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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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Dave was our dog trainer for 5 private lessons. He started out asking us what issues we wanted to begin working on. I listed several thinking we would not be able to resolve any of them in five lessons. To my surprise, we have a very well behaved dog now, thanks to Dave.He was our private dog whisperer and an excellen...
— Sally Miniel, Posted January 25th 2021 on google
Jenny at DTE made raising a puppy a breeze. I always wanted the kind of trained dog that other people would notice was well mannered and very loved. She is incredibly efficient, taught and solidified “heel” in about an hour to our pup. Her knowledge base is incredible. The e collar made me nervous but now I have co...
— Mckenzie Momberger, Posted January 25th 2021 on google
Whitley with Dog Training Elite San Antonio has been simply amazing! We have a very strong willed, confident and hyper Cane Corso. At only 5 months old, Whitley has helped us teach our big boy so much. A 5 month old pup sitting on the 50 yard line of a football field while I walk away all the way to the side walk by m...
— Roger Caballero Jr., Posted January 21st 2021 on facebook
We are so impressed how well our dog is behaving after only one day of bootcamp. He’s a totally different dog. It’s amazing!
— Brittnie Uhlendorf, Posted January 18th 2021 on facebook
My dog Schatzi had initial training as a puppy and she would listen maybe sometimes. We engaged DTE San Antonio for their complete program and are more than happy with the results. The program involves you and the dog working the commands together. David, our trainer, would demonstrate something new every week and I ...
— Bill E, Posted January 4th 2021 on google
My service dog Schatzi went through this training program, and what a great experience. David, our trainer, took a initially-trained dog and made her better.

DTE program involves the dog and the owner directly in every session. The dog learns all the new commands and performs them with you.

We have receiv...
— Bill E., Posted January 4th 2021 on yelp
Great service. Fast training. Amazing how fast my puppy responded and learned the commands. With elderly parents in the home it was critical that my new puppy behaved and responded to commands. Highly recommend!
— Timothy Helmstetter, Posted December 31st 2020 on google
The trainers are knowledgeable and experienced. They give you all the tools for you and your partner to work as a team. DTE SA Whitley and Dave are awesome. They are responsive and able to tailor training to your needs and or to assist with your disabilities. Great to work with!
— Austin Sweet, Posted December 12th 2020 on google
Update; we had someone come do a refresher course and trainer helped reinforce commands. Hell be back in two weeks to see his progress. Thank you Trevor and dog elite training crew for taking your time to respond and help!
— Melissa Barffuson, Posted October 17th 2020 on google
Everyone has been super nice with helping me understand what will be best for my dogs issues.
— Ruth Jones, Posted August 26th 2020 on google
Neil and especially Ilara (Gavin and Lexi too) have been phenomenal. Never knew I could be so happy with our Belgian Malinois as much as I am. We were warned about how hard it is with Malis, but DTE has trained us and Kona and we are grateful. Excited and can't wait for the next level. EVERY K9 NEEDS THIS.
— Larry Earl, Posted August 24th 2020 on google
I contacted this group because my German shepherd was impossible. I had decided to rehome her. But with the help of my wonderful trainer, the dog was transformed! She comes when called, heels, waits at doorways, and many other things. Wonderful! And the dog is happier and enjoys working with me.
— Cynthia Brettschneider, Posted August 21st 2020 on google
I cannot recommend them more. They will work above and beyond with you to get you and your dog where you need to be and are always available for help in between sessions. They also come to you for one-on-one lessons and follow COVID guidelines so it couldn't be more convenient! If you want the best for your dog, this i...
— Maggie Henstorf, Posted August 14th 2020 on facebook
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 google
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 google
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 google
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 google
I highly recommend Dog Training Elite. I am a dog lover and have owned 5 rescue dogs, none of which I have ever been able to properly train. Each one was unique, with its own fears, aggressions, insecurities or otherwise. I have now used Neal and DTE (and Gavin and Lexi) to train 4 different dogs. Each was once hyp...
— Sharon Smith, Posted June 6th 2020 on facebook
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 google
Neal, Gavin, Iara, Anysia & Lexie have been fantastic. They've been helping train both myself and my Belgian malinois, Jax. I am so thankful to have found them and can't imagine this training process without them.
— Kerri Damian, Posted May 24th 2020 on facebook