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Top Dog Trainer for Military Veterans in Sarasota / Venice, FL

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We have programs
designed for veterans.
Call to learn more!

941-926-6751

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Dog Training Elite of Southwest Florida believes so strongly in the healing power of service dogs for retired military veterans that we have created "The Malinois Foundation". We donate our time and passion to veteran service dog training Sarasota / Venice for the foundation.

Service dogs can help ease both mental and physical impairments attained through a veteran’s service to our country. Many veterans suffer from PTSD, physical disabilities, and a variety of other handicaps and service dogs have been proven to lessen symptoms and assist in integrating veterans back into normal routines as much as possible.

We have programs designed for veterans. Call to learn more!

941-926-6751
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The Malinois Foundation Dog Training Elite's Non-Profit


It is our mission to provide service dog training to veterans with physical and/or mental impairments. The Malinois Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization created to provide individuals suffering from PTSD, physical disabilities, and other special needs with a dog that can comfort and assist them.

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Dog Training Elite is proud to partner with The Malinois Foundation to help with training service dogs for retired military veterans in Sarasota / Venice.

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.

Dog Training Elite of Southwest Florida Services


Dog Training Elite of Southwest Florida is passionate and committed to helping our service members heal and progress through service dog work. We offer several service dog training Sarasota / Venice options for veterans, call us today to learn about how service dogs can help improve the lives of veterans. Veterans who have physical disabilities benefit both emotionally and physically from a balance and mobility support dog. They can regain their freedom and independence as well as receiving the emotional support that a service dog can provide. The bond that is created between veterans and their service dogs has enormous healing power and is becoming increasingly popular in the mental health and medical communities as one of the best options for recovery. Military and Retired Vet Service Dogs from Dog Training Elite of Southwest Florida will help:

  • Increase activity and integration into society.
  • Increase independence.
  • Create a sense of safety. 
  • Provide 24/7 companionship and support. 
  • Ground in reality, redirect hyper-vigilance. 
  • Reduce the length and intensity of night terrors and flashbacks.

Pricing Programs Free Assessment

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Dog Training Elite has expert dog trainers experienced at service dog trainin for retired military veterans in Sarasota / Venice.


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


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!

10/10 would highly recommend Dog Training Elite of SW Florida. Anthony was our trainer, and he was awesome! Anthony was very helpful, knowledgeable and patient (with us and our Vizsla pup, Ziggie). He taught us the skills to succeed in training Ziggie (and vice-versa!). Much thanks to Anthony!
— Maggie
Posted April 17th 2024
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We were very happy with the work that Dog Training Elite staff did with our puppy and us! He truly has become an even better and loving version of himself!
— Stephen Scogna
Posted April 16th 2024
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We have been having a great experience with Elite! Big shout-out to Anthony! Thank you for working so patiently with Max (and us! 😊)
— Joanne Weiss
Posted April 12th 2024
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Anthony/trainer is Outstanding . Within the first few minutes of the vet first session he was able to train my then naughty Pug named Pearl. Then he trained me to train her. I was very nervous when Pearl graduated to group training. She did so well Alisa owner/trainer called her a “Rock Star”! Denise owner/trainer even spent extra time with Pearl and me on some issues I was having with her being stubborn. Chris/trainer also spent extra time with us on the down command. It is called Dog Training ELITE for a reason. All the trainers were very patient with me. They are the ones who are truly “Rock Stars”!
— Ed Shilney
Posted April 9th 2024
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The training sessions were great, our trainer went out of his way to help and instruct. The one thing I’d appreciate more of was more one on one time, like twice the number of lesson for the cost we paid, as the strong willed puppy we have often wore out during the lessons, as did my mother and I, and needed more of that intense and intentional focused training with the professional.
— Alys West
Posted January 3rd 2024
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I loved my experience with DTE! They were always on time and clear communicators and taught me so much about dog training! My dogs, Nash and Kila, are amazing examples of the hard work that DTE puts into their clients! I love my pups so much and I am so glad we chose to work with Dog Training Elite Southwest Fl.
— Andie Haslam
Posted April 5th 2024
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We have a reactive dog who has done really well with the training. I appreciate Anthony’s patience and knowledge. He made it fun.
— Marjorie Shoobe
Posted April 3rd 2024
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Couldn't be happier with Dog Training Elite, and Chris. The first session with Chris we had to chase Parker around the yard for 10 minutes to catch him to get the lessons started. Now I can retrieve him from most anywhere (not-so much if other dogs are involved). Can't wait for the group classes. We might have muddied the waters a bit by bringing a new puppy in the house, but so far all is well.
— Russell Gnant
Posted March 13th 2024
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We were so lucky to find the most amazing trainers for our puppy Sydney. Chris has been fantastic. Sydney has learned so much and so have we. They are amazing. We are so happy to know that we found the best place to learn and get such great support!!!
— Barbara sellinger
Posted March 11th 2024
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Our dog has been difficult to train (on the leash with distractions)but the different techniques we have been taught have started to work. Dog training Elite won’t give up until the right method works. The group class is extremely important and helpful. There are several trainers that attend and are willing to help if needed.
— Janis Schechter
Posted February 22nd 2024
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It has been a great team to work with. They are very knowledgeable and our dog is responding to the training. It's been very easy.
— Lorin Cartwright
Posted March 5th 2024
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I was impressed by this organization from the first phone call with Denise, to the in home assessment with Alissa to our in home training sessions with Anthony. I have 2 siblings, rescued from the streets of Aruba. Maya is very reactive and cannot sit still and Cooper is just the opposite but they are inseparable. Anthony was very patient and working together we figured out how to train them separately without a lot of drama. It had been an amazing journey to see the progress they have made so far We are looking forward to the rest of our journey. Thank you everyone from Patti, Walter, Cooper and Maya
— Patti Baptiste
Posted March 4th 2024
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Anthony was flexible and great to work with.
— Denise Wright
Posted February 14th 2024
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This has been the best investment of time and money. Our Teddy is well on his way to being the perfect dog thanks to Chris’s invaluable training tips. I highly recommend Elite Dog Training.
— Margaret Lopez
Posted February 9th 2024
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Winston is a new man! He is still making progress and has finished his home training.
— Judy Romano
Posted February 5th 2024
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Very pleased with this portion of Oliver’s training. Chris was there for not only training but to answer other sometimes unrelated questions. He was very patient with Oliver. Always available for questions
— Douglas Childers
Posted February 3rd 2024
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Great training sessions! Chris was awesome!!!
— timothy cabrera
Posted December 14th 2023
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I can’t say enough great things about DTE! They’ve helped me tame my sweet, although aptly named, pit bull puppy “Riot” from a wild boy to a polite and well mannered boy. From yanking and tugging on leashes, ignoring commands, and chasing the poor cat to actually listening to me! It seriously only took a single class to notice a difference! And the more we practiced, the better we both got! Thank you DTE, y’all are the GOAT!
— Rachel Norris
Posted December 3rd 2023
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Can’t say enough amazing things about Dog Training Elite of Southwest Florida. My 1.5 year old dog, Griffin has made a full transformation with the skills of the trainers. Can’t thank them enough!
— Tori Lennartz
Posted November 22nd 2023
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From evaluation to training, Dog Training Elite has been our life saver. Our trainer Chris has been amazing with our Eleven and taught us how to transform her from bad behaviors into an obedient and submissive dog. All of our family and friends have recognized what a different dog she has become in such a short time. Consistency is the key. Thank you Chris we are forever grateful for you, your knowledge and skills.
— Debi Pickelsimer
Posted November 20th 2023
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Proud Sponsor of The Malinois Foundation

At Dog Training Elite of Southwest Florida, 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 of Southwest Florida 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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