America’s Top Dog Training Franchise
Over four decades of experience have gone into our proven training method.
From an early age, our Founder John Mestas knew he wanted to pursue a career working with dogs and helping them live their best lives. With 40+ years of experience as a professional dog trainer and Competitive Training Director, John launched Dog Training Elite using his proven balanced-positive dog training method that is still used today.
In addition to our original obedience training and behavioral modification services, we now offer even more specialized training programs. Thanks to the unique, successful in-home training model perfected by John and his team, what began as a small movement among dog training companies has grown exponentially.
I was working for an international company. I was just another number to them. I thought, 'I don't want to go back to work for somebody.' I decided I wanted to train dogs professionally.
- John Mestas
Dog Training Elite Founder
Dog Training Elite Founder
Meet the Founder
Learn how Dog Training Elite founder John Mestas turned his 40-year passion for training dogs into a successful business.
The Dog Training Elite Story
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Founder John Mestas opens Arrow Kennels, named after his first obedience trial dog, a golden retriever named Arrow.
Arrow Kennels opens its dog training services to the general public, and this quickly become the most lucrative and in-demand aspect of the business. John sees the skyrocketing demand for dog training services, and realizes the superior economics of dog training.
Arrow Kennels officially becomes Dog Training Elite, an innovative dog training business with a singular focus on providing effective training techniques to dogs and their owners. John and his team of dog training experts develop the proven proprietary model that is still in use by our trainers today.
Dog Training Elite awards its first regional franchise to test and perfect the model before bringing it nationwide.
After years of requests, and years of internal testing and improvements, Dog Training Elite goes national!
Ranked #24 on Franchise Gator’s List of Top Emerging Franchises!
Dog Training Elite now has over 55+ territories across 10 states and are continuing to expand nationwide!
7 Elite Training Services, 1 Unique Dog Training Franchise Opportunity
Dog Training Elite offers a variety of training services for standard and advanced obedience training needs:
Service Dog Training
Personal Protection Training
Anxiety and Aggression Training
Service Dogs for Military/Retired Veterans
Therapy Animal Training
What Makes Us 'Elite' To Our Clients?
Since its inception, Dog Training Elite has distinguished itself as the best dog training experience available to our customers. We have earned a reputation for excellence through our highly personalized training programs, convenience, and emphasis on positivity in our proven methods.
Our trainers meet clients at their homes, conduct a comprehensive assessment, and select a personalized program that will provide the best fit for the clients' needs.
Convenient In-Home Services
We train dogs in their own environment, making it easy, convenient and more beneficial to dog owners!
Superior Customer Service
We provide guidance to all our clients - no matter how long ago their dog graduated from Dog Training Elite!
Exclusive Dog Training Method
Our training is based on the "Classical Conditioning" (a.k.a. "Pavlovian") model. We use a balanced positive dog training method paired with a gentle, non-harmful, electronic collar.
Advanced Training Services
With 7 different training courses, we cover everything from obedience basics to Service Dog and Therapy Animal Training.
Meet Our Team
President & Founder
- Professional and experienced dog seminar instructor with over 40 years of dog training experience.
- Developed the training systems utilized by Dog Training Elite professionals.
- Served on the boards of Utah Valley Kennel Club, Great Salt Lake Retriever Club and Northern Utah Retriever Club
- Worked with guide dog puppies for the blind in San Rafael, California
- Trained with excellent trainers such as Bill Totten, President of the Professional Retriever Trainers Association
- Has been working in Office Management, Corporate Training and Human Resources for over 10 years.
- An integral part of the initial training program and grand opening launch events.
- Helps Franchise Owners wherever needed, from just picking up the phone and answering questions to going out and being physically present for additional support.
- Has been training dogs for 17 years. Aiden trains dogs for obedience, personal protection, and service dog training.
- Recognized by the American Kennel Club as a certified instructor for AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy, Canine Good Citizen and Community Canine testing.
- Specializes in advanced service dog modalities, obedience and personal protection training, and building client relationships.
- As a Dog Training Elite Franchise Owner himself, he can relate to other Owners on a deeper level and speak to experience on the challenges he has faced and how he has been able to overcome them.
Certifications & Recognition
At Dog Training Elite, 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 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.
Learn More About Our Dog Training Business For Sale Experience and passion have made our pet training business a proven success!
A childhood love of dogs led Dog Training Elite’s founder to create a pet training franchise that offers a proven, balanced and positive training method. Our dog training business for sale looks out for man’s best friend, but treats our Owners right, too. We combine a love of dogs with a successful business model and support for every single franchise owner.