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About Dog Training Elite

Dog Training Elite has developed a highly successful and uniquely positive dog training program that empowers dog owners and their canines to work together, creating strong bonds and sustained obedience. Training takes time, commitment, and balance. Dog Training Elite is different than other training programs, we will be there every step of the way, to help you and your dog achieve sustained, deep-rooted obedience.

Our services are personalized and designed to teach owners how to train their dog alongside a professional dog trainer in their home environment as well as in small group settings. We strongly believe that the key to sustained obedience and training is to empower owners to be an integral part of the training experience. Most training programs require minimal to no involvement from owners and once the dog returns to their home environment, almost all progress is undone and owners feel just as helpless as they did before.

Our passion for dogs and service sets us apart. All of our 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 us with us, you become a part of the Dog Training Elite family.

Award Winning Services

Best of State Dog Training

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

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

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John Mestas- Founder

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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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.

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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.

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Dog Training Elite Training Process

One of our trainers will come to your home to meet with you and your dog, assess 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.

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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 of 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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With today's demand for capable, experienced and balanced dog training options (combined with powerful franchise support and marketing systems) -- Dog Training Elite owners are primed for long term stability and success!

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  • No Local Competition or Restrictions
  • No real estate footprint
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Dog Training Elite is a great business whom are very professional, reliable, and friendly. They’ve done an awesome job training our German Shepard to be a service dog. Myself and my GSD love attending the group classes with other dogs. Would recommend to anyone from basic training to more advanced training.
— olivia tirado, Posted August 11th 2020 on maps.google.com
DTE are absolutely amazing!! You will not regret working with them. They genuinely care for your pets, and really help you understand what you need to do in order to improve your pets life and yours. Everyone wins!! You get INSTANT results. I love them!!
— Patricia Slack, Posted July 15th 2020 on maps.google.com
We decided to put our dog through their service training program and it’s the best decision we’ve ever made and I wish we would have done it sooner. They are super hands on and not only train your dog, they teach YOU how too. Which is something I realize a lot of people need. They have given us the tools to succeed...
— Cassidy, Posted June 25th 2020 on maps.google.com
I went to Dog Training Elite at the end of my rope with my German Shepherd who's highly reactive to new dogs and strangers. After working with her in their training program, she can now walk alongside new dogs without reacting to them at all. Whenever we went on walks and encountered another dog, I used to have to stop...
— Samantha Puckett, Posted June 25th 2020 on maps.google.com
I sought out Neal and DTE to help a friend with her two unruly, large dogs. I personally attended the training sessions and saw Neal, Gavin and Lexi expertly and lovingly handle and train them. I was so impressed, I bought the gold package for my own two rescue dogs, ages 7 and 5. Neal and his trainers clearly LOVE d...
— Sharon Sexton, Posted June 5th 2020 on maps.google.com
So thankful that I found Dave and Whitley. My previous trainer seemed to not know how to train my pup or get his attention which was frustrating. I sought to find a trainer that could not only train him but be understanding of his hip dysplasia since he is still young (8 months old). Whitley has experience with young d...
— Stephanie K, Posted May 15th 2020 on maps.google.com
A year ago I had training sessions with Dog Training Elite that changed our lives. My dog is an 8 lb poodle mix and had become a “runner” and had also developed some fears of other dogs. Their training drastically changed the relationship I have with my dog. In just a few sessions she learned so many commands an...
— Emily Crane, Posted May 14th 2020 on maps.google.com
Trevor far exceded expectations with our boxer. We did a board and train session where Brody spent 4 days with at Trevor’s house. He came back a new dog. Trevor has also reached out a few times after to make sure Brody is doing well. Thanks Trevor, Emma and DTE!!
— Ethan Robertshaw, Posted April 11th 2020 on maps.google.com
Dog Training Elite San Antonio, Whitley and her team, are fabulous!!!! We needed a service dog for my daughter. I knew nothing about how to go about that. I contacted Dog Training Elite and they walked me through their process and gave us recommendations for breed and age. We went with their breeder recommendation a...
— Dr. Perry, Posted January 18th 2020 on maps.google.com
They are absolutely amazing! They have trained 2 of our dogs, one of which they trained and tested as a service dog! They worked with me on payments we could afford. Everyone always comments on how well behaved my dogs are! I would and have recommend them to everyone!
— Heather D., Posted January 16th 2020 on yelp.com
We are working with Dog Training Elite to train a service dog for our 10 year old son. They have been professional, knowledgeable, and have supported us every step of the way. They have exceeded our expectations by far and we highly recommend them to any family looking to train a service dog.
— Charlie Vargas, Posted December 4th 2019 on maps.google.com
People were super nice and answered my questions
— Melony Salguero, Posted October 13th 2019 on maps.google.com
The BEST dog training EVER!!! I tried other dog trainers, before I tried Whitley and Dave and none of the other trainers worked. In fact, my dog's behavior was getting worst. Within the first week of working with Whitley and Dave, I could see improvements! It's now been seven months, and my dog is now my Servic...
— Kimberly C., Posted September 28th 2019 on yelp.com
I have been working with DTE for many months now and I am beyond grateful to have found them. You will not find better or more kind trainers around. They are always happy to help with questions, and have worked around a number of unforeseen health issues with my dog to ensure I have a trained service dog. If I could gi...
— Maggie Henstorf, Posted September 7th 2019 on maps.google.com
Very knowledgeable and kind yet firm with our stubborn fur baby
— C Ellish, Posted July 19th 2019 on maps.google.com
I thought I was ready for our pup! May not have continued to be a dog owner with Aidan and Dog Training Elite! They are the best!
— James Bagwell, Posted June 27th 2019 on maps.google.com
Dog Training Elite saved two of my dogs from getting put down. My first Belgian Malinois was human and dog aggressive. He wouldn't show any warning signs, he would just go and attack. I had Neal come out for the free in-home evaluation as a last resort (I either had to find a trainer that would be able to help him or w...
— Anysia Jaramillo, Posted May 7th 2019 on maps.google.com
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.com
Today my dog, Little Ann, graduated from service dog training. She has come so far in this program and she has really helped me. Whitley and Melanie are amazing people who are amazing with dogs. The training that Whitley and Melanie do at Dog Training Elite is spectacular! And now my dog is fully trained and has good m...
— Maya Gaffney, Posted February 20th 2019 on maps.google.com
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— Dr. Drew, Posted January 5th 2019 on maps.google.com