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Elite, Award Winning Dog Training Services in Tampa

All Breeds. All Sizes. All Ages.

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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 in Tampa offers expert in-home dog training near you in Tampa.
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 in Tampa offers professional group dog training programs near you in Tampa.
Socialized Group Training

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Award Winning Dog Training Services in the Tampa Metro Area

Welcome to Dog Training Elite in Tampa! We are a professional, family owned Tampa-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 Tampa 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 in Tampa 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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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 in Tampa has award winning in-home dog trainers and top rated dog training programs.

Why Dog Training Elite in Tampa?

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.

Come Meet Us!

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.

Proud Sponsor of The Malinois Foundation

At Dog Training Elite in Tampa, 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 in Tampa 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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Dog Training Elite in Tampa - IACP Member
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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!

I highly recomment Tonya, Louis and Dog Training Elite Greater Tampa. It is obvious that they are not only very knowledgable, but passionate about what they do. Tonya is calm, patient and caring not just with dogs, but with children and people in general. She is super easy to work with.
— Natalia Brophy
Posted January 9th 2023
Tonya and Luis are great dog trainers and awesome to work with!
— Emily Wheeler
Posted November 8th 2022
Buen servicio, amables con un amplio conocimiento y están certificados que es lo más importante. Están entrenando al futuro protector de mi hijo con autismo y en mejor manos no puede estar.

Posted November 4th 2022
We loved the owners immediately! The love they showed for our pup right away doesn’t go unnoticed. Saw a bunch of trainers before finding them & so glad we waited to find Ryan and Kim! Super knowledgeable and very helpful. Definitely recommend them over anyone else!
— Jenny Sheehan
Posted October 9th 2022
Kim and Ryan are a pleasure to work with. They are able to work with all types of dogs and are so patient and knowledgeable with difficult behaviors.
— Danielle Sanderson
Posted September 23rd 2022
Ryan & Kim are passionate & patient leaders which make for perfect dog trainers. You will be amazed how quickly you see positive changes in your dog. And if you haven't met Billie...make it happen!
— Dog Training Elite Greater Cincinnati
Posted September 23rd 2022
Tonya & Luis care as much about our dogs as they do their own. Kind, compassionate, & patient. They were born to do this!
— Dog Training Elite Greater Cincinnati
Posted September 23rd 2022
Tayna is the best! She's professional, intelligent, honest and very caring! Her training methods work! Tayna is outstanding! I absolutely recommend her! Thank you so much Tanya for all your hard work and dedication! Your the best! 💜
— Jacqueline Elbert
Posted September 13th 2022
I have known Tonya for a very long time. She has had a lifelong love of dogs. It was only natural that she would want to work with them. She is very good at what she does. I’m sure she will put her heart into helping you with the training of your dog. She knows your dog is a valued family member. Let her and Luis help make them more a obedient family member.
— Monna Davies
Posted September 8th 2022
I’ve known Tonya for over 10 years as both a hard worker and a great friend. I also know her love of animals is just never-ending. I live 2 hours away by plane but am planning on bringing my rescue dog to her & Luis for training - for both my dog & myself!!
— Patti Brady
Posted August 29th 2022
My wife and I picked up a rescue Dutch shepherd and got him right into the obedience training with DTE West Tampa. He has quickly picked up everything and loves doing it! Having owned 3 other Dutch shepherds growing up, the difference is night and day between Kai(our new pup) and our previous dogs which weren't trained by DTE. We will train all of our dogs through them in the future as well and couldn't recommend them enough!

Posted August 24th 2022
My new puppy learned so many skills using this program, more rapidly than I ever dreamed. We can easily walk him off leash and he heels, regardless of rabbits and lizards and other dogs distracting him, and he also knows more "advanced" things like long distance recall. He's the first dog I've ever had and seriously I am impressed with how quickly DTE has trained him. Would definitely recommend this program!

Posted August 23rd 2022
Amazing trainers and natural love for animal. They do a great job in supporting dog parents and giving tools needed to help improve your relationship with your pup. 10/10 recommend! Great people.
— Monica Robinson
Posted August 19th 2022
Having known Tonya for more than 2 decades, there is no denying 2 things: Her dedication to the well being of animals, and her passion to succeed. Both Tonya & Luis are kind, caring and compassionate individuals to which I would entrust the care and training of my own animals with no hesitation.
— brian snyder
Posted August 15th 2022
I've known Tonya for awhile now, and know that she is committed to everything she puts her mind to including training dogs.
— Aaron
Posted August 13th 2022
Tonya is a true dog lover with a kind and patient heart. She is a great listener with excellent communication skills. I would trust her 100% with any of my fur babies.
— Eric Kniskern
Posted August 11th 2022
These people know and love dogs. They are excellent professionals with compassion and drive. They are amazing.
— Nathan Morgan
Posted August 11th 2022
Tonya and Luis are very kind and compassionate people who truly love dogs. They have shown patience and strength when training dogs. Highly recommend!!
— Ryan Wendy Rothman
Posted August 11th 2022
Tonya is honest and hardworking. No one puts her heart and energy into her work more than she does. You can count on her to do 100% for you and your dogs.
— Stephanie Heller
Posted August 10th 2022
Having known Tonya for 22 years, I have had experience observing her with many, many dogs. Not only her own, mine but others who had multiple dogs. I do believe that she will be a caring, responsible, and trustworthy person who would keep the well being of the pets in priority. Her love of dogs and their care has been of great comcern to Tonya as long as I have known her. Give Tonya and Luis your trust as I would.
— Janet Bowersox
Posted August 10th 2022

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