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You just brought home a fluffy ball of joy as the newest family member. After the initial oohs and aahs of cuteness, you'll find out that your new puppy is quite the monster. Chewing, whining, nipping and accidents in the house are all common puppy behaviors. In order to avoid these behaviors and prevent worse ones from becoming a habit, early puppy training is essential. Dog Training Elite has experienced puppy trainers on staff that can help you build an obedient and loyal bond with your new canine companion.

Benefits of Early Puppy Training

  • Preventing Bad Behavior -- Dogs often develop problem behaviors early on and if these behaviors are not quickly addressed then it can be difficult to correct them in the future. Early obedience training teaches dogs proper behavior and works to eliminate bad, negative actions.
  • Establishing Respect -- Your dog looks up to you for guidance and is often eager to please in training sessions. By effectively engaging and teaching your dog the right way to behave, he or she will learn to respect your commands.
  • Ensuring Safety -- Many obedience training commands are meant to keep your dog safe from harm. Commands such as “stop” and “come” could prevent your dog from bolting out into traffic or running away from home.
  • Creating Bonds -- Dogs love to engage with their humans, whether it's play, snuggling, or learning. Training your dog is an activity that you both share and encourages a healthy, loving bond.
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When Can I Start Training My Puppy?


As a first time dog owner, you may be wondering when is the best time to start training your new puppy. The sooner you start, the better. The first few months of a dog's life are critical to development so it's important to take advantage of this and train early. While more complicated commands can wait, all puppies should begin potty training and basic commands as soon as possible.

While all of this can be overwhelming, you don't have to do it on your own! Professional training assistance will make the first few weeks with your new pal a breeze. Dog Training Elite offers puppy training for dogs as young as 8 weeks. Obedience puppy training is a great 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 will ensure a well behaved puppy that learns quickly. Sign your puppy up today and we will help transform him into a loyal, loving companion.

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Phases of Our Puppy Training Program:


  • Phase 1
    Phase 1 begins when your puppy is at least 8 weeks and is focused on treat training and basic commands. Tips for housebreaking and crate training will be a central part of Phase 1.
  • Phase 2
    Once your puppy has reached 12 weeks of age he or she can begin to learn more complicated commands. Treats will be slowly phased out and the trainer will focus exclusively on positive reinforcement. An electronic collar will be introduced as a training tool used to get your puppy's attention when he or she becomes distracted. This is not a shock collar and does not harm your puppy. Commands that your puppy will learn include: sit, come, stay, heel, 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.

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

Puppy Preschool Near You


The well socialized, loyal and obedient dog you dream of begins with early training. Most pet owners falsely believe that puppies are too young to begin proper training. These early developmental months are actually critical to successful training! Puppies are eager to learn, curious and explorative. What you teach them during this time sets up a strong base for quick, successful training as they approach adulthood.

If you are searching for "puppy preschool near me," you're probably aware of these benefits of early learning. Or maybe you just don't know how to handle the overabundance of energy that your little pal has! Whatever the reason, puppy preschool is a good option for energetic pups. Beyond tiring your dog out, however, puppy preschool offers little else. For a program that harnesses your puppy's energy in a positive, educational way, it's best to begin with puppy training.

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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!

We are super happy with bringing on the professionals at Elite. With their educate, training, guidance and support we feel success with our Border Collie who has a reactive history. Elite has trained us to train him, now not only do we have confidence so does our Border Collie. They were even able to work with our Border Collie and give him touchable praise, impressive considering his past. Positive reinforcement and praise is stressed and is key. Coming to the home has been a great benefit. Looking forward to the park groups. Highly recommend Elite!!
— Valerie Rios
Posted June 22nd 2021
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I made the decision to come to Dog Training Elite for my behavior and service dog training due to the reviews, and I'm so incredibly glad I did. The staff at this facility are true dog lovers, and true trainers. They were communicative and always understanding of financial needs, and not only were they extremely professional, but they also just... LOVED my dog. We worked with Evan (with guest appearances from Jeff), and it was always super exciting for Zuko to see Evan come in ready to put him to work. It was never a chore for him to work my Zuko through his problems, and he was patient, engaging, always responsive if we had any questions, and knew what he was talking about. The transformation that I've seen in Zuko in just a few months is astonishing. I rescued him from abandonment and he was excitable, headstrong, and had crippling separation anxiety. I spent months working him alone using videos, Petco training, training books, etc., and only managed basic obedience when we were alone, but he would ignore me around people/other animals. What drove us to get a trainer was when we adopted a cat and after 3 months, we could not get them to be in the same room together because of his excitability. Once we started working with Evan, it was a complete shock to see a shift in the behavior. Within a week after his first private session, he was off-leash with the cat while we were on our computers. I hear people often say that it's like they're a different dog, but that isn't the case here. Zuko is still my sweet, excitable, chatty boy, but he's MORE than that now, because he has an appropriate outlet for his sharp brain. And Evan helps me understand so much of his behavior that I used to disregard or excuse. Our relationship as dog/owner is stronger, he trusts me more, and I feel confident putting him in unexpected situations because I know that we've both developed the skillset to work through any trouble together. Our next step is group classes and Psychiatric Support Dog training, and seeing how excited Zuko is to work, and how excited Evan is to teach him, makes me confident that we definitely made the right choice in trainer. Please use these trainers for your needs! You will not regret it.
— Ivanna Soto Medrano
Posted June 21st 2021
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I cannot express enough how GREAT this training has been for my pup, Tito and me. This is my first pup and thanks to Jeff Slack, I am working toward the best dog ever. She gets so excited to see him even though she is going to be worked. :) He is so patient and helps me understand the why behind everything we are doing. I took her on the first camping trip and thanks to Jeff, she was able to be off leash the whole trip and LOVED it. I have to admit I am very happy we got Jeff for every in house training!!! Thank you Jeff for being AMAZING!!!! I would 100% recommend him and Dog Training elite.
— Staci Taufer
Posted June 16th 2021
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I have not even had the chance to get my dog into training but they’re response time was absolutely amazing. They really know what they’re doing and they take great care and interest in you and your situation . I would 100% recommended them to anyone that’s wants an amazingly trained dog.
— Megan Pryor
Posted June 14th 2021
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My wife and I are being stationed Belgium and I was afraid one of our pups wouldn’t be able to go due to his aggression and nervousness, until I found DTE and started working with David, he is a great trainer. So many trainers tell you there’s just no hope but not these guys. Our dog has really made a turn around and the more we work with him the better it gets and gives us more and more hope for our pup coming with us!! They are quick to get back to you with any questions or concerns you may have and scheduling is such a breeze, the group classes alone are beyond helpful.
— Tiffany Leggett
Posted June 11th 2021
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Our goldendoodle Rosie was a very anxious and nervous dog before her training. After only 2 weeks she is more social and obedient than ever! Tanya has done an absolutely amazing job with Rosie and explaining to us in detail her training and how to execute it properly! Amazing!!
— Jessica Jahrsdoerfer
Posted June 7th 2021
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Every one there, literally everyone is amazing. All of the trainers are awesome and super friendly. They show that they are genuinely interested in asking your dog a more well rounded pet. I just finished the 6 week puppy course and my pup is doing so great. I can't say enough about how amazing this group of trainers are. Ashley stood out as super energetic and super friendly. She came to do the evaluation on my dog and demonstrated what we could hope to expect with her dog. All at my home. And she was involved in every class. Aspen was awesome also. Everyone was great I just can't remember all of their names. But Ashley and Aspen stood out. Thank you guys so much for helping me train my pup. Can't wait to go on to the more advanced classes.
— Jose Jimenez
Posted June 4th 2021
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Every one there, literally everyone is amazing. All of the trainers are awesome and super friendly. They show that they are genuinely interested in asking your dog a more well rounded pet. I just finished the 6 week puppy course and my pup is doing so great. I can't say enough about how amazing this group of trainers are. Ashley stood out as super energetic and super friendly. She came to do the evaluation on my dog and demonstrated what we could hope to expect with her dog. All at my home. And she was involved in every class. Aspen was awesome also. Everyone was great I just can't remember all of their names. But Ashley and Aspen stood out. Thank you guys so much for helping me train my pup. Can't wait to go on to the more advanced classes.
— Jose J.
Posted June 4th 2021
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Evan is fantastic! We have a VERY stubborn pup and Evan helped us so much-especially with teaching him to heal. The training is logical and easy to practice with your pup. Highly recommend.
— Amanda Vincent
Posted June 4th 2021
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Doing our training with DTE has been fantastic! We got Murphy started at the tender age of 14 weeks, and I was a little nervous to get him started so young, but after I met with our eventual trainer Evan, all my fears and concerns were washed away. He demonstrated what the finished product looks like with his personal dog. Seeing his demeanor and how he interacts with the dogs and seeing his pure love and passion, really showed me that these guys know what they’re doing and are doing it for the right reasons! The base course has made Murphy such a well behaved dog, and I plan on doing the Service Dog training with DTE as well! 10/10 would recommend!
— Parker Jensen
Posted June 4th 2021
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Our sweet Teddy girl was a good puppy, but we wanted a dog that listened to us. We dropped off our baby girl at their training camp and picked up a well behaved puppy. The change in her was very noticeable even to others. We had a graduation party for my daughter with lots of people including kids and she did great. She listened to us and didn't bother others. Teddy loves Tanya her trainer and Tanya became family to us. She was so good to Teddy. We highly recommend taking your puppy and getting them trained here. We're so happy that our puppy was able to learn with them.
— Lani Stott
Posted June 3rd 2021
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Very respectful and courteous. Worked well with our dog and helped us work through our struggles with training our dog.
— Ryan Danielson
Posted May 17th 2021
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Thank you Dog Training Elite. We got our Belgian Malinois, Cain, when he was 12 weeks old and we had no idea what we were getting ourselves into. He had crazy energy, no personal space and we couldn’t take him out of the house without him losing his mind. He would go crazy whining, pulling on the leash, and if someone would approach us, he would bark and snarl, causing a scene. On top of that, at home, he had no personal space and was the literal definition of a “fur missile”. No matter what we did or how long we would play, he would not sleep at night because we could not burn enough of his energy during the day. We took him to an 8 week puppy training course with another private trainer and it helped his basic obedience, but it really made no major change to his demeanor. At that point, we were considered rehoming him, even though we already fell in love with him. By luck, we met Neal and DTE!!! He was like the dog whisperer. After watching Neal completely tame our psychotic Malinois puppy within the first 90 seconds of meeting him, we were sold on DTE’s services. We immediately schedule an in-home demonstration of Neal’s Belgian, Bailey. Once he demonstrated her abilities and being shown that Cain had the same potential, we signed up that morning for the Level Two Obedience and Protection Training courses. After the first in-home obedience session, we were 110% reassured that we made the correct decision in hiring DTE. Cain was already a COMPLETELY different dog. (Honestly, I would have paid the money after the progress of the first session and would have been completely happy!) It was incredible to see the progression after each session and how well the DTE training methods worked. Cain was absolutely thriving on these sessions and loved every minute of it! After training with Neal and the DTE team for over a year, Cain has become an amazing dog. He goes everywhere with us, is incredibly well behaved, and we get compliments on him and his training EVERY time we go out. I can’t thank Neal and the DTE team enough for their amazing work with Cain. They are awesome people to work with and treat every client as family and every dog as if they are their own. HIGHLY RECOMMEND USING DTE FOR ANY DOG TRAINING.
— Patrick Riley
Posted May 15th 2021
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Dog Training Elite is amazing. We have had our wheaten being trained by Evan who is also amazing. Our dog is a completely different and obedient pup compared to before the training started. I would highly recommend Dog Training Elite. Ask for Evan you won’t be unhappy you did.
— Mark Resch
Posted May 15th 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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Now that our kids are grown, our house was pretty lonely. We decided to get a Maltipoo, but I didn't want to mess around with having an ill trained dog! We decided to hire Dog Training Elite and it was the best decision ever! People cant believe how well trained we (LOL!) and our 7 month old pup are! It is literally a miracle! We just completed the 6 week in home training and are starting group lessons this week! Evan did an amazing job and he was kind and loving to our dog. I highly recommend Dog Training Elite and I would use them again! It is definitely worth the money and time!
— Christy Kirkland
Posted May 10th 2021
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I love my dog's training sessions at Dog Training Elite! They are always professional and accommodating. My dog has had remarkable transformations in his behavior over the months we have been with DTE. I appreciate that there is always room in the training sessions for my dog to figure what is required for him to do. I highly recommend DTE's services. Neil and his team are wonderful!
— Shannen L.
Posted May 8th 2021
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The whole Dog Training Elite Denver crew have been knowledgeable, dedicated and considerate. Our at home lessons have been inspirational and I'm excited to start the group sessions. Thank you for supporting our Veterans, DTE.
— Raphael Crater
Posted May 7th 2021
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Positive Training Methods


At Dog Training Elite, we use the classical condition method in all of our training programs. This method focuses on encouraging proper behaviors with positive reinforcement. We never use punishment as a form of training as this can lead to aggression and fear in dogs. An electronic vibration collar helps your pet stay alert and treats will be utilized in the first stage as extra encouragement for your puppy.

Positive reinforcement teaches your puppy that performing obedient behaviors wins your love and affection. Your professional puppy trainer will be sure to include you in the process so that your dog learns you are the one in charge. With the help of Dog Training Elite, you and your new puppy can build a strong, healthy relationship founded on loyalty and trust!

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Benefits of Dog Training Elite's Puppy Training:


  • Sustained and lasting obedience
  • Personalized puppy behavioral training
  • Empowers owners through involvement in the training process
  • Ongoing support for families and their pups
  • Targeting of issues occurring in multiple environments
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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.

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At the completion of the training program, you'll be rewarded with a pet that is loyal, obedient and happy. A positive pet relationship starts with proper training and Dog Training Elite is proud to bring owners together with their beloved dogs in a safe and healthy manner.

Don’t waste anymore time searching for puppy training near you -- Dog Training Elite is the professional company you can rely on. Contact us today for a free in-home evaluation and meet our talented trainers!

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