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What is a Therapy Dog?

A therapy dog is a dog that performs a service for other people. Typical therapy dog tasks are going to nursing homes or hospitals to cheer people up. For your dog to qualify, he/she must be friendly with strangers, and with training, be able to work around a high level of distraction and to understand personal boundaries, such as not jumping up, licking, mouthing, etc.

Research shows that therapy dogs can have a positive effect on a patient’s mood, stress, and pain levels during facility stays. Children, in particular, respond positively to therapy dogs. They are more motivated to participate in treatments, feel optimistic about the future, and experience an overall sense of calm when a certified therapy dog is present.

Therapy dogs can promote social interaction between individuals within communities that may not otherwise experience socialization typically. Therapy dogs offer unconditional love, non-judgmental interaction, reduce stress, anxiety, and loneliness and provide an overall positive distraction to ailments.

Goals for Your Therapy Companion

  • Socialization
  • Lower Pain Levels
  • Motivation
  • Provide Comfort
  • Decrease in Stress, Anxiety, and Depression
  • Promote Healing
  • Increase Overall Optimism
  • Ease Loneliness

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.

Therapy Dog

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


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).

Lifetime Guarantee!

  • Puppy Selection advice
  • Private, one-on-one training sessions in your home and the community 9 Sessions
  • Group Training Classes 1 Year
  • 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

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.

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!

I inquired about training for my girl, who likes to jump and “paw” to get your attention. The owners were very thorough in explaining every step of the way for training and how each session would look. I would highly recommend them just based off the thoroughness and kindness they show! You can tell they really love dogs and it shows in their work.
— K B
Posted July 16th 2024
My dog had a wonderful experience with the trainers and owners of Dog Training Elite Upstate SC! Sadie was 7 years old when she started training. The staff was very knowledgeable, warned me of things to be mindful of, and offered their expertise and advice 24/7! I never once sent a text or made a phonecall without hearing back within a hour or less. They answered all of my questions from before training began, the start of training, and at completion. All of the trainers loved my dog and every other dog I saw them engaging with, as if they were their own dogs. My dog had surgery on one of her legs years ago and they made modifications and adjustments to any exercises or prompts when we could tell it was too difficult for my dog. My dog lives a happier and healthier life and I experience less stress thanks to the wonderful individuals and effective and kind training at Dog Training Elite!
— Shannon Edmunds
Posted July 15th 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 Macri Daly
Posted July 15th 2024
Charley completed their week long June 24 training camp. She and the rest of the dogs in her group did amazing- as we ALL got to see each other’s progress after every day. I highly recommend Dog Training Elite Upstate and support their training methodology and their superior level of attention given to their clients-both K9 and handler.
— SC Jumper
Posted July 15th 2024
Great training. We love all dogs that come our way. No matter the breed or aggression, we love them all!
— Danny Keslar
Posted July 15th 2024
A hug thank you to everyone at DTE for helping with Bella, I would highly recommend them to everyone. After one lesson our family noticed a difference. One on one lesson at the house was a plus, I have gone to other places and they did not spend the time working with us like DTE did. Everyone was very patient and willing to help, and help with any problems that occurred. THANK YOU DTE
— Yvonne Telson
Posted July 9th 2024
Your search for a dog trainer is over! 👏👏👏 I am so impressed with Dog Training Elite Upstate and the way they interact and train their clients dogs. You become family and they care so much. 🐶These trainers do not fear getting bit, they say it’s just part of the training. 🐶They show up ready to work with our furry family members and you will see results quickly … as long as you are also willing to do your doggy homework with your loving pet.😉 It’s a fabulous team effort. 🐶😊 🐶I swear DTE are like Dr. Doolittle’s! They seem to have the right whisper for our pets to understand and be traineD. They appreciate the rewarding and praising and learn how to be a great pet. 🐶Professional in every way. I have to say, my Favorite dog trainer is Sydney. I’ve never seen anyone light up as she does from the moment she shakes your hand and meets your dog. The passion is felt and the love … priceless. I also love Danny and how much he does for us to have a healthy relationship with our pets. Danny is amazing. When looking for a great dog training company, look at the owners. I applaud the owners, Jarad and his beautiful wife, Elizabeth for their outstanding quality for business building internally and externally. Their hearts and souls are in it to make a difference and it shows authentically and transparently through their trainers. 😊 👏👏👏I’m telling ya, your search is over, call Dog Training Elite Upstate today, you will be overjoyed with joy! 🥰
— Lyn-Dee Eldridge
Posted July 7th 2024
Absolutely love dog training elite! They have the best trainers around! They knowledgeable, loving, patient trainers . I would not go anywhere else, I highly recommend!
— Karen Eldridge
Posted July 7th 2024
Dog Training Elite is second to none in the Upstate! I can't say enough good things about Jared and Elizabeth and the rest of the Elite team! They are incredible trainers and are genuinely loving people who work tirelessly to ensure each dog gets the best care and training possible. DTE has given Indu, Sydney, and I more than anything we could’ve asked for! I will always recommend Elite Dog Training to anyone looking to improve their dog's behavior and strengthen their bond. Thank you, Jared, Elizabeth, and team for your dedication and love for our furry friends!
— Michael Sigrist
Posted July 6th 2024
Great place. All the trainers are super knowledgeable and Very friendly and patient. My shepherd Shelby learned so much there.
— Laurel Hassig Wimpey
Posted July 6th 2024
Great place. All of the trainers are super good and very knowledgeable. My shepherd Shelby learned so much.
— Laurel Wimpey
Posted July 6th 2024
When we got our dog Charlee she was crazy. We needed to get her obedience classes ASAP. After our first few classes Charlee was a completely different dog. Highly recommended!
— Joe King
Posted July 6th 2024
This team deserves 100000 stars. DTE is the best in the upstate! I have gotten to know each trainer personally and the lengths they will go to to not only make sure you and your dog reach your training goals but to also care for your dog like their own are above and beyond what any other company can provide! The customer service is out of this world. Any questions or concerns are addressed immediately after hours and weekends, rare find!! It took many failed investments and training methods for us to finally have peace and harmony with our three dogs. One of which it took this training for him to allow me to pet him for the first time in years since he only trusted my wife. We also can finally trust our Jack Russell around our shepherd/wolfhound mix as she was attacking her and resource guarding. Thank you to the DTE Upstate team for caring for our pups and showing us what's possible!
— James Martin
Posted July 5th 2024
The BEST trainers in the state of South Carolina..I took my 2 year old German shepherd as a last resort..she was extremely reactive and could not bare to be near anyone she didn't know. The team was very thorough and patient with me and my lack of experience training a dog. My shepherd has gone from barking and reacting to everything and everyone she sees to being able to go downtown with me with no issue. I couldn't recommend dog Training Elite enough. They've changed me and my dogs life for the better!
— anthony simmons
Posted July 5th 2024
The trainers are all so great with my goldendoodle Teddy. He has improved on his obedience tremendously since we started working with dog training elite. I highly recommend them!
— Aubrey Schaab
Posted June 28th 2024
We had an amazing experience with Dog Training Elite Upstate. These people LOVE dogs. The communication was always very clear, personable, and friendly. They do a very thorough job of level setting expectations of the process and being very specific on the role you play in your dog’s success. We feel even closer to our dog after this experience. Thank you to the whole team at DTEU for your patience and kindness throughout this process.
— Calhoun Taylor
Posted June 27th 2024
I am so impressed with the patience, kindness, and dedication of Elite’s training team. My Keeno’s manners are improved and it’s pleasant to take him out to parks, etc.
— Prudence Taylor
Posted June 14th 2024
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

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