Our Positive Dog Training Method
in Lake / Geauga Counties

At Dog Training Elite Northeast Ohio, our dog training method is different. We focus on positive reinforcement paired with a personalized, in-home approach. This will empower you as the owner to be an integral part of the process for sustained dog obedience training in Lake / Geauga Counties.

Our approach is based on positive reinforcement. We help you and your dog achieve sustained, deep-rooted obedience.

We do not use punishments or shock collars. We pair positive reinforcement training with an electronic collar for superior results. An electronic collar is not a shock collar and does not harm the dog but is used to gain the dog's attention, just as you would with the tug of a leash. It is never used as a punishment for bad behavior.

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Dog Training Elite has expert dog trainers in Lake / Geauga Counties that use a positive training method with optimal results.


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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 Northeast Ohio has award winning in-home dog trainers and top rated dog training programs.

Why Dog Training Elite Northeast Ohio?

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.

Award Winning Dog Training Services in the Lake / Geauga Counties Metro Area


Welcome to Dog Training Elite Northeast Ohio! We are a professional, family owned Lake / Geauga 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 Lake / Geauga 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 Northeast Ohio 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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Personalized Dog Training


Most dog training programs train the dog at their own facilities. They require minimal involvement from the owner and once the dog returns home the problem behaviors return as well. With our Lake / Geauga Counties in-home dog trainers, we personalize the training to you and your dog for long-lasting success.

The entire family can, and should, be involved as obedience can be undone as soon as training is disrupted by any one individual. Our comprehensive approach will be customized to you and your family to prevent loss of obedience.

Dog Training Elite has top in-home dog trainers in Lake / Geauga Counties that can personalize a training program to fit your needs.

Dog Training Elite provides expert in-home dog training in Lake / Geauga Counties that targets environment specific training needs.

Environment Specific Training


Because your dog's behaviors are specific to his or her surroundings, our trainers work with you and your dog in the environment that behavior occurs. Our in-home dog trainers in Lake / Geauga Counties provide a balanced and comprehensive approach working alongside dog owners to create strong bonds and sustained obedience.

Training takes time, commitment, and balance. Dog Training Elite will be there every step of the way, to help you and your dog achieve sustained, deep-rooted obedience.

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


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!

Sharon is awesome! My pup is sweet as can be but very stubborn. He had a potty and nipping problem and of course did not want to listen. At the tender age of 4 months my Bentley is now an angel and can do tricks with confidence like never before. In just 2 short weeks I have a brand new puppy! I’ve learned so much as a new dog mom and really appreciate the daily updates and video guidance. Highly recommended using Dog training Elite services and you will not regret it! Don’t walk, run and get signed up. Pic of my Bentleys graduation as evidence!

Posted May 31st 2023
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Shawn was amazing teaching my future service dog the right obedience behaviors. I was a little worried as I had used a different trainer first since I got my dog at 5 months old and needed him to know the basics and lived in FL at the time. Shawn’s training was far superior and I will be moving forward with him to train my dog for the service dog part. He is patient, knowledgeable and always on time. Sharron is a pleasure to work with as well. Scheduling, communication and ensuring you are always satisfied and get the training times you need is something Sharron has mastered . This is a top notch outfit that I would recommend to anyone. You can rest assured your dog will be so much better behaved after his program.
— Gary Lock
Posted May 30th 2023
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I highly recommended Dog Training Elite Denver for all training needs. I have trained 3 dogs through their service animal program with great success and have first hand the efficacy of their method in resolving all types of behavioral issues. On top of everything, the DTE Denver team has provided over the top personalized support through every challenge I have faced with my precious pups. I’m a big fan - to say the absolute least!
— Alexa Tetzlaff
Posted May 23rd 2023
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DTE-Denver truly lives up to their tagline. They absolutely are the last dog trainers you'll ever need. I found DTE-Denver after my Goldendoodle was certified as a therapy dog through another trainer, but I didn't feel that her behavior was as reliable as I wanted it to be in order to to feel safe with students in my classroom. After 4 months of training with DTE, my pup passed her therapy test and is as reliable off-leash as she is on-leash. We love all of you at DTE-Denver! Thank you for changing our lives and the lives of the students Kona will continue to help for years to come!
— Catherine Kaminski
Posted May 22nd 2023
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Thank you Dog Training Élite Northern Utah for the work with my puppy Charlie. Charlie has already brought joy to this human near to end of life. Dan, Colleen and your staff have been amazing. Thank you for the patience you show teaching Charlie’s human (me) to be a better handler. You are amazing and I would recommend you to anyone.
— Rosie Holmes
Posted May 13th 2023
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Great work very pleased
— Jaydinsmom Home
Posted May 13th 2023
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Shawn, Sharon and Angela have been absolutely amazing! We participated in the Gold course which completely transformed our dog in the span of five weeks. For the longest time before the sessions, I thought that my dog just isn't the brightest (she's a pitbull with mostly AmStaffy), but I was OK with her goofiness and non-responsiveness, until she displayed some aggression toward smaller dogs Thats when I found Shawn and Sharon. Turns out, my pup is actually super smart, but she just chose to ignore what I want! Since she has been spoiled all her childhood and adult life (she's 3), we have had one of the most difficult session where my dog just don't want to work with Shawn (thinking she can still get away with bad behaviors), and I so much appreciate that Shawn did not give up - because he persisted through, my dog respects Shawn, and respects her owners, and completely changed her perspective on the training (i.e. more cooperative) After our sessions, she is now able to go wherever I point, sits (even w/o command), mastered leash manners (no pulling, stay within a foot distance), and definitely leaves other dogs alone when I tell her so. She pays so much attention to me now, I cannot even believe it!! She constantly comes to me to check on me, and we bonded on such a deep level through our practices that I never thought was possible. Thank you DTE!
— Angie W
Posted May 8th 2023
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The trainers at Dog Training Elite are amazing! We are first time dog owners, and really appreciate their expertise and willingness to answer our many questions. They really individualized the training based on our puppy’s personality and abilities and helped us know how to continue and reinforce his training at home. We are so glad we found such fantastic trainers for our cute puppy Scout!
— Sara Margetts
Posted May 6th 2023
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We've tried dog training before with a different company but gave up due to no results. When we tried DTE we were skeptical but even just the free hour-long consultation with Evan showed us this place cared more than the other. We also noticed results after the first session. We worked with Deidre, Ryan and Evan to train our dog as a service dog for PTSD clients we work with. They are a great team and each of them know how to cheer you on and encourage more from you and the dog. Plus, they focus on building confidence and, when you're the only handler/dog in a public space with good behavior it really goes to show how much hard work the team and us put in. We could not recommend these guys more!
— Zachery Linscott
Posted April 29th 2023
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I contacted Matt at Dog Training Elite because my 6 year old dog was holding me hostage. I couldn't leave him with anyone, I was uncomfortable when company came over. I tried local store Training classes but there were still problems. My dog was dragging me up and down hills, barking and jumping at other dogs and being possessive of furniture and other items in the house. He now plays with other dogs, walks along side of me, sits calmly and waits for commands. He is a happy dog now and I no longer worry about his behavior. Thank you Dog Training Elite.
— Debbie Cooper
Posted April 23rd 2023
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All of the trainers are amazing to work with. They explained things to us in a way that was very easy to understand so that we were confident whenever we did our homework each night with our dog, Jango. It's been so fun watching Jango learn and grow throughout this process, we are so proud of him and are grateful for all of the trainers that worked with us. Jake, Jeff, and McCall, thank you so much! You all are amazing!
— Ashlee Taylor
Posted April 22nd 2023
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I did a lot of research before picking Dog Training Elite. I am so happy with my decision. My puppy had learned so much in the 6 at home lessons. He had some aggressive behavioral issues that have gotten significantly better since we started training. I couldn’t recommend them more!
— Jane Hodell
Posted April 21st 2023
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My sister and I went through a 5 week in person private training course with Shawn from Dog Training Elite and we can truly say that we've seen a huge difference in obedience and training with our dog Adonis. Shawn was patient with us and explained steps in a thorough manner that allowed us to truly understand how to get Adonis to follow commands! We're super excited to continue training with Dog Training Elite Charlotte!
— Anesha Colquhoun
Posted April 18th 2023
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The Ballards have changed my life by training my dog and I to be the best team we can be! If you are looking for service dog training, I would highly recommend. DTE’s training program works fast and it sticks! Han Solo and I have so much fun at group classes. They make things fun and structured. You are not only training your dog! You are finding a like minded community to support you in the process. ☀️That’s a beautiful thing ☀️ Thank you guys for being such a compassionate company!! 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Posted April 13th 2023
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Whitley and her team are professional, intelligent, fun, honest, and kind. You won't go wrong trusting them with your pup! They are excellent teachers that really care. I firmly believe they're making the world a better place, one dog at a time!
— Denise Hall
Posted April 11th 2023
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I can not say enough about DTE. They are AMAZING. Trevor, Opal, Colleen, Dan and Melaine are super human dog lovers. Not only have they set our dogs up on the road to success they put my family there too.!!! I recommend them completely. They are just amazing.
— Cynthia Volk
Posted April 9th 2023
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We started the training less than two months ago, and the results have been dramatic! We were dealing with a highly energetic English setter who was constantly barking in our fence to any walkers passing by, plus reactive behavior toward other dogs when walking on a leash. I had tried the usual trainers with a reward-based program with no success. This is not my first dog ownership. My previous experiences were with dogs that were much easier to train. The barking was, for me, a significant problem due to its impact on the neighbors. However, after the first visit with Neal, the barking was gone!! The training immediately corrected the jumping on the couch or at the counter. We have completed the home visits and are participating in the group classes with fantastic success. He is still a happy and playful puppy. The difference now is that he obeys our commands and understands the limits. Neal and his team have been professional, knowledgeable, and friendly. Thank Neal, Ashley, Azure, and the rest of the team for all their help.
— Debora Gama Lima
Posted April 8th 2023
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I could not be happier. I worked with Ky and he is exceptional in his training program. So happy with the degree of training and instructions. If you follow what your instructor tells you to do your dog will have the best manners which makes awesome service dogs and companion. I can not even express how please I am with my service. Thank you so much I really appreciate everyone and everything.
— Carla Ammons
Posted April 7th 2023
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George did a fantastic job with Cooper and helped him with his anxiety and fear of new people. Cooper loved working with George and has a lot more confidence thanks to him
— Matt Sumners
Posted April 5th 2023
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Matt and his team do an incredible job and they all have the best hearts. I reached out to DTE with a fear reactive dog, completely hysterical over a bite incident. Within 30 minutes Matt was at my house for an evaluation, and upon meeting my dog he decided that he did not think the aggressive program was necessary, and we gave the obedience program a try first, and he was right! We met a few trainers before finding one that not only bonded with my dog, but one my dog felt comfortable with, and for the remaining sessions it was him we had the pleasure of seeing once a week. He pushed all of us out of our comfort zone, challenging me to work hard and earn that trust and confidence my dog again. I am happy to say that with DTE’s obedience program we are now able to take the dog with us to eat on the patios of populated bars without so much as a bark or a growl. My dogs trust in me, my trust in him, and my trust in myself have all benefited from working with Dog Training Elite. I now have the tools to keep my dog, and everyone else safe, happy, and comfortable; and not only has the reactivity gotten better but my dog is overall better behaved, more obedient, less anxious, and just all around a better listener. I could not be more pleased or more grateful for my experience with Matt’s team of trainers.
— Mallory Newberry
Posted March 31st 2023
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