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At Dog Training Elite, we are also passionate dog lovers! Our program is designed from 40+ years of dog training experience gained by Dog Training Elite's CEO, John Mestas...who has created a positive dog training experience which stands apart from any other programs. What began as a small movement in the dog training world has gained incredible momentum. Dog Training Elite has attracted attention from both clients and trainers with our unique, successful in-home training model.

Dog Training Elite has developed a highly successful dog training program that empowers dog Owners and their canines to work together, creating strong bonds and sustained obedience.

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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 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!

We’ve only had our consultation but so far everyone we’ve interacted with has been outstanding. Meredith helped get us set up and Sarah came for an at home visit. She was warm and personable and helped answer all our questions!
— Sara Shoup
Posted December 7th 2021
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My dog went from wild to the point of biting our furniture and jumping up on everyone to following all of our commands and being so well behaved. To be honest, it’s been an amazing program and our dog is so much calmer and with less anxiety. Highest recommendation!
— Nathan Martin
Posted December 7th 2021
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I have always had dog envy when I saw someone jogging through a crowded park with their well behaved pup by their side or at the farmers market or a restaurant with a true companion; no jumping or barking, just content and happy together- well, thanks to DTE I have one of those dogs- no...one of those relationships. It's been a serious game changer and my sweet recue pup garners the attention of everyone around us when my 4 year old walks him through parks, stores, and other outings effortlessly. I am now addicted and can't wait to work on more training. Thank you so much to Katie, Tyler and Matt- having all three of you come to our house at different times really gave us a holistic training program and built my confidence. I cannot thank you enough!!!
— Birdie D'Orville
Posted December 7th 2021
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Dog Training Elite were extremely helpful and kind. even though we no longer live in Salt Lake City they are still there for us. they have helped me train three service dogs and I don't know what I would have done without them. I keep praying that by the time I need another service dog they will have a branch of dog training here in Tennessee so I can get there helped again (hint hint)! I can't recommend them highly enough they are wonderful and I count them among my dearest friends. they have helped me become more independent and happier. my dogs are better dogs and more useful and happier, even my pet dogs are happier. if you want your dog to be more obedient and happier these are the dog trainers to help.
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Posted November 25th 2021
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We love training with Ashley. She takes the time to make sure we understand everything and personalizes the training to our dog and unique needs. Our dog has gone from pulling on a leash & jumping on people to healing and looking to us for direction. We are looking forward to completing the service dog training and are confident we will be able to do so with Ashley’s help.
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Posted November 24th 2021
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I can’t say enough good things about our experience with Dog Training Elite-Denver! Luke, our yellow Labrador, has done wonderfully—such an amazing transformation he has come through—with the professional training from Dog Training Elite! He really looks forward to his training time every day and loves Group class as well! I LOVE our training time together and just the everyday stuff… like healing while going for a walk or his eagerness to fit in with other dogs he doesn’t know, has become so much easier. It has strengthened our bond even deeper and we get to experience so many “Good Dog Days” together now! I couldn’t be happier with all the support, patience, expert training and helpful advice with whatever we needed. We really want to thank ALL of the trainers and especially the owners/trainers, Bert, Sarah and Adria, for helping us through every aspect of Luke’s training and to be honest, more help was needed on my end then on Luke’s! LOL! We feel like family and this is a rare find with any business! I highly recommend Dog Training Elite for your fur babies! The bond you create with your dog, through professional training from Dog Training Elite, will last a life time!
— Jayme Keiffer
Posted November 21st 2021
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Thank you to Tanya Mayurov, who is a wonderful trainer! Also, to Erin.
— Kathie Roberts
Posted November 13th 2021
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Can’t even begin to express how much we love DTE. The staff is amazing and has addressed all of my concerns from start to finish. They have worked effortlessly to help me train my dog to become an amazingly well behaved member of our family.
— Brittany Poiski
Posted October 29th 2021
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We adopted the cutest crazy doggie, Bud. We reached out to dog training Elite to help us. Bud joined the elite training camp and in just two weeks we saw tremendous results. Tanya Mayurov spent every second training and teaching Bud manners and new commands. She was very personal and took the time to help us understand how to take control back. We love the collars that they use with no shock feature. We are soo excited where our future is headed with Bud and our unborn child. He’s already such a better dog who listens. Thank you soo much DTe family!
— Brooke Wood
Posted October 24th 2021
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They have been training my puppy as a service dog and they have done AMAZING! Any questions you have they always get back to you fast and are always on time and doing what’s best for the dog.
— Rylee Ray
Posted October 22nd 2021
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Super awesome training and trainers! They helped us so much and we couldn’t be happier with our puppy’s obedience! Always professional and fast to respond! Would always recommend to anyone looking for a trainer!
— Kayleigh O
Posted October 22nd 2021
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Tyler and Matt really helped us. Our dog is so loving but had severe behavioral issues when we got her (not her fault- rough puppy life before we adopted her) They are compassionate. Patient. Kind. Caring. Our dog LOVED them. Tyler was our main trainer and she LOVES him. They do NOT advocate punishment based training at all. They have a level of patience I only wish I could have on a daily basis. Our dog is happier and healthier now. Amazing.
— Tracey O'Leary-Benack
Posted October 8th 2021
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Jess Cunningham has been very professional, and caring with our needs in training our 6 month old Golden retriever. Jess is dedicated to the needs of the person and the animal in producing the training results for both. Thank you. Hawkes family
— Nannette Hawkes
Posted September 20th 2021
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This is an amazing group of people who are very professional, helpful, and caring. During the peak of COVID last year I took my pup to Olympus Cove Vet (NEVER take your pets there) and they didn't let me go inside during the appt. I'm not sure how they handled my pup, but she was different after the appt and became aggressive towards me. Trevor taught me so much about my pup and helped us stop my dogs aggressive behavior. She is back to being the sweet little girl she was before the vet experience and no longer bites, runs away from us, or snarls. Trevor not only taught us about anxiety/aggression in dogs, but he taught us basic dog training tools we will use for pups we get in the future. Thank you so much Trevor and Dog Elite!
— Amber DeDen
Posted September 15th 2021
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We had a stubborn GSP that wanted to rule the roost and then some. We were basically a hot mess express trying to go it alone. Evan to the rescue! There is a night and day difference in our dude and we are so happy we found Dog Training Elite. We highly recommend them to anyone!
— Tori Crowell
Posted September 14th 2021
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I was ready to rehome my aggressive pitbull. But through working with Salena I love my dog again and I am able to take her out for walks with out her trying to attack other dogs or people that frighten her. She is building confidence with each session. Thanks DTE for helping me keep my dog at home were she belongs.
— Michelle Alcas
Posted September 13th 2021
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Already seeing improvements in my dog after just a few sessions. :) Thank you DTE. Looking forward to working with you for the remainder of the service dog program
— Casey Lane
Posted September 3rd 2021
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Tyler was absolutely amazing! Our dog is wonderful and funny and amazing and pretty gosh darned smart, yet he still had bad habits and a lack of ability to understand some basic commands. Tyler turned all that around and is pretty much a miracle worker. We even asked for something off the menu in our last session and I’m not kidding, Tyler had him doing the off menu item within four minutes. ❤️🐶❤️ I wish I had those skills!
— Tammy Derrigan
Posted September 3rd 2021
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They are very professional, communicate every step and expectation. They work with you every step of the way and ensure I understood every facet of training.
— Scott Higgins
Posted September 2nd 2021
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We’ve learned so much and our dog has excelled with their help. Thank you for your training and support for our dog!
— Ian D.
Posted August 20th 2021
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