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When Can I Start Training My Puppy?
Dog Training Elite Puppy Training


As a first time dog owner, you may be wondering when is the best time to start training your new puppy. The sooner you start, the better. The first few months of a dog's life are critical to development so it's important to take advantage of this and train early. While more complicated commands can wait, all puppies should begin potty training and basic commands as soon as possible.

While all of this can be overwhelming, you don't have to do it on your own! Professional training assistance will make the first few weeks with your new pal a breeze. Dog Training Elite offers puppy training in your local area for dogs as young as 8 weeks. Sign your puppy up today and we will help transform him into a loyal, loving companion.

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obedience training for puppies in your local area

We break our puppy training program into two phases so that we can nurture your dog from a young age to a smart, obedient adolescent. Phase 1 begins when your puppy is at least 8 weeks and is focused on treat training and basic commands. Tips for housebreaking and crate training will be a central part of Phase 1.

Once your puppy has reached 12 weeks of age he or she can begin to learn more complicated commands. Treats will be slowly phased out and the trainer will focus exclusively on positive reinforcement. An electronic collar will be introduced as a training tool used to get your puppy's attention when he or she becomes distracted. This is not a shock collar and does not harm your puppy.

Commands that your puppy will learn include: sit, come, stay, heel, place and more.

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Everyone has been super nice with helping me understand what will be best for my dogs issues.
— Ruth Jones, Posted August 27th 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
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 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
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 google
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 google
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 google
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 google
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
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 google
People were super nice and answered my questions
— Melony Salguero, Posted October 13th 2019 on google
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
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 google
Very knowledgeable and kind yet firm with our stubborn fur baby
— C Ellish, Posted July 19th 2019 on google
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 google
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 google

Dog Training Elite is the last dog trainer you'll ever need!

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.

At Dog Training Elite, our goal is to include dog owners in the training process. Your puppy must recognize that you are the pack leader, not the professional trainer. That means that you will actively participate in training sessions and learn how to bond with your new puppy in a healthy way. As your puppy learns that following commands mean a deeper connection with you, he'll be excited to please you!

To learn more about our puppy training in your local area or to sign your pup up, contact Dog Training Elite today.

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