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Thanks to more than four decades of experience, we are the best dog trainers near you. Our team of trainers has learned that positive reinforcement and the classical conditioning model are the most effective training methods. We never use punishment -- we love dogs and we want them to learn in a positive, loving environment! By rewarding dogs for good behavior rather than punishing negative behaviors, our trainers effectively teach your canine companion how to behave.

What is Classical Conditioning?

Also known as the Pavlovian model, classical conditioning refers to a learning process that occurs when two stimuli are paired together with a command. Studies have proven that classical conditioning is the preferred training method as it offers long-lasting results and teaches deep-rooted obedience. At Dog Training Elite, an electronic collar and positive reinforcement are the two stimuli we use to teach your dog good behavior. The electronic collar is not a shock collar. Similar to a clicker device, it gets your dog’s attention during training.

Dog Training Elite offers expert positive reinfocement dog training programs near you.
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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.

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're very pleased with Dog Training Elite, Tyler and Alecia have been amazing!! Highly recommended them!
— Shannon Quick
Posted January 21st 2022
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I have loved working with dog training elite! They have helped me and Cooper become more confident in our abilities and each other. Colleen has been amazing to work with!
— Kristen Faerber
Posted January 20th 2022
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We had an amazing experience with this place! It is highly recommended! We had the opportunity to have our dog be trained by Evan and he was amazing! Fixed the issues we had with our pup and made a better dog for our family! Thank you!
— Shaylee Brown
Posted January 17th 2022
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Dog Training Elite is THE dog training service in St Louis. No other compares. Their prices are competitive but more than that you are going to find a staff that is so incredibly immersed in solid training. These individuals love dogs and they are committed to helping you and your pet bond and create a truly trusting and engaged relationship. Your dog will learn obedience so easily and enjoyably I was amazed. This is the only place to go. Hands down. The best.
— C Budd
Posted January 17th 2022
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Posted January 16th 2022
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I highly recommend this company . The team is professional, kind and very knowledgeable. My fur kids trainer is Dave , I’m very pleased with the progress we have made so far . Dave has been such a positive breath of fresh air for me and my fur squad. A couple of friends have seen some of the positive changes already in the house. Thank you Dave for Being great with the fur kids , we appreciate all of your assistance.
— Kimmy Brooks
Posted January 12th 2022
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We couldn't be happier with the training we ALL received from Dog Training Elite! We saw HUGE improvements after just one session and after we finished the 6 week program, our Finn is a changed pup! Katie was fantastic! She was very clear with instructions and explained everything that our dog was experiencing! Alecia was very organized and worked easily around our busy schedules! After just 6 weeks, our boy became focused, had begun listening to us and we can finally entertain people without having to put him in his crate! We have a calmer and happier home thanks to DTE!!!
— Alyssa DeGreeff
Posted January 4th 2022
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Phenomenal service! Tyler worked with my 3 year old German Shepard. My dog was extremely aggressive before I started this training. Strangers couldn't be in the same room without home being restrained and he would constantly bark and lunge aggressively. We just completed the 8th week of training and Connor now is a completely different dog. He is relaxed doesn't bark or lunge and still has a short warm up period, but the amount of stress that has been taken off my back is wonderful. They also are very flexible with your schedule which is great. Highly Recommend!!
— Nick Maranan
Posted January 4th 2022
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My dog, Mila, and I have greatly enjoyed training with everyone at Dog training elite.
— Misty Toon
Posted December 23rd 2021
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Dog Training Elite has gone above and beyond to accomplish everything we were looking for. Evan Sutton specifically is the reason I signed up to do my Golden Retriever's basic and service training. Evan did Murphy's evaluation at 10 or 11 weeks old. The way that Evan interacted with Murphy, and presented his own amazingly trained dog, I immediately knew this was the kind of company I wanted working with my service dog. At 14 weeks old, we began basic obedience training, and before Murphy's first birthday, he had his Service Dog Certification. DTE is an amazing company that truly cares about your dog and your experience, and strives everyday to provide the highest quality of training for your dog AND YOU. 10/10 would recommend, and I HAVE. I love this company and how Murphy's behavior has turned out, that I talk about them to EVERYBODY that I can. I know it can be scary at times to have an E-Collar on your dog, but with proper use, training and trust in the process and the trainers, it is only there for E-Collar on my 14 week old pup, but Evan was amazing at showing me proper use and protocol, and handled Murphy with as much care and concern as I do. These people, and this company SINCERELY care about you, your dogs, and the process.
— Parker Jensen
Posted December 20th 2021
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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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