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Many dog owners express frustration when their dog returns from obedience school and has not learned one command successfully. While obedience school trainers teach your dog simple commands, effective training is best done at home with the owner. Each dog is unique, with its own temperament and behavioral issues. Full-scope training is not possible to achieve without an in-home dog training program.

During in-home sessions, trainers get to know the dog and its environment. There are often particular issues- chasing the mailman or barking at the neighbor’s cat - that are not observed in an out-of-home setting. Bringing a professional dog trainer into your home creates a personalized training experience, that addresses your dog’s particular issues.

In-home dog training is more successful than group classes because it minimizes distractions. Basic obedience and behavioral issues must first be addressed with one-on-one private training, and then these lessons can be tested in a more distracting environment. Dog Training Elite West Michigan takes a comprehensive approach, pairing in-home training with group lessons to ensure your dog fully retains every command and can respond appropriately regardless of the environment.

In-home dog trainers can address a variety of issues, such as:


  • Housebreaking
  • Leash pulling
  • Aggression
  • Anxiety
  • Ignoring commands
  • Excessive barking
  • Jumping on people
  • Destructive behaviors

Positive Training Methods


At Dog Training Elite West Michigan, we understand that you want the best for your dog, and our goal is to ensure all training experiences are positive for you and your furry friend! Our team of trainers has learned that positive reinforcement and classical conditioning are the most effective training methods. We never use punishment - we love dogs and we want them to learn in a positive, safe environment! By rewarding dogs for good behavior rather than punishing negative behaviors, our trainers effectively teach your canine companion how to behave.

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In Home Dog Training Goals

While our professional dog trainers will be taking the lead, you, and any other family members who interact with your dog will be a part of the training process as well. In-home dog training empowers you and helps you build a positive relationship with your dog.

Benefits of Positive In-Home Training Techniques

Dogs enjoy training sessions if they take place with the person they love. Listening, learning, and acting on commands is a way for your dog to show you that he cares! The praise you bestow your pup (and the tasty treat you give) makes him happy, and this experience of learning is a great bonding activity.

Sending your dog off to obedience school removes you from the training process and prevents this special bonding from occurring. When you choose Dog Training Elite West Michigan, we ensure you are part of the training process. All in-home training programs involve you and any other family members that care for your dog. Our trainers’ goal is to teach you how to train your dog.

Obedience commands are essential to any full-scope dog training program. These commands ensure the safety of your dog and prevent any undesired problems. Obedience is the core of successful training, and your dog must learn these commands before he can progress.

Our in-home training program focuses on ingrained obedience and our trainers ensure your dog learns essential commands, such as sit, place, come, stay, lay, off, drop it, and more. Once these key lessons are taught, our trainers will work with you and your pup on more advanced topics.

Does your dog jump up as a greeting, or charge the door anytime visitors announce their arrival with the doorbell? Or perhaps he begs from the table with wide, puppy eyes? These problem behaviors are easily corrected with the right training techniques.

Group classes or “puppy essentials” training programs cannot address most problem behaviors, as these issues are more likely to occur at home where your dog is most comfortable and confident. Bringing a trusted trainer into your home is the best way to address these behaviors!

In-Home Dog Trainers in Grand Rapids

Searching for a professional dog trainer is stressful. Thankfully, Dog Training Elite West Michigan has various locations and experienced professional dog trainers ready to assist you and your pet. Besides basic obedience issues, our trainers are experienced in service dog training, therapy dog training, and any other specialized training your pup may need. If you are looking for in-home dog trainers in Grand Rapids, then look no further than Dog Training Elite.

We never use shock collars or punishments; our training method focuses on positive reinforcement, which has proven successful. We combine this positive reinforcement with an electronic vibration collar for optimal results. The vibration collar is not a shock collar nor does it cause pain - it is used to get your dog’s attention, like the tug of a leash. Our techniques have proven successful over the years, and we are proud to be a trusted provider of dog training services in the Grand Rapids area.

Dog Training Elite West Michigan is proud to have the highest rated in-home dog trainers in Grand Rapids.

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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 West Michigan 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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Why Choose a Professional?


DIY training often fails because most dog owners do not know how to communicate with their canine companions. A professional trainer teaches you how to communicate with your dog, making training easier and results long-lasting.

Dog Training Elite West Michigan’s in-home training program is highly personalized as opposed to most other programs available to dog owners. Together, owners and canines create stronger bonds along with sustained obedience. Contact us today for a free in-home evaluation!

In-Home Dog Training FAQs


As your dog spends most of his time inside your home or around your property, this is where problem behaviors are more likely to occur. When you bring your dog to group classes, these behaviors are likely to go unaddressed. Bringing a trainer in your home allows for your dog to feel comfortable and gives the trainer a chance to catch and correct negative behaviors.
At Dog Training Elite, we create highly personalized programs because we know every dog is different. Our in-home dog training program focuses on basic obedience, housebreaking, and behavior correction. If your dog is a barker, a mailman chaser, or displays aggression, your personal trainer will focus on these unique behaviors.
Yes! Our professional trainers include you in the lessons and work hard to help you and your dog establish a bond of trust. When the dog owner is not included in the training process, it is extremely difficult to establish obedience in your dog. A dog dropped off at over-stimulating, distracting doggie daycare or group training sessions will have difficulty translating those lessons into his home environment.
At Dog Training Elite West Michigan, we use positive reinforcement methods and a gentle vibration collar. We never abuse or use punishment tactics. A happy dog is an obedient dog, and we work with treats, praise and attention to help your dog establish healthy behaviors.

Dog Training Elite West Michigan provides professional and personalized in-home dog training programs in near you Grand Rapids.


For full package details (with disclaimers) please reference our pricing page.


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 Job or Bike Ride (off-leash)
  • *Emotional Support Dog Training(ESA)
  • *Control Aggression(dog & human)
  • *Calm Extreme Anxiety(behavioral modification)

For full package details (with disclaimers) please reference our pricing page.


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!

Jason helped me with my 2 Dogs. I have a Pit mix that was reactive and is now no longer reactive and does great off leash, along with a Hound mix that was near impossible to get to listen to simple commands that now can be off leash and listens very well.
— Rick M
Posted June 27th 2022
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Our family chose Elite Dog Training of Charlotte for obedience training of our 8 month old Labrador Retriever, Clyde. We then found ourselves in a family medical emergency prior to the scheduled training. With no hesitation Mr. Shawn came and picked up Clyde the very next day and took him for the 2 week overnight training camp. Words can never express how thankful we were for this compassion shown with our situation. I knew then we had chosen the perfect place for Clyde. Over the course of the next 2 weeks, I received daily texts of pictures and videos of what Clyde was learning. He was night and day from when he left our home! By the time he returned (2 short weeks) our 5 year old daughter could walk him on a leash by herself, he was following all basic commands, running an obstacle course and could even ride a skateboard! We continue to stay in contact with Mr. Shawn and his family, sending pictures of Clyde with our daughter and continue to use them for boarding and training purposes. You won’t regret choosing Elite Dog Training of Charlotte. You will be amazed by the transformation of your dog’s behavior in a very short time. Mr. Shawn and his team are the best! They deserve more than just 5 stars!
— Alecia Mashewske
Posted June 25th 2022
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The basic obedience camp was 1000% worth the money and time. My golden doodle is basically a completely different dog. Erin (the trainer) was so kind, patient and let me pick her brain about more training tips after the camp was finished. Would do this again in a heartbeat!
— Hollie Steed
Posted June 25th 2022
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Great training, I wouldn't go anywhere else!
— C S
Posted June 23rd 2022
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What a joyful pleasure to work with Mr. Shawn and Angela at Dog Training Elite in Charlotte. My best reward came from the dog park training, my pet Bleu building confidence, obedience and discipline. Mr. Shawn and the Sharon in the office was very detailed in explaining the program contents and meeting my expectations. Thank you Angela for your in home pet assistance it was educational for myself and Bleu. I plan to continue our training, Good Day!!!
— Terri Owens
Posted June 23rd 2022
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I have been thoroughly impressed with DTE. They have been super helpful and have offered me all the support I need as I train my dog. The trainers are super friendly and offer good feedback. I would recommend DTE to everyone.
— Adrian W. Eads
Posted June 21st 2022
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My dog is still a 5 month old pup and is in training to be my service dog. Every single person that meets her thinks she is just a small dog because they can’t grasp how well behaved she is!!! She is a completely transformed dog from when we first got her. She is still herself 100% but she is so well behaved and listens immaculately thanks to her trainers!!!! The fact that they come to MY HOME to train her has been huge for me especially with these gas prices! They adjust her training to HER too. It’s not just a set training without modifications. They understand that every dog and every owner is different and have such a wide knowledge on owners and dog health and more. They work with you in every aspect, LITERALLY. You think of something, they will work it out with you and they respond so quickly, professionally, and kindly. I truly am blown away with this company, her trainers, and of course my dog! As are everyone that crosses her path. Could not recommend Elite enough. I do want it to be known that we are NOT wealthy! Quite the opposite. But again, they work with you and every single penny is undeniably worth it. If you are considering giving your dog up, DONT. Get them through this training, even just the basics, your frustrations will disappear. I’m certain of that.
— Jaclynn Hamer
Posted June 21st 2022
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My dog is still a 5 month old pup and is in training to be my service dog. Every single person that meets her thinks she is just a small dog because they can’t grasp how well behaved she is!!! She is a completely transformed dog from when we first got her. She is still herself 100% but she is so well behaved and listens immaculately thanks to her trainers!!!! The fact that they come to MY HOME to train her has been huge for me especially with these gas prices! They adjust her training to HER too. It’s not just a set training without modifications. They understand that every dog and every owner is different and have such a wide knowledge on owners and dog health and more. They work with you in every aspect, LITERALLY. You think of something, they will work it out with you and they respond so quickly, professionally, and kindly. I truly am blown away with this company, her trainers, and of course my dog! As are everyone that crosses her path. Could not recommend Elite enough. I do want it to be known that we are NOT wealthy! Quite the opposite. But again, they work with you and every single penny is undeniably worth it. If you are considering giving your dog up, DONT. Get them through this training, even just the basics, your frustrations will disappear. I’m certain of that.
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Posted June 21st 2022
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From start to finish the experience with Savanna was perfect. Great communication and excellent with follow-up. Especially grateful for the little details that made the whole process and experience feel personalized.
— David Anthony
Posted June 17th 2022
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We’ve been doing in-home sessions with Evan for several weeks now and it has been incredible! The 1-on-1 training with our Golden Doodle, as effective as it has been, is nothing compared to the insights and training that we’ve received as owners. We decided to hire Dog Training Elite Utah County because, during our initial consultation, before we ever paid a dime, they gave us a few pointers that had an immediate and positive impact on our dog. Genuinely, I can’t praise them enough! Over the course of 3 weeks, Bruno has gone from a wild puppy to one that we feel comfortable leaving out of the kennel when people come to visit. For real, if you’re on the fence about hiring Dog Training Elite Utah County, just call for the initial consultation. It was an expense that gave us heartburn, until we met and saw how knowledgeable, passionate, and patient they are. Looking back, I’d gladly pay WAY more for the training we’ve received so far, and we haven’t even finished our sessions. Just give them a call!
— Greyson Dixon
Posted June 17th 2022
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Dog Training Elite has been phenomenal! We are training our Labrador to be a therapy dog for our dental office. The combination of in home and group lessons has been very beneficial. The trainers are all so friendly and easy to work with. We get comments all the time about how well behaved our puppy is. At 6 months old he is proficient at all the commands. We will definitely be using Dog Training Elite for all of our dogs in the future and HIGHLY recommend them!!
— Jennifer Clark
Posted June 16th 2022
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I love working with Dog Training Elite. They come to your house for training, and they are very knowledgable. I would definitely recommend this company.
— Aubrie Munson
Posted June 11th 2022
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I signed my dog up for the Service Dog Training Camp. She has every skill I will need for her to be my service dog, she is incredibly obedient and is much more confident (she had a VERY overly excited/anxious demeanor before). I feel it’s safe to say this company has absolutely changed my dog for the better: a dog who was once ignoring commands, had a short attention span, and was slightly destructive has now since graduated her program to be my service dog. Plus, you can tell the trainers genuinely care and want what’s best for you dog! However, I will say it’s not magic and you must also keep your pup accountable for the training to stick at home. Your dog will thank you for coming here and continuing the training at home.
— Caitlyn McElyea
Posted June 10th 2022
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The trainers really know and understand dogs. They have worked with me and my boy Tate to break bad habits, create good habits and transition into the most wonderful service dog I could hope for. They are patient and kind. They listen to your needs and confirm their understanding before suggesting trainings and/or therapies. Savanna has gone above and beyond helping me. Priscilla has been amazing at every turn. I can not recommend Dog Training Elite and their trainers highly enough.
— Rose Harvey
Posted June 9th 2022
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Working with Dog Training Elite has been the very best investment of time and money for my family and Daisy. We spent thousands of dollars with other training organizations and nothing worked for us. What I loved about Dog Training Elite initially was that the trainers were going to come to my home, where they could see and help me best address Daisy's unmannerly behaviors. Within 2 days of using their tools and approaches, we saw a dramatic positive change - less jumping on people and less barking at the door bell. In only got better from there. The techniques are easy and enjoyable for us and Daisy. I now have a well behaved dog who walks nicely on a leash and is mannerly in my home. I have to believe that she is much happier now that she understands our expectations. Cameron and Dominic did a phenomenal job for us and we look forward to the group training sessions later this month where Daisy can strut her stuff! We are so proud of her.
— Sue Slattery
Posted June 9th 2022
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Highly satisfied!! From our first contact experience with Fona (Admin) and Colleen (Owner/Consultant) we were impressed with their professionalism. Every contact was responsive, respectful, timely, and well managed. And Salena and Melanie (as our trainers) were fantastic and wonderful. They were equally well-qualified, always on time, personable, helpful, great instructors and friends to my dog Ledger... even when he was acting like a complete canine idiot!! Their training philosophy and use of training techniques was absolutely top notch, and one-on-one sessions were conducted with Ledger's highest good and well-being the priority. We were fully supported and always in great, competent hands. In good conscience I can only give them a very high A+, 5 ⭐ rating with my highest satisfaction and full recommendation!! Thank you Northern Utah Elite!! Launee Simmonds
— N S
Posted June 8th 2022
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When we got our little Pepe he was scared of everything and everyone. Since he was a rescue we had little facts on him other than he was roughly 3yrs old. The barking and running out the door was just driving us nuts. We signed him up for training and I swear we have a whole new dog. He now follows direction, sits and looks out the door if I leave it open. We can go out and his confidence in himself and us shows through his behavior. Thank you again to all the trainers in helping us.
— Carmen mills
Posted June 7th 2022
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Geneva and Adakais are nothing short of amazing. The owner Whitley is am amazing person with a huge heart. She stepped.in where others dripped the ball to ensure this disabled veteran got the service dog I so desperately needed. I will ALWAYS go back to Dog Training Elite for any training needs I have in the future!
— Bobby B
Posted June 7th 2022
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Alex is a phenomenal trainer. My Penny was ready for her public access test at 7 months old and passed first try. She has developed into a wonderful service animal and I have Dog Training Elite and Alex to thank for that.
— Jodie T
Posted June 7th 2022
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We spoke with a couple different dog trainers to find the one that would fit us the best. We learned about DTE from a friend and did the free consult with them. We appreciated the consultation took the time to answer our questions and help us understand what type of training we could expect. After our first training we started to see improvements in our pups behavior and she was able to coexist with the cats in our home. The training we received from DTE was incredible. Jeff took the time to train our pup along with us and give us the tools we needed to be successful with our dog. Now we enjoy taking our dog on walks and she gets more freedom rather then us constantly getting frustrated she won't listen. We have received multiple compliments when out on walks or just in our front yard of how well behaved our dog is. We couldn't be happier with the training program.
— Steve Czarnocki
Posted June 7th 2022
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