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German Shepherds consistently rank in the top five most popular dog breeds in America - and for good reason. German Shepherds are highly intelligent and loyal. With proper training and socialization, they are also obedient and great with other dogs and children. Not to mention, they’re beautiful!

Dog Training Elite in Orlando has years of experience with German Shepherd training and has developed obedience and personal protection training programs suitable for this breed. Because of their intelligence and natural herding instincts, German Shepherds can also be trained as service dogs.

Like any intelligent dog, however, a German Shepherd without proper training can become a handful. Their intelligence can lead to stubbornness. Extensive training and socialization are key to harnessing the unique abilities of this breed and diminishing any potential destructive behaviors. Thankfully, the high intelligence of German Shepherds enables them to learn commands quickly. The professional training of Dog Training Elite in Orlando will help any German Shepherd become an incredible companion to individuals and families.

Not all training packages may be available at our Dog Training Elite in Orlando location, please reference our pricing page for complete information on services offered.

Dog Training Elite offers professional German Shepherd training for puppies and adults near you in Orlando.
German Shepherd Puppies vs. Adults

Dog Training Elite in Orlando recommends starting dog training as early as possible, soon after a puppy is ready to leave its mother. Puppies are capable of learning basic commands, and smart German Shepherd puppies do great with early training.

If you adopt an older German Shepherd, or never got around to puppy training, don’t worry! Dog Training Elite in Orlando has adult dog training programs as well. A complete puppy training typically takes a few months. Adult dog training can take longer or shorter, depending on whether a dog needs to unlearn bad habits in addition to being trained.

In-Home German Shepherd Training

Dog Training Elite in Orlando offers specialized in-home German Shepherd training for both owners and dogs of any age. Working with a German Shepherd and the owner directly in the home allows dog trainers to create personalized training plans for individual dogs, as well as address any unique needs or issues. Once a dog has completed in-home training, they can take group classes for more in-depth training - Dog Training Elite in Orlando offers both puppy and adult dog group classes.

Beginning training in the home also helps owners bond with their dogs so when the dog trainer leaves, no progress is lost.

Dog Training Elite offers in-home dog training for German Shepherds in Orlando.

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.

Dog Training Elite in Orlando is the top company near you that uses professional positive dog training methods.
Empowering Owners

We empower owners to train so their dog knows who to obey at all times.


We deal with problem behaviors on a personal basis.

Environment Specific

We train wherever issues tend to arise (i.e. jogging, park, home).


We support owners in the off-hours (when training is "not in session").


We work with all members of the household.

Simplified & Customized

We plan training around the owner's schedule and require only 20 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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German Shepherd Specific Tips Be Consistent

Dogs, and especially German Shepherds, do best with consistency. Always make sure to use the same verbal and/or physical cues during training to avoid any confusion. Also, be consistent about rules - establish at the beginning, for example, whether or not your dog is allowed on the couch. Then, don’t change the rule under any circumstances.

German Shepherd Specific Tips Get Plenty of Exercise

German Shepherds are an energetic breed - if you don’t have a yard for your dog to play in, that’s fine, but make sure your German Shepherd gets daily exercise through walking, hiking, etc. An energetic dog with little to no exercise can become a destructive, disobedient dog.

German Shepherd Specific Tips Positive Reinforcement

Since German Shepherds are historically trained as working dogs, they thrive on being busy. Training is a great way to give German Shepherds the mental and physical stimulation they need.

Dog Training Elite in Orlando has developed training programs for puppies and adult dogs alike based on positive reinforcement. German Shepherd training with our in-home option is entirely possible. Read on to learn more about the Dog Training Elite in Orlando training method.

Elite Dog Training in Orlando All Breeds. All Sizes. All Ages.

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The Dog Training Elite

Dog Training Elite in Orlando uses modern training methods focused on positive reinforcement and bonding between dog and dog owner. Dog Training Elite in Orlando never resorts to the use of punishment to help dogs unlearn bad behavior. The difference becomes clear when comparing a dog that is trained out of anxiety and intimidation vs a dog who truly desires to please from the inside out.

The Dog Training Elite in Orlando training theory is mostly based around classical conditioning, also known as the Pavlovian method or respondent conditioning. This includes developing conditioned or automatic reflexes to commands. In its simplest form (after proper conditioning), when an owner says "sit," their dog automatically sits without thinking about it.

Through a combination of commands and an electronic collar, dogs learn to follow commands at once. The electronic collar is not a shock collar; it is a gentle electronic pulse, similar to the tug of a leash, used to get the dog’s attention. Other dog trainers use harsh static collars or spray collars which have been shown to be less effective. Dog Training Elite in Orlando’s method of focusing on positive behavior reinforcement nurtures a dog's loving and naturally obedient nature.

Ready to turn your dog into a loyal and loving companion? Find a German Shepherd trainer near you today!

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Professional German Shepherd Trainers Near You in Orlando

We help your dog become a valued companion and beloved member of the family. Read what our customers have to say and then give us a call!

We contacted DTE shortly after my wife rescued a Senior special needs dog. The owner Craig responded to our inquiry right away and wanted to assure us they were there to help. Our sweet spaniel Jax was completely blind and mostly deaf. We discovered quickly he had never walked on a leash before and was understandably very anxious trying to get familiar with his new surroundings. I can’t say enough about how pleased we are with the training and positive results that was accomplished given Jaxs’ limitations. Craig has a very calming demeanor that dogs instinctively respond to and their humans do too! He was able to modify the usual training techniques to accommodate Jax given his circumstances. We can now enjoy walking in our neighborhood on a leash as well as sit/stay using a touch cue. I’ll also add that Jax is always happy to see Craig when he comes for “class” which I’ve shown in this picture!! I can wholeheartedly recommend DTE for any dog training needs.
— Harrison Walker
Posted February 21st 2024
María has been our trainer with Johnny for the past 10wks and I cannot believe how much Johnny has changed for the better. I’m a better pet owner for it as well. The e collar has been a great tool in this journey. We made a huge breakthrough with Johnny today and I am so grateful for Maria and Dog Training Elite. Thanks yall!!!
— tuffuhknee
Posted February 6th 2024
Craig and Miriam are wonderful. They care about what they do and will go out of their way to make sure you always feel they are there to assist. Truly life changing work with these pups, I’m forever grateful.
— Ian P
Posted January 25th 2024
I continue to have an outstanding experience with our trainer, Maria. Her training methods are effective, and the results speak for themselves. Communication throughout the process with Dog Training Elite is excellent. What truly sets them apart is the personal touch – my dog, Daisy, and I felt not just trained but genuinely cared for. I highly recommend this skilled and compassionate training school!
— Lisa Mercurio
Posted January 22nd 2024
I cannot express my gratitude enough to Chelsea, Cheyenne, and Maria! They not only help you train your pup, but they ensure you understand the training & training tools as well. When I take my Roo on walks, she walks next to me and when she see people and/or other dogs are approaching, she no longer gets crazy excited (barking/whining/jumping). If I have company coming over & entering the house, she doesn’t bark instead sits in her “place” until everyone is inside and she hears her release word. These are just a couple examples of how training with Chelsea, Cheyenne, and Maria have help me and my Roo. If you are looking for a trainer, I’d HIGHLY recommend Dog Training Elite Orlando.
— nicole buchert
Posted January 19th 2024
Highly recommended Dog Training Elite! They gave me the tools to turn my 4 legged “frat boy” into a little gentleman! Chelsea, Cheyenne and Maria made me feel comfortable learning the techniques and the confidence to carry them over after they left!
— Lori Branch
Posted January 18th 2024
Love love love these trainers. The time and care they’ve spent working with me and Kaia is unlike any other I’ve seen before. My golden retriever puppy went from a crazy 10 week old puppy to a 10 month old getting ready for her service test coming up soon. I’m so grateful to them and their work as it’s made such a huge impact on my life.
— Manuela Goncalves
Posted January 12th 2024
I don't have enough good things to say about Chelsea, Cheyenne, and Maria. We have been training our Doberman mix to be a service dog and the expertise, care, and patience is why I love these ladies. They truly want the best for you and your dog. I will never hesitate to recommend them.
— Renee Becker
Posted January 12th 2024
I truly cannot say enough good words about my experience with Dog Training Elite Orlando. As a first time German shepherd owner, I knew I needed trainers who were knowledgeable on the breed. I am truly grateful for my choice in trainers. They have been so supportive, understanding and so willing to help when it came to my Apollos reactivity. They truly never give up on their clients and are there for you if you have any questions or need help. Apollo has grown up into such wonderful boy and I truly believe it wouldn’t have happened if it weren’t for Chelsea, Cheyenne and Maria! It definitely is an investment both financially and time, but if you want a well behaved dog for the long run, I 100% recommend Dog Training Elite!
— Ainsley Chambers
Posted January 12th 2024
I had a great experience with Dog Training Elite! They helped me learn the tools to train my puppy, and he is doing so well with the training!
— Lindsey Snyder
Posted January 11th 2024
The trainers at DTE Orlando are FABULOUS! Not only are the trainers competent and know what they are doing, they care about you and your dogs. The trainers tailor the training program to your specific needs, and they make sure to hone skills. I have used DTE to train both of my dogs, and they are lifesavers! I wish I had found them sooner. DTE is wonderful!!
— C P
Posted December 18th 2023
After more than six months looking for a school for my fur baby, Peaches, which I needed to be my Service Dog due to my conditions, I thank God for letting me find this amazing place with 3 exceptional trainers. From the beginning Chelsea (owner) was so helpful and diligent with me and my worries that I was excited waiting for my appointment. The moment I got to know Cheyenne (owner) and my assigned trainer, Maria, I told my husband, “Honey, I am hook with Dog Training Elite Orlando”. I have to say these Ladies know their business and after making my research the amount charge is so reasonable compared to so many out there, that for me, it was a win, win deal. I can not recommend enough these amazing women. Maria was Peaches direct trainer and she is the sweetest, understanding and in addition loves her work. I am so grateful for them and their understanding during a difficult period in my life and making possible for me to have my loving Peaches with me helping me coupe with my situations. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!
— Magda Rodriguez
Posted December 16th 2023
I can’t say enough about the training my dog Carina received from Maria. She was absolutely AMAZING. I honestly didn’t expect the results I got in my crazy 1 and half year old golden retriever Carina. She is the most loving girl, but had all the “typical” bad behavior you could think of. We can now enjoy wonderful, long walks where she stays easily by my side. No pulling at all and sometimes I forget she’s on a leash. No more jumping on people when they come through the door either. Carina is working hard on her obedience and I couldn’t be more proud of my girl! Thank you so much Maria and Elite Dog Training of Orlando. I can’t wait to bring Carina to her first group class! If you are considering dog training, I highly recommend !! Just do it, you won’t regret it.
— Lisa Licata
Posted December 11th 2023
Chelsea, Cheyenne & Maria are amazing. My 5 month old Golden Retriever is thriving & I owe it to them. She is a service dog in training & the team has made sure we are taking care of in every single way. I am extremely grateful.
— Yassairah Gonzalez
Posted December 11th 2023
I did extensive research for training for my German Shepherd Puppy. Originally, my goal was obedience and behaviors as she is a working dog. While I qualified for a service animal, I never thought it was possible for me to be a handler and financially able to afford it. From the beginning, Chelsea and Cheyenne at DTE Orlando set themselves apart from the other companies/trainers we interviewed. The main thing was how they explained that they train the dogs AND owners and support through out. I took a chance and was nervous, but after our first session with Maria as our trainer, a weight was lifted. Chelsea came to support and explain more while Maria took the time to build a bond with my then scared 10 week old puppy, Nala. I knew this was going to be a match. What I didn't realize is the full impact Chelsea, Cheyenne, and Maria would have on us. Nala passed obedience and we went on to advanced obedience, service training, training camp, and scent training. While the training is affordable and effective, this team brings so much more to the table that you don't find with other trainers and companies. I can never thank the three of them enough for their time, support, encouragement, patience, challenges, new adventure, and welcoming into a training "pack". The individual classes are catered to you and your pups individual needs, but the group classes are helpful with socializing, fine tuning skills, and working with others in the DTE "pack". Chelsea, Cheyenne, and Maria are there to support when you are struggling, but will also be the first ones to celebrate you. Nala and I have grown each individually and as a team together. We look forward to each class and session and pack walks. They make training fun and not overwhelming. We have been able to accomplish things that I never thought would be possible. (Nala met Mickey!) Having a service dog has positively impacted and changed my life for the better and none of that would have been possible without them. I am so thankful I chose DTE Orlando and this team and will never be able to thank them enough.
— Erin Russell
Posted December 2nd 2023
Chelsea and Cheyenne have been amazing with my golden retriever, Finn. He took to them immediately. They are patient with him and with me. They worked with my children as well to get them comfortable in helping to train Finn. They have gone above and beyond for us and I recommend them 1000%.
— Talia Jager
Posted November 23rd 2023
Cheyenne, Chelsea and Maria are amazing trainers. They helped train my insecure dog into a Service Dog that helps me day to day. I recommend them 100%.
— Joseline Ferrer
Posted November 20th 2023
We recently adopted a mixed breed dog from a local shelter who is heart-worm positive. Introducing him to our existing dog without causing him too much stress is proving to be harder than we thought it would be. Craig has been amazing by listening to the background story and offering practical & realistic advise for getting through this tough time. I absolutely recommend him!!
— Annette W
Posted November 11th 2023
We love Dog Training Elite. We have a puppy who was a real handful. She was pulling on the leash, jumping on everyone and running around the house like a nut. Maria came to our home and everything changed for the better. Our puppy is now a year old and she is a joy. We cannot thank Maria and Chelsea enough. They were very professional we are all so much happier.
— Greg Orleman
Posted October 11th 2023
Craig, from Dog Training Elite North is a gentle and caring individual who has a genuine rapport with dogs. He has a loving nature which they can sense. In the beginning my dog and I were not effectively communicating. With Craig's training and guidance both of us have come a long way. My Lucy has learned her boundaries (thanks to Craig) and now we are able to enjoy our time together. Craig has taught me, too ,that the values of patience and consistency are necessary to being a "fur baby Mommy". I highly recommend Dog Training Elite North for "Paws-i-tive" results
— Christine Darrow
Posted October 8th 2023

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At Dog Training Elite in Orlando, we believe that Service Dogs save lives. It is our mission to make these life-saving companions available to our Veterans, First Responders, Women Survivors, and Children with Medical Needs. Whether it be for PTSD, Mobility Support, or Special Needs, Dog Training Elite in Orlando works with the Malinois Foundation to heal and empower these individuals with a specialized service animal, a partner in life, and a new best friend.

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