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Over the past decade there has been a rise in the number of people with Emotional Support Animals. This has caused some confusion around what it means to have a service, emotional support or therapy animal . Here, we explain briefly the differences between each of these animals, the training required for each different type, and debunk some common myths. Read on to learn the differences between each type of animal, which one might be right for you or your loved one, and how Dog Training Elite Dallas—Fort Worth can help.

Dog Training Elite Dallas—Fort Worth offers top rated autism service dog training near you in Fort Worth.

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Dog Training Elite Dallas—Fort Worth is proud to have professional autism service dog trainers near you in Fort Worth.

ESA vs. Therapy vs. Service Animals: What's the Difference?


Service animals are animals that have been trained to assist individuals with tasks specific to their needs.

  • Redirecting attention when an individual is beginning to feel overstimulated
  • Reminding owners to take medication
  • Waking someone who is having a nightmare

Service dogs are valued in the mental health, health care and disability community and are protected under ADA laws which allow owners to take their service dog with them everywhere they go. Dog Training Elite Dallas—Fort Worth trains dogs to serve individuals with autism, diabetes and PTSD.

Dog Training Elite Dallas—Fort Worth trains autism service dogs to benefit and assist children with autism. Autism service dogs can be trained to track their child in case of wandering and redirect a child’s behavior when they are starting to become overwhelmed.

PTSD service dogs help ground owners to reality, especially in public settings. These service dogs can also be trained to recognize signs of a panic attack and regulate emotional responses through pressure.

Diabetic service dogs can alert their owners to their low blood sugar and provide stability, safety and support.

Visit our individual web pages to understand more about the differences and benefits of autism service dogs, PTSD services dogs and diabetic service dogs.

Although all dog owners may feel the emotional benefits of owning a dog, the dog needs to be prescribed by a licensed mental health professional to a person with a disabling mental illness such as anxiety or depression to legally be considered an ESA. Emotional Support dogs can be of any age and any breed whereas service dogs usually begin training as puppies.

In addition to being prescribed by a mental health professional, owners may wish for their dog to undergo more specific training. If you are looking for emotional support dog training in your local area, Dog Training Elite Dallas—Fort Worth has you covered.

The professional dog trainers of Dog Training Elite Dallas—Fort Worth are experienced with training various types of therapy animals. Trainers work with a dog’s natural temperament to ensure a strong, loving bond between dog and owner. Training can be personalized to fit the needs of the owner.

It is important to note that Emotional Support Animals are meant for just that - emotional support. Dogs trained to assist with specific tasks that may be associated with a disability are service animals. Training a dog to be an Emotional Support Animal or a therapy dog is less intensive than training to be a service animal.

Therapy Animals are very similar to Emotional Support Animals, except that they are often used to bolster the mental health and wellbeing of a community, as opposed to just an individual. Therapy dogs are often seen serving in hospitals, rehabilitation or care centers with their owners.

Owners who feel their dog may be a good fit for this kind of community service can have them receive top-notch training from Dog Training Elite Dallas—Fort Worth.

The most important thing to note as a difference between Emotional Support Animals, Therapy and Service dogs, is service animals are protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act which states service animals must be able to accompany their owners wherever they go. Emotional Support and Therapy animals do not have the same protections and public establishments may have their own rules about ESA and therapy dogs.

Whether you’re ready to get a new lease on life with the help of a service dog, or strengthen the existing bond with your dog, Dog Training Elite Dallas—Fort Worth has the experience and resources you need.

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 Dallas—Fort Worth 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.

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 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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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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At Dog Training Elite Dallas—Fort Worth, 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 Dallas—Fort Worth work's 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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