America's Top Dog Training Franchise

Over four decades of experience have gone into our proven training method.

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Our Story


Dog Training Elite Founder John Mestas has been a dog lover for as long as he can remember! From an early age, John knew that he wanted to pursue a career that allowed him to interact with dogs and help them live their best lives. With over 40 years of experience as a professional dog trainer and Competitive Training Director, John and his team of experts were able to develop a successful, proven dog training method that incorporates a balance of positive reinforcement tactics with gentle redirection to teach dogs- and their owners- how to effectively communicate with one another.

Dog Training Elite offers convenient private and small group classes to our clients in the comfort of their homes and local parks, in communities across America. In addition to our original obedience training and behavioral modification services, we now offer specialized services such as Therapy Dog, Service Dog, and Personal Protection Training. As the needs and demands of our clients change, we continue to add new, innovative services and approaches. 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.

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The Dog Training Elite Story


1976

Founder John Mestas opens Arrow Kennels, named after his first obedience trial dog, a golden retriever named Arrow.

1980

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.

1990

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 versus dog boarding.

2011

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.

Present Day

Dog Training Elite offers convenient private and small group classes to our clients in the comfort of their homes and local parks, in communities all over America.

"I own a very nervous protective adopted dog. We had been through several group training classes, and individual personal trainers before finding Dog Training Elite. Since we adopted our dog after she was a couple years old, she was set in her ways. However, Dog Training Elite has helped obtain control of our dog.

The trainers are friendly, and great to work with. After having some individual dog training classes at our home, we started attending group training classes. This made me nervous, because our dog was dog-aggressive. We've since worked through these issues, and I feel so much better about being able to take my dog with me when we go places."

Mike A., South Jordan, UT

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:

  • Obedience Training
  • Puppy Services
  • Service Dog Training
  • Personal Protection Training
  • Anxiety & Aggression Training
  • Service Dogs for Military/Retired Veterans
  • Therapy Animal Training

Multiple advanced training programs mean multiple revenue streams for our Franchise Owners!

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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 highly 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:

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Personalized Programs

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.

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Convenient In-Home Service

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Lifestyle-Friendly Business

The Dog Training Elite opportunity is ideal for people who seek a career that offers them a little more time to spend with family, or to concentrate on starting a dog training business and growing it.

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.

In addition to our original obedience training and behavioral modification services, we now offer specialized Therapy Dog, Service Dog, and Personal Protection Training programs as well. As the needs and demands of our clients change, we continue to add new, innovative services and approaches.

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