how flexible they were when scheduling the in home visits and how knowledgeable they are. They are kind and patient both with our German Shepherd puppy and my family. They took care to include my two children with the training and help educate them as well. I highly recommend them for any puppy training needs.
— Erin Giusti
Posted January 28th 2023
Had my first session with michaela and marcus and i am impressed with how quick my dog has learned already
— B Day
Posted October 4th 2022
By far the most knowledgeable trainers we have met! Highly recommend working with these guys!!
— Dan Lutchko
Posted October 1st 2022
I brought my dog with severe behavioral issues to Elite Training central mass recently. She came back a brand new pup! So sweet and loving. The owners were extremely helpful and made me feel comfortable leaving my dog with them each day. Definitely recommend them to anyone having difficulties with their furry friend!
— Salvatore
Posted September 30th 2022
Best experience I’ve ever had with dog trainer. I would recommend DTE to anyone in search of a trainer!
— Emily Albert
Posted September 30th 2022
They are very professional and committed to helping you train your dog!
— Rosbin Mayen
Posted September 29th 2022
Excellent dog trainers! They are very knowledgeable
— parker fillmore
Posted September 28th 2022
Great caring business owners that will treat your dogs like their own !
— Kayla Costa
Posted September 27th 2022

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