Our training programs follow social distancing guidelines.

Award winning dog training in San Antonio

Welcome to Dog Training Elite San Antonio! We are a professional, family owned San Antonio-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 San Antonio 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 San Antonio also trains service animals and dogs ready to volunteer in the community as therapy dogs and companions to those with special needs.

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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


Success Stories

Puppy Training

Our San Antonio & Bexar County 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 San Antonio 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 San Antonio'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 San Antonio & Bexar County 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 San Antonio 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 San Antonio facility therapy dog is highly trained to have 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 San Antonio has been approved to reopen and resume offering our in-home and group dog training classes in San Antonio. 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 San Antonio 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.

Dog Training Classes San Antonio

Reopening In-home & Group Training

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Dog Training Elite San Antonio 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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Whitley Cheatham

Whitley Cheatham

Experience: 10 years

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Dave Reyes

Dave Reyes

Experience: 10 years

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Questions? Give us a call 210-723-5288 or send us message

I contacted this group because my German shepherd was impossible. I had decided to rehome her. But with the help of my wonderful trainer, the dog was transformed! She comes when called, heels, waits at doorways, and many other things. Wonderful! And the dog is happier and enjoys working with me.
— Cynthia Brettschneider, Posted August 21st 2020 on google
Dog Training Elite is a great business whom are very professional, reliable, and friendly. They’ve done an awesome job training our German Shepard to be a service dog. Myself and my GSD love attending the group classes with other dogs. Would recommend to anyone from basic training to more advanced training.
— olivia tirado, Posted August 11th 2020 on google
We decided to put our dog through their service training program and it’s the best decision we’ve ever made and I wish we would have done it sooner. They are super hands on and not only train your dog, they teach YOU how too. Which is something I realize a lot of people need. They have given us the tools to succeed...
— Cassidy, Posted June 25th 2020 on google
I went to Dog Training Elite at the end of my rope with my German Shepherd who's highly reactive to new dogs and strangers. After working with her in their training program, she can now walk alongside new dogs without reacting to them at all. Whenever we went on walks and encountered another dog, I used to have to stop...
— Samantha Puckett, Posted June 25th 2020 on google
So thankful that I found Dave and Whitley. My previous trainer seemed to not know how to train my pup or get his attention which was frustrating. I sought to find a trainer that could not only train him but be understanding of his hip dysplasia since he is still young (8 months old). Whitley has experience with young d...
— Stephanie K, Posted May 15th 2020 on google
Dog Training Elite San Antonio, Whitley and her team, are fabulous!!!! We needed a service dog for my daughter. I knew nothing about how to go about that. I contacted Dog Training Elite and they walked me through their process and gave us recommendations for breed and age. We went with their breeder recommendation a...
— Dr. Perry, Posted January 18th 2020 on google
People were super nice and answered my questions
— Melony Salguero, Posted October 13th 2019 on google
The BEST dog training EVER!!! I tried other dog trainers, before I tried Whitley and Dave and none of the other trainers worked. In fact, my dog's behavior was getting worst. Within the first week of working with Whitley and Dave, I could see improvements! It's now been seven months, and my dog is now my Servic...
— Kimberly C., Posted September 28th 2019 on yelp
Today my dog, Little Ann, graduated from service dog training. She has come so far in this program and she has really helped me. Whitley and Melanie are amazing people who are amazing with dogs. The training that Whitley and Melanie do at Dog Training Elite is spectacular! And now my dog is fully trained and has good m...
— Maya Gaffney, Posted February 20th 2019 on google
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— Dr. Drew, Posted January 5th 2019 on google
Whitley is the dog whisperer! She does an amazing job with all of her dogs. She trained my Havanese to be the ultimate service dog by teaching her to put her puppy energy to good use and to be more confident. Marceline graduated today at the San Antonio Airport and am so happy with her progress. Without the help of Dog...
— Melanie Sierra, Posted August 1st 2018 on google
I really appreciated how tailored everything was to each individual type of dog. The training worked extremely well with my dog and he responded incredibly. I also appreciated how flexible everything was with scheduling and rescheduling as needed. I have already recommended to people who ask me how I had my dog trained...
— Don’t_Go_Hollow, Posted June 25th 2018 on google
My dog Rambo 6 month old gsd went through obedience classes with whitley. I had a very positive experience, he learned very quickly. It was great working with her. Whitley was very professional always on time. Very accommodating if I needed to reschedule a appointment. She was able to teach me how to train my dog. I ha...
— melissa davila, Posted May 25th 2018 on google
I can't even begin to tell you how wonderful Whitley is with Suds, and how he has responded to her.
Suds was our foster dog that we ended up adopting, he is full of nerves energy and the energy was not good. We took Suds to another trainer here in New Braunfels and she recommended that we leave him there for tr...
— Ellen M., Posted April 28th 2018 on yelp
"Reign" is my 3rd pure bred AKC German Shepherd and I "knew" how to train puppies....or at least I thought I knew. This time it didn't work. Whitley and Dog Training Elite have helped my husband and I to train our dog so we now have a well-mannered, happy, pet that I can count on to listen and behave. When you have ...
— Laurie Singel, Posted February 9th 2018 on google
I have a 2 1/2 year old border collie mix; she showed extreme aggression towards men and children. Whitley was able to show us techniques and redirection for my dog’s behavior. It went from biting my boyfriends hand and drawing blood then 2 weeks later cuddling between the 2 of them. They are 2 peas in a pod. They ha...
— Kendra Graham, Posted December 29th 2017 on google
Came to Whitley with a dog that had serious problems with being around guys. Whitley has worked miracles with Ollie as well as showing us the best way to handle situations.
— Kyle Hudgins, Posted December 29th 2017 on google
Whitley is awesome and very easy to work with!! She is very affective with all of her training techniques! I would highly recommend her and Dog Training Elite to anyone!
— Dieter Karkut, Posted December 14th 2017 on google
I absolutely LOVE Dog Training Elite! I started training my puppy with them when she was about 4 months old and I see a huge transformation in my dog. She’s very obedient and listens to me and she’s doing very well in her personal protection class too! I’m very grateful to have our trainer, Whitley, guide me and ...
— Kayla Gonzalez, Posted December 2nd 2017 on google
"Dog Training Elite is great! My dog completely ignored me when we would go for a walk. Being a puppy, he also likes to jump and knock my children down. After training, he now walks with me off leash and stays with me! No more running, chasing or ruining my white pants with dirty paws. Whitley is very knowledgeable and...
— Leslie Rice, Posted June 7th 2017 on google

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

  • San Antonio
  • Bexar County
  • Alamo Heights
  • Lackland AFB
  • China Grove
  • Leon Valley
  • Boerne
  • Kirby
  • Converse
  • Schertz
  • Selma
  • Castle Hills
  • Balcones Heights
  • Shavano Park
  • Garden Ridge
  • Universal City
  • Live Oak
  • Helotes
  • Fair Oaks Ranch
  • Hollywood Park

Free In-Home Evaluation Group Classes / Park Schedule

San Antonio in home dog training

Call 210-723-5288 or view our training programs