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

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.
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Dog Training Elite of Central Maryland

240-459-0004

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


Welcome to Dog Training Elite of Central Maryland! We are a professional, family owned Howard & Anne Arundel Counties, MD-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, MD 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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Christy Dugan

Owner

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 works 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 Wife & I could not be more pleased with the overall experience we've had working with Christy & Richard from Dog Training Elite! We've seen a tremendous improvement in Baxter's (our 2 year old, German Shepherd Mix) responsiveness to commands, and his general behavior, and we're confident that we now have the tools we need to successfully continue his Training on our own. They came to our home for multiple sessions, addressed all of our concerns, and were very easy to work with! Their passion, communication & flexibility made Training much easier than we ever expected...Highly Recommend!
— Dave Bond
Posted February 5th 2024
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Excellent business! I can’t say enough about our trainer Christy, she was amazing with our dog Beau and us. He’s a different dog after he completed his training. I highly recommend Christy and her team at Dog Training Elite Central Maryland!
— Cheri Chalk
Posted February 5th 2024
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This training is a game-changer! I was amazed at how quickly we saw results and how easy it is to follow. I would recommend to anyone!
— Nicole Mazzella
Posted December 11th 2023
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Excellent trainers and an excellent investment. I made more progress in 6 months with my goldendoodle than I did the previous year of training. Their expertise in service animal training, especially with tasks has been a wonderful help!
— Annie
Posted October 12th 2023
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Dog Training Elite of Central Maryland is amazing!!! Our Goldendoodle was and is an extremely high-energy dog. We were having such a hard time teaching him not to jump on people and run them over as they came into our home. After just a couple of sessions with Christy, our Oliver is like a new man. Don't get me wrong, he is still super high-energy. The difference is, he now listens to our commands. Going on walks is fun again. Thank you, Christy and Dog Training Elite!!
— Emery Nelson
Posted October 2nd 2023
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Training was excellent!! Experience with trainers were great. Highly recommend this trainer to everyone.
— Kenneth Sarkady
Posted September 26th 2023
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Dog Training Elite Central Maryland did such a wonderful job helping me to train my puppy. Christy and her staff are top notch, very professional and go above and beyond to help their clients! I definitely recommend them to help anyone training their dog to be the best they can be.
— Stephen May
Posted September 6th 2023
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Christy did an excellent job training our miniature schnauzer Marty. We saw immediate improvement after the first training lesson, and this was saying a lot since Marty can be extremely stubborn. He listens so much better now, and barely barks or looks at other dogs on his walks like he used to. She taught us how to train our dog, and what tools/ things we can do to continue reinforcing his training. We are very thrilled with the training and happy we invested in DTE.
— Rachel Hall
Posted August 6th 2023
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We finished our in-house sessions this past week and I’m delighted with the progress we’ve made under Christy’s guidance. The lessons all made good sense and, when I had questions between sessions, Christy gave prompt and detailed responses. I feel I now have the tools to handle just about any training issues that arise. I would certainly recommend Dog Training Elite of Central Maryland to others.
— Joel Kramer
Posted August 5th 2023
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Christy is a great trainer and she truly seems to love what she does. Our dog Nala took very well to the training and she is doing so much better. We have a golden retrevier that loves people and they were able to help me get her not to jump on people and just be more lady like lol. I highly recommend this company if you need dog training services
— Teri Bechtoldt
Posted July 20th 2023
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Christy and colleagues were great in our private sessions. We saw immediate improvement with our dog, and the training plan was simple. We look forward to keeping up with his progress in the group classes.
— Aubrey Soller
Posted July 26th 2023
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My husband and I have a 3yr old Australian shepherd+lab mix. Super high energy! Christy and Tyra did great with her. Our pup is much more well mannered and we now have the right tools to use in different situations to help her focus and make doing things fun for all of us!
— Ashley Hall
Posted July 10th 2023
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Our Wheaten Terrier, while generally a good dog, is a Terrier with all of their crazy behaviors. But he was starting one that was pretty dangerous - reacting to passing vehicles. He also would react to certain dogs in the neighborhood. We worked with DTE for several weeks to train our dog to act/react appropriately while on walks, etc. When he reverted to reacting to cars again, they continued to work with us. For the last several months, he has been amazingly good. DTE worked with us throughout and made clear that they would be available if he needed more work. We can definitely recommend them.
— Robert Sledgeski
Posted March 7th 2023
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Great trainers! Highly recommend Christy and Sean!! Thank you for all your hard work!
— Jessica Cunningham
Posted March 3rd 2023
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Sean is a spectacular trainer and we couldn’t be more happy with the transformation in our dogs behavior and obedience. Now our baby goes everywhere with us!
— Ryan Roudebush
Posted March 2nd 2023
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Great trainers! Thanks you for all your knowledge and patience!
— parker fillmore
Posted March 2nd 2023
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Sean and Christy are 2 of the most passionate about dogs and compassionate about people kind of folks that you could ever meet! Great job Team DTE Maryland
— KC Owens
Posted March 2nd 2023
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I recently had the pleasure of working with Christy at Dog Training Elite of Central Maryland and I can't say enough good things about them! From the very beginning, she was responsive, professional, and truly seemed to care about the well-being of my dog. The training program was tailored to my dog's specific needs and the trainer worked closely with me to make sure I was comfortable with the techniques being used. I was amazed at how quickly my dog responded to the training and how much progress we made in a relatively short amount of time. But what really stood out to me was Christy's commitment to ongoing support. She didn't just teach me how to train my dog - she also provided me with the tools and resources I need to continue reinforcing the training at home. Overall, I highly recommend Dog Training Elite of Central Maryland to anyone looking for a knowledgeable, caring, and effective dog training team. They truly exceeded my expectations and I'm grateful for all that they've done for me and my furry friend.
— Rob Nash
Posted March 2nd 2023
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Trainer after trainer gave us the same "he needs more exercise/he is bored" without even evaluating our specific situation. Christy quickly picked up on the fact that our dog is just extremely high energy and needs more than just physical activity. Dog Training Elite allows our dog to be obedient while still "working" his active brain. Now we have fun and productive training sessions, but best of all RELAXING, calm, in-between-times. DTE is worth every penny!
— Sam Kramer
Posted January 20th 2023
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I would recommend Dog Training Elite to every dog owner who would like their dogs trained. Our dog, Augie, no longer barks, knows most of the commands, and he is so much calmer now! Thank you to Christy, and Sammi for all their help..
— Marissa Mercready
Posted December 31st 2022
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