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What is a Therapy Dog?

A therapy dog is a dog that performs a service for other people. Typical therapy dog tasks are going to nursing homes or hospitals to cheer people up. For your dog to qualify, he/she must be friendly with strangers, and with training, be able to work around a high level of distraction and to understand personal boundaries, such as not jumping up, licking, mouthing, etc.

Research shows that therapy dogs can have a positive effect on a patient’s mood, stress, and pain levels during facility stays. Children, in particular, respond positively to therapy dogs. They are more motivated to participate in treatments, feel optimistic about the future, and experience an overall sense of calm when a certified therapy dog is present.

Therapy dogs can promote social interaction between individuals within communities that may not otherwise experience socialization typically. Therapy dogs offer unconditional love, non-judgmental interaction, reduce stress, anxiety, and loneliness and provide an overall positive distraction to ailments.

Goals for Your Therapy Companion


  • Socialization
  • Lower Pain Levels
  • Motivation
  • Provide Comfort
  • Decrease in Stress, Anxiety, and Depression
  • Promote Healing
  • Increase Overall Optimism
  • Ease Loneliness


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


Therapy Dog

Therapy dog training is based on your dog's abilities.

$2,695

A therapy dog volunteers alongside you, where permitted, and provides comfort to others. Examples include cheering people up at nursing homes or hospitals.

A good therapy dog is naturally friendly with strangers, able to work around a high level of distraction (with training), and able to understand personal boundaries, such as not jumping up, licking, mouthing, etc (with training).

Training Equipment Included: E-Collar

  • 7 Private one-on-one sessions
  • 8 months of group dog training in the community
  • Therapy bandana, certification and ID Cards
  • An exclusive directory of therapy events and locations for you to donate your time
  • Practice testing for future accreditations
  • Come
  • Walk with you (no more pulling)
  • Sit (next to you)
  • Sit (off leash, at a distance)
  • Down (next to you)
  • Down (off leash, at a distance)
  • Wait
  • Quiet (stop barking and whining)
  • Load up in the car
  • Kennel
  • Place
  • Heel
  • No Jumping up (on people)
  • Make a friend
  • Choose one personalized greeting (high five, shake, hug, etc.)

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!

Dallin, dog training elite, frankly all the employees we’ve worked with or that have worked with our puppy coco have been fantastic. We’re new to the puppy/dog ownership process and dog training elite came highly recommend from dear friends of ours. We had an assessment and then opted for the whole den puppy package. Whether it’s been the flexibility and willingness to accommodate when I’ve needed to change appointment times, or making sure my questions and concerns are answered and addressed and proper techniques taught with each visit, our experience has been amazing. The trainers and facility staff have always been very professional and it’s been a delight anytime Dallin or Jeff have come to our home. They have given me the confidence to know how to train a dog and frankly that we can be a dog family and that everyone, including little coco, can thrive and be successful. We would highly recommend dog training elite to anyone looking for stellar dog training.
— Joseph Wixom
Posted July 7th 2024
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I have loved working with Dog Training Elite! The dog trainers truly care for the dogs and cater to their needs. The therapy dog program is amazing and has been very rewarding. Investing in my dog and sending him to dog training elite has been the best!
— Andrea Jensen
Posted July 3rd 2024
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Dog training elite is an amazing operation. The staff is very friendly and really cares about their clients and pets. My dog Kona has done amazing, from their training. She can go into public places, sit, down, place, and heel. She has become very obedient. They have also helped her become very social with other dogs. I have complete confidence in her safety and health while she is in their care.
— zac barber
Posted July 3rd 2024
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Amazing! Professional trainers who take all the time and effort their clients need to make sure each dog is trained and performing beautifully! DTE is worth every penny! Each trainer is top-notch and cares for each dog with love and respect. I give DTE a 100 out of 100 and recommend that every dog owner should show their love for their pups by ensuring the very best training for every stage of life. My heart felt thanks to the trainers at Dog Training Elite! I don't have the words to express my gratitude for the results. In 7 months, my pup transformed from a scared rescue to my loyal service dog who obeys and loves her family completely. 🥰👍 my life is forever changed! THANK YOU ALL!
— Matt Prentice
Posted May 27th 2024
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We have two small dogs with lots of energy, fear of larger dogs and people, and barkiness! The trainers at Dog Training Elite were so knowledgeable about how to approach their individual issues. After two weeks of training, we were amazed at the transformation. Our pups are much more confident, obedient, and willing to learn new skills. They are still young and have more to learn, so we are grateful for the continuing group classes and in home sessions. Thank you to Jake, McCall, Jeff and Dallin for all their help and patience with us and our pups!
— Jonathan and Marisa Schwartz
Posted May 2nd 2024
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I had an extremely positive experience with Dog Training Elite and Jeff. My dog is able to comfortably go on hikes off leash and is happier than ever.
— Zachary Kriesberg
Posted May 1st 2024
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I love Dobermans my 10 year old passed away so I just got a rescue, she was mistreated and very reactive ,my standard training practices were not working.Jeff the trainer has rescued us. Don’t fear the e collar this has been the easiest fastest safest way I have ever trained a dog Thank u so much Jeff
— Lori Barker
Posted April 11th 2024
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DTE has been absolutely fantastic over the past couple years. Their staff is responsive, friendly, and professional. They are prompt to address any questions or concerns and always put in their full effort to help in any way they can. I've trained three dogs with them, and every time it's a wonderful experience!
— Bryce Magera
Posted March 25th 2024
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Great instructors who are knowledgeable and friendly. A much better value for your money, as they include group classes in the total price. Highly recommend!
— Bethany Foster
Posted February 23rd 2024
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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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