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Psychiatric / PTSD Dog Trainer in San Antonio, TX

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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

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$4,125

A PTSD service dog will be able to go anywhere with their handler and assist them in times of high anxiety and stress in addition to a sense of safety and security. 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.

  • Grounding
  • Deep Pressure Therapy
  • Panic Response
  • Create a Physical Buffer
  • Interrupting Repetitive Behaviors

In-Facility

3 Week - $5,525
Includes 3 week day camp (1 week obedience, 1 week public access, 1 week tasks/testing), 6 drop in days, 6 month provisional service dog certification and 4 follow up sessions. Also includes lifetime follow up and group support.

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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 San Antonio 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!

Very happy with the results. I highly recommend Dog Training Elite. Their training focuses on both the owner and dog. This approach has made a tremendous difference on my dog's stability and how I handle my dog.
— Andrea Andrea
Posted January 9th 2023
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Took my dog for service dog training (Platinum package). She had already completed a board and train, and was very trainable. DTE took that to the next level in what feels like absolutely no time at all. It's worth noting that the training really is what you make of it. Go to the group trainings. Listen to the trainers. Hold your dog accountable. Do your homework and continue the training at home. If you do all those things, you won't be disappointed with the results.
— Stephen Rivera
Posted January 4th 2023
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Highly professional and so talented at what they do! My service dog training experience with DTE SA has been absolutely amazing so far!
— Shannon Kratky
Posted December 30th 2022
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It took me over 6 months to research accredited, repeatable, legitimate, trustworthy and effective professional dog training business. Dog training Elite (DTE) (San Antonio, TX) was by far the goldmine I was looking for. They are extremelly knowledgeable about ADA laws and Service Companion behaviors. The team's patience is beyond professional, they are a caring community that take the time to ensure all there human and fur clients understand they are FAMILY. Whitney and Tammy thank you for your management professionalism and getting me and my fur baby established and integrated into the DTE Family first impressions set the tone for new clients. You both are truly appreciated. I am very impressed with the training my fur baby has received and I look forward to the next phase of his training. I am extremely impressed and grateful for Geneva, Wolf, Amanda and Adakias for their professionalism, expertise and passion of love they share with my fur baby. Job well done! I look forward to being part of the DTE Family. THANK YOU!
— SL S
Posted December 5th 2022
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My puppy started their service dog training at 3 months old, and I was so impressed with how much he learned in just one week. We didn’t think it’d be possible because of how young he was, but the training facility really puts so much effort into instilling good behaviors. They have made it so easy for me to really keep it up on my end. One thing my husband and I really wanted was to invest in our dog with a good trainer, and highly recommend Dog Training Elite. They’ve worked with my schedule, and really want the best outcome for every dog! Love this place!!!!
— Ashley Trevino
Posted December 7th 2022
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my service dog in training and I absolutely adore dte san antonio! the trainers have love her and helped build her confidence as well as mine as a handler! every time we walk in the door she gets so excited to see her ‘teachers’. the trainers at this facility also really go above and beyond to help with any kinks in the training and answer all of my questions immediately. i would recommend this facility to anyone looking for a service dog, or even basic obedience! i could go on and on about the staff here, they are incredible.
— alyson welborn
Posted December 5th 2022
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They really helped me with my service doggo Kreios.He is really smart and amazing. They have also greatly helped me with my Belgian Mal. All the staff are kind and make me feel like they listen,it's something I really appreciate They help me understand things when I'm lost. Overall I would recommend them to anyone cause if I could give more than 5 stars 🌟 I would They truly are amazing!♡
— Snow Storm
Posted November 21st 2022
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We absolutely recommend Dog training elite with anyone who is interested in training their dog. From day one our dog make a complete 180 in her behavior and actions.

Posted November 14th 2022
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Geneva was great. Wonderful with the puppies and even better at teaching the owners. Helped a bunch. Love the lifetime classes and assistance.
— yva mazzella
Posted November 9th 2022
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I was convinced on a video I saw where treats were thrown everywhere and the dogs simply ignored them. I am so proud to say that my dog Chef now ignores treats offered by straingers and food on floor when we go out for walks. Love that the training facility is always so clean. Employees are super friendly and knowledgeable. Amazed and proud on how my dogs Chef has learned so much, so fast, and now responds more positive on commands given. I personally learned alot, and feel more confident going out and having Chef help me with my Panic Disorder. I highly recommend Dog Training Elite, they are incredible!
— Itza K. Pantoja
Posted October 20th 2022
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I waited for over 3 years on multiple service dog wait lists before I found Dog Training Elite (DTE). I had no idea that I could have my own service dog, trained in my home, in a matter of weeks! Amanda is an AMAZING trainer. I thought I knew a lot about dogs until I met her. She trains not only the dog, but the person handling the dog as well. DTE is a "no brainer" if you need a service dog (or just a well mannered dog). With DTE and Amanda, I am lucky to have not only a best friend (my dog, Titus), but I also made new friends at the weekly training events. DTE and Titus brought me back into society from nearly a decade of being a hermit. I can't say enough great things about DTE, Amanda and Whitley. Thank you all for giving me my life back.
— Jon Sexton
Posted October 29th 2022
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Amanda is awesome
— Melisa Maddox
Posted October 25th 2022
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Great experience working with Amanda and the DTE team. We highly recommend their Service Dog training program, the pricing was reasonable and the training has been top notch. We look forward to our continued work with them.
— barry george
Posted October 19th 2022
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Dog Training Elite has been absolutely wonderful from the start. ALL the trainers have been extremely knowledgeable and professional. Management is always available to make sure all questions are answered. My relationship with my baby Zeke has changed so much for the better. I look forward to our future group classes. They are so much fun!
— A Ram
Posted October 3rd 2022
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I saw such a huge change in my Dobie's behavior and in myself as a handler. The trainers were incredibly helpful and happy to see her grow with me. She's still a pup, but I'm so proud of her and excited to get her working on tasks as she gets older because of the care and training results I've seen from the team so far. A lot has been going on for me and they've really helped me with the puppy stages TREMENDOUSLY and have set us up with a great foundation. Very professional, hands on, flexible, helpful organization and I would 100% go with them every time.
— Monae L.
Posted September 27th 2022
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My rescue pittie mix attended the 2 week obedience training. He's approximately 4 years old and has a mind of his own. Geneva was great with him. Now he listens better and responds appropriately. He will start weekend group training soon to expound on his skills.
— E. Mori Weston
Posted September 5th 2022
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We loved our experience with Dog Training Elite. We could not be happier with the results and recommend them highly.

Posted September 2nd 2022
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DTE helped me immensely, training my young Saint Bernard puppy to be a service dog. I couldn’t be more pleased with their expertise and professionalism. They are the best trainers in The San Antonio area. Highly recommend.
— Carlos Cruz
Posted August 15th 2022
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I can't thank DTE enough for changing my life and my dog's! We loved challenging ourselves to help create a more stable life for our pup Remi. I can tell each day how much less reactive she is becoming due to the confidence building exercises we have practiced with our trainer Amanda. I would do this all over again knowing how incredible the results truly are with dedication + love. An old dog CAN learn new tricks, and we have direct proof after working with DTE.
— Alexandra A Garcia
Posted August 9th 2022
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We rescued Max, he was a very frightful dog which turned into scary aggression. After Dog Training Elite, lots of tough love and patience I can happily say Max has become a secure happy dog. Thank you Dog Training Elite!!
— Stephanie Rangel
Posted August 8th 2022
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At Dog Training Elite San Antonio, 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 San Antonio work's 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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