Our training programs follow social distancing guidelines.

Award winning dog training in Phoenix

Welcome to Dog Training Elite Arizona! We are a professional, family owned Phoenix-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 Phoenix 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 Arizona 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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Empowering Owners

We work with dogs of any breed, size or age - and we empower owners with lifelong skills to continue successes, no matter the problem behavior.

  • 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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Puppy Training

Our Phoenix, Peoria, Surprise & Avondale dog trainers begin working with puppies as young as 8 weeks old. We will even help you select a puppy from a litter that possesses a desirable and teachable temperament.

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Service Dog Training

Dog Training Elite Arizona has a variety of service dog training packages, all of which are highly personalized to the individual seeking assistance.

Service Dog Training

Personal Protection

Dog Training Elite Arizona's personal protection dog training process will ensure that a dog's loving and social temperaments are retained as the protection skills are properly developed.

Personal Protection

Anxiety & Aggression Training

One of the most difficult, necessary and rewarding behaviors to correct in a dog is anxiety and aggression. Our Phoenix, Peoria, Surprise & Avondale dog trainers specialize in proper dog training techniques that help correct a dog's anxiety and aggressive behaviors.

Anxiety / Aggression Training

Military / Retired Veterans

Dog Training Elite Arizona believes strongly in the healing power of service dogs for retired military veterans, and we donate our time and passion to training service dogs for the foundation. We also offer a 10% discount to active and retired service members.

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Therapy Animal Training

A Dog Training Elite Arizona trained therapy dog is highly adept at creating a positive impact on the health and well being of both individuals and community health.

Therapy Animal Program

Reopening In-home & Group Training

Dog Training Elite Arizona has been approved to reopen and resume offering our in-home and group dog training classes in Phoenix. We have reorganized our training programs to fit social distancing and heightened sanitation measures.

Once you and your dog have basic commands in place (meaning your dog will successfully come, sit, stay and obey other basic commands), they are invited to join us for additional training that is highly valuable in further building upon already learned techniques. Our dog training classes in Phoenix are designed to place you and your dog in public places (surrounded by other dogs, people, smells, and sounds), so that you can train your dog to obey you, regardless of the many distractions screaming for their attention!

In order to keep you and our training staff safe and healthy, we ask for your assistance on the following protocols:

In-Home & Office Guidelines

  • If you or anyone in your household becomes sick, please inform us immediately. We can cancel and reschedule training sessions at no extra cost.
  • Please follow general hygiene guidelines before and after your session, including hand washing.
  • Thoroughly clean and disinfect all training tools before and after the session.
  • If possible, most of the training session will take place outside - in your backyard or at a nearby park.

Group Class Guidelines

  • We are limiting the size of group training sessions, so you must sign up online first. In order to ensure everyone has equal access to training sessions, please do not sign up more often than once every other week.
  • Only one person is permitted per sign up. Multiple dogs are ok, but if they need more handlers you must sign up for each person individually.
  • If you or anyone in your household becomes sick, you must reschedule.

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Reopening In-home & Group Training

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Dog Training Elite Arizona is the last dog trainer you’ll ever need!

AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Instructor
AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator
AKC Community Canine
Professional Retriever Trainers Association
International Association of Canine Professionals
AKC Member
The Malinois Foundation

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Neil and especially Ilara (Gavin and Lexi too) have been phenomenal. Never knew I could be so happy with our Belgian Malinois as much as I am. We were warned about how hard it is with Malis, but DTE has trained us and Kona and we are grateful. Excited and can't wait for the next level. EVERY K9 NEEDS THIS.
— Larry Earl, Posted August 24th 2020 on google
I highly recommend Dog Training Elite. I am a dog lover and have owned 5 rescue dogs, none of which I have ever been able to properly train. Each one was unique, with its own fears, aggressions, insecurities or otherwise. I have now used Neal and DTE (and Gavin and Lexi) to train 4 different dogs. Each was once hyp...
— Sharon Smith, Posted June 6th 2020 on facebook
I sought out Neal and DTE to help a friend with her two unruly, large dogs. I personally attended the training sessions and saw Neal, Gavin and Lexi expertly and lovingly handle and train them. I was so impressed, I bought the gold package for my own two rescue dogs, ages 7 and 5. Neal and his trainers clearly LOVE d...
— Sharon Sexton, Posted June 5th 2020 on google
Neal, Gavin, Iara, Anysia & Lexie have been fantastic. They've been helping train both myself and my Belgian malinois, Jax. I am so thankful to have found them and can't imagine this training process without them.
— Kerri Damian, Posted May 24th 2020 on facebook
They are absolutely amazing! They have trained 2 of our dogs, one of which they trained and tested as a service dog! They worked with me on payments we could afford. Everyone always comments on how well behaved my dogs are! I would and have recommend them to everyone!
— Heather D., Posted January 16th 2020 on yelp
We are working with Dog Training Elite to train a service dog for our 10 year old son. They have been professional, knowledgeable, and have supported us every step of the way. They have exceeded our expectations by far and we highly recommend them to any family looking to train a service dog.
— Charlie Vargas, Posted December 4th 2019 on google
I have read several of the comments on the DTE FB site. I realize everyone is entitled to their opinion. I am not going to comment on any of the posts. I can only speak for my wife and myself. We are so very pleased with the assistance Neal and Chris have given us. They teach the tools needed to have an obedient dog. I...
— Howard Gasch, Posted July 26th 2019 on facebook
Very knowledgeable and kind yet firm with our stubborn fur baby
— C Ellish, Posted July 18th 2019 on google
Dog Training Elite saved two of my dogs from getting put down. My first Belgian Malinois was human and dog aggressive. He wouldn't show any warning signs, he would just go and attack. I had Neal come out for the free in-home evaluation as a last resort (I either had to find a trainer that would be able to help him or w...
— Anysia Jaramillo, Posted May 7th 2019 on google
Neal is amazing! If you want your dog to be the best this company is the way to go! They have a lot of experience with Malinois and service dogs. 100% recommended
— Kelsey C., Posted March 5th 2019 on yelp
They offer a free in home evaluation. They are the last trainer you will ever need. I have worked with them to help train my Service Dog. He is a new dog! No reason to waste money on Petco or Petsmart.
— Amber Jensen, Posted March 4th 2019 on facebook
I rarely rate 5 stars, here is why Dog Training Elite deserves theirs. I homed screened 3 dog training companies in the greater phoenix area to help me with my 6 month-old Blue Nose Pitbull, my family calls Blueberry. Not satisfied, I remembered I saw a dog trainer at the Home and Garden in Scottsdale, Dog Training Eli...
— Bill Heller, Posted December 7th 2018 on google
I rarely rate 5 stars, here is why Dog Training Elite deserves theirs. I homed screened 3 dog training companies in the greater phoenix area to help me with my 6 month-old Blue Nose Pitbull, my family calls Blueberry. Not satisfied, I remembered I saw a dog trainer at the Home and Garden in Scottsdale, Dog Training Eli...
— Bill H., Posted December 7th 2018 on yelp
Dog Training Elite is absolutely fantastic! We got in contact with them in regards to training our Maltese and Maltipoo. We were promptly answered and set up with a consultation appointment. Our consultation appointment was located in our own home and very informative and educational. We signed up immediately! Our trai...
— Nikki Oester, Posted November 14th 2018 on google
Hats off to these guys. Neal, Chris, and company allowed my family to have the picture-perfect companion we've been longing for. After seeing we were quickly heading to familiar territory with an unruly and disobedient dog, we decided to give DTE a try and I'm so glad we did. We just completed our 5th and last in-home ...
— Walter Louro, Posted October 29th 2018 on google
Hats off to these guys. Neal, Chris, and company allowed my family to have the picture-perfect companion we've been longing for. After seeing we were quickly heading to familiar territory with an unruly and disobedient dog, we decided to give DTE a try and I'm so glad we did. On my dog's defense though, it was not h...
— Walter Louro, Posted October 29th 2018 on facebook
Choosing Dog Training Elite to train our pup Hilda was one of the best decisions we could have ever made. Neal made an initial house call to evaluate our dog and give recommendations on what type of training we should pursue based on her temperament and behavior issues. Neal did not try to up sell to the more advanced ...
— Joseph Mingo, Posted October 7th 2018 on google
Absolutely AMAZING!!!! The trainers are so awesome with the dogs and so patient! We are out second dog being trained with them, the current one is becoming my sons service dog! I recommend Dog Training Elite to EVERYONE who wants to train their dogs to be well behaved!
— Heather Daivs, Posted September 14th 2018 on google
I am amazed at how great the trainers are with my dog Nala before I found dog training elite I was worried I would have to find new owners for her. She would not listen chewed up my yard and house and to say the least out of control but in the first 3 lessons she is calm and obedient I can walk Nala off a leash and let...
— Audriana Felix, Posted September 12th 2018 on google
Neal and his trainers have done a phenomenal job with Marshall, who is being trained to be my husband's service dog. They are the best!
— Jane E Daley, Posted September 10th 2018 on facebook

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 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.

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 Arizona, we provide professional dog training services in the following areas and more!

  • Phoenix
  • Central City
  • South Mountain Village
  • Encanto Village
  • Glendale
  • Peoria
  • Tolleson
  • Alhambra
  • Sun City
  • Surprise
  • Avondale
  • Goodyear
  • Buckeye
  • Waddell
  • Youngtown
  • El Mirage
  • Sun City West
  • Anthem
  • New River
  • Litchfield Park

Free In-Home Evaluation Group Classes / Park Schedule

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