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Psychiatric / PTSD Dog Trainer in Salt Lake City, UT

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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 Support Dog

12 One-on-One Sessions
16 Group Sessions

$4,295

A PTSD service dog will be able to go nearly anywhere with their handler and assist them in times of high stress and provide a sense of security. Benefits include emotional assistance, reintegration into society, reduced depression, reduced frequency and severity of flashbacks, anchoring handler to the present, and reduced 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 Salt Lake City 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!

Jake and McCall were amazing, Intuitive, patient and knowledgeable. We always thought our boy was not the brightest bulb, but Jake saw right through his deception and let us know he was lazy and stubborn and how we could work with him. We came home with a new dog and the tools to keep training him at home. Elite is worth every penny.
— Scott Hester-Johnson
Posted February 21st 2024
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Dog Training Elite has changed my puppy from an obnoxious pain to the dream dog I hoped he could be. Evans work showed me not only the capability of my dog but the potential and love my puppy has. I cound not be happier with the training and the trainers. They are over the top amazing.
— Bob Widrick
Posted January 29th 2024
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DTE totally changed my dogs behavior and there staff are amazing. Highly recommended them
— Justin Newsome
Posted January 26th 2024
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Jake is a really nice trainer. He is patient with dogs and dog owners, provides professional training and helped my dog being better. If I have another dog, I would have my dog trained here with Jake again!
— Hongyu Zeng
Posted January 19th 2024
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This has been an amazing experience for me and my dog. In just a couple days I noticed a major change in her behavior and confidents. Thank you Jake and the all those who helped.
— Bryan Christensen
Posted December 12th 2023
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Dog Training Elite trained my labradoodle and transformed him from being anxious to confident and happy. His life is so much more vibrant and full because of the team at DTE. He especially loves Dallin who provided our in home trainings. Highly recommend DTE.
— Abi Gann
Posted December 11th 2023
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Dog Training Elite has been the best dog training experience ever! We had done training through other services with no results for our poor anxious girl and were slowly losing hope. Jeff and Dallin have transformed her into a confident and obedient girl! Walks are no longer a pain and our girl is thriving! I would 10/10 recommend the platinum package to anyone who has an anxious and reactive dog.
— Kennedy Wallin
Posted December 11th 2023
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Jake did an awesome job training our stubborn puppy. She was happy to go and stay with them for the day. This speaks volumes to me about how she is treated. Everyone is very knowledgeable and they are eager to share .
— Joy Hintze
Posted December 10th 2023
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Jake and McCall were both very attentive and worked great with my pooch Taco, he responded phenomenally and I saw results literally the first day I picked him up. He was so pumped to go to school and when he got home, I was able to see improvement every single day. They met specific needs and concerns of mine while being incredibly flexible with my schedule. I’m looking forward to the group classes and to continue to build confidence and skills with my pal Taco. The hardest part of the entire process is training myself, Taco loves to work hard and continues to progress daily, it has been a great experience and I’d highly recommend their services to anyone looking for personalized training and expertise for your pooch. 10/10
— Isiah Vallejos
Posted December 7th 2023
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I brought my new puppy Douglas in for The Whole Den puppy day camp sessions. Jake has been extremely helpful explaining how to work with Douglas and what steps I should take to ensure he is successful in further training. McCall has been wonderful with communication and happily answers every question or concern I have. Douglas became excited to go to day camp everyday. Both Douglas and myself learned valuable tips on potty training, leash walking and basic commands.
— Hayden Morgan
Posted December 3rd 2023
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Jake did an amazing job with Roo and Gunnar!
— Dawn Meyerhoffer
Posted November 10th 2023
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I was worried that it would be too late for my 2 year old dog, Harley, to get trained. I was also worried she wouldn't see me as her master because I am her second owner, and she seems to respond better to males. Some problems Harley had were jumping on people, pulling on the leash, and running away when I take her out to potty. I was honestly hopeless and wasn't sure if I could keep her any longer if her behavior didn't improve. After doing my research online, I decided to go with Dog Training Elite. I got the Gold Package, which was easily the best decision I could make! 5 private lessons with Jeff made Harley the most amazing dog I didn't know she could be. I also learned how to be a better owner thanks to Jeff. Jeff is super professional, enthusiastic, and Harley absolutely loved him. I highly recommend having your dog trained by this company.
— Richelle Castro
Posted November 8th 2023
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Dallin was great! He loved and really understood my pup. He went from only good for me to a great dog. Give this guy a raise!
— Destrey Enders
Posted November 7th 2023
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My lab Bodhi (6 year old) started attacking people out of protection for me and our home. I chose the platinum package to help with his aggression and anxiety. Jeff our trainer is a miracle worker! Bodhi now has done a 180 and I feel comfortable taking him anywhere. When i had a question or needed to reschedule training, McCall was a pleasure to speak with, great customer service. Hands down, best training experience I've ever had.... and I've had several dogs throughout my life. Well worth the money, I've got my best friend back:)
— stacy fairbanks
Posted November 1st 2023
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Highly recommend this dog training service! The trainer comes to your house for the individual lessons, which is extremely convenient! I was able to schedule after work hours. The trainers make e-collar training so easy and help you understand that it's not hurting your dog, and how to be consistent. They know when your pup needs some extra help or when to slow down training. Dallin Renouard was our trainer for the majority of individual classes and he was excellent! He balanced praising my dog with challenging and pushing her past her normal comfort zone. He addressed all of my questions and was highly professional, dependable, and personable! I feel like I have much more control over my pup on and off leash, and happy that she has improved recall. Great training program! I'm excited to start group lessons now!
— Sadie Roestenburg
Posted October 13th 2023
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Jake and McCall were great with Roscoe, the Cairn Terrier. He started with DTE when he was 10 weeks old learning his basic commands and came back later for more advanced training (he's 8 months now). If I hadn't moved from SLC to Arizona, I would have kept Roscoe with these guys to do therapy dog training - they really do care about your dog.
— T H
Posted October 9th 2023
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We have seen such great results with this program! We loved that we could be present, and trained as well, for each weeks training protocol. The ability to do training at our home made all the difference in us choosing DTE. We appreciate Jeff and the staff for providing us the confidence we needed in caring for and handling our aggressive pup.
— Jessika Reilly
Posted September 26th 2023
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FIVE PLUS STARS We are so grateful these five stars were aligned and led us to our wonderful forever friendship with DTE! It has been 5 years since we lost our beloved 15 yr old fur family member. Didn’t think we’d be doing this again. Dogs are mental health for me. That’s ALL I wanted for Christmas! Oh boy…the new puppy arrived and we knew we needed help! That’s when McCall arrives at our door and quickly teaches us that WE are the Boss of our home, not this adorable fur ball! We witnessed McCall’s magic which was quiet but firm. Our pup Sonny was left feeling like the best boi each time they met! He since has completed 2 dog camps. These are not easy but he couldn’t get to the door fast enough. Jake worked wonders with Sonny! Jake has a very confident energy that is passed on to your dog with so much praise. Dallin, who teaches the puppy classes, is as fun & friendly to the families not just the adorable puppies of all kinds and makes you feel you are the best parent! There is not a question or concern that Kacie, who runs the show at the front desk, can’t immediately help you with and is the perfect person who greets you with a friendly Hi & smile!
— Paige
Posted September 25th 2023
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Incredible service, training and especially trainers. Jake and Mcall were superb and Moses (golden retriever) looked forward to training and came away a better pup
— Ben Harrison
Posted September 24th 2023
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Got the Whole Den package and am very satisfied with the level of professionalism that everyone had. They gave wonderful suggestions and presented things I a way I could understand. Will use them going forward for all trainings on our little one.
— Demy Averett
Posted September 8th 2023
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At Dog Training Elite Salt Lake 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 Salt Lake 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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