In-Home Training Packages

Silver

$1,695

Training Equipment Included: E-Collar, Biothane Leash, Training Place Cot

  • In-Home Training SessionsOne-on-one & personalized 2 Sessions
  • Group Park Training Sessions 8 Sessions
  • Come
  • Heel (walk with you, loose leash no pulling)
  • Sit(next to you & off leash at a distance)
  • Place(go to bed)
  • Quiet(stop excessive barking & whining)
  • Off(furniture when desired)

Gold

$2,295

Training Equipment Included: E-Collar, Biothane Leash, Training Place Cot

  • In-Home Training SessionsOne-on-one & personalized 5 Sessions
  • Group Park Training Sessions 12 Sessions
  • Come
  • Heel (walk with you, loose leash no pulling)
  • Sit(next to you & off leash at a distance)
  • Place(go to bed)
  • Quiet(stop excessive barking & whining)
  • Off(furniture when desired)
  • Down(lay next to you & off leash at a distance)
  • Load Up (go into kennel, car, or dog house)
  • Manners, Safety & Boundaries
  • Calm Anxiety & Build Confidence
  • Housebreaking / Potty Training
  • STOP Jumping on People
  • STOP Mouthing & Nipping
  • STOP Chewing & Digging
  • STOP Begging & Stealing Food
  • STOP Bolting Through Doors & Running Away
  • STOP Chasing Animals, Cars & Bikes
  • STOP Reactivity (dog & human)

Platinum

$3,195

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.

Training Equipment Included: E-Collar, Biothane Leash, Training Place Cot

  • In-Home Training SessionsOne-on-one & personalized 8 Sessions
  • Group Park Training Sessions 16 Sessions
  • Come
  • Heel (walk with you, loose leash no pulling)
  • Sit(next to you & off leash at a distance)
  • Place(go to bed)
  • Quiet(stop excessive barking & whining)
  • Off(furniture when desired)
  • Down(lay next to you & off leash at a distance)
  • Load Up (go into kennel, car, or dog house)
  • Manners, Safety & Boundaries
  • Calm Anxiety & Build Confidence
  • Housebreaking / Potty Training
  • STOP Jumping on People
  • STOP Mouthing & Nipping
  • STOP Chewing & Digging
  • STOP Begging & Stealing Food
  • STOP Bolting Through Doors & Running Away
  • STOP Chasing Animals, Cars & Bikes
  • STOP Reactivity (dog & human)
  • *Stay With You on a Jog or Bike Ride (off-leash)
  • *Emotional Support Dog Training(ESA)
  • *Control Aggression(dog & human)
  • *Calm Extreme Anxiety(behavioral modification)

*For a Platinum package please select one; Off-Leash OR ESA OR Control Agression OR Calm Extreme Anxiety.
Dogs must be evaluated prior to being accepted into specialized training programs.*

Puppy Packages

Cub

For clients in search of a puppy.

$145/hour

  • Assistance with breed selection based on client's lifestyle
  • Puppy evaluation and recommendation for training packages
  • Beginners education of the critical foundation of puppy training
  • Option puppy selection assistance including Volhard Testing

Beta

Designed for puppies 8 - 16 weeks of age

$495

Included with Package: DTE Puppy Essentials Handbook, DTE Puppy Webinar access and Puppy Box

  • In-Home, One-on-One Training Sessions 4, 30 minute sessions
  • Group Training Classes 4 classes
  • Come
  • Sit
  • Down
  • Heel
  • Place
  • Stop Biting
  • Stop Chewing
  • Stop Jumping
  • Housebreaking & Potty Training
  • Crate Training
  • Socialization Tips
  • Environmental Hazards
  • Puppy Enrichment
  • Caring for Your Puppy

Alpha

Designed for puppies 8 - 20 weeks of age

$695

Included with Package: DTE Puppy Essentials Handbook, DTE Puppy Webinar access, Puppy Box

  • In-Home, One-on-One Training Sessions 6, 30 minute sessions
  • Group Training Classes Unlimited classes until puppy is 24 weeks of age
  • Come
  • Sit
  • Down
  • Heel
  • Place
  • Stop Biting
  • Stop Chewing
  • Stop Jumping
  • Calming Stops
  • Housebreaking & Potty Training
  • Crate Training
  • Socialization Tips
  • Environmental Hazards
  • Puppy Enrichment
  • Caring for Your Puppy

Puppy Pack Package

Designed for puppies 8 - 16 weeks of age

$325

Included with Package: DTE Puppy Essentials Handbook, DTE Puppy Webinar access and Puppy Box

  • Group Training Classes 4, 45 minute classes
  • Come
  • Sit
  • Loose Leash Walking
  • Down
  • Stop Biting
  • Stop Chewing
  • Stop Digging
  • Stop Jumping
  • Housebreaking & Potty Training
  • Crate Training
  • Socialization Tips
  • Environmental Hazards
  • Puppy Enrichment
  • Caring for Your Puppy

Puppy Essentials Webinar

70 Minute Webinar

$45

Our trusted puppy class is now available "on-demand" from the comfort of your home! Plus you will also get a personal call with one of our experienced dog trainers for a tailored experience. This webinar video is designed for owners of puppies age 8-16 weeks old, and will be accessible to you for a 3-day period via Eventbrite.com (easy to use website!) Select today's or tomorrow's date to get immediate access to the video! You can also add a $45 Puppy Kit during checkout to have essential puppy tools delivered right to your door!

  • Introducing a new puppy to your home
  • Health & well-being
  • Nurturing a good temperament
  • Veterinary care & vaccines
  • Scruffing & calming signals (dog yoga)
  • Basic Treat Obedience Including: Come, sit, loose-leash walking, and down
  • Puppy Corrections (Stop biting, digging, jumping, etc.)
  • Crate Training/ House Breaking
  • Socialization Tips
  • Environmental Hazards
  • Puppy Enrichment
  • Caring for Your Puppy

Designed for puppies age 8-16 weeks of age.
Prepares your young puppy for formal training.

Therapy Dog

Therapy Dog

Therapy dog training is based on your dog's abilities.

$3,695

A therapy dog volunteers alongside you, where permitted, and provides comfort to others. Examples include cheering people up at nursing homes or hospitals.

A good therapy dog is naturally friendly with strangers, able to work around a high level of distraction (with training), and able to understand personal boundaries, such as not jumping up, licking, mouthing, etc (with training).

  • Puppy Selection advice
  • Private, one-on-one training sessions in your home and the community 8 Sessions
  • Group Training Classes 32 sessions
  • Lifetime support via text/email and in-person support sessions to be scheduled at trainer’s discretion. (No more than once per month, after completing initial program.)
  • AKC Training
  • Therapy bandana, ID Card, and Certificate of Training
  • An exclusive directory of therapy events and locations for you to donate your time
  • Come
  • Sit, Down
  • Place
  • Heel
  • Quiet
  • Off, Wait
  • Leash Manners
  • People Manners
  • Load up in the car / kennel
  • Make a friend
  • Choose one personalized greeting (high five, shake, hug, etc.)
  • Top-notch off leash obedience
  • Distraction Training

Purchase of additional training equipment may be required.

Facility Packages

Electronic training collar included with purchase of Elite Training Camp & Service Training Camp
*Specialized training options are based upon your dog's abilities and may require purchase of additional training equipment.

Service Training Packages

We offer free consultations to evaluate your dog's ability and temperament as a good candidate for any of our service dog training programs or we can provide one litter visit for puppy selection. Call us today to schedule a free in-home service dog training evaluation! All service dog training packages include:

  • One-on-One Service Dog Training in your home and in the community
  • 52 Group classes
  • AKC Testing
  • Service vest, ID cards, registration, and certificates

Mobility Support Dog Training

16 One-on-One Sessions

Call for Details

A mobility support dog can increase an individual's independence and quality of life by assisting with tasks that are difficult or impossible to complete on their own. A brace and mobility support dog can be taken anywhere and are trained to their handlers specific mobility and ambulatory needs. Mobility service dog tasks are customizable, but examples include:

  • Forward Momentum Pull
  • Counterbalance
  • Open Doors with Adaptive Equipment
  • Turn Lights On/Off
  • Item Retrieval

Personalized Autism Canines

14 One-on-One Sessions

Call for Details

Personalized autism canines provide an emotional anchor for children with autism and a sense of security to family members. The autism world is widely accepting of service dogs, as overwhelming results show psychological benefits for the child in addition to the entire family. Autism support service dog tasks are customizable, but examples include:

  • Deep Pressure Therapy
  • Anchor a Child Who Wanders
  • Sensory Assistance
  • Find Help
  • Redirect Repetitive Behaviors

Psychiatric / PTSD Support Dog

12 One-on-One Sessions

$3,995

A Psychiatric/PTSD service dog will be able to go anywhere with their handler and assist them in times of high stress and provide a sense of security. A service dog will provide emotional support, reintegration into society, reduce depression, help cope with anxiety, reduce the frequency and severity of flashbacks, anchor handler to the present, and reduce suicidal ideation. Psychiatric service dog tasks are customizable, but examples include:

  • Grounding
  • Deep Pressure Therapy
  • Panic Response
  • Create a Physical Buffer
  • Interrupt Repetitive Behaviors

Diabetic Alert Dog Training

24 One-on-One Sessions

Call for Details

Living a balanced life with Type 1 diabetes isn't always easy. With the support of a diabetic alert dog, that balance becomes a possibility. Alert dogs for diabetics provide the stability, safety and support that allows for increased activity and peace of mind. Diabetic alert service dog tasks are customizable, but examples include:

  • Alert to Highs & Lows
  • Item Retrieval (*additional costs may apply)
  • Alert Others in the Home
  • Medical Response

Service Dog training is based on your dog's abilities.
Equipment included: E-Collar, Biothane Leash, Training Place Cot, Service Dog Collar, Dog Water, Branded Service Kit.

Lifestyle Training Packages

Wedding Day Extras

Puppy's First Dance: Dance with the Bride/Groom/Couple
$145 - Per Hour Practice Private Session

Wedding Day Professional Trainer: DTE Trainer will care for and handle your dog on your special day. Handler will be dressed professionally in a collared DTE shirt and slacks. Or a suit/dress/tuxedo upon request at dog owners' expense.
$1,200 - For the Day

Dog of Honor / Best Dog

$2,695

Your dog is an important part of your family. Don't forget to include them in your big day, and develop their skills to become a great companion ever after.

Training Equipment Included: E-Collar

  • Private, one-on-one training sessions 7 Sessions
  • Wedding Rehearsal 1 Session
  • Group dog training sessions 16 Sessions
  • Come
  • Sit, Down
  • Place
  • Heel
  • Quiet
  • Off, Wait
  • Set Boundaries
  • People Manners
  • Leash Manners
  • Build Confidence & Calm Anxiety
  • Control Destructive Behavior
  • Control Reactivity (dog & human)
  • Potty Training
  • Get in Car/Kennel
  • + Specialty Skills* Below:
  • *Walk you, your Maid of Honor, or Best Man down the aisle
  • *Sit or Place during the ceremony
  • *Sit & pose for photos

*You must purchase a wedding package to add on wedding dog package extras

Flower Dog / Ring Bearer

$2,995

Your dog is an important part of your family. Don't forget to include them in your big day, and develop their skills to become a great companion ever after.

Training Equipment Included: E-Collar

  • Private, one-on-one training sessions 8 Sessions
  • Wedding Rehearsal 1 Session
  • Group dog training sessions 16 Sessions
  • Come
  • Sit, Down
  • Place
  • Heel
  • Quiet
  • Off, Wait
  • Set Boundaries
  • People Manners
  • Leash Manners
  • Build Confidence & Calm Anxiety
  • Control Destructive Behavior
  • Control Reactivity (dog & human)
  • Potty Training
  • Get in Car/Kennel
  • + Specialty Skills* Below:
  • *Walk down the aisle
  • *Deliver Ring/Flowers to the happy couple
  • *Sit or Place during the ceremony
  • *Sit & pose for photos

*You must purchase a wedding package to add on wedding dog package extras

Adventure Dog

$3,295

With Adventure Dog training you and your dog can enjoy all of the fun activities that the great outdoors has to offer. Take your dog with you on life's great adventures!

Training Equipment Included: E-Collar, Biothane Leash, Training Place Cot, Water Bottle & Bag

  • Private, one-on-one training sessions 5 Sessions
  • In Field training sessions 4 Sessions
  • Group dog training sessions 16 Sessions
  • Come
  • Sit, Down
  • Place
  • Heel
  • Quiet
  • Off, Wait
  • Set Boundaries
  • People Manners
  • Leash Manners
  • Build Confidence & Calm Anxiety
  • Control Destructive Behavior
  • Control Reactivity (dog & human)
  • Potty Training
  • Get in Car/Kennel
  • + Specialty Skills* Below:
  • *Off leash obedience
  • *Ride on a paddle board
  • *Ride in a kayak, canoe, or boat
  • *Swimming and water safety
  • *Ride on a golf cart or ATV
  • *Ride on a sled or skateboard
  • *Heel & run next to you on a bike
  • *Heel & run next to you on a scooter
  • *Heel & run next to you on a jog or hike
  • *Keep a 20ft. radius in camp

*Specialty skills & extras are based upon your dogs ability, and must be approved by a DTE trainer.
Purchase of additional training & safety equipment may be required.


Nominate Your Own Hometown Hero to Win a 7-Day Resort Stay!

Dog Training Elite West Michigan wants to recognize heroes in our communities that exemplify what it is to be a hometown hero. Dog Training Elite, in partnership with the Motoa Project, is awarding* one Hometown Hero in the Michigan region with a 7-day stay at a 5-star resort(a $10,000-$15,000 vacation giveaway).

*Airfare, taxes and additional fees not included.

Hometown Hero West Michigan

Please provide you and your nominee's information below:


  1. Fill out your information and your Hometown Hero's information here.
  2. Be sure to include if the hero is in need of The Malinois Foundation to find and/or train a service dog to travel with the hero.
  3. Upon submission, our team will review your nominee.
  4. We will reach out directly to you to alert you if your nominee is selected.

Your Information

Nominee Information

We are proud to parter with the Malinois Foundation

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.

Award Winning Dog Training Services in the Grand Rapids Metro Area


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Welcome to Dog Training Elite West Michigan! We are a professional, family owned Grand Rapids-based dog training company with over 40 years of experience that specializes in strengthening the bond between your dog and your family, with a strong emphasis on teaching your dog the highest level of obedience, despite even the toughest level of distractions. Our Grand Rapids dog training programs are certain to meet all of your training needs. Unlike a lot of other dog training companies, we understand that each client has different needs, so we tailor our dog training programs to accommodate your unique situation. Dog Training Elite West Michigan also trains service animals and dogs ready to volunteer in the community as therapy dogs and companions to those with special needs. We also offer a fun and challenging personal protection program as well!

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Proud Sponsor of The Malinois Foundation

At Dog Training Elite West Michigan, 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 West Michigan 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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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!

My experience with Carrie and DTE has been absolutely wonderful! My relationship with my puppy has completely changed. We are bonded in such an awesome way. I was at my wits end and ready to give up. Carrie truly cares about her clients! Thank you for teaching us how to train Willow to be the best possible dog she can be!! 💗
— Tonya Mannes
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DTE has helped our family so much! They have turned our crazy 1 year old doodle into a well mannered polite little gentleman. These training sessions have made it so much more enjoyable being around our puppy and to take him out with us! Definitely recommend to anyone with a new puppy!
— Tessa Kervin
Posted August 23rd 2022
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Dog Training Elite West Michigan has been wonderful to work with. They have been professional, caring, and so responsive. Their heart is in the right place! Highly Recommend!
— Katie Matt
Posted August 10th 2022
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I have seen the effectiveness of DTE West Michigan's training methods and the positive transformation in the behavior of the dogs they train. Carrie and Jess want each owner to have the best possible relationship with their dog so that they can experience all the fun activities and joy that dogs bring to our lives. If you would like to make your dog a bigger part of your lifestyle, I encourage you to contact DTE West Michigan.
— Vince Conrad
Posted July 28th 2022
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I have never been more excited and happy after meeting Carrie and Jessica.. They are so good at what they do and my dog Macie 🐕 is learning so much and follows my command. It has taken so much stress off me she doesn't pull like she use to and walks right beside me and so much more.This happen within a few weeks. It was the best decision i made and highly recommend it to anyone who is thinking about dog training. Well worth the money!!
— Barbara Botbyl
Posted July 20th 2022
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We were desperate to find a training program that would work for our 2 year old puppy. We could not control her barking constantly around friends & family. In fact we actually had considered giving the dog away. But before that happened we decided to give our dog another chance using Dog Training Elite. Carrie & Jessica are very professional & a pleasure to work with. They would praise both our dog & us when we did things correctly, and also corrected us when gave a command that might confuse our dog. With out a doubt this was the best money we ever spent!!! Jim
— Jim Kidd
Posted July 18th 2022
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My Son told us about Dog Training Elite and how it changed his dog. So we called them and Jessica Maxwell and Carrie McIntyre came to our house to discuss this training program. They were very friendly and excited about this program. I will say that it is expensive but the results are amazing. We were to the point of thinking about giving Charlotte away as we could not control her constant barking. Within the 1st week of training the barking stoped and she stopped jumping on people. She would also run away when we wanted to take her for a walk. Week two now she comes we we say come and we do not have to chase here all over the house. We have tried different training program but this by far the best. It has truly changed our dog and also the stress is gone for us trying to control her. Thank you again Dog Training Elite for helping us with our baby.
— Judy Kidd
Posted July 4th 2022
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Carrie and Jess are fantastic trainers. They are dedicated and truly passionate about improving the bond between dogs and their owners. I highly recommend them for all training needs!
— craig fizer
Posted June 14th 2022
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Carrie and Jess are such wonderful dog trainers. I've seen them work with care and professionalism. What a great team to have working with your dog!
— Valerie de Armas
Posted June 1st 2022
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Carrie is a dedicated trainer that is caring and passionate about helping others. Her energy and joy in what she does is evident and shows in her dog Sturgill.
— George Rehbein
Posted June 1st 2022
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Carrie is such a great trainer and is so passionate about what she does!
— Kelley Rosequist
Posted May 24th 2022
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