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Getting a new puppy can be an exciting adventure, especially for new puppy owners. The love and joy a dog can bring are genuinely impressive. Dogs become such an integral part of the family. However, the most common mistake new owners make is underestimating the knowledge, commitment, and effort needed to train a new puppy.

Once a puppy begins to grow, its energy can quickly feel unmanageable. It’s all too common that a well-meaning and loving family takes on a puppy lacking the knowledge and skills to train correctly. This often results in overwhelmed owners rehoming or taking these puppies to local shelters, feeling the puppy’s disposition is bad or simply that they are not cut out to be dog owners.

Dog Training Elite has top trainers that offer professional puppy training near you.

Start Puppy Training Early

First-time dog owners are often unsure of when to begin training their dogs. For the best results, it’s essential to start training your puppy as soon as possible. You can start socialization and basic commands as soon as you bring your new puppy home. Puppies are open to new experiences and people and learn quickly while they are young. It is beneficial to take advantage of this stage. Start with basic commands like "sit," "come," and "stay." If you are searching for puppy trainers near you , Dog Training Elite offers puppy obedience classes.

Obedience Training for Puppies

Obedience puppy training is an excellent option for first-time dog owners or busy individuals who don't have the time necessary to devote to training. Obedience classes are a great way to expose your young puppy to other dogs, people, new sounds and sights. Combining obedience classes with training at home ensures a well-behaved puppy that learns quickly. For puppy training near you, Dog Training Elite offers classes, personal in-home training and other training packages.

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.


Dog Training Elite is the top company near you that uses professional positive dog training methods.
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.

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The Dog Training Elite Approach


Dog Training Elite has developed a highly successful and unique positive puppy training program empowering dog owners to train. Hence, their dog knows who to obey at all times, in all situations or environments. We offer personalized training to deal with specific issues and behaviors. Dog Training Elite even offers customized training schedules to offer you the support you need as a dog owner.

Involvement is Key!

Most dog training programs don’t allow for the involvement of owners and families. Dog Training Elite puppy trainers greatly encourage owners and their families to be involved in the training process. Why? This ensures you and your family know what’s expected, allows for continued education and means all the progress isn’t lost. Your puppy won’t come home and forget everything he’s learned.

Our puppy training program consists of two phases, early training and advanced training. Puppies as young as eight weeks can begin learning with Dog Training Elite. Our process allows us to efficiently complete in-home puppy training services at your home or within the environment where behaviors manifest - such as in the park or around other dogs in the neighborhood.

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FAQs of Our Puppy Training Program


If you are interested in our puppy training program, but still have some questions, read the answers to our most commonly asked questions below!

We accept puppies as young as 8 weeks old. Puppies this young are still able to learn, but their training must occur in short bursts to ensure optimal results. Phase 1 is for younger puppies and is defined by treat-training. Our trainers will teach your puppy basic commands, prompted by treats. Once your puppy has reached 12 weeks, more involved training can take place and treats will be removed from the program.

  • Sit
  • Stay
  • Come
  • Down / Lay
  • Place / Bed
  • Heel (no leash pulling)
  • Off (the couch, bed, etc.)

Your trainer will also give you tips for housebreaking and crate training. If your puppy shows signs of aggression or anxiety, the training program will be adjusted to address these issues.

Yes! At Dog Training Elite, we use in-home training programs. This encourages a healthy bond between owner and pet and helps you participate more fully in your pet's life. In-home training provides better results than obedience classes as your puppy feels more comfortable in his own environment.

No, we never use shock collars in any training program. Instead, we use gentle vibration electronic collars that do not hurt or startle your pet. Our training programs are based on the Pavlovian model, or positive-reinforcement.

If you still have questions about our puppy training program or would like to enquire about our pricing, contact us today.

Dog Training Elite is proud to have the highest rated in-home puppy trainers near you.

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!

It has been a great experience working with dog training elite (especially Trevor). Roman (my doberman) used try to pull me down the street when we took him for a walk. Now I can run with him and he stays right beside me. I can even walk him without a leash and he stays right at my side. All their staff have been great to work with!
— alejo sanchez
Posted May 21st 2022
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My sweet mini Golden Doodle, Sadie, had 5 in home training sessions with 4 different Elite trainers.They were all fantastic! My dog and I learned Come, Sit, Place, Down, Heel and Off. This is magic! Sadie loved the learning and I was relieved to be guided into being a calm and consistent dog Mama. We practice every day and I love the ease this approach has brought into our lives. I highly recommend Dog Training Elite. Sadie and I can’t wait for the group classes.
— Theresa Holleran
Posted May 21st 2022
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The team at DTE Denver all really value the relationship between dogs and their owners!
— Kelley Rosequist
Posted May 17th 2022
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DTE is great! They really helped to work on my dogs leash aggression. Very knowledgeable and can tell they love dogs!
— Katie Petri
Posted May 14th 2022
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We had a great experience with Dog Training Elite. We worked mostly with Salena and our puppy loved her. Trainings were effective and they gave us all the tools to reinforce everything she learned. They were awesome to work with and our puppy learned so much.
— Sara James
Posted May 9th 2022
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DTE has completely changed our family dynamics with our puppy Ned. We were hesitant about using an e-collar at first, but after completing the training we would do it all over again. We wanted Ned to be trained well enough so that we could take him everywhere we go without added stress. Walks are more enjoyable without him pulling to get ahead, no more table surfing, and he actively listens to us on the first command. Highly recommend DTE, the staff is friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful. They answered all of our questions and explained every aspect of the training. Jason was great to work with!
— Ellen Claire Tipp
Posted May 6th 2022
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We have had such a great experience with Dog Training Elite. We've had three different trainers work with our very anxious 2 year old boxer. When we started we couldn't safely walk him. We have now walked to a park full of kids, scooters, and people and he held a down! Money well spent!
— Jodi Parker
Posted May 5th 2022
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DTE was recommended by a friend who was using them. After letting her know my pup was having issues playing with other dogs, she let me know how effective they have been with their dogs. I was hesitant because of the price point, but these are skills my pup will use for the rest of her life, so I decided to take the chance. Having them come for individualized sessions and teaching was key for me. But then the follow up of group classes would be the deal sealer. Communication before and after the sessions was/is a bit lacking, but if you really needed to be in touch, someone would get back to you quickly...within the day. I look forward to continuing the training with her 16 group classes! I gave a 4 at this point because we're really only a quarter of the way through the training.
— Valerie Silberman
Posted May 5th 2022
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Snowie has learned so much! We loved the in home training as well as the group classes! Evan was so awesome with her!
— Jamie Bryan
Posted April 30th 2022
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Colleen was amazing! She walked us through training our 3 Brittany’s. There is a remarkable positive improvement in both their demeanor and behavior. Two of them are rescues that endured previous abuse. Colleen helped us work through their fears and insecurity.
— Maureen Evans
Posted April 28th 2022
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We have been in training since Jan 2022. It is amazing how with the right tools your dog will shine. We have a golden lab, hes 7 months old, he is being trained for a service dog for my grandson. Matt and his trainers have been awesome with him. He is doing things that are amazing to watch. When you see a puppy turn into an obedient dog its a wonderful feeling. We are in the adolescent stage so yes it gets rough but so worth it when he shows off and does an awesome job. I see our experience going forward to be hard work but Matt and all of his trainers will be right by our side as we get to our goal. Thank you guys so much for taking care of our future worker!
— Bobbie Schoonover
Posted April 28th 2022
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We have an Australian English Shepherd Mix who was incredibly aggressive to the point we couldn't have guests over to our house. DTE worked with her and by the end was letting the trainers give her belly rubs. We really couldn't believe it. At the beginning of the program that never would have happened. We had reservations in the beginning about using an ECollar, however, our dog now wags her tail and gets excited when we grab it from the counter. She truly is a different dog and I can't recommend DTE enough!
— Megan Newcomer
Posted April 26th 2022
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Evan, with Dog Training Elite, is THE BEST! I recently moved to Utah and wanted to continue training with my 3-year-old GSD. She was still having some reactivity issues that I couldn't get to the root of. During our consult, Evan pointed out behaviors that both myself and my girl were doing that created miscommunication between us. After 5 sessions, we solidified her obedience and established clear communication between both her and myself. I'm confident as her leader and love that she checks and frequently! Evan introduced a new training tool that works for both her and I! Her reactivity has greatly improved from where it was. Sessions with Evan were fun, safe, and he always explained the 'why's' behind what we were doing. The group classes are amazing and have challenged us to grow as a team, continuing to build on what we learned during training! Everyone at DTE has been fantastic! My girl is calmer, more confident, and our relationship is even stronger all thanks to Evan and DTE!
— Sarah Ann
Posted April 25th 2022
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Dog Training Elite is absolutely amazing. It has been a wonderful experience from the very start. All of the trainers are incredibly knowledgeable and willing to help with anything we need. In just a few months, we've seen a major transformation with our rambunctious 2-year old Aussie/Lab mix, Maho, thanks to everyone at Dog Training Elite. We are so appreciative and happy we sought out help from this organization!
— Whitney Sayre
Posted April 22nd 2022
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If you’re reading this review, you’re probably wondering if elite dog training is going to be worth it for you. So let me share my story to help you make your decision.. Two months ago I decided to bring home a lab puppy: Mocha. This was my first dog ever. It was not an impulsive decision- I had done my research and had given it much thought and preparation. I was ready. But, oh boy, was I wrong about that. I was so not prepared for what came next! Weeks of sleepless nights (The little ball of fuzzy cuteness turned into a relentless all night barking machine after dark) Potty training. Crate training. Off! Don’t bite people! And then the walks.. Mocha was an uncontrollable force of nature, even at 10 weeks old, to the point of literally choking herself. I tried all the YouTube videos. Bought half of Amazon’s collars, leashes and devices that promised miracles. Nothing worked. Three weeks into this I realized I needed help. And this is when I found Elite Dog Training. I signed up for the Gold package with the 5 in house training sessions and hands down this was the best decision I ever made (after getting this cute puppy in the first place). Evan did all 5 sessions and he was absolutely amazing. Mocha adores him. She’ll do just about anything to hear him say “Yes!” Each session was partially her learning something new and partially training me on how to continue teaching her. It was magic! I didn’t realize how easy this was going to be. After only 2 sessions my life had already gotten significantly better. After 4 sessions , random people stopped me on walks to ask me how I got my puppy so well behaved. We just completed the 5th in house session and I have a really happy puppy, who is very proud of herself for having learned these things. After Evan left, she came over to show me again what she had just learned - wagging her little tail while she did every command without hesitation, her little puppy face lighting up knowing she got them all right. So..Today, when the doorbell rings, she goes to her “place” and sits down. When we walk around the neighborhood she heels and walks beside me - and then when we get to the park she can “break” and run on a longer leash and go do fun dog stuff . In the dog park she can run off leash and play with other dogs and when I call “here!” , she stops whatever she is doing, comes running and sits in front of me. She sits and lays down when asked to. We can walk past people and most dogs without her going ballistic (even when the other dogs are out of control) Being in training was also helping her to understand other things in her routine. So although not part of her training, she stopped barking during the night and she can be by herself for a couple of hours without barking up the neighborhood. And oh yeah …She figured out what drop it! means (must have for lab puppies that literally pick every piece of trash on the street). … Did I mention that she’s not even 5 months old yet ? So yeah… it was more than worth it! Every pet owner needs Evan in their lives. We can’t wait to get started on our 6 months of group training!
— Gudrun Bonte
Posted April 7th 2022
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Charmone really knows her stuff! She is a professional and gets the desired results!
— Jasmine Garland
Posted April 4th 2022
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All the people working in the San Antonio facilities were amazing! I highly recommend this group to anyone in need of dog training and already have!
— Jacquelyn Davis
Posted March 31st 2022
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DTE was a blessing to myself and my dog! They have great communication skills and our meeting reminders were really helpful for my schedule! All of the trainers had a great amount of patience and Thor is a new dog! I can't wait to join them for group classes!
— Lauren Griswold
Posted March 31st 2022
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Such a great training experience!! They take the time to come into your home and assess your dog and their needs. Evan Sutton was the best trainer and so patient with my pup. I would recommend to all my friends!
— Brittney Pearson
Posted March 22nd 2022
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We signed up with DTE and honestly I wasn’t sure how effective they would be. My dog Bo is so anxious and aggressive I never thought we would be able to fully enjoy him. We were assigned Evan and I can’t begin to tell you just how amazing of a person Evan is. Evan connected with Bo and helped him do things I never thought possible. The pic of him next to Evans dog was the first time I have ever had my dog next to another animal that he wasn’t trying to kill. Evan is incredible, kind, caring, and I would recommend him a million times over! Thanks Evan and Bo is such a happier animal because of you. Well worth the money!!!!!
— Erek Winnett
Posted March 18th 2022
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How Puppy Training Works

Dog Training Elite uses a positive puppy training method paired with an electronic collar - not a shock collar. Unlike shock collars, electronic collars do not hurt or harm the pup. They are used only to obtain their attention, not to punish bad behavior. We believe in using constant praise to encourage good behavior. The difference becomes apparent when comparing a puppy trained out of fear to a puppy who truly desires to please.

Dog Training Elite offers professional in-home puppy training programs.

Positive Reinforcement for Positive Pups


Positive reinforcement is the best option in puppy training. Punishments will only scare your dog, and fear can lead to aggression problems later in life. The Dog Training Elite puppy trainers in your local area use a classical conditioning program focusing on positive reinforcement of basic commands.

Dogs are eager to please. When they learn following basic commands results in affection or a treat, they will be happy to do as you ask. With patience - and the assistance of a professional puppy trainer - you'll be rewarded with a lifelong loyal pal.

Dog Training Elite bases training around the "Classical Conditioning" model, also known as the "Pavlovian" response or "respondent conditioning." This means developing conditioned or automatic reflexes to commands, so when the owner says "sit," the dog automatically sits without thinking. Our unique technique ensures our program is a success no matter what behavior we encounter.

What Does My Puppy Learn?

During puppy training, your dog will learn a lot more than “sit,” heel,” and “down.” As their owner, you will learn a great deal about what it means to have a dog.

Our skilled puppy trainers will help you and your dog with the following:

  • Leash and potty training
  • Staying and coming
  • Destructive chewing and digging
  • Stealing food, clothing, or other objects
  • Barking, howling and whining
  • Food guarding and begging
  • Mouthing, nipping, and playing rough
  • Anxiety and submissive urination
  • Jumping and hyperactivity
  • Aggression and anxiety

Our trainers also encourage crate training, which helps with house-breaking and teaches your puppy he has a safe place to sleep at night.

Come to Dog Training Elite


Dog Training Elite has more than 40 years of experience specializing in teaching your puppy to be obedient to you and your family. Early training and socialization are fundamental in obedience training with puppies, and our skilled puppy trainers are equipped to meet your basic and advanced training needs. Unlike other dog training companies, we understand each client has unique needs, so we tailor our dog training programs to accommodate your situation.

We want you and your puppy to be prepared for all the excitement life has to offer. What better way to be ready than getting a jump start on puppy training.

Come to your local Dog Training Elite location and start your puppy training journey today!

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Puppy Training


If you are interested in our puppy training program, but still have some questions, read more about our specific training categories!

While crate training is not necessary for house breaking, it certainly makes the process easier. Those who choose to housebreak without use of a crate will need more time and more patience when it comes to cleaning up accidents.

Crate training can also improve other aspects of your pet's life. A dog that is used to a crate will feel more comfortable when traveling and have a safe place to retreat during thunderstorms or noisy guests. At Dog Training Elite, we believe that crate training can enhance the life of both dog and owner when done properly.

Once a puppy is brought home after spending the first eight weeks of its life with its mother, obedience training can begin immediately. While Dog Training Elite works with dogs of all ages, beginning puppy training as soon as possible is the best way to go. Beginning puppy training early can help prevent unwanted behaviors such as chewing, whining, nipping and accidents in the house.

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Are you tired of words like potty cue, potty place, or pee pads? Are your cabinets overflowing with carpet and upholstery cleaners and odor eliminators? If so, let Dog Training Elite and our professional dog trainers help. In a matter of weeks we will help to get your dog trained in the way best suited for you and your needs. Our comprehensive approach will be customized to you and your family to prevent loss of obedience. Sign up for your free in-home evaluation and experience the difference for yourself.

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You may be wondering if training your puppy is something you can do on your own, or if it's something you should pay for. You can stop your research on puppy training classes prices right now, because Dog Training Elite has the answer.

Dog Training Elite offers a free in-home evaluation to start your puppy on the right track and help you figure out what direction you want to take, training wise. From there, Dog Training Elite offers training packages that include the equipment you need like an electronic collar, in-home training sessions, group classes and everything from basic obedience training to more advanced training.

Dog Training Elite is proud to have the highest rated in-home puppy trainers near you.

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