About Dog Training Elite

Dog Training Elite has developed a highly successful and unique 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 are 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 its 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

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In 2013, Dog Training Elite 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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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.

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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 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 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.

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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 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!

  • Low franchise fees
  • Low Ad Fund & Royalties
  • No Local Competition or Restrictions
  • No real estate footprint
  • Streamlined Management Software
  • Intense Theory Training
  • Up-front & On-Going Business Training
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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 6th 2018 on Google Local
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 20th 2018 on Google Local
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 Local
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 13th 2018 on Google Local
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 January 13th 2018 on Google Local
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
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...
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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...
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Our 2 yr old yellow lab Kailani had been to a few trainers and still did not listen to us when there were "distractions" (which is often). She wanted to play with every thing that moved around her (bunnies, other dogs, people walking, kids playing). Neal came for our first session and we saw results immediately. The...
— Beth Correa, Posted March 11th 2017 on Facebook
Neal has taught our Aussie so much in a few sessions, we cannot believe the improvement! Of course, he has also taught us so much! AMAZING trainer! Highly recommend Dog Training Elite!
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Could not be happier with Dog Training Elite. We have a 3 year old bloodhound that could not leave the house without pulling, howling and acting insane. He also couldn't be around crowds, because...
— Michael D., Posted August 22nd 2016 on Yahoo! Local
Could not be happier with Dog Training Elite. We have a 3 year old bloodhound that could not leave the house without pulling, howling and acting insane. He also couldn't be around crowds, because he would pull us everywhere. We saw them at the home show and hired a few months later. After only 2 weeks of training we we...
— Michael D., Posted August 22nd 2016 on Yelp