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Training is key to creating a safe, loving environment for your canine companion. Dogs are great learners and always eager to please their owners. With the right techniques, a little patience, and consistency from the whole family, Fido can learn just about anything.

Besides teaching your dog respectful behaviors (like no excessive barking and no begging from the table), training keeps your dog:

  • Safe
    If your dog knows to come on command, or “stay” in place, both of you will be safer when outdoors. Untrained dogs may dart off into the road, or become distracted by their surroundings and get lost.
  • Smart

    Consistent instruction is mentally stimulating and improves your dog’s cognitive health. Learning also prevents boredom and the destructive habits that result from it.

  • Happy

    Dogs thrive on positive, loving relationships with their human family members. A dog that doesn’t know proper behavior is unlikely to have a positive relationship with the people around him. By teaching your dog what behaviors are acceptable, you establish a comfortable and loving environment.

Dog Training Elite is proud to have the highest rated professional dog trainers near you in Fort Worth.

Effective training is key to a positive dog-owner relationship. Learning how to communicate with your canine companion is difficult without assistance, however. If you’ve been struggling with your dog’s behavior, it may be time to find a professional dog trainer near you.


For full package details (with disclaimers) please reference our pricing page.


Silver

$1,295

  • In-Home Training SessionsOne-on-one & personalized 4 Sessions
  • Group Park Training Sessions 4 Weeks
  • Come
  • Heel(walk with you without pulling)
  • Sit(next to you & off leash at a distance)
  • Off(furniture, if desired)
  • Quiet(stop excessive barking & whining)
  • Place(go to bed)

Gold

$1,995

  • In-Home Training SessionsOne-on-one & personalized 6 Sessions
  • Group Park Training Sessions 6 Months
  • Come
  • Heel(walk with you without pulling)
  • Sit(next to you & off leash at a distance)
  • Off(furniture if desired)
  • Quiet(stop excessive barking & whining)
  • Place(go to bed)
  • Down(next to you & off leash at a distance)
  • Housebreaking / Potty Training
  • Build Confidence
  • Off-leash Obedience
  • Load into Car or Kennel
  • STOP Running Away
  • STOP Jumping on People
  • STOP Puppy Biting
  • STOP Chasing Animals
  • STOP Digging

Platinum

$2,995

Platinum offers advanced obedience/behavioral modification with a goal of off-leash control. Includes additional training options and offers more one-on-one and group sessions than Gold.

  • In-Home Training SessionsOne-on-one & personalized 8 Sessions
  • Group Training SessionsOne-hour sessions Unlimited *see above description
  • Come
  • Place(go to bed)
  • Heel(walk with you without pulling)
  • Sit(next to you & off leash at a distance)
  • Off(furniture if desired)
  • Quiet(stop excessive barking & whining)
  • Down(next to you & off leash at a distance)
  • Housebreaking / Potty Training
  • Build Confidence
  • Off-leash Obedience
  • Load into Car or Kennel
  • STOP Running Away
  • STOP Jumping on People
  • STOP Puppy Biting
  • STOP Chasing Animals
  • STOP Chasing
  • STOP Digging
  • Control Aggression(dog & human)
  • Calm Anxiety
  • Stay with You on Jog, Hike, or Bike Ride
  • AKC Canine Good Citizen Testing, All 3 Levels
  • Lifetime Support via in-person, text, email, or virtual
  • In-person support sessions to be scheduled once per month as needed (and at the discretion of the trainer), after completing initial program.
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Finding Professionals In An Unregulated Industry


There is no regulating body or licensing process for professional dog trainers. Anyone can advertise themselves as a trainer, whether they have the necessary skills and knowledge or not.

Navigating through this unregulated industry can be tricky. As a dog owner, you want a qualified trainer that will:


  • Respect you, your dog, and your family.
  • Stick to your schedule.
  • Use positive training methods.
  • Never harm your dog.
  • Address your dog's unique needs and behaviors.
  • Teach you how to better communicate with your dog.
  • Provide ongoing support and check-in after training sessions.
  • Train in various settings, environments and stages.
  • Empower you to build a healthy, loving bond with your dog.

It takes years of experience and education for trainers to be able to offer all of the above. So how do you find a professional that fits your and your dog’s needs?

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"Pawsitive" Indicators of a Good Dog Trainer


Some things to look for when searching for a Fort Worth dog trainer include:

Training Technique

There are various training methods out there, but the most effective is positive reinforcement. According to the American Kennel Service, positive reinforcement techniques “are based on the science of animal learning and have the bonus of strengthening the dog-owner bond.”

    Stay Away From:
  • “Alpha Dog” or dominance-based training techniques. Dominance theory is based on incorrect assumptions of dog and wolf behavior. Dog behaviorists have proven that positive techniques are the only healthy way to communicate with dogs. Dominant, punishment-based training causes anxiety, fear and aggression.
  • Trainers that use choke-chains, shock collars, sprays, and other punishment tactics.
Personality

You want to enjoy the time spent with your trainer, so find someone with a happy, exciting personality. You’re looking for a professional, of course, but we are all dog lovers here, so light-hearted attitudes are important. Your dog must connect well with a trainer for efficient learning, so pay attention to how your dog reacts to your chosen trainer.

    Stay Away From:
  • Trainers that make you feel bad about your relationship with your dog or your dog’s behavior.
  • Rude, dismissive attitudes, and trainers that are too uptight.
  • Trainers that use harsh words and aggressive tactics.
Empowerment

A dog trainer is truly a teacher at heart, and their goal is to teach you how to better communicate with your dog. You need a coach who helps you connect better with your pet, empowering you to build a strong bond. When the trainer is gone, you’ll be the one giving the commands, so make sure you find someone that is understanding, patient, and committed.

    Stay Away From:
  • A trainer that does not want to involve you and your family members in the process.
  • Programs that only offer board and train -- effective training involves various settings, including classes and inside the home.
  • Trainers that cannot explain how dogs learn and cannot teach you how to communicate with your dog.
Credentials

Dog trainers do not need a license, but there are various education programs available. Look for a trainer that can prove their credentials with experience, education, and certifications. If you have a specific need, such as personal protection or service training, be sure to find a trainer that is experienced in that area.

At Dog Training Elite, our dog trainers are educated and experienced with training dogs of all breeds, sizes and ages. All locations are registered with the Professional Retriever Trainers Association, the International Association of Canine Professionals, and the American Kennel Club.

    Stay Away From:
  • Trainers that cannot prove their education, experience, or background.

Customization

All dogs have unique personalities and life experiences that shape their behaviors. A well-qualified trainer offers customizable programs tailored to the unique needs of each client and dog. In-home training approaches are preferred, so the trainer can observe your dog in his home environment (where he feels most comfortable acting naughty!).

You should also look for a trainer that covers both basic obedience and advanced programs.

    Stay Away From:
  • Trainers that can’t teach more than basic obedience commands.
  • A trainer that diagnoses medical issues as reasoning for problem behaviors. Trainers are not licensed veterinarians and should never diagnose a dog. If a medical issue is suspected, a qualified trainer will recommend you speak to a vet.
Good References

References and consumer reviews are key to finding a reliable trainer. Ask around at the dog park for good references, and research each trainer or company. Read through customer reviews and take a look at how professional their website appears.

    Stay Away From:
  • Trainers that have no website or online references, or trainers that have poor reviews.
  • Trainers with reviews that mention aggressive tactics, fear-based techniques, and punishment-based theory.

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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!

We’re only 3 weeks into our training for our Gracie and we’ve already learned so much. Cat has been so great and most importantly patient with our stubborn girl 😊. Highly recommend Dog Training Elite and most definitely highly recommend using Cat!!
— Nicole Britton
Posted January 29th 2023
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Jordan and Atlas have helped us train our German Shepherd. We now have the confidence to control him in any situation. We received very detailed training with real life scenarios walking him around our neighborhood with many distractions that have helped our GSD adapt.
— Randy Mauger
Posted January 23rd 2023
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Kat is da bomb! She has taught our dog so many wonderful things. Our rambunctious puppy has learned to follow our commands so much that we take her out in public wherever we go. Of course it's not all work with training as Dolly has come to love her play time at the end with Kat's dog Bojack. I would highly recommend Dog Training Elite for for all your training needs.
— Stephen Janis
Posted January 21st 2023
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Cat was awesome with my dog. She got him to do things I didn’t think was possible. I highly recommend this company.
— Lori King
Posted January 18th 2023
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Jordan was my trainer for most of my in-home sessions. He did so well with my dog and she responded so well to him(jealous)! I am on class 4 and have seen major improvements in my very stubborn and STRONG pup. Would definitely recommend this place. Trinity, the dog who came to my evaluation SOLD ME on this place.
— anmol bana
Posted January 2nd 2023
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My experience thus far has been amazing. Dog Training Elite Dallas covers all I need and more with my rescue puppy. They cater to your specific needs as well as your dog’s. Cat, my primary dog trainer, could not have been a better fit. Cat is phenomenal at not only helping train the new weekly command, but at answering every question I have asked. Cat understood our dynamic almost instantly, therefore adding tips to help me help Lucy. The same goes for all of those who have helped Lucy & I on our journey. Lucy & I have completed the in-home puppy obedience class, and now we will be attending socialization classes. Thank you Dallas Training Elite!!
— Sarah Scharbauer
Posted December 26th 2022
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Helped us so much to achieve our goals. Trainers are so enthusiastic and dog loving yet they do have high standards for a dog's behaviour! We especilly liked sessions with Jordan. We are half way through and our pup already made a huge progress. Training with an e-collar gives so much more freedom to him and so much more peace of mind to us.
— Rusne Mikiskaite
Posted December 19th 2022
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I am so excited I found Dog Training Elite. Jordan and Atlas have helped Calypso and myself so much. Everyone has been so professional, having such insight for the help we were needing.
— Jacey Sloat
Posted December 19th 2022
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We have been happy with the trainers and techniques taught to us so far. Initially we met Tra to disucss things, then met Jordan on our first session which went great, and finished our in home sessions with Cat, who was also great and Charli was very comfortable with. Our 10 month old GSD puppy was already a great listener, and obeyed many commands, but we wanted to really tighten it up to longer implied stays in commands and with distractions, and work on her confidence as she is still scared of some noises and people. Cat has been great with our Charli girl. We worked with her dog and my children as a distraction, traffic out front of my house as well, and Charli did great obeying and understanding her tasks! I have used the techniques on my own at the park and my dog does great with longer implied stays til I break her from it, even with people and dogs walking about us. Charli has gotten more confident doing "place" on taller retaining walls, objects at the park, and even are still working on a closer proximity to visitors at home, men in general, and vehicles, learning to understand they are not scary. Once we wrap up the in home sessions we will move on to the group sessions, which we look forward to the added distractions and confidence building. Big thanks to Cat for being a great trainer and teaching us how to better train our pup. With continued work, she is going to be an even more exceptional companion/pet, and hopefully move her along into service dog training as well. We definitely recommend them for training your pet.
— Carmen May
Posted December 19th 2022
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We have been dealing with some food aggression with our 6 month old lab. Jordan and Atlas have been incredibly helpful as we work through this. Jordan has gone above and beyond texting and talking with us whenever we have questions or concerns. He has spent extra time at our appointments really giving his all to make sure we have an amazing dog. Thank you Jordan and Atlas for caring about our puppy and us. We appreciate it so much and would absolutely recommend Dog Training Elite to anyone.
— Ashley M
Posted December 15th 2022
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I was able to work with Jordan and his dog Atlas to help train my dog Zeus. After a couple months of training and daily practice Zeus has graduated from Obedience and is mastering his service specific skills. The team at Dog Training Elite has been an amazing to work with.
— Joshua Flowers
Posted December 14th 2022
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We completed our 8 in home sessions with Dog Training Elite and they were fantastic. We worked with a few different trainers but Kyler was our main trainer and he was great from start to finish. Kyler was always punctual and well prepared. He was very patient and intentional about building a relationship with T’Challa. He always made sure we understood the assignment for that session as well as our homework. Before we started each session Kyler always asked how the week went and if there were any areas of struggle that we needed to spend additional time on. Kyler has a balanced approach to training that was so effective for us. He pushed us and T’Challa into areas where it was uncomfortable but that’s where we experienced the most growth and success. T’Challa is a 7 month old European Doberman through and through…..highly intelligent and incredibly stubborn so he had his hands full. By the end of training today we are able to walk him without risk of him dislocating our shoulder from pulling so hard, we can go in public with other dogs barking and lunging at him and he doesn’t react at all, he knows all obedience commands and responds pretty consistently. We are so proud of his progress and can’t wait to start group training.
— LaDonna Christon
Posted December 13th 2022
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I can’t say enough about Dog Training Elite. My pup, Stormi, had issues with chasing rabbits/squirrels and with being nervous around other dogs. Thanks to DTE, she actually listens and obeys. I can open the door, and take her for walks without worrying I am going to lose her. As importantly, she now plays with the neighborhood dogs instead of cowering in fear. Many thanks to all the staff at DTE, particularly Luke, Meghan, Jordan, and Atlas.
— Amanda Van Cleave
Posted December 12th 2022
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The entire team is fantastic. My dog responded very quickly to the training and they took the time to explain every step to me.
— Rebecca Cooper
Posted December 7th 2022
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Kyler is great! My pup enjoys learning and training with him. I’m learning so much. Very thankful for DTE
— Merri Coz
Posted December 6th 2022
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Kyler is amazing! My girl is a typical GSD/Lab mix with very high energy we got her back in January from the shelter and the first thing she did when we got home was jump up onto the kitchen counters and dining table which is bar top height he fixed this bad habit in one session. She loved every single training session with Kyler and she is now trained as my service dog.
— Ashley Coz
Posted December 6th 2022
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Dog training elite is the 3rd training service I've tried for my reactive dog. By far, this has been the most progress that I've seen in my dog thanks to Dog Training Elite! The trainers are very knowledgeable and can help break down what your dog is feeling and why they are reacting in certain ways. They provide information about what you as the handler need to do for a successful training program. We have yet to start the group sessions, but I'm extremely impressed. They've helped answer all my questions so the unique challenges I face were addressed. I am very grateful to have found them and for all of their time and support. I utilized the payment plan option - money well spent!
— Monica C
Posted December 4th 2022
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Training with Dog Training Elite has been everything I asked for and more. My dog and I have regained our trust and confidence in each other, and I have learned so much more about how to interact and communicate with my dog. Jordan and Kyler have been incredible trainers. They do not spare any detail when teaching they’re training process and always go the extra mile to insure I am confident and have a full understanding of what we went over in each training session. I would recommend them to my friends and family that are looking for exceptional dog training.
— Logan Hamilton
Posted November 30th 2022
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This is the BEST training company by far. They are experts and are very good at what they do.
— Pamela Householder
Posted November 24th 2022
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I would recommend learning from Dog Training Elite. They have wonderfully professional trainers who are focused on ensuring a safe and effective learning environment for your dog. Cat and Felicity were wonderful! Their own dogs are also amazingly trained and were exactly what Einstein needed to help him build his confidence around other dogs. They listen to what you need and help you build that relationship to help bring both you and your dog together!
— Jessica Chorostecki-Vigrass
Posted November 23rd 2022
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Trust Your Gut


Choosing a trainer is an important part of being a dog owner, and in the end, you want to choose the professional you feel comfortable with. This is someone that you’ll be inviting into your home and spending plenty of time with! A dog trainer with credentials, experience, and a friendly personality that makes your dog’s tail wag is most likely a great choice.

You also want to make sure you get your money’s worth, so choose a trainer that is invested in you and your dog. At Dog Training Elite, we follow up with our clients even after training sessions have ended. Our goal is to help clients build strong relationships with their pets, and that takes consistent effort. Our professional dog trainers are some of the best in the Fort Worth area. We cover training programs such as obedience, personal protection, anxiety, aggression, and service dog.

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