Elite, Award Winning Dog Training Services in Kansas City

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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, no matter the problem behavior.


  • 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 Kansas City South offers expert in-home dog training near you in Kansas City.
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 Kansas City South offers professional group dog training programs near you in Kansas City.
Socialized Group Training

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Award Winning Dog Training Services in the Kansas City Metro Area


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Welcome to Dog Training Elite Kansas City South! We are a professional, family owned Kansas City-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 Kansas City 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 Kansas City South 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 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.
Dog Training Elite Kansas City South has award winning in-home dog trainers and top rated dog training programs.

Why Dog Training Elite Kansas City South?

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.

Dog Training Elite Kansas City South - The Malinois Foundation

Proud Sponsor of The Malinois Foundation

At Dog Training Elite Kansas City South, 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 Kansas City South 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!

We have been working with Dave to train our bull terrier mix who has reactivity and aggression issues. Dave has been very helpful and always available in case we have any issues. Our dog has come a long way from when we first began training. We attend dog classes on the weekends to get her used to being around other dogs and even inside our home she has shown a lot of improvement. I highly recommend training with Dog Training Elite as we felt hopeless just a couple months ago!
— Helen
Posted July 25th 2021
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The only dog training you’ll ever need! Matt and team are fantastic, super knowledge, professional and great teachers. They taught the lessons to us as owners as much as our dog, which helps to reinforce the right behaviors. I’ve had dogs my whole life and wish they all would have had this training. Our family is much better balanced as a result of these approaches, we’ve benefited from both obedience and ESA training. If you have a dog training need, Dog Training Elite and Matt are the place to go!
— Steve Havera
Posted July 23rd 2021
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I was in desperate need of a service dog. I went to DTE after a lot of research and physically observing their dogs and trainers at one of their events. When I arrived at their Mesa location, I was greeted by the most amazing people. They were kind, took a lot of time and effort to understand my needs and my disabilities. They had payment plans that fit my needs and had equipment I would need for training on site. I was lucky to have trainer Lexi. She did absolute wonders with my dog. By day two, my dog was tasking for my disability. Over the course of 3 weeks, Lexi got my dog ready to pass the CGC, CGCU, CGCA, PA, and ALL of the service dog tasks I requested. We were tested by Alex, who made what could have been the most stressful day ever, instead fun, light, and very enjoyable. This was not all. After testing, I was invited to join Service Dog group classes. This was run by Priscilla and Ashley. I was beyond nervous to go to our first class, but Ashley assured me that it was going to be great. I can’t put into words how supportive the class was. Priscilla was so knowledgeable and helped make little corrections with my dog which greatly impacted his behavior. I gained the confidence I needed and my dogs skills skyrocketed. I can not recommend this company enough. If you want results, respect, encouragement, understanding, and a friendly environment, DTE is for you.
— Dina Ransom
Posted July 22nd 2021
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I was in desperate need of a service dog. I went to DTE after a lot of research and physically observing their dogs and trainers at one of their events. When I arrived at their Mesa location, I was greeted by the most amazing people. They were kind, took a lot of time and effort to understand my needs and my disabilities. They had payment plans that fit my needs and had equipment I would need for training on site. I was lucky to have trainer Lexi. She did absolute wonders with my dog. By day two, my dog was tasking for my disability. Over the course of 3 weeks, Lexi got my dog ready to pass the CGC, CGCU, CGCA, PA, and ALL of the service dog tasks I requested. We were tested by Alex, who made what could have been the most stressful day ever, instead fun, light, and very enjoyable. This was not all. After testing, I was invited to join Service Dog group classes. This was run by Priscilla and Ashley. I was beyond nervous to go to our first class, but Ashley assured me that it was going to be great. I can’t put into words how supportive the class was. Priscilla was so knowledgeable and helped make little corrections with my dog which greatly impacted his behavior. I gained the confidence I needed and my dogs skills skyrocketed. I can not recommend this company enough. If you want results, respect, encouragement, understanding, and a friendly environment, DTE is for you.
— Dina Ransom
Posted July 22nd 2021
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I was looking for someone to help train my dog to become my service dog and I made the right choice. Professional, great communication, and they truly care about the dog and the handler. Highly recommend for any level of training needed.
— Alicia Hollister
Posted July 20th 2021
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Our trainer, Alex, was superb. When he came out and evaluated our mini Goldendoodle, I wasn’t sure how he could learn to be a service dog in our home. Alex is patient, methodical, and helped train us as well as our dog. Our dog learned so quickly and it was easy for us to practice since everything was in our own environment and with us.
— Susan Spitzberg
Posted July 14th 2021
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We are so happy our friends referred us to dog training elite! We had previous training that wasn’t sticking with our dog so decided to try this. I wish we would have known about them beforehand because after just the first session we couldn’t believe how well he was doing! Our trainer, Tyler, was so awesome!! He was informative and patient with us, answered any questions we had throughout the process and very reliable. I never would have thought we could have our dog come to us and also be off leash in just a session or two, but he did!! So I can’t say thank you enough to Tyler because our life has changed because of this! At first we were hesitant, because of the price and because we weren’t sure if it would work but we knew something had to change. I would do it all over again for just how much our dog has learned over the 6 weeks, it’s crazy!! My advice to you would be, DO IT!!! You won’t regret it!! We just have so many good things to say about Tyler and the dog training elite company altogether and would recommend them to anyone we know.
— Hilary Bockewitz
Posted July 14th 2021
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I was beyond satisfied with Dog Training Elite Charlotte. After weeks of calling and meeting with people my husband and I both were having doubts if we would find the perfect match for us. Shawn promptly got back to us, set a meeting that very day and we did not even have to think about it, we left our pup there for the day to begin the two week training class. That very same day we saw a major improvement in our adorable (yet stubborn) golden retriever. We were having issues with her attempting to be the alpha of the house, harassing the children, refusing commands and frankly causing chaos whenever she felt like it. Within days her overall personality calmed, not only was she doing the basic commands, she wanted to learn and do more. She overcame some of her own insecurities and by week two was riding down the street on a skate board. I will be using DTE for any further training we do for our dog and will certainly refer anyone I know to them. We put a lot of thought into getting our new addition, that same thought process should be done when picking a trainer, it is an investment that will stay with you for quite some time. It was very important to Shawn and Sharon that we understood the training tools, commands and expectations so we could implement them at home. They both were very responsive in any questions and concerns we had. Thank you again for all that you helped us with and will continue to help us with.
— Jennifer Gatto
Posted July 13th 2021
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Started training my basset hound puppy with Alex at 4 months and have seen impressive results for such a stubborn breed. At 7 months, my puppy responds to commands and is well socialized. The one-on-one visits are great to get pet owners started training their dogs and the group sessions are perfect for socialization and adding distractions. Would highly recommend for any dog owner looking to help their dog live in a human's world.
— Frederick Dyson
Posted July 12th 2021
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We had THE BEST experience at DTE -- Tanya specifically was magic with our Frenchie Louie. I highly recommend their boot camp -- Louie is a new dog! He is patient and quiet and so well behaved. The training provided the framework and structure for him to learn the basics and then some. Our lives have drastically improved! Love the staff and can't say enough about this program. I refer everyone I know -- worth every penny! Thanks so much to the team at DTE -- we will be lifelong friends! :) Tanya and Louie are the cutest of friends -- I love it so much!
— Stephanie Teeples
Posted July 12th 2021
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DTE is the BEST!! We HIGHLY recommend them. We enrolled our puppy into the 2 week day camp. Shawn and his family went over and beyond for us and our 4 month old lab puppy, Jackson. Jackson was full of energy and very strong. He was a sweet and loving puppy, but Shawn and his family were able to help Jackson and us to put all of that energy into good use. After one day with their family, Jackson was a different puppy. He was still his normal fun loving self, but listened and became a productive member of our family. Originally, our kids (6 and 9) were starting to lose interest in him because of his hyperactivity and mouthing. After the first day they couldn’t wait to be part of the on going training with us and Jackson. They couldn’t wait to see what he learned each day. Shawn was so respectful, patient, compassionate to Jackson and us. He was never in a rush and always took as much time as we needed to understand the new skill taught. He also was just a text/phone call away. I can’t say enough about this company and family. The are so passionate about what they do and they are truly there for the dogs and the dog’s families. Having a puppy is hard and time consuming work, and we now have the tools to help our puppy navigate the world and our family. We cannot wait to continue Shawn and his family’s work with Jackson and hopefully certify him as a therapy dog. DTE has a customer for life. I can’t wait to see what is in store for Jackson in the future!! Thank you so much Shawn, Sharon, Angela, and Addison!!
— Nathan Murphy
Posted July 9th 2021
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I never leave reviews but I rarely place a life I love into others hands. Tanya was the MOST amazing dog trainer I could have ever asked for. I decided to get a dog that would be big and immediately recognized that he needed training to be safe and happy in a human household. I will not lie that I was nervous to go with e-collar training but it turned out great! I noticed that Tanya worked with him on a very low level which to me meant that she was an extraordinary great trainer and that was true. When she started working with him, he was excited to get to training camp for the day. We ended up with a completely different dog at the end and it was beneficial for him and us as we found a form of communication. Thanks so very much! It was a truly great experience and will be impacting for years to come! He is still in "place' after 40 minutes. I am sure visitors will appreciate this command. Not everyone likes big dog hugs 😉
— Misty Thorsen
Posted July 8th 2021
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Shawn helped tame my skittish and anxiously aggressive Rottweiler. He was gentle with her and with us but within just a few minutes the command was taught in our dog was responsive. If you’ve ever questioned spending money on training your dog I highly recommend it! It is worth every penny
— Jeniffer Gillette-Dionne
Posted July 7th 2021
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Shawn and Angela were amazing with helping me do some touch up training with my German shepherd, Bo Dime. I highly recommend them to anyone wanting to have a well trained dog that you can take anywhere!!! Thank you!
— Jamie sellers
Posted July 3rd 2021
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My family got our very first dog, a lab/pit mix named Skye. She is a sweet dog, but the constant nipping, chewing, and disregard for basic commands like “come” were getting the best of us. I watched various tutorials and videos online, but we ultimately decided we’d benefit more by having Shawn from Dog Training Elite come out to the house. It turned out to be the best decision for Skye because after the very first session, we saw a big difference in her behavior. Shawn does a great job of not only training the animal, but the owner as well. He explained the psychology behind dog training to show us that certain actions we had been allowing were negatively impacting her behavior and making our expectations for her impossible. He was also great with our kids, and worked with them just as much as he worked with my wife and I. We saw more and more tangible progress after every session, and while Skye is still the same sweet dog, her behavior is like night and day. Now that her initial training is complete, we have the tools and knowledge to reinforce what we’ve learned. Huge thanks to Shawn and Dog Training Elite.
— Raymond Ballard
Posted July 3rd 2021
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DTE is AMAZING! So glad I reached out to them for the training of both of my goldendoodles. They were absolutely wild (full of energy) prior to training. And I never in a million years thought I would be walking my dogs off the leash!! My dogs used to almost pull me down walking (literally), now they do great with heel and all the commands that were taught! It feels great to be able to enjoy a nice walk and not have to worry about them. After week 1 I could already tell a huge difference. You will have a new dog after completing their training. Shawn and his team are great! Not only do they work with your dogs, but they also work with you to train them. You will have the dog they say you will after training. Definitely worth every penny. I’m amazed and recommend DTE 110%. Looking forward to group classes!
— Autumn Royal
Posted June 30th 2021
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I highly recommend Dog Training Elite Charlotte We needed a trainer to assist us with our high energy puppy that loved to nip and bite. After 1 day of training with Shawn and his family, our puppy’s demeanor and disposition changed 100% to the better. After 2 weeks of training, she was sitting, heeling, placing, laying down and understood the off command. She was also playing with other dogs, riding a skateboard, and completing a small obstacle course on command. Utterly amazing for a 3-4 month old puppy. I usually don’t take the time to write testimonials unless I am completely happy and satisfied with a service. Shawn and his team are accommodating, respectful, knowledgeable, and highly experienced in their trade. We plan to also use them for continuing training. Whatever challenge or goal you would like to achieve with your dog, call Dog Training Elite Charlotte and give them the opportunity to illustrate to you as they did with us!
— Steve T
Posted June 27th 2021
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DTE’s professionals - Alex, Ashley and Aspen (Triple A) have provided their knowledge and tools to help our dog Astrid gain confidence and make good decisions. Through Triple A’s direction, Astrid has made considerable strides in being a good, respectful, obedient and fun Doberman. Thank you Alex, Ashley, and Aspen for your solid expertise, real problem solving skills and real life, practical training . Astrid .
— Al Interiano
Posted June 26th 2021
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Went on vacation and came home to a completely different dog! Shawn and the trainers transformed Reese (a stubborn little guy with small dog syndrome) into a very obedient pup! We highly recommend them and even have to a few neighbors with new puppies. Thank you to all the trainers again!
— David Hess
Posted June 23rd 2021
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We are super happy with bringing on the professionals at Elite. With their educate, training, guidance and support we feel success with our Border Collie who has a reactive history. Elite has trained us to train him, now not only do we have confidence so does our Border Collie. They were even able to work with our Border Collie and give him touchable praise, impressive considering his past. Positive reinforcement and praise is stressed and is key. Coming to the home has been a great benefit. Looking forward to the park groups. Highly recommend Elite!!
— Valerie Rios
Posted June 22nd 2021
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