Our Values at Dog Training Elite Upstate SC

The founders of Dog Training Elite Upstate SC have been successfully training dogs, providing support to dog owners and working closely with charity organizations for over 40 years. Our passion for dogs and service has driven us to create an innovative training method that sets us apart and elevates our trainers to a higher standard of training. We have worked to build a team of trustworthy local dog trainers that reflect our values and possess the necessary skill and qualities that strengthen our mission and advance our unique training model.

We provide comprehensive, generous support to our clients and balanced, sustainable dog training in Greenville to every dog we work with. We genuinely love what they do and aim to build a community for our clients that love their dogs just as much as we do. Once you begin the training process with us, you become a part of the Dog Training Elite family.

Our values are reflected in the work we do to provide service animals for those in need. We strongly believe in the healing power and helping benefits a service dog has for those with mental or physical disabilities/ disorders as well as the elevated love and joy that the companionship of a dog can bring into the lives of individuals and families in general.

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Empowering Owners

We work with dogs of any breed, size or age - and we empower owners with lifelong skills to continue successes.

  • Leash & potty training
  • Staying & coming
  • Destructive chewing & digging
  • Stealing food, clothing, or other objects
  • Barking, howling & whining
  • Food guarding & begging
  • Mouthing, nipping & playing rough
  • Anxiety & submissive urination
  • Jumping up & hyperactivity
  • Aggression & anxiety

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Not all training packages may be available at our Dog Training Elite Upstate SC location, please reference our pricing page for complete information on services offered.

Award Winning Dog Training Services in the Greenville, SC Metro Area

Welcome to Dog Training Elite Upstate SC! We are a professional, family owned Greenville, SC-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 Greenville, SC 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 Upstate SC 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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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.

Meet Our Team

Jared Smearman


Elizabeth Smearman

Office Manager/Trainer






Dog Training Elite Upstate SC has award winning in-home dog trainers and top rated dog training programs.

Why Dog Training Elite Upstate SC?

Lifetime Investment

We follow up & are invested in the owner's success long-term.

Value Priced

We pride ourselves on being able to offer our professional services at prices that are budget friendly.

Local Trainers

All of our local dog trainers are trustworthy, willing to be there for our clients and love what they do.

Simplified & Customized

We plan training around the owner's schedule and require only 15 min/day follow-up practice.

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!

Dog Training Elite has been very professional, polite, & beneficial to teaching our sweet Corgi furbaby the ropes! Thank you.
— Diandra Cash
Posted June 5th 2024
Incredible experience! It has improved the quality of life for our family and for our dog. The in-home training was perfect for us, as it trained us to train or dog. It was almost a night and day difference after day one in our dogs behavior. Everything our trainers told us our dog would do post session was spot on. The process is amazing and it works. We have recommended them to everyone we know who has a dog.
— Chuck Harrington
Posted June 5th 2024
Very happy with our entire experience at DTE. They’ve been a vital component of my German Shepherds training.
— Shaun Becker
Posted June 3rd 2024
We hired Dog Training Elite to train our overly excited Labrador puppy that just had too much energy. We were getting ready for a cross country road trip and were nervous with how he would do. After completing 8 sessions, our dog was a completely different animal! He is still the same excited boy he was but he actually listens now. We can take him to parks, beaches, camping and he is a joy to have around. He is well behaved in public and private settings and listens to commands easily. Hiring Dog Training Elite was the best decision we made. Would recommend them over and over again to everyone!
— Irina Spasyuk
Posted June 1st 2024
These trainers are amazing. We struggled with having our dog home when we had people over as he would bark and jump constantly on everyone. We had taken to boarding him whenever we had a party. We worked with Dog Training Elite and saw amazing results. For the first time in 4 years we were able to keep him home with us when we had people over. The trainers are wonderful, patient and caring. I wish I had found them sooner. I can't recommend them enough.
— Elizabeth D
Posted May 30th 2024
Dog Training Elite has wonderful and personable trainers. Thanks to them, I can bring Ritzli on outings to dog friendly places around Greenville. Also, thanks to DTE, after our fence broke in our yard, I didn’t have to worry about Ritzli darting out before we got it fixed. I would definitely recommend DTE to other dog parents!
— Lillian Fant
Posted May 18th 2024
I can't thank my friend enough for referring me to Dog Training Elite. Choosing this place has been an absolute game-changer for my 2-year-old lab, who was struggling with behavioral issues. Opting for the 1-week camp option turned out to be one of the best decisions I’ve made for my dog. Strangers now comment on how well behaved he is in public. All of the trainers are incredible and you can tell how much they love working with animals. I couldn't recommend this place more!
— morgan steffner
Posted May 17th 2024
All of the trainers at Elite Dog Training are amazing! They gave us so many helpful tips and tricks for our puppy, Bella. Bella is so far ahead of other dogs her same age in regards to following instructions, thanks to these wonderful trainers. They truly love what they do and are dedicated to helping clients and their dogs develop self-confidence in their training abilities. I can’t say enough about how pleased I am with the program and the people who run it. They really care and want you and your dog to be successful.
— Trisha Slaughter
Posted May 16th 2024
Amazing staff! My dog went through the week training camp and came out the other side a different dog! This training not only helped my dog with obedience but with confidence as well. If your dog has anxiety with meeting strangers and being out in public I definitely recommend!!
— Gabriella Arthur
Posted May 4th 2024
Omg this place is amazing! My dog used to be very skiddish & reactive around other dogs & couldn’t go out in public without barking & lunging. After completing the training course, he’s learned to listen better & is so well-behaved, especially when we’re out in public! I think the training boosted my dog’s confidence too because he’s not as jumpy or stressed as he used to be around other dogs or crowded environments. Best place to get your pup trained for sure!!
— Sophia Steele
Posted May 2nd 2024
I have used dog training elite for BOTH of my dogs’ training. I have a Bernese mountain dog and a German shepherd. The trainers are so so patient not only with the dogs but with their humans too. My second dog just “graduated” his obedience training today! I love having the confidence to be able to take both my dogs on a walk and know that they know what to do. Training has also helped get my GSD’s endless energy out, which has been so great! I would recommend DTE to anyone who has a dog!
— Lindsey Deligny
Posted April 29th 2024
10/10 would recommend. I was a skeptic with what I was convinced was a hopeless "tough case" German Shepard /Bernese Mtn Dog. Hyperactive, barked at guests, barked at us, wouldn't recall, chased the cat, picked on our other dog, actually ate more than one steak off the counter.. etc. Treats or food were the only thing this dog would cooperate for. And don't get me started on leash pulling. DTE helped my dog trust me and build up his own confidence; while teaching me how to guide him and love him the whole way. I cannot tell you how satisfied we are with his progress. Our dog is WAY calmer, holding commands and learned a few new ones. It's improved all of our lives. We are so grateful for Dog Training Elite Update SC. If you don't think you have time.. I promise you do, and your dog will love you for it.
— Gabby Kreiger
Posted April 26th 2024
Great trainers who know what they are doing, They know how to get the best dog out for the best life of the dog ! Had only 3 lessons so far with astonishing results for my German Shepherd ! Looking forward to the seemly unlimited capabilities.
— T TM
Posted April 23rd 2024
We adopted a 4 yr old 86lb labradoodle this past summer. Trevor had been abandoned by his first family. He was full of love but had no boundaries! I was walking through downtown Greenville about 3 months ago and passed by 2 gorgeous golden retrievers taking place on a statue. I turned around and saw Danny, the trainer, from a distance. I asked, “are you a dog trainer?” I called Dog Elite the next day. Hands down, THE BEST investment we have made. Trevor has soared in his training! The dog we swore would ruin our home and maybe our marriage has become an absolute delight! Danny, Casey, McKenzie and Sydney are knowledgeable, easy to work with and crave to see success with your pet. We did the in home program which helped us in our own environment. Thank you Dog Elite! Trevor has manners and boundaries now! We are a MUCH happier family.
Posted April 5th 2024
Unbelievable how much our dog has improved! You get what you pay for. They are the best!
— Zach Molter
Posted March 9th 2024
This dog training program was life-changing for us and our dog Maple. Maple's main issue was recall. We would spend an hour just trying to catch her at a dog park to leave. We were skeptical at first because we felt we had tried everything and we didn't think anything would improve her recall but we were pleasantly surprised. After 6 home visits with Dog Training Elite, Maple is like a whole new dog. She gets more confident everyday, she will come, place, sit, stay, and heel. This experience has given us more peace of mind and her more freedom. Huge thank you to Mackenzie and Sydney for all they did for us and Maple. They were so professional and kind and we could tell they enjoy what they do. We can't wait to bring Maple to group classes. Thank you Dog Training Elite!
— Camille Ouzts
Posted March 2nd 2024
Dog training elite is absolutely amazing. Each of the trainers were always so excited to work with Nala. They were very supportive and wanted Nala and myself to be successful. Always had quick and helpful responses to texts. 100% would recommend to anyone who wants to train their dog. Worth every penny. Nala was so happy when she graduated obedience training.
— Michael Adams
Posted February 29th 2024
I have experienced multiple ways to train my dogs. With my two now, a Border Collie and GSD, I wanted to try something different in order to work on unique training needs. My Border Collie was having behavioral issues and my GSD was just a puppy still, he's trained but needs help with distractions. I reached out to DTE to have a different experience, instead of a formal training or boarding. I was intrigued by DTE because they explained to me of having multiple options. We did day boarding camp, where you got to drop off and pick up your dog, so you still got to bond nightly, then we did in home training and we are soon starting group training. Day boarding allows the trainers to focus on your dog then teach you what they learned, and you know they are working your dog as they only have a handful of dogs at the facility that time. In home is nice because you are able to have your normal day to day distractions and environments, allowing the dog to feel comfortable but also know they need to execute the task at hand. My GSD loves to bark at the neighbors dog and we were training while the dog was out, giving him that big distraction and getting corrected in real time. The other benefit of in home is the DTE trainers bring their own dogs, allowing a new unique dog to be added to the mix. My Border Collie is not good with other dogs coming up on him in public, so we were able to experience that in a walking scenario to work through real life actions. After a few weeks of working my border collie with other dogs and his brother the GSD i have seen his anger issues calm, he is realizing whos the boss and he doesn't have to have a chip on his shoulder. We are soon starting group classes to continue training. Still more to work on with both but because you get so many sessions in your package we will be continuung our training in the weeks to come. DTE is not just the cookie cutter classes or experience, if you want to work with a team that cares and is willing to work with you and your dog this is the team to use.
— Christine Rowland
Posted February 24th 2024
We got our sweet Bella at 5 months old. She came with high anxiety and no manners having her mom die at 3 weeks old and living most of her time outside with her large litter. Our vet recommended Elite and we are so happy we did it. Bella is a very different dog who continues to gain confidence every day and with each new experience we expose her to. She is well mannered and has become the pup we knew she could be. Jared and each trainer are so very knowledgeable and caring with each dog they train. We are excited to continue in group classes for the next 6 months.
— John and Susan Thomas (John and Susan)
Posted February 3rd 2024
DTE has been a wonderful experience! We needed help with excessive puppy biting that did not end at the 6-month mark, resource guarding, and pulling on the lead. DTE helped us with all of these things and more. All of the trainers are wonderful with dogs and humans! Their communication was excellent! They were always available to answer any questions or concerns I had. I highly recommend them!
— Shannon Papadopoulos
Posted February 2nd 2024

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