Elite, Award Winning Dog Training in Panama City, FL

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Empowering Owners

We work with dogs of any breed, size or age - and we empower owners with lifelong skills to continue successes.

  • Leash & potty training
  • Staying & coming
  • Destructive chewing & digging
  • Stealing food, clothing, or other objects
  • Barking, howling & whining
  • Food guarding & begging
  • Mouthing, nipping & playing rough
  • Anxiety & submissive urination
  • Jumping up & hyperactivity
  • Aggression & anxiety

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We strongly believe that the key to sustained obedience and training is to empower owners to be an integral part of the training experience.

Dog Training Elite Panama City offers expert in-home dog training near you in Panama City.
In-Home Training

Dog obedience classes are held on a consistent basis and are included in most packages. Our dog obedience training classes are designed to place yourself and your dog in public places (surrounded by other dogs, people, smells, and sounds)!

Dog Training Elite Panama City offers professional group dog training programs near you in Panama City.
Socialized Group Training

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Dog Training Elite Panama City


Coronado Village
103 W. 23rd Street
Suite W-6
Panama City, FL 32405

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Award Winning Dog Training Services in the Panama City, FL Metro Area

Welcome to Dog Training Elite Panama City! We are a professional, family owned Panama City, FL-based dog training company with over 40 years of experience that specializes in strengthening the bond between your dog and your family, with a strong emphasis on teaching your dog the highest level of obedience, despite even the toughest level of distractions. Our Panama City, FL dog training programs are certain to meet all of your training needs. Unlike a lot of other dog training companies, we understand that each client has different needs, so we tailor our dog training programs to accommodate your unique situation. Dog Training Elite Panama City also trains service animals and dogs ready to volunteer in the community as therapy dogs and companions to those with special needs. We also offer a fun and challenging personal protection program as well!

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Meet Our Trainers

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Tina Ruffin

Owner & Trainer

Lily Sundeen

Administrative Assistant

Josh Wilson


Anthony Vick


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.

Dog Training Services in Panama City, FL

and The Following Surrounding Areas

Dog Training Elite Panama City has award winning in-home dog trainers and top rated dog training programs.

Why Dog Training Elite Panama City?

Lifetime Investment

We follow up & are invested in the owner's success long-term.

Value Priced

We pride ourselves on being able to offer our professional services at prices that are budget friendly.

Local Trainers

All of our local dog trainers are trustworthy, willing to be there for our clients and love what they do.

Simplified & Customized

We plan training around the owner's schedule and require only 15 min/day follow-up practice.

Come Meet Us!

We are often at home shows in your area! Our passion for dogs and service sets us apart. All of our local dog 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 with us, you become a part of the Dog Training Elite family.

Proud Sponsor of The Malinois Foundation

At Dog Training Elite Panama City, 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 Panama City 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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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!

Having recently added a Standard Schnauzer to my family, I quickly realized it had been a long time since I had raised a puppy. My experience with Elite Dog Training has been fantastic and fun! Everyone is very knowledgeable and our little puppy Memphis enjoyed his week of puppy training. Everyday he went on a field trip and he made a lot of progress. I am looking forward to continuing to use Elite Dog training as Memphis grows. Thank you so much for helping us!
— Thomas Cox
Posted April 16th 2024
I signed my little Schnauzer up for training with dog training elite and I am so thankful for doing it. Schnauzers can have a tendency of being a bully and he was starting to show those traits. They helped me get him under control. Plus, he is a happier puppy because he now has direction. Someone had referred me to Dog Training Elite and I am so happy for it. Thank you so much for helping my puppy. Another wonderful thing about this place is that it is owned in ran by a very kind, loving person that really loves dogs. Tina is always available to answer questions or concerns. Also, once they are done with training, you can do group training for life, Every week if you want. If you need help with a specific issue, just give them a call and they will help you with that even after training. This is not a place that trains and then drops you. They care and for the life of your puppy will be there to help. Best decision we have made with him.
— Tiffany VanSant
Posted April 9th 2024
Our almost 3 year old miniature schnauzer barked constantly when around other people and dogs. In addition, he had horrible impulse control. As a puppy we had attended training classes at a local pet store. Those classes centered around treat training, which is fine if you want to carry a bag of treats everywhere you go and constantly feed your dog. For us this was unsustainable. We signed up with Dog Training Elite and have seen amazing results! Anthony is wonderful with dogs and their owners! We can now take our Winston to stores and restaurants without issue (after only 6 in home sessions)! Thank you Dog Elite and Anthony!
— Maranda Griffin
Posted March 25th 2024
What truly sets Anthony and Tina apart is their genuine passion for what they do. They’re not just trainers; they’re true dog lovers who are deeply invested in the well-being and progress of every dog they work with. Thanks to their expertise and guidance, not only has my dog Maya made remarkable progress, but I have also been equipped with the essential tools and knowledge to effectively continue her training at home. This empowerment is exactly what every dog owner needs to build a lasting and loving bond with their pet. Anthony and Tina’s approach is both professional and personal, making the entire training experience enjoyable and highly effective. For anyone seeking dog training services, I wholeheartedly recommend Dog Training Elite!
— Sean Eversole
Posted March 11th 2024
We began the training with an energetic, reactive standard poodle somewhat skeptical about what could be accomplished in two weeks, but working with Anthony his behavior has totally changed for the better. Anthony has also worked with us to help us understand how to use the commands and corrections to benefit us and our dog. As a result, our dog walks calmly on a leash is much more confident and less anxious and nervous. We are all much happier because instead of leaving our dog behind, he is a joy to bring along anywhere we go. He is well behaved in crowded environments and around other dogs. He barks less at dogs and strangers and is much easier to control when we are out. We also now understand how to practice and reinforce these commands and behaviors to continue to help our dog improve. The tuition is significant, but worth every penny and I highly recommend this training and Anthony as trainer. 10 out of 10.
— Ken Cochran
Posted March 10th 2024
Anthony is very patient and calm with our five-year-old boxer. He spends a good amount of time in our home showing us how to give commands with rewards and at the same time trains her to be obedient and control her impulses. Very pleased with the company and trainer.
— Leanna Miller
Posted March 9th 2024
Anthony Vick is awesome. He is very passionate and compassionate with not only training my Frenchie Briggs but also very patient with me. He has excellent customer service skills and he is very understanding. I highly recommend DTE. Briggs has come along way with his training and socialization.
— Gina B
Posted March 9th 2024
I've been pleasantly surprised with this training at Dog Training Elite Panama City. Professional, personalized and kind. I was leary putting my trust in with anyone regarding my pups. They have been through it as rescues. Both were deemed to not live through treatment, they did. They have my heart. Anthony couldn't have been more on point with them and me. He has years of service with dog training and it shows. The best part for me personally is his directness. Not a sugarcoat reasoning with him. He is clear to reason and approach. In just 2 weeks, both of the pups have learned so much. I can't wait to see them in 10 weeks.
— Renee Larson
Posted March 4th 2024
Tina & her team have been absolutely FANTASTIC with my two girls! We chose the two week in facility training after searching through multiple obedience schools in our surrounding area. My girls cannot wait to go to school every morning! I would absolutely recommend Tina to anyone who asks. A well trained dog is a happy dog. Thank you Tina, Lily, Josh & Anthony!
— A Harris
Posted February 23rd 2024
Anthony was are trainer for Axel, his delivery was far and above previous sessions as we attended our first group session. Anthony is a true dog whisperer. I hope to have Anthony for all our future Sessions, Axel loved him!
— Gary doll
Posted November 16th 2023
Finding Tine Ruffin of Dog Training Elite of Panama City was the best answer to solving problems we faced with our two little dogs (one a puppy!). Our older dog was a runner and had gotten out multiple times ( I fell once trying to capture her with three other people trying to help corral her). In one session my problems on this issue were solved and I have been able to apply my training and get my runner to come to me and get her home when she gets loose! Potty issues, kennel training, anxiety issues and solving problems with walking our dogs are but a few of the other difficulties Tina has helped us master. We are in Pensacola so Tina does travel. I highly recommend Tina and her team!
— Specialists of the South
Posted February 18th 2024
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— Amy SP Page
Posted February 1st 2024
Tina and the other trainers and staff are wonderful! They listen to your needs and concerns and offer great tips. My dog liked his trainers and we look forward to working with them again.
— Marla Ferraro
Posted January 23rd 2024
Anthony does a great job and is extremely knowledgeable! Highly recommend! 😊
— Gabriele Smith
Posted December 13th 2023
We have a rescue pup who has some excitable anxiety. She was a leash puller and very excitable, making walks a chore instead of something fun. Deciding to go with one-on-one training was the best decision we made for her and us. Both Tina & Anthony have been amazing trainers. Skye can walk by most distractions now with minimal issues. Tina got Skye to the point where she was walking alongside her own dog! Anthony was able to get Skye to walk amazingly confidently through Home Depot. We were also able to have her walk mostly calm through PetSmart with all the other dogs. What a change, not only in Skye’s confidence, but mine as well! We are looking forward to the group classes!!
— Laura Foisy
Posted November 23rd 2023
All of the employees at Dog Training Elite have been very helpful. Our puppy went through the Whole Den Puppy training at nine weeks old and then the Elite Training Camp when she was 5 ½ months old. They explained the training, both the concepts for the dog and how we should implement the reinforcement training at home. Our trainer, Anthony, has been especially helpful as he was a trainer in Military Working Dog Handler in the U.S Air Force for their German Shepherds and Belgian Malinowski. He was able to take our somewhat stubborn and disruptive German Shepherd puppy and turn her into a manageable, well trained dog. Recently, my grandson accompanied me and our puppy on a long walk that included a drawbridge with a grate in the middle, downtown Panama City, through construction with lots of noises from all the machinery and all sorts of other distractions. Because of Anthony’s training, she was a calm and well mannered young dog throughout the walk. Thank you Anthony and Dog Training Elite! Shelly & Jess Snyder
— Shelly Gale
Posted November 21st 2023
Anthony Vick is awesome. He is very passionate and compassionate with not only training my Frenchie Briggs but also very patient with me. I highly recommend DTE. With 21 years experience as an Air Force K-9 handler, Anthony is VERY QUALIFIED. 😎😎😎
— A Google User
Posted September 1st 2023
Dog Training Elite in Panama City, FL has truly transformed our lives and the behavior of our beloved 3-year-old Great Pyrenees, Winston. Tina and Wes are not just trainers; they are miracle workers! Their expertise and patience have brought about a remarkable change in Winston’s behavior, making him more obedient, well-mannered, and a joy to be around. Their personalized approach, tailored specifically to Winston’s needs, has yielded exceptional results. We are beyond grateful for the dedication and care they have shown, and we can’t recommend them highly enough. Thank you, Dog Training Elite, for giving us the tools to build an even stronger bond with our furry family member!
— Leah Eversole
Posted November 2nd 2023
I’ll be honest…what an amazing group of people!!! I absolutely love them!!! I own a Siberian Husky…need I say more, lol!!! Wes is amazing, he is the only person that can actually teach my wild boy!!! Wes is patient and kind and honestly is the 3rd trainer locally that has attempted to teach him but the only one that he’ll listen too. Not only is he firm and confident but is very kind and my dog actually obeys him….and he’s actually taught me also!! Not always an easy task, lol!!! Now…usually it would be just about the trainer but not at Elite. The office admin is absolutely incredible!!! Lily is probably the best office person I’ve ever worked with!!! She has helped me more than I could ever say!!! She is the best asset a company could ever ask for!!! I have been 100% pleased with everything she’s helped me with!!! Love them and Elite , the best training company!!!! I can’t thank them enough, Marolee Martin-Rowe
— Marolee Martin
Posted September 12th 2023
Excellent trainers, Tina, Wes are great, lots of patience and great training techniques. Sebastian is doing great. Group training is great——we alternate between Oaks By The Bay and Frank Brown Park. When the weather is not cooperating they have a very nice facility to work on group training.
— Debra Edinger
Posted September 2nd 2023

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