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A mobility support dog can increase an individual’s independence and quality of life, a service dog can assist with tasks that are impossible or difficult for their handler to do on their own. A trained brace and mobility service dog can be taken anywhere and is trained to their handler’s specific mobility needs which can include standing, transferring positions, stability assistance, retrieving dropped items, retrieving medication or specific items, ambulatory assistance, recognizing and assisting in emergency situations, alerting others in the home or in public settings in emergencies, pulling a wheelchair for a short distance, opening/closing doors and emotional support.

Mobility support dogs help to increase independence and provide the stability, safety, and support that allows for increased activity and peace of mind. Dog Training Elite Richmond’s mobility service dog training program is highly successful as it is personalized and inclusive of the handler and their family. Our programs are set up to produce the best results possible and we have found that training our service dogs alongside their owners in their own home promotes bonding, lasting results, and a positive working relationship.

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


Mobility Support Dog Training

16 One-on-One Sessions & Unlimited Group Sessions

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LIFETIME SUPPORT

A mobility support dog can increase an individual's independence and quality of life by assisting with tasks that are difficult or impossible to complete on their own. A brace and mobility support dog can be taken anywhere and are trained to their handlers specific mobility and ambulatory needs. Mobility service dog tasks are customizable, but examples include:

  • Forward Momentum Pull
  • Counterbalance
  • Open Doors with Adaptive Equipment
  • Turn Lights On/Off
  • Item Retrieval

About Mobility Support Dogs


Most brace and mobility support dogs wear a specially designed harness that allows both the dog and handler to safely and securely work together to provide stable ambulation. Those who could benefit from a service dog specifically trained in brace and mobility support include:

  • Those with vertigo and balance disorders often suffer from dizziness and are often unstable when walking. A mobility and brace support dog can help orient, ground, and stabilize their handler as they ambulate.
  • Many physical disabilities such as cerebral palsy, MS, spina bifida or back injuries can lead to irregularities in balance, gait, stability and ambulation. Mobile support dogs provide stability and counterbalance support which can allow their handler to walk safely with assistance.
  • Some medications or disabilities have adverse side effects that can impair alertness and the ability to safely walk and respond to emergencies. A service dog can be trained to help navigate a disoriented handler through both regular daily activities and emergency situations.
  • Those who have health risks that cause unconsciousness can benefit from a trained service dog that can retrieve help, call emergency services on a special phone, and reposition their handler if they are unable to breathe.
  • Muscle dystrophy disorders, strokes, and many other conditions can reduce one’s strength, coordination, stability, and ability to complete simple tasks such as opening drawers or reaching light switches. A mobility service dog can complete simple daily tasks that are difficult for their handler to accomplish due to their diminished mobility.

Dog Training Elite offers professional mobility service dog training programs near you in Richmond.

Dog Training Elite Richmond Offers Free Assessments


Dog Training Elite offers free in-home assessments to assess if a current family dog can be trained to become a mobility support service dog or can help you select a service puppy or dog for training. We offer a unique in-home dog training method that involves owners in the training process, ensuring that training is never undone and both owners and their dogs are bonding and empowered.

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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!

Cannot recommend this program enough! I live roughly an hour south of Richmond and was pleasantly surprised to find a training program of this caliber able to complete sessions in my home!
— Alexa McBride
Posted July 9th 2024
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If you have a new puppy or young teenager who needs training, DTE is the company to choose. Paul and his team are first rate and will help much in growing your pet into a well mannered friend. His methods are sound and us old folks are learning all the ways we have been wrong in trying to manage our energetic Sheltie. Give them a call you won't be disappointed.
— David Hamilton
Posted June 7th 2024
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Amazing program with great results! I love that the first few lessons are at home. My service dog has delighted and amazed people for his wonderful manners and obedience. Thank you Paul
— Sioux Hudson
Posted May 30th 2024
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Paul, our trainer is very easy to work and give us needed help. Our dog has improved greatly.
— Dallas Weston
Posted May 30th 2024
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— Carmen Parker
Posted May 26th 2024
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Paul at Dog Training Elite Richmond is outstanding. He genuinely cares about the dogs he trains and shows great interest in their progress. His training methods are effective, and our dog has improved immensely thanks to Paul. Highly recommend his services for anyone looking for real results.
— John Lore
Posted April 1st 2024
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Wonderful owner, kind and patient. Thank you Paul!
— Leigh Rooke
Posted February 15th 2024
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We have mastered, SIT, PLACE(STAY implied) COME, OFF and now DOWN( STAY implied)from up close, to 100 feet away. Zipper is 7 months old and we are only 5-6 weeks into Dog Training Elite with Paul. I could not be more pleased! I have trained dogs and horses in the past so the language and intentions are clear. I ask 15 minutes of questions before in home training starts. I am always validated and enlightened.
— Susan Hudson
Posted February 13th 2024
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This training is the real deal. What I love (besides my dog that listens) is that I know the way to help her to be a better behaved dog.
— Amanda Bulifant
Posted February 5th 2024
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I started training for my dog Nala about 2 months ago. She is a petite size 18 Pound Golden doodle and overall a good dog she just needed some manners when I have company especially. She use to jump , nibbles ,on people’s feet incl. our and was very territorial in our home when we had anyone showing up. Always barked at strangers or anything comes her way. To be honest I thought about rehome if no improvements are made. Then I signed her up for training with ELITE. BEST thing I could have done. I was mad at my self that I haven’t done it sooner. Completely different dog after the first 2 in home sessions Paul knows his stuff and he is so awesome to work with. Nala love him and is very comfortable with him now. I recommend ELITE 100 Prozent to anyone. Do not hesitate. Money so well spent for a piece of mind.
— MARIELLA WRIGHT
Posted November 11th 2023
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We love working with Dog Training Elite! Paul is such a phenomenal trainer and is extremely knowledgeable in his trade. Everyone in our family has mentioned how our corgi Gingers training has transformed him into a completely different dog from where we started. He used to bark at everything that moved, jump up on guests, and barely ever listen to a command. It’s a night and day difference from the first training session.
— Megan Eik
Posted August 8th 2023
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Our experience with Paul from Dog Training Elite Richmond has been nothing short of transformative. One of the standout features of their service is that they come to your home, providing personalized training in an environment familiar to your pet. From the very first session, the shift in behavior of our corgi, Ginger, was clearly evident. Anyone familiar with corgis knows of their characteristically headstrong nature, and Ginger was no exception with his stubborn streak. However, with Paul's guidance, we saw immediate results within a couple days and an awe-inspiring transformation in Ginger within mere weeks. Previously, Ginger's challenges, like bouts of incessant barking, jumping on visitors, and his inherent stubbornness, had us at our wit's end. However, under Paul’s expert training, we were not only able to curb these behaviors but Ginger also swiftly passed his AKC Canine Good Citizen test and subsequently achieved his Service Dog Certification. It's a joy to see him thrive! The freedom we now enjoy with Ginger is incomparable. Being able to take him anywhere without a second thought about his behavior is liberating. Everywhere we venture, we are met with admiring glances and praises for Ginger's discipline and training. Our Saturdays are further enriched by the group classes at Dog Training Elite, where Ginger mingles with other well-trained dogs, continuously expanding his learning in a lively community atmosphere. Paul's personable demeanor, coupled with his expertise, ensures that every training session is both enjoyable and productive. And whenever we encounter a new challenge with Ginger, Paul's readiness to assist, combined with his patience and enthusiasm, shines through. In conclusion, Dog Training Elite Richmond comes with my highest recommendation. For anyone hoping to transform their furry companion's behavior while building a strong bond, this is undoubtedly the place to be!
— Sloan Lennon
Posted August 8th 2023
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Loved working with Paul! Great guidance and very good with communication. We have now implemented their training techniques to our other 2 dogs as well.
— Christi Dorrell
Posted August 7th 2023
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We love working with DTE Richmond! Paul has helped our dog so much and his team continue to be a huge support to us as new dog parents!
— Harlss James
Posted August 3rd 2023
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Paul and his operation are first class! Highly recommend that you hire them to train your dog. So much to learn and Paul will guide you through all of it.
— Mike Greaser
Posted June 27th 2023
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Paul has been working with us and is simply fantastic. He is very friendly, patient and very knowledgeable. He is absolutely the best and really cares about your family as his own.
— Daniel Hughes
Posted May 1st 2023
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Paul and Brooke are amazing to work with, from how attentive they are to my dog's personality and needs, to how accommodating they are to my schedule. They are also incredibly flexible when it comes to financial planning. Definitely a five-star dog training experience.
— Gabriella Mireles
Posted April 17th 2023
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Our trainer Brooke is awesome. She is working with our 1 year old German Shepherd rescue that knows a few commands, has high anxiety and is very dog reactive. After 6 home visits along with our follow through Bear knows all his commands. His anxiety level is next to none and he can actually go on a walk with little to no reaction to other dogs. I never thought Brooke could manage the walk with other dogs near Bear. But miracles do happen and she did it to my surprise. I can't say enough how pleased we are with Bears training and are looking forward to group training.
— Lorri B
Posted April 14th 2023
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Would definitely recommend, Brooke is an amazing trainer!
— Joe Maryland
Posted March 5th 2023
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Paul is great, reliable, trustworthy and very professional. He made both our GSD puppy and our adult Rottweiler feel very at ease and we can’t wait for what’s to come! Thanks!!!
— Justin
Posted February 23rd 2023
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