Elite, Award Winning Dog Training in Spartanburg, SC

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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.

  • 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

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We strongly believe that the key to sustained obedience and training is to empower owners to be an integral part of the training experience.

Dog Training Elite Spartanburg offers expert in-home dog training near you in Spartanburg.
In-Home Training

Dog obedience classes are held on a consistent basis and are included in most packages. Our dog obedience training classes are designed to place yourself and your dog in public places (surrounded by other dogs, people, smells, and sounds)!

Dog Training Elite Spartanburg offers professional group dog training programs near you in Spartanburg.
Socialized Group Training

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Dog Training Elite Spartanburg


2514 River Road Piedmont, SC 29673
(Exit 39 off I-85)

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Dog Training Elite Spartanburg Featured on WSPA

Dog Training Elite believe all work we do should reflect our values. Dogs have an extraordinary healing power that can significantly benefit those with physical or mental health struggles.

That healing power can be found in pet ownership and animal work.

Take the story of Dog Training Elite owner Jared Smearman. A veteran who struggled with the transition of leaving the military and joining the corporate world, Smearman found the prospect of becoming a Franchise Owner exciting and motivating.

Smearman military experience turned out to be the perfect background for becoming a dog trainer and franchise owner. Helping owners with their furry companions and providing help and support to veterans who need it has given Smearman personal fulfillment and business success.

Dog Training Elite believes in the healing power dogs can provide to owners and those who work with them. Whether you’re looking for an opportunity to give back to your community or to find professional, quality service dog training, Dog Training Elite is here to help.

Giving Back

10% Military & First Responders Discount

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Whether you are on active duty in the military, a police officer, an EMT, a firefighter, or a veteran, we want to show our gratitude by offering a 10% discount on any training package.

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Award Winning Dog Training Services in the Spartanburg, SC Metro Area

Welcome to Dog Training Elite Spartanburg! We are a professional, family owned Spartanburg, SC-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 Spartanburg, SC 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 Spartanburg also trains service animals and dogs ready to volunteer in the community as therapy dogs and companions to those with special needs. We also offer a fun and challenging personal protection program as well!

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Meet Our Trainers

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Jared Smearman


Elizabeth Smearman

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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 Services in Spartanburg, SC

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We are often at home shows in your area! Our passion for dogs and service sets us apart. All of our local dog trainers are trustworthy, willing to be there for our clients and love what they do. We want to build a community for our clients that love their dogs just as much as we do and once you begin the training process with us, you become a part of the Dog Training Elite family.

Dog Training Elite Spartanburg has award winning in-home dog trainers and top rated dog training programs.

Why Dog Training Elite Spartanburg?

Lifetime Investment

We follow up & are invested in the owner's success long-term.

Value Priced

We pride ourselves on being able to offer our professional services at prices that are budget friendly.

Local Trainers

All of our local dog trainers are trustworthy, willing to be there for our clients and love what they do.

Simplified & Customized

We plan training around the owner's schedule and require only 15 min/day follow-up practice.

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!

DTE was wonderful working with us and our puppy, Millie. They were compassionate and very thorough in training and helping us with strategies and techniques to training our puppy with manners and especially safety. It has been 4 months since we did in home training and we cannot be more pleased with the results. Millie is very well behaved and is very in tune to her command’s. Mackenzie is your girl. She absolutely loves animals and it showed in all aspects of her training our puppy! I would recommend DTE to anyone looking for dog/puppy training. Kathy
— Kathy Thurmond
Posted July 6th 2024
Dug has been AMAZING through all his training with DTE Upstate SC! We completed 6 at home sessions and just started group classes. I was the nervous one at our first group class, worried he’d be distracted by all the other dogs and just want to play. But this pup continues to exceed all my expectations! DTE has been so patient in not just training Dug, but also training me to work with him. Their communication is excellent; they are always responsive whenever I have a random question. Their flexibility to work with our schedule has also made us feel so cared for. They are so kind, and care for our pup as much as we do. I am so excited to see Dug’s training continue! Daily grateful that we found DTE! Will always and forever recommend them to anyone looking for training!
— Sharon Cheng
Posted July 5th 2024
Great people and trainers My dog Rambo changed for the better and now we have a closer bond together.I purchased the Gold package for Rambo and all the commands on that package Rambo learned and still obeys those commands. Thanks again to Dog Training Elite for you help and to the staff !!!
— Arthur Gorbenko
Posted June 4th 2024
Hi, This is just a note to let you know just how much we appreciate the assistance, support, and knowledge of Elizabeth. When my husband and I 1st got Aquila, I could not fathom how she was going to fit into our household. She would not listen even though she understood some of the commands she was given. She would go through an attack of zoomies and running in circles, and ignore ALL commands. We wondered if we had made a huge mistake in adopting her. Fortunately for us, Elizabeth taught all of us and gave us the tools we needed to co-exist. Our stubborn little malamute is learning to behave and fit in. She likes being praised for her accomplishments and is becoming the lady that Elizabeth always knew she could be. (We were about to give up.) Elizabeth explained to us how Aquila was thinking and the things she was going to try to do before she even did them. She pointed out how to curb stubborn behaviors and how not to give Aquila any options for acting out. We very much appreciate the insight into how our dog was thinking and why. We can't help but be amazed at the progress she has made in such a short period of time. THANK YOU, ELIZABETH, SO VERY MUCH!!!
— Keith heuring
Posted May 30th 2024
DTES was and is a great facility. After having worked with several other trainers since our Lady was 4wk old pup, DTES been the only one to find the right training and command use for her. She know shows control over her reactions to other canines and behaves accordingly. Thank you DTES for all your great techniques and training lessons. I highly recommend Dog Training Elite Spartanburg and Greenville locations.
— christine hurayt
Posted May 10th 2024

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