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A new puppy is a great addition to the family. With the proper care and training, you'll have a loyal, obedient pal for many years to come. It can be tempting to fawn over your cute new pet for weeks on end, wanting to enjoy the puppy months while they last. It's important, however, to begin training as soon as possible. The earlier your dog begins learning commands, the easier he will be to train and the better he will behave. Dog Training Elite offers quality puppy training in your local area. Our puppy training program consists of two phases, early puppy training and advanced training. Puppies as young as 8 weeks can begin learning with Dog Training Elite.

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Puppy Training FAQs

If you would like to learn more about our puppy training program in your local area, feel free to contact us today. Below are the answers to some common questions we receive about our puppy training program:

1. What are the phases of the puppy training program?
We accept puppies as young as 8 weeks old. Puppies this young are still able to learn, but their training must occur in short bursts to ensure optimal results. Phase 1 is for younger puppies and is defined by treat-training. Our trainers will teach your puppy basic commands, prompted by treats. Once your puppy has reached 12 weeks, more involved training can take place and treats will be removed from the program.

2. What will my puppy learn?

  • Sit
  • Stay
  • Come
  • Down / Lay
  • Place / Bed
  • Heel (no leash pulling)
  • Off (the couch, bed, etc.)

Your trainer will also give you tips for housebreaking and crate training. If your puppy shows signs of aggression or anxiety, the training program will be adjusted to address these issues.

3. Can I participate in the training?
Yes! At Dog Training Elite, we use in-home training programs. This encourages a healthy bond between owner and pet and helps you participate more fully in your pet's life. In-home training provides better results than obedience classes as your puppy feels more comfortable in his own environment.

4. Do you use shock collars in your training program?
No, we never use shock collars in any training program. Instead, we use gentle vibration electronic collars that do not hurt or startle your pet. Our training programs are based on the Pavlovian model, or positive-reinforcement.

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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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!!
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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!
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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.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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.