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Elite, Award Winning Dog Training Services in Howard & Anne Arundel Counties

All Breeds. All Sizes. All Ages.

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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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We strongly believe that the key to sustained obedience and training is to empower owners to be an integral part of the training experience.

Dog Training Elite of Central Maryland offers expert in-home dog training near you in Howard & Anne Arundel Counties.
In-Home Training

Dog obedience classes are held on a consistent basis and are included in most packages. Our dog obedience training classes are designed to place yourself and your dog in public places (surrounded by other dogs, people, smells, and sounds)!

Dog Training Elite of Central Maryland offers professional group dog training programs near you in Howard & Anne Arundel Counties.
Socialized Group Training

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Dog Training Elite of Central Maryland

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

Dog Training Elite of Central Maryland 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 Maryland region with a 7-day stay at a 5-star resort(a $10,000-$15,000 vacation giveaway).

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  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.
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  4. We will reach out directly to you to alert you if your nominee is selected.

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Award Winning Dog Training Services in the Howard & Anne Arundel Counties Metro Area


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Welcome to Dog Training Elite of Central Maryland! We are a professional, family owned Howard & Anne Arundel Counties-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 Howard & Anne Arundel Counties 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 of Central Maryland 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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Meet Our Trainers

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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.
Dog Training Elite of Central Maryland has award winning in-home dog trainers and top rated dog training programs.

Why Dog Training Elite of Central Maryland?

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.

Come Meet Us!

We are often at home shows in your area! Our passion for dogs and service sets us apart. All of our local dog trainers are trustworthy, willing to be there for our clients and love what they do. We want to build a community for our clients that love their dogs just as much as we do and once you begin the training process with us, you become a part of the Dog Training Elite family.

Proud Sponsor of The Malinois Foundation

At Dog Training Elite of Central Maryland, 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 of Central Maryland 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!

Very flexible consistant instructors who care about your dog with attention to the owners needs. I have seen a dramatic improvement in the bahavior of my dog. Highly reccomend!
— RC Ware
Posted October 31st 2022
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Today was a perfect day for WALL-E and l. The training was very interesting and very helpful me to do at home. I was impatient at the moment, but Samantha help and walk me through on how to be more calm and patient when Wall-E gets in his ways. Thank you Samantha, see you next weekend 😊.
— Reginald Washington
Posted September 17th 2022
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I absolutely love Dog Training Elite ♡ They changed my dog and my life and I highly recommend them!! Thank you
— Atalante Shay
Posted August 8th 2022
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I have a 3 year old male doberman that has gone through previous obedience training, and I decided to move forward with Dog Training Elite's Gold package to explore new training methods and to refine what he knows. Before Dog Training Elite, I have never used an E-Collar. The main reason why I didn't use an E-Collar was the stigma behind them, but Christy was SUPER informative and knowledgeable on the E-Collar and how to successfully use the tool. She made me feel comfortable and confident using the E-Collar. Now that I know how to use the E-Collar, I would never go back! My boy LOVES Christy and her team as they give such a calm, firm, and positive presence. Christy has been there for us (anytime of the day or night) for our random questions and checks in during the week to see how everything is going. We just finished the 5 in-home sessions and we're onto the 24 group sessions which I think is an awesome deal. We're super excited!
— Nicole Butcher
Posted July 29th 2022
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Christy and Shaun are awesome! Having a well trained puppy (6 mos) is paramount! My dog now goes with me to the office and is very well behaved and loves to greet new customers without barking or jumping. Highly recommend Dog Training Elite. Looking forward to the group session training.
— Chad Houck
Posted June 13th 2022
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Our dog Leo was what we referred to as a flight risk. He had gotten out before and was in real need of discipline training. He was also a hard puller on walks and not at all a good listener when it did not suit him in any situation. After attending Dog Training Elite, he is a totally different dog! He LOVES the training he got (and continues to get at home) and is eager to please. He is still in training mode, but the change in his behavior is 180 degrees from what it was. He was a good dog, but now he's a great dog! And we have Dog Training Elite of Central Maryland to thank for that!
— Steve Caswell
Posted June 8th 2022
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As a first time puppy owner, working with Christy at Dog Training Elite as giving me and my puppy (Saban) the confidence needed to transition into our new living and social space together. My bichon/poodle mix has made a complete 180 degree turn; he is no longer dashing out of open doors, he has a better understanding of basic commands such as come, sit, down, place, and heel---most important I am not longer tripping over him and the leash. Christy makes herself available when you have specific questions or issue after scheduled training—which is always helpful as she tailors the next session to you and your puppy’s needs. Dog Training Elite is genuinely committed to the success of you and your puppy and is highly recommended.
— Meresa Stacy
Posted June 5th 2022
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My puppy’s behavior changed for the better basically overnight.
— Heather Osborne
Posted June 3rd 2022
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Omgosh I can’t say enough great things about Dog Training Elite of MD. I had my dog to a previous trainer ( $$$$) for a board and stay for 2 weeks and I felt there was very little progress with my dog. After only a few sessions with Christy my dog and I are so much happier! He knows what’s expected of him and I’m confident with him now around other people and other dogs. He was struggling with aggressive behavior with another dog in the house as well as other dogs on leash as well as excessive barking. Christy was patient with both me and my pup and we can’t thank her enough!! Highly recommend this company !!
— Dawn Bracley
Posted June 2nd 2022
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Christy is so passionate about the work she does and is amazing with her dogs!
— Kelley Rosequist
Posted May 17th 2022
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Christy with Dog Training Elite of Central Maryland has been an absolute joy to work with. Our sweet lab, Justice, is a bundle of energy and anxiety, and she has absolutely transformed already just in a couple weeks working with Christy. Christy is incredible both with dogs and with people, always willing and ready to be available to answer questions, send updates, and give guidance to make sure Justice thrives and that we have the confidence and know-how to ensure she keeps thriving. Her approach to training and supporting both dogs and their humans is incomparable, straight forward, gentle, shockingly simple, and incredibly effective. We've worked with a trainer before and weren't able to make remotely the same progress over months as we've done just in a couple weeks so far with Christy. We feel equipped and excited to continue our training journey with Justice so she can experience even more adventures and meet new friends in the years to come without anxiety! I can't say enough good things about these people, truly. :)
— Misty Melton
Posted April 20th 2022
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If you are considering dog training, look no further. I can’t say enough good things about Christy and DTE! I have seen a huge change in my dog with training after just a few sessions and now have the off leash freedom and obedience I never knew was possible. Life with our dog is more fun thanks to Christy. She is amazing to work with - she is very professional, accommodating, communicative, and engaging - plus, my dog loves her. She always checks in to see how things are going and make sure we have a good experience. I’d recommend her to anyone looking for training.
— Eleanor Broujos
Posted February 26th 2022
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Christy and Sean and the DTE team are amazing! We've been working with them through 5 sessions so far, and the results are beyond our already lofty expectations. We have a stubborn doodle, and an extremely energetic rescue Aussie mix, and the constant barking, chewing, pulling, and other behaviors were becoming a stressor in our family life. Even after the first session, the results were tangible. The best part is how much the dogs are loving to learn under the DTE system! They're so keen to embrace the challenge of a new task. DTE has been a total game changer for us and our pups, and we endorse them wholeheartedly.
— Alex Adler
Posted February 15th 2022
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Dog Training Elite of Central Maryland, run by Christy Dugan and her husband Sean, is absolutely the best choice I made for training my 5 month old puppy Augie. Christy is probably the nicest person you will ever meet and she is also incredibly knowledgeable about the program and how to achieve the results you want for a well-behaved, socialized, and well-mannered member of your family. I chose the package where she comes to my home for five training sessions, and then we progress to group sessions with other clients for added distractions and further socialization. I can't wait to begin that part of the program. If you are unsure what trainer to hire for your puppy or adult dog, look no further than DTE. I guarantee you will be as happy with your decision as I am with mine. Thank you Christy and Sean you guys are awesome!!
— Doria Acheson
Posted January 30th 2022
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DTE is the best! Christy is the best! We have an 8 month old German Shepard/Hound mix. Bella was very hyper, jumped a lot, listened when she wanted to, pulled when she was walked, would bite and paw you, growl and bark at us, and had some issues with potty training. Christy came over and met Bella and Bella did not let us down, all the things we explain to Christy, she showed her. Christy didn’t hesitate and took on Bella. Well, needless to say, we weren’t sure how she would react being away from us and with a new person. After day 1 of training, it was like a different dog! We couldn’t believe it! Bella thrived in training. She did things that we thought she wouldn’t do! Christy would send pictures and videos of them working together. Christy would pick her up in the morning and drop her off in the late afternoon/early evening. When Christy would drop her off, she would explain what they did that day and show us Bella doing it! It was awesome! Everyday you could see Bella’s confidence growing! I still can’t believe everything they did and what a difference Christy made in Bella! We can’t thank her enough for believing in Bella! This training is worth doing for your dog and yourself! Again, from the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU! 🐶❤️
— Dee Dee Molaski
Posted December 20th 2021
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