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What makes a dog a service dog? Who can have a service dog, and why? We answer all these questions and more, as well as explain what sets Dog Training Elite in Orlando apart from any other dog training service.

Dog Training Elite in Orlando offers top rated service dog training near you in Orlando.

Dog Training Elite in Orlando is proud to have professional service dog trainers near you in Orlando.

Service Dog Training FAQs


Service dogs are dogs that have been specially trained to assist their handler or owner with specific tasks. Dog Training Elite in Orlando trains dogs to assist people with epilepsy, diabetes, PTSD, autism, and various mental illnesses.

Service dogs are for any individual dealing with a disability that lowers their quality of life. For example, someone who suffers from epilepsy may avoid going out in public due to a fear of falling or other consequences related to seizures. This may inhibit their independence and sense of well-being.

In addition to improving the lives of individuals, service dogs can bring a sense of security to families, such as families with autistic children. Children with autism can often feel isolated and a service dog becomes a 24/7 companion to share experiences with, connect with and love. They can also help children reintegrate into society and connect with others.

Families who have children with autism experience a decrease in stress as they are more able to engage socially in public settings and experience less anxiety at home. A service dog increases safety and has a calming presence that can minimize emotional outbursts, allowing the family to feel more secure and a child with autism to better participate in family activities.

Service dogs are for all individuals or families that are experiencing a decrease in quality of life due to disability.

Service dog training begins with puppies. Dog Training Elite in Orlando’s service puppy training program works with breeders to adopt puppies that are fully obedience trained by six months and are ready to undergo extensive socialization and additional training to ensure they are well-suited for service and therapy needs.

Then, Dog Training Elite in Orlando places puppies with families or individuals. Further specialized service training takes place alongside the new handler. It generally takes 1-2 years for a service dog to become fully trained.

Service dog training focuses on two main areas: public access behaviors, and how to “do work or perform tasks” that assist with a disability.

Public access behaviors refer to how a service dog acts in public - well-trained service dogs remain calm in public situations and in turn help their handlers to stay calm, and are attuned to any other handler needs.

As for “do work or perform tasks,” the ADA requires that service dogs be trained to take a specific action when needed to assist the person with a disability.

For example, to assist handlers with PTSD, Dog Training Elite in Orlando trains dogs to de-escalate anxiety, wake handlers experiencing night terrors, and so on.

The ADA does not require special certification for service animals. State and local government agencies, businesses and non-profit organizations may not require documentation, such as proof that the animal has been certified, trained or licensed as a service animal, as a condition for entry. Mandatory registration of service animals in the city of residence is also not permissible under the ADA.

However, service animals are not exempt from local animal control or public health requirements, such as vaccinations, or local dog licensing and registration requirements.

Dog Training Elite in Orlando sets itself apart from other dog training methods by focusing on positive reinforcement with a personalized, in-home approach. This method empowers owners and handlers to be an integral part of the process for sustained dog obedience and service training. For service dogs especially, it is important that handlers be present and involved every step of the way.

The positive reinforcement approach, also referred to as “Classical Conditioning” or the “Pavlovian” model has shown to be more effective with longer lasting results than any other training method.

Dog Training Elite in Orlando does not use punishments or shock collars to break bad habits. Instead, Dog Training Elite in Orlando pairs positive reinforcement training with a vibration electronic collar. An electronic collar is not a shock collar and does not harm the dog. It is used to gain the dog’s attention, similar to a tug on a leash. It is never used as a punishment for bad behavior.

Another unique aspect of training with Dog Training Elite in Orlando is that while most dog training programs train dogs at their own facilities, Dog Training Elite in Orlando specializes in in-home training, customizing training to the dog, its owners and its environment for long-lasting success.

Positive Reinforcement Training


Training takes time, commitment and balance and Dog Training Elite in Orlando is there every step of the way. With Dog Training Elite in Orlando, dogs will learn the highest level of obedience, even in the face of the toughest level of distractions. The positive-reinforcement method focuses on encouraging good behavior through ongoing praise, creating a dog that wants to please from the inside out and creating deep-rooted, sustained obedience as well as a strong bond between dog and owner.

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.

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.

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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!

My husband and I were new puppy parents to a very energetic breed and we didn't know where to turn. We called Craig and he chatted to us about DTE's training philosophy and how the whole process would work before coming out to do a free evaluation and demo with his dog. As soon as we saw how he interacted with our dog and his we were immediately sold. He is extremely professional and truly cares about you and your dog. His patience is unmatched! We are so happy with our dog's progress and highly recommend DTE North Orlando to everyone.
— Natalie Melville
Posted December 6th 2022
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They are absolutely wonderful. Very knowledgeable and scheduled around you. Give them a call it’s well worth it
— Prudy Miller
Posted November 15th 2022
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After the unexpected loss of my 10 year old son’s service dog, we were in desperate need of a trainer with not only experience, but compassion, patience and love of what they do fast. Craig and his team showed up and more than delivered. They were great working with my son in a way he was comfortable handling and training his puppy while respecting his medical and special needs boundaries. They identified the dogs natural instincts and used them to bolster his training. With each training session my son became more confident in his ability and the puppy conquered a new task/command. DTE made sure we had all the tools we needed to be successful between sessions and get the most out of our efforts. We have been so thrilled with DTE we decided to put our other dog through training with them as well. Will be recommending DTE to anyone we know who could also benefit from a trainer.
— SweetPea 52811
Posted November 11th 2022
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Chelsea and Cheyenne have really been an amazing help to my family and I. I'm having my Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Cookie trained by them for my service dog. They have helped me so much on this journey. I really can't wait to post Cookie's graduation day!
— James Caban
Posted October 19th 2022
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Friendly environment and very patient with the doggy’s
— Madeline Rivera
Posted September 10th 2022
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As an animal lover myself, I understand the need for a safe and professional dog training environment in Central Florida. With his new franchise “Dog Training Elite”, Craig Fizer offers his Clients and their canine friends an opportunity to grow their connection and build their bonds. He recognizes that every Client and dog have various training goals and potential obstacles along the way, which allow Craig to implement his problem solving skills. If you are in need of a true elite experience as the company name says, I encourage you to contact Craig and his Team. You won’t be disappointed by their dedication to customer service and genuine canine care.
— The Marks Law Firm
Posted July 28th 2022
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I have seen the effectiveness of DTE Orlando's training methods and the positive transformation in the behavior of the dogs they train. Craig and his team genuinely want each owner to have the best possible relationship with their dog so that they can experience all the fun activities and joy that dogs bring to our lives. If you would like to make your dog a bigger part of your lifestyle, I encourage you to contact DTE Orlando.
— Vince Conrad
Posted July 28th 2022
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Warm-hearted professionals and trainers committed to assist dog owners in having the best relationship with their loved ones. Highly recommend!
— Dalila Homes
Posted July 21st 2022
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Super friendly and knowledgeable staff! You and your pet won’t regret it! Highly recommended.
— Jose Jimenez
Posted July 21st 2022
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My wife and I love our rescue dog "Annabelle". We needed a dog training company that would feel the same way. We were NOT disappointed in having Chelsea and Cheyenne as our trainers. They LOVE what they do and are passionate about it. We were extremely pleased with their knowledge, kindness, professionalism and love that they shared with each session they completed. Look NO further than Dog Training Elite for the BEST dog trainers in Orlando.
— Steve Davis
Posted July 21st 2022
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Craig is a knowledgeable trainer and I would highly recommend his dog training services.
— Carrie McIntyre
Posted July 14th 2022
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Craig is a fantastic trainer and his dog is amazing!
— Kelley Rosequist
Posted July 11th 2022
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Cheyenne and Chelsea are absolute angels! I am currently working to train my yellow lab into a service dog, and they have always been there to answer any questions, day or night (even the silly ones!). Their kindness and compassion shines through their experience! I truly believe that I could not have chosen a better team to take on this endeavor with. My pup and I will be forever grateful for everything we have learned with Dog Training Elite Orlando! Thank you!
— Hartley Villagra
Posted July 11th 2022
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The most professional, skillful, and caring dog trainers around! They truly have a ❤️ for dogs. Mine loved them and yours will too!
— Susan counts
Posted July 9th 2022
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Chelsea and Cheyenne are amazing and patient woman! Their love for dogs is so apparent and appreciated. Wouldn’t trust my fur children with anyone else!
— Amanda Barbieri
Posted July 9th 2022
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Cheyenne and Chelsea are wonderful! With their help, my sweet Mara is well on her way to becoming my personal service dog. Something I didn't think possible. Thank you both for the training and support!
— Rebecca Mallo
Posted July 9th 2022
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Warmhearted human beings with tons of personal and professional dog training experience from service purposes to simply self confident dogs. Highly recommended!
— Dalila Homes
Posted July 9th 2022
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ABSOLUTELY RECOMMEND! Not only are they incredibly professional, they are so personable. They take time to get to know the needs and wants and will do anything to work it in properly. They take their time and don’t rush! They also can read when your dog is tired or just done with training and will stop. For some backstory, I needed to get in as much training before i moved to California to train my dog to do well in an apartment. Example: no barking, stomping, scratching. They created an amazing plan on what days to train and taught me how to train her on my own. They leave you with dog training knowledge to keep up and enforce by myself. They answer texts and calls in timely manner and never leave me confused.
— Gabrielle Barton
Posted May 20th 2022
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Cheyenne and Chelsea are passionate dog people as well as passionate about being actively involved and giving back to the community. With their nursing backgrounds, their desire to help people and their dogs is unmatched. They are knowledgeable, professional, personable and punctual. I highly recommend them you are looking for amazing results with building your relationship with your 🐕!
— Kyle Christie
Posted May 10th 2022
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Super friendly staff! Your pet is in good hands with these ladies. You won’t regret it! Highly recommend ❤️
— Misty H.
Posted April 24th 2022
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Proud Sponsor of The Malinois Foundation

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 work's 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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