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.

Meet Our Trainers

John Mestas

Experience: 35+ years

Dog Training Elite was founded by John Mestas who has over 35 years of dog training experience. Arrow Kennels dba Dog Training Elite was named after John's first obedience trial dog, a golden retriever named Arrow.

John Mestas is a professional and experienced dog seminar instructor. He is the Owner and Training Director of Dog Training Elite dog training facility in Utah. He has served on the boards of Utah Valley Kennel Club, Great Salt Lake Retriever Club and Northern Utah Retriever Club. He has also worked with guide dog puppies, for the blind, in San Rafael, California.

He has trained with excellent trainers such Bill Totten, President, Professional Retriever Trainers Association.

He has worked with and coached members of the Utah Task Force 1 Search and Rescue Team and coached various police department canine. He has coached and trained many dogs and their owners to Junior, Senior and Master Hunter titles. John has trained dogs and their owners to Companion Dog Excellence and Utility Dog titles, including seven high in trial.

John has donated his time to those with special needs in training their service dogs.

John has judged American Kennel Club (AKC) field trial events in the open, amateur, qualifying and derby. He has donated his time to train dogs for special needs children and offers free seminars for boys and girls at Juvenile Detention centers.

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Award Winning Services

Best of State Dog Training Elite

In 2013, Dog Training Elite won Best in State (in Utah) for our innovative and highly successful dog training programs

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Giving Back

The Malinois Foundation Dog Training Elite

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

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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John Mestas Dog Training Elite

A proven and positive dog training model

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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Balanced 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 (ie. 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, asses 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.

Our Specialties Include:

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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Our processes allow for us to easily complete our training services at your home or within the environment where behaviors manifest— such as in the park or around other dogs while you walk through the neighborhood! At Dog Training Elite, we provide professional dog training services in the following areas and more!

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