Award Winning Services

Best of State Dog Training Elite

In 2013, Dog Training Elite won Best in State (in Utah) for our innovative and highly successful dog training programs

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Giving Back

The Malinois Foundation Dog Training Elite

We are also, extremely proud to be partnered with The Malinois Foundation, donating our time and passion to train service dogs for veterans.

Puppy Training

Our dog trainers begin working with puppies as young as 8 weeks old, we will even help you select a puppy from a litter that possess a desirable and teachable temperament.

Puppy Training Programs

Service Dog Training

Dog Training Elite has a variety of service dog training packages, all of which are highly personalized to the individual seeking assistance.

Service Dog Trainer

Personal Protection

Dog Training Elite’s personal protection dog training process will ensure that a dog’s loving and social temperaments are retained as the protection skills are properly developed.

Personal Protection Program

Anxiety & Aggression Training

One of the most difficult, necessary and rewarding behaviours to correct in a dog is anxiety and aggression. Our dog trainers specializes in proper dog training techniques that help correct a dog's anxiety and aggressive behaviors.

Anxiety / Aggression Training

Military / Retired Vetrans

Dog Training Elite believes strongly in the healing power of service dogs for retired military veterans, and we donate our time and passion to training service dogs for the foundation. We also offer a 10% discount to active service members.

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Therapy Animal Training

A Dog Training Elite facility therapy dog is highly trained to have a positive impact on the health and well being of both individuals and community health.

Therapy Animal Program

Once you and your dog have basic commands in place (meaning your dog will successfully come, sit, stay and obey other basic commands), they are invited to join us for additional training that is highly valuable in further building upon already learned techniques. Our group classes are designed to place yourself and your dog in public places (surrounded by other dogs, people, smells and sounds), so that you can train your dog to obey you... regardless of the many distractions screaming for their attention!

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John Mestas Dog Training Elite

Succesful Dog Training Franchise

Dog Training Elite is part of a national dog training company founded by John Mestas. John is a passionate dog lover/trainer who used his 40+ years of dog training experience to create a positive dog training model that stands apart from other programs. What began as a small movement in the dog training world has gained momentum and grown as we have attracted clients and trainers with our unique, successful in-home training model.

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Dog Training Elite - Proud of Our Accomplishments

AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Instructor
AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator
AKC Community Canine
Professional Retriever Trainers Association
Association of Professional Dog Trainers
International Association of Canine Professionals
AKC Member
The Malinois Foundation

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Positive Dog Training Method

We use a balanced positive dog training method paired with an electronic collar, this is not a shock collar. Unlike a shock collar, an electronic collar does not hurt or harm the dog. This collar is used only to get a dog's attention in a distracting situation and feels like a simple tap. With the collar, a dog will quickly become conditioned to redirect attention in distracting situations. Keeping a dog’s attention is the basis of successful training sessions. Once a dog is conditioned to focus, praise and positive reinforcement can be used effectively to create a positive training environment. This method is becoming more and more popular as dog trainers and dog owners realize that if a dog is trained to positively correlate behaving well and listening, behaviors are much easier to control. The difference becomes clear when comparing a dog that is trained out of fear and intimidation vs a dog who truly desires to please from the inside out.

About Dog Training Elite

Our Balanced Theory

We base our training around the "Classical Conditioning" model (aka "Pavlovian" or "respondent conditioning"). This includes developing conditioned or automatic reflexes to commands. In it's simplest form (after proper conditioning) -- when the owner says 'sit', dog automatically sits without thinking about it. Our unique techniques ensure our program is a success no matter the 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 household.
  • Simplified & Customized

    We plan training around 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 owner's success long-term.
  • Satisfaction Ratings

    Our high client satisfaction rating sets us apart from competitors.

About Dog Training Elite

Dog Training Elite Training Process

One of our trainers will come to your home to meet with you and your dog, asses any issues and strengths and help you select a personalized program that will best suit you both. We will then demonstrate one of our trained dogs to help you better understand our techniques and the results they produce.

Our Specialties Include:

A Dog Training Elite graduate will behave both at home and in distracting environments due to our multi-environmental approach and the results will be lasting if the owner remains a key player in the training process. A dog signed up for one our programs is a part of the Dog Training Elite family for life. Our trainers are known for the ongoing exceptional support given to owners, we believe in what we do and want to instill confidence in both owners and their dogs.

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Our processes allow for us to easily complete our training services at your home or within the environment where behaviors manifest— such as in the park or around other dogs while you walk through the neighborhood! At Dog Training Elite, we provide professional dog training services in the following areas and more!

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I cannot recommend DTE highly enough. I got my dog (first dog I've ever had) Stevie in May of last year. He started off really good but as he got older started developing some SERIOUS behavioral problems. He was picking fights with much bigger dogs and getting hurt and he also BIT MY FACE. I was so frustrated and didn'...
— Ciana Bataineh, Posted March 21st 2019 on Google
Neal is amazing! If you want your dog to be the best this company is the way to go! They have a lot of experience with Malinois and service dogs. 100% recommended
— Kelsey C., Posted March 5th 2019 on Yelp
Neal is amazing! If you want your dog to be the best this company is the way to go! They have a lot of experience with Malinois and service dogs. 100% recommended
— Kelsey C., Posted March 5th 2019 on Yahoo! Local
We have been working with Neil at Dog training Ellite for a few weeks now and have seen so much improvement with our puppy mowgli would highly recommend using their services!
— Taylor Palmer, Posted January 29th 2019 on Google
— Lauri Lane, Posted January 14th 2019 on Google
I rarely rate 5 stars, here is why Dog Training Elite deserves theirs. I homed screened 3 dog training companies in the greater phoenix area to help me with my 6 month-old Blue Nose Pitbull, my...
— Bill H., Posted December 7th 2018 on Yahoo! Local
I rarely rate 5 stars, here is why Dog Training Elite deserves theirs. I homed screened 3 dog training companies in the greater phoenix area to help me with my 6 month-old Blue Nose Pitbull, my family calls Blueberry. Not satisfied, I remembered I saw a dog trainer at the Home and Garden in Scottsdale, Dog Training Eli...
— Bill H., Posted December 7th 2018 on Yelp
— Susan Johnson, Posted November 14th 2018 on Google
Called Dog Training Elite (DTE) to get some advice on how to work with my aging dogs on some behavioral issues they were having due to my demanding travel schedule. Aidan scheduled an appointment (on a Saturday) to accommodate my schedule and provided honest, candid feedback and some innovative ideas/strategies on ho...
— Doug Roberts, Posted October 10th 2018 on Google
Dog Training Elite has done a great job of training my service dog. The combination of one-on-one training, group classes and their training techniques have been invaluable! Highly, highly recommend them!
— Jeff D, Posted September 27th 2018 on Google
Hired them to train our dog and couldn't be more happy with the results. Neal and Chris were both wonderful to work with, listened to any concerns or questions we had, and never rushed through a lesson. Even at group classes, they paid as much attention to each dog and owner and their needs as if each person was the on...
— Becky Kasavan, Posted August 30th 2018 on Google
I thought I had made a terrible mistake after adopting my 80 pound, Leonberger puppy. He was destroying my home and yard. He wouldn't come to me when called and he was terrible to walk. Being such a strong dog made it impossible for me to handle him. Aiden, my trainer, worked miracles with him. He is a great dog tr...
— Patricia Moorhead, Posted March 1st 2018 on Google
Neal, Chris and Lee are freaking amazing! My rottie is like night and day with his behavior. I searched for months to find the right trainer and they have not disappointed. I’m extremely impressed and would recommend to anyone!
— Simone Thomma, Posted February 26th 2018 on Facebook
Great training! They really helped us to work with our dog to help him build confidence! Great experience!
— Raine CSA, Posted February 13th 2018 on Google
Neal and Bailey came to my house to meet my 6 month rescue lab mix Elle, and I was FLOORED with the level of obedience, love, companionship and a mutual respect there was. Neal gave commands in a calm normal inside talking voice and Bailey obeyed then from about 50ft + away!!! Elle and I are excited to start our trai...
— Jigar Patel, Posted February 7th 2018 on Facebook
Neal and Bailey came to my house to meet my 6 month rescue lab mix Elle, and I was FLOORED with the level of obedience, love, companionship and a mutual respect there was. Neal gave commands in a calm normal inside talking voice and Bailey obeyed then from about 50ft + away!!!
— Jigar Patel, Posted February 7th 2018 on Facebook
I took my miniature dachshund to traditional puppy training classes and was disappointed when our home program failed. With months of training under our belt, at 6 months old my dog spent hours a day barking at anything going by, was still having difficulty with potty training and didn’t consistently follow any comma...
— Darci Hebenstreit, Posted February 6th 2018 on Google
The expertise and friendliness of the trainers is amazing! We love training with them and can highy recommend their excellent service!
— Simone De Keizer-Fink, Posted January 28th 2018 on Facebook
Before purchasing our puppy, I read many training books and I thought I knew how to train her. However, our puppy didn’t do what the books said she would. We couldn’t have kept our dog without Dog Training Elite. Hiring them was money well spent so that we can enjoy our dog for years to come. We appreciate their cu...
— Cindy S, Posted January 10th 2018 on Google
Very impressive in home evaluation today! I am very excited to start the training classes with you soon!
— Kierra Salsbery, Posted January 6th 2018 on Facebook
Excellent service and my buddy knows it's time to work.
— John Reyes, Posted December 31st 2017 on Facebook
Excellent training!! Working with my rescue dog that we have no idea of her history and she has been coming along so quickly! Could not be more pleased with the trainers that have been working with my dog. 4 year old Shepard Mix.
— Darrell Moore, Posted December 14th 2017 on Google
All due respect, i start a pup like a pup, the nature of the dog you get, and the breeds used have genetic predisposition and habitual behaivor comes easy. At a show advertising a product and how you use it in your training are two different topics, and certainly not grounds to bash these folks with pure nonsense. I ca...
— JT Franke, Posted November 4th 2017 on Facebook
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— Christine Kopp, Posted September 9th 2017 on Facebook
We first saw DTE working at The Phoenix Home Show. I was convinced at that moment, when I was ready for a dog, DTE was going to be my trainer. I've had eight previous dogs but was never able to...
— John C., Posted August 13th 2017 on Yahoo! Local
We first saw DTE working at The Phoenix Home Show. I was convinced at that moment, when I was ready for a dog, DTE was going to be my trainer.  I've had eight previous dogs but was never able to get the dogs trained properly.  I've tried group lessons, reading books etc., but working with Neal and Chris at DTE delive...
— John C., Posted August 13th 2017 on Yelp
Neal the owner of dog training elite has done a masterful job training our dogs. My wife has seizures and needed a service dog to assist her. He trained the perfect dog (a chocolate lab...
— Maynard J., Posted June 7th 2017 on Yahoo! Local
Neal the owner of dog training elite has done a masterful job training our dogs.  My wife has seizures and needed a service dog to assist her.  He trained the perfect dog (a chocolate lab Ghiraradelli) for my wife and he has been a wonderful help for my wife. We have enjoyed having our dog go with us everywhere and o...
— Maynard J., Posted June 7th 2017 on Yelp
I have to give Neal and his crew much thanks. Rosy, my wife, and I started training with them at the first week of May pretty much as a last resort to get our dog trained on just basic obedience, before thinking about maybe having to take her back to the shelter which we were very hesitant on doing because of what coul...
— Juan Galvez, Posted May 26th 2017 on Facebook
I have to give Neal and his crew much thanks. Rosy, my wife, and I started training with them at the first week of May pretty much as a last resort to get our dog trained on just basic obedience, before thinking about maybe having to take her back to the shelter which we were very hesitant on doing because of what coul...
— Juan Galvez, Posted May 26th 2017 on Facebook