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A Psychiatric/PTSD service animal will be able to go anywhere with their handler and assist them in times of high anxiety and stress. A service dog will provide emotional support, reintegration into society, reduce depression, reduce the frequency and severity of flashbacks, anchor handler to the present, and reduce suicidal ideation.

Individuals with PTSD often feel unsafe and unsure of reality, especially in public settings. Service dogs for PTSD can help ground their handler to reality, prevent people from crowding or rushing up to them and provide the emotional support needed to de-escalate anxieties. They can be trained to recognize the signs of a panic attack, wake individuals experiencing night terrors and regulate emotional responses through pressure.

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Psychiatric / PTSD Service Dog

12 In-Home, One-on-One Training Sessions


A Psychiatric/PTSD service dog will be able to go anywhere with their handler and assist them in times of high stress and provide a sense of security. A service dog will provide emotional support, reintegration into society, reduce depression, help cope with anxiety, reduce the frequency and severity of flashbacks, anchor handler to the present, and reduce suicidal ideation. Psychiatric service dog tasks are customizable, but examples include:

Training Equipment Included: E-collar

  • Grounding
  • Deep Pressure Therapy
  • Panic Response
  • Create a Physical Buffer
  • Interrupt Repetitive Behaviors
  • Watch rear blindspot
  • Additional tasks as needed, must be approved by trainer

Psychiatric / PTSD Support Dog

14 One-on-One Sessions


A Psychiatric/PTSD service dog will be able to go anywhere with their handler and assist them in times of high stress and provide a sense of security. A service dog will provide emotional support, reintegration into society, reduce depression, help cope with anxiety, reduce the frequency and severity of flashbacks, anchor handler to the present, and reduce suicidal ideation. Psychiatric service dog tasks are customizable, but examples include:

  • Grounding
  • Deep Pressure Therapy
  • Panic Response
  • Create a Physical Buffer
  • Interrupt Repetitive Behaviors
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Benefits of Psychiatric/PTSD Service Dog Training:

  • Increase activity and integration into society: Dogs are active and need to be exercised regularly, the responsibility of caring for a service animal will force their handler to get out and exercise. A routine is established and ties to the future are forged again.
  • Create a sense of safety: Public settings and crowds are an enormous trigger for most individuals suffering from PTSD. Psychiatric service dogs are trained to create a physical barrier between their handler and crowds of people.
  • Ground in reality, redirect hyper-vigilance: Hyper-vigilance is a symptom of PTSD and creates constant tension and paranoia within sufferers. Service dogs are trained to recognize their handler’s warning signs for anxiety, hyper-vigilance, and panic attacks and redirect that energy into positive coping skills and grounding techniques such as petting the dog.
  • Reduce nightmares and flashbacks: One of the most emotionally challenging situations for individuals with PTSD to deal with are flashbacks and nightmares. They can transport an individual back to a terrifying time in their life where they have felt unsafe, threatened, and traumatized. A PTSD service animal is trained to bring their handler back to reality quickly and calmly, ground the individual, and help them to feel safe in their environment again.

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Dog Training Elite has expert PTSD dog trainers in Orlando that provide service dog training programs for those suffering from PTSD.

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 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.

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!

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.

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
I highly recommend this dog training company! Their expertise and knowledge in training dogs is truly exceptional. From the moment we enrolled our furry friend, we noticed a significant improvement in their behavior and obedience. The trainers are patient, skilled, and genuinely care about the well-being of each dog they work with. The training sessions are well-structured and tailored to address specific needs and challenges. Our dog has become more disciplined, responsive, and happy since attending their classes. We are extremely satisfied with the results and cannot thank this company enough for their outstanding service. Thank you Craig!
— Maria Gabriela Sanchez
Posted October 4th 2023
Dog Training Elite has changed my life. There are not enough words to express my gratitude towards Cheyenne, Chelsea, and Maria. They have been committed to me since day one. They never gave up on me and my service dog in training. When times got tough they persevered and pushed me to get through it. They taught me proper guidance, and gave me all of the tools that I need to succeed in having a successful career with my service dog. They truly show their love, commitment, and their passion towards every dog they take under their wings and will go above and beyond the call of duty. They are always there to answer every single question, go through every single different scenario, and make sure both you and your dog are confident and are ready to tackle on the world! I now have made many friends through our group classes and I can truly say Cheyenne, Chelsea, and Maria have become lifelong friends of mine. I will forever be grateful to them. We love Cheyenne, Chelsea, Maria and our many friends at DTE!!!
— Jackie Plotkin
Posted October 4th 2023
Chelsea, Cheyenne, & Maria at Dog Training Elite Orlando are absolutely amazing! They truly care about their clients and they have helped my dog Ahsoka and me so much! They have helped to take my dog from a demon to an angel. I felt like I was going crazy with her behavioral struggles, but now she is confident and calm in public settings, listens at home, and is able to go everywhere with me as my service dog. She is also successfully learning scent training, with their assistance. I cannot say enough great things about DTE Orlando! I don't fully trust many people with my dogs, but I trust them implicitly. I HIGHLY recommend them!
— Brittany Harper Salisbury
Posted September 29th 2023
Chelsea, Cheyenne and Maria are the best! They have helped us to train our baby Marley. We are very pleased with the choice we made to join the Dog Training Elite Orlando pack.
— Michele Munoz
Posted September 22nd 2023
Dog Training Elite Orlando is a must do dog training program. They helped me make a crazy pulling and biting 3 month old, turn into a calm mannered service dog in under a year! She was able to pass her service test at a year old and now continues to learn from DTE’s amazing instagram posts! I highly recommend them for making your fur baby happy and obedient. Both you and your pup will love their programs!
— Sticks
Posted September 22nd 2023
I can’t even put adequately into words how amazing Dog Training Elite Orlando is! Chelsea, Cheyenne and Maria are the best trainers around. We did loads of research before deciding on DTE Orlando and we are beyond ecstatic that we did. We got an Australian Shepherd pup named Kida and started with their puppy program, which is great for first time dog owners or handlers! They came to us for a free evaluation and on the very first visit already had our pup eating out of the palm of their hands… literally; Working on everything from potty training to crate training and even some fun little tricks that our kids LOVED! They did such a wonderful job with our puppy training that we continued Kida’s advanced obedience and service training with them as well. Anyone who knows Australian shepherds knows they are a unique breed with lots of energy and quirky traits. DTE Orlando helped us with absolutely everything. Remember your dog isn’t a training vault! You have to be willing to put in the work on a daily basis because your dog is only as good as the work you put in as their handler. Because of the talented trainers at DTE Orlando I have been able to enjoy participating in social events again through Kida’s service training. Amusement parks… no problem! Crowded restaurants… not a big deal anymore. Shopping centers, malls, airports, cruise ships, movies, the list goes on and on. Bring your pups to DTE Orlando and I guarantee you won’t regret it! There is nobody better to trust your dogs with. And we learned they now offer boarding through their personal company Emery Ranch! Going out of town? Have your dog boarded with the best and get a refresher on some of that training at the same time!!
— Ryan Geyer
Posted September 21st 2023
Having contacted you guys was the best decision that I could have made for my Belgian Malinois pup. Craig is a great trainer, very friendly, also patient with our dog (mostly at the beginning). He is also very flexible with the in-home training schedules. Now we are in group classes and they are really helpful so that our dog can socialize with strangers and other dogs. We have really seen a big change in our dog thanks to the training. I strongly recommend you to contact them if you are a dog owner, you won't regret it. Thank you for everything!!
— Silvia Moreno
Posted September 19th 2023
I met Craig and Miriam last year and worked with them for several months. They were both extremely professional, communicated often and well, were kind and friendly, and were punctual. On the customer service side, they are a definite A+! Now onto the dog/training side of my review! I needed specific help with my Siberian Husky, so I hired them to help me achieve my training goals. I wanted to train her to loose leash walk on a flat collar or slip leash (get off her prong collar). This was a very challenging task for us to tackle as huskies LOVE to pull. I spent most of my time with Miriam doing 1:1 training, and she is fantastic!! Miriam knows a lot about working dogs, what drives them, and is familiar with the dramatic stubborn husky. She truly spent the time to get to know both of us to figure out the best way for me to teach my dog. Typical training methods were not working for us, so we got creative and developed unique games for my husky. Miriam really cares and wanted to help. She spent the time to watch my dogs behaviors, listen to what we were struggling with, and showed us not 1 but several methods! I learned that what worked yesterday, doesn't always work tomorrow. In my few months of working with Miriam and Craig, I was able to build up a large toolset of training tips to help me communicate better with my dog and we ultimately got her to pass all of her ACK-CGC Obedience exams! I definitely recommend Craig and Miriam for individualized 1:1 training! I will say this... no matter how amazing Craig and MIriam are, your dog's training will only be as good as the time YOU put into it! You also have to do the work.
— Tonya Noerr
Posted September 11th 2023
Thad a fantastic experience with them. They were incredibly patient and kind, and my dog responded very well to their methods. I highly recommend them to anyone looking for effective and caring dog trainers.
— Alissa Hodge
Posted September 9th 2023
The best of the best. Craig and Miriam are very professional. Very knowledgeable. I recommend them 100%.
— Ramon Montero
Posted August 30th 2023
In the short that with have been with dog elite, We have noticed a big difference in our dog’s obedience. He is still in the process of learning and we know that Craig can help to achieve success.
— Anne Lev
Posted August 29th 2023
We decided to get our dogs trained because we noticed their reactivity toward other dogs was getting worse. We were always embarrassed when taking them places because it would mostly end in them barking and lunging at most dogs while on the leash as well as some people. We recently finished in home training with our dogs and have began group classes (which we have always been afraid to start due to their reactivity). After the in home trainings and a couple of group classes, we are now able to take our dogs out in public with way less reactivity. It’s still a work in progress but they have made so much improvement. We look forward to seeing their continued progress
— Alexa Lawrence
Posted August 27th 2023
Craig and Miriam are the best trainers. They listen and are there for any problems that you may have in training your dog's. Craig trained my yellow Labrador puppy one on one and when she came home she knew all the basics! Thank you Craig! Thank you Miriam!
— Debbie Knapp
Posted August 22nd 2023
10000000/10 would recommend this company! All three instructors are OUT OF THIS WORLD incredible! It is worth absolutely every penny invested into this training. I now have a fully trained service dog that I can bring with me everywhere and helps me out on a daily thanks to them. If it wasn’t for their incredible training, Everest and I would not be where we are today! We now comfortably take on theme parks, airports, stores, restaurants (even fine dining)- you name it and we’ve done it! Everest was a completely different pup before beginning this program. I will say it takes a lot of hard work and dedication. You will NOT see results if you do not put in the work as an owner/handler. They taught me exactly what to do and how to do it. Any questions I had along the way, they would help, but I was the one working and training her on a daily basis to get where we are today. I often get asked in public how I got her to be such a good doggy, but the answer truly is Dog Training Elite. They teach you all the fundamental skills you need to have an incredibly behaved life-long companion. Whether it’s a service dog or not, this training program IS worth it! These three ladies are almost like a magic wand waves over our lives! If you have the opportunity to, please invest in this program! The absolute best of the best here, so don’t look any further!
— Paola Rivera
Posted August 19th 2023
Got a new dog. Shepard mix. I've had dogs all my life. Wasn't worried about training her myself. She became a handful to the point I was thinking of giving her up. With there help I was able to get the unacceptable behaviors under control and now she has a happy home. Me to.
— Mike Barber
Posted August 14th 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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