America’s Fastest Growing Dog Training Franchise
Over four decades of experience have gone into our proven training method.
From an early age, our Founder John Mestas knew that he wanted to pursue a career that works with dogs and help 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."
Learn how Dog Training Elite Founder John Mestas turned his 40-year passion for training dogs into a successful business.Hear Our Founder's Story
The Dog Training Elite Story
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.
John becomes a Competitive Training Director and professional dog trainer, and private training services at Arrow Kennels become the facility's most popular client offering.
Arrow Kennels opens its dog training services to the general public, and they 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.
We awarded our first regional franchise to test and perfect the model before bringing it nationwide.
After years of requests, and years of internal testing and improvements, we go national!
Ranked #24 on Franchise Gator’s List of Top Emerging Franchises!
We now have over 35 territories across 8 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
Among Dog Training Companies?
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 high- personalized training programs, VIP-level service, convenience, and emphasis on positivity in our proven methods. When starting a dog training business, here's what separates us from the rest of the pack:
Convenient In-Home Services
By conducting our training appointments in the homes and neighborhoods of our clients, we're not only providing an industry-leading level of convenience, but also keeping overhead investment costs low for Dog Training Franchise Owners without the need of having a brick and mortar location.
Our trainers meet clients at their homes, conduct a comprehensive assessment, and select a personalized, multi-environmental program that will provide the best fit for dogs' individual needs.
Exclusive Dog Training Method
Our proven, proprietary training method is based around the "Classical Conditioning" (AKA "Pavlovian") model, and incorporates positive reinforcement balanced with the use of a safe electronic collar, which does not harm the dog and serves to redirect attention with a simple tap.
Advanced Training Services
We offer 7 different training services, as well as Group Classes designed to place clients and their dogs in public scenarios with numerous distractions, so dogs can practice obeying their owners regardless of their environment.
Superior Customer Service
Dog Training Elite is known for the ongoing exceptional support and VIP treatment we give to our clients. Any dog signed up for one of our programs is a part of the Dog Training Elite family for life!
The Dog Training Elite Method
Our proven training method emphasizes a balance of positive reinforcement with gentle redirection, empowering dogs- and their owners- to communicate and work together more effectively in even the most distracting environments. Dog Training Franchise Owners are trained to utilize the method in all sessions in order to provide the best, most successful results for clients and their dogs.
Meet Our Team
President & Founder
John Mestas is a professional and experienced dog seminar instructor with over 40 years of dog training experience. John developed the training systems utilized by Dog Training Elite professionals. He has served on the boards of Utah Valley Kennel Club, Great Salt Lake Retriever Club and Northern Utah Retriever Club. He has also worked with guide dog puppies for the blind in San Rafael, California and trained with excellent trainers such as Bill Totten, President of the Professional Retriever Trainers Association.
Kelley Rosequist has been working in Office Management, Corporate Training and Human Resources for over 10 years. In addition to overseeing daily operations, client satisfaction, event coordination, and franchise growth, Kelley assists with client intakes for the Personalized Autism Canine Service Dog Programs. She is an integral part of the initial training program and Grand Opening launch events. Her passion for the business is apparent in her willingness to help Franchise Owners wherever needed, from just picking up the phone and answering questions to going out and being physically present for additional support when needed.
Aidan Rosequist has been training dogs for 17 years. Aidan trains dogs for obedience, personal protection, and service dog training. He is recognized by the American Kennel Club as a certified instructor for AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy, Canine Good Citizen and Community Canine testing. Aidan 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
Proud Sponsor of The Malinois Foundation
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.