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If you are searching for a responsible dog trainer for your pitbull in St. Louis, you have come to the right place. Dog Training Elite is highly experienced with the strong, loyal breeds recognized as "pit bulls." Whether you have an American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Bull Terrier or another bull-type dog breed, we can help you harness the power of these incredible animals. Our puppy, obedience and personal protection programs are perfect for these breeds and can shape your beloved Pitbull into a loyal, well-behaved companion.

Though their history of bull-baiting and fighting is sad, the Pitbull we know today is a refreshing change from the ferocious breeds of the past. More than a century of responsible breeding since the outlawing of dog blood sports in England has developed bull-type breeds that are strong and stocky yet kind-hearted, loving and fiercely loyal. The American Staffordshire Terrier is one of America's most popular breeds and is well-known for his outgoing personality and energetic playfulness. Staffordshire Bull Terriers are known for their loving mood and tenderness with children. While Pitbull temperament has taken a turn for the better, these breeds do have a history of aggression and must be trained probably. Our dog trainers are highly experienced in harnessing the power of Pitbulls and helping owners build safe and loyal relationships with their dogs.

Dog Training Elite offers expert Pitbull dog training near you in St. Louis.

Silver

$950

General obedience for well-behaved pups

  • One-on-One In-Home Training Sessions 4 Sessions
  • Group Training Sessions 4 Sessions
  • Come
  • Place(go to bed)
  • Heel(walk with you without pulling)
  • Sit(next to you)

Gold

$1,650

Advanced obedience/behavioral modification with a goal of off-leash control

Have a second pup? Save $500 on a second training package for Gold or Platinum!

  • One-on-One In-Home Training Sessions 6 Sessions
  • Group Training Sessions 16 Sessions
  • Come
  • Place(go to bed)
  • Heel(walk with you without pulling)
  • Sit(next to you & off leash at a distance)
  • Get Into Kennel
  • Off(furniture, if desired)
  • Quiet(stop excessive barking & whining)
  • Down(next to you & off leash at a distance)
  • Housebreaking / Potty Training Help
  • Calm Anxiety & Build Confidence
  • Get into Car
  • STOP Running Away
  • STOP Digging, Chewing, Running Away, Chasing Animals, Jumping on People, Mouthing/Licking, Getting into Trash

Platinum

$2,250

Platinum offers advanced obedience/behavioral modification with a goal of off-leash control. Includes training options for therapy, emotional support, and offers more one-on-one and group sessions than Gold.

Have a second pup? Save $500 on a second training package for Gold or Platinum!

  • One-on-One & In-Home Training Sessions 8 Sessions
  • Group Park Training Sessions 24 Sessions
  • Come
  • Place(go to bed)
  • Heel(walk with you without pulling)
  • Sit(next to you & off leash at a distance)
  • Get Into Kennel
  • Off(furniture, if desired)
  • Quiet(stop excessive barking & whining)
  • Down(next to you & off leash at a distance)
  • Housebreaking / Potty Training Help
  • Calm Anxiety & Build Confidence
  • Get into Car
  • STOP Digging, Chewing, Running Away, Chasing Animals, Jumping on People, Mouthing/Licking, Getting into Trash
  • Control Aggression/Reactivity/Resource Guarding(towards other dogs or people)
  • Therapy Dog Training and Emotional Support Animal packages include an advanced task/skill
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Our Pitbull Training Program in St. Louis


Tall, stocky, and muscular, Pitbulls are impressive dogs. Their hallmark look features a large head with big, sweet eyes and prominent jaws. With responsible training, Pitbulls make both excellent family companions and personal protection animals. Our talented dog trainers can help you harness the power of this breed into an intelligent and safe watchdog.

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Our Beagle training program will cover the following commands and training milestones:


  • Crate training and house breaking
  • Socialization, dog-play etiquette
  • Problem behavior correction
  • Aggression and temperament control
  • Heel and leash etiquette
  • Basic obedience commands like come, sit, stay, place and more

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.

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!

The only dog training you’ll ever need! Matt and team are fantastic, super knowledge, professional and great teachers. They taught the lessons to us as owners as much as our dog, which helps to reinforce the right behaviors. I’ve had dogs my whole life and wish they all would have had this training. Our family is much better balanced as a result of these approaches, we’ve benefited from both obedience and ESA training. If you have a dog training need, Dog Training Elite and Matt are the place to go!
— Steve Havera
Posted July 23rd 2021
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We are so happy our friends referred us to dog training elite! We had previous training that wasn’t sticking with our dog so decided to try this. I wish we would have known about them beforehand because after just the first session we couldn’t believe how well he was doing! Our trainer, Tyler, was so awesome!! He was informative and patient with us, answered any questions we had throughout the process and very reliable. I never would have thought we could have our dog come to us and also be off leash in just a session or two, but he did!! So I can’t say thank you enough to Tyler because our life has changed because of this! At first we were hesitant, because of the price and because we weren’t sure if it would work but we knew something had to change. I would do it all over again for just how much our dog has learned over the 6 weeks, it’s crazy!! My advice to you would be, DO IT!!! You won’t regret it!! We just have so many good things to say about Tyler and the dog training elite company altogether and would recommend them to anyone we know.
— Hilary Bockewitz
Posted July 14th 2021
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Dog training elite StL was awesome! This was a learning experience for me too! It was such a joy watching Nico transform into an obedient dog. Highly recommend. Tyler addressed all concerns we had with Nico. I’m so pleased with how well Nico has progressed. Big thank you to the DTE StL family!
— Christina Bommarito
Posted May 13th 2021
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From the start Matt and Tyler were awesome! The knowledge and expertise these gentlemen have to offer far exceeded any expectations. We rescued our pitbull Nico right off the street without hesitation. However, we had no idea what we we’re in for. You name it he did it. Lunging, barking, jumping, knocking over house plants, jumping all over the furniture, and so on and on. Fast forward to now, it’s a night and day transformation. Our pup still wags, jumps, and plays just like his normal goofy self...with one tiny difference, he listens. When you tell him off, he gets off. When you tell him quiet he stops barking. When you tell him sit, he sits. I can’t express how grateful we are for everyone involved in our experience with DTE. Alicia, Matt, and Tyler thank you all! As well a special thanks to Cowboy and Wolfe, what awesome dogs!!! We will definitely recommend you to anyone and everyone we meet. Consider us lifetime and future clients!!! Long story short, would we recommend DTE? YESSSSSS YESSSSSS WE WOULD!!! 🐶🐶🐶 Thanks again everyone, can’t wait to see you at group training!
— Kent Kirby
Posted May 13th 2021
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I hired Dog Training Elite St Louis to come to my home in St. Peters, MO to do a general obedience refresher for my dog Milo, and to specifically work with him on dog aggression. I am exceptionally pleased with the work that Tyler and Matt did with Milo. His dog aggression issues subsided after only a few sessions and walks are a much more pleasurable experience for the both of us. I was mostly looking for Milo to be less reactive to other dogs while on a leash but I have also been given the added perk of him walking perfectly at a heel with or without a leash. Amazing transformation. Couldn’t be happier!
— Rachel Giordano
Posted May 12th 2021
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I’m not even sure I can put into words how amazing this training program is. It’s the third training program we have tried in order to work through my dog’s reactivity issues. Before we started, we could barely go on a walk without her reacting to every person, dog, or motorcycle we saw. Now, having only completed the individual training sessions, her reactivity is almost completely gone. She is more confident, more relaxed & so much better behaved. The trainers are professional, knowledgeable & so helpful with anything you need. I can’t recommend Dog Training Elite enough!!
— Maggie Rick
Posted May 4th 2021
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Tyler was awesome! His guidance helped us get our dog under control on walks and curb the barking in the house. We even saw improvement after just the first session. Thank you, Tyler! Looking forward to group classes!
— Sarah Garber
Posted April 30th 2021
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Matt and Tyler were a dream to work with and miracle workers with our dog. Extremely professional and diligent in their work. Our in home consult our dog was nipping to where he was nearly pulling my shirt off. He really was showing off all of his behavior issues, where you’re completely embarrassed of their actions. Matt addressed each of the issues and how he could help us, he even had his dog along to show off how well the training is on just a 4 month old pup. After our first session we had an immediate relief, our dogs nipping and barking was noticeably reduced. We get compliments consistently on our dogs behavior. His recall on is name is amazing where we are comfortable to have him off leash, we also love using place when people come to the door. Matt and Tyler made our lives so much easier with their work with our dog. We cannot thank them enough!
— Jeff Roberson
Posted March 25th 2021
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Would highly recommend using Matt at dog training elite if you want fast and reliable results. My dog made significant progress within just one week of working with Matt and Tyler.
— Samir Mujdzic
Posted February 27th 2021
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Matt is an excellent trainer! He gave me the confidence and the tools to teach my pup to be a well behaved pet. No more jumping up on people and excessive barking.
— Kathleen Kartye
Posted February 5th 2021
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Matt and his team were first rate in their approach to training for our new puppy. He worked with us on understanding the best way to start of puppy off on the right foot with the basics including potty training, crate training and general puppy behavior and commands. We have had many dogs over the years but it was very beneficial to bring them in for our new puppy!
— Lori Hartman
Posted January 28th 2021
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We did 6 lessons with Matt at our home. Our 12-mo Newfoundland has noticeably improved, and is much easier to live (and walk) with. Matt is professional and prompt - and clearly knows his stuff. It is also up to the owner to implement the techniques, and this provides a good opportunity to work with and bond with your dog.
— Kelsey Reither
Posted December 15th 2020
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Our 8 month old toy poodle puppy is loved by everyone who meets him. He thinks everyone wants him to jump on them and won't stop until you give him attention... rub his belly!!! His excitement needed to be under control and he needed to be taught he is not the boss and he needs to listen and do simple things we want him to do. Dog Training Elite works 100% - but you do have to continue to practice what you have been taught. I think it is 35 - 40% the dog being trained and 60 - 65% the owner being trained. I took Bentley to my workplace and my coworkers said he seems like a totally different puppy. I didn't have to build a barricade around my cubicle so he would not run around the office like a crazy little puppy. Matt was awesome and I would recommend him to anyone who needs training for their dog.
— Melanie Adams
Posted November 14th 2020
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We enrolled our 3 year old Yorkshire Terrier with trainer, Matt Willis at Dog Training Elite in St. Louis, and can’t express how incredible they are! Not only has our Yorkie become tremendously obedient after only a few sessions (our carpets/rugs thank DTE also) however it has made my and my husband’s life so much less stressful, especially that he worked around our schedule and at our home. Highly recommend!
— Melody Stelzer
Posted November 8th 2020
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We have loved working with Matt while training our future Search and Rescue Dog, Oakley. Matt is very professional and patient and really took the time to walk through his procedures and training techniques with us, as well as with our kids, to help us best train our new puppy! We look forward to continuing on with Matt and Dog Training Elite for all levels of obedience.
— Jamie Lamprecht
Posted November 6th 2020
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Matt at dog training Elite was so great with my 9 week old puppy! Now at 13 weeks I have enough confidence to manage my crazy puppy and my puppy has confidence. Matt came to our home worked directly with my pup and worked with me on how to work with my dog. I couldn’t have asked for better service!
— Idallas Quinones
Posted October 30th 2020
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Dog Training Elite has expert dog trainers near you in St. Louis that are experienced in a variety of positive dog training methods for Pitbulls.

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Often misunderstood, Pitbulls represent a long line of loving, loyal breeds. Their fierce look and protective instincts make them a great choice for families or individuals that want a dog that offers both companionship and protection. These same traits also make pitbull ownership an incredible responsibility, however, and professional pitbull dog training is a must. Dog Training Elite is experienced with this breed and can help you foster a positive pet-owner relationship. Contact us today for more information.

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