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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!

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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We went from having a puppy who nipped, bit, and and growled at me and my 8 yr old child for 5 weeks, even had the thought maybe we shouldn’t have a dog. Grandpa even called her Cujo. So happy that Evan with DTE walked into our lives, he has made our Athena girl our true Goddess. She makes everyone in my famliy feel so special by the way she minds & comforts us all. Thank you again, Whittaker’s
— Krazy Kitty
Posted August 20th 2021
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Dog Training Elite Northern Utah are simply the best when it comes to in-home and public dog training. I have worked with other trainers and none have had the results even close to DTENU! I recommend them to anyone who owns a dog, from the biggest to the smallest. Thanks Dog Training Elite Northern Utah for helping my boy Carlos be the goodest of all good boys:)
— Weston Long
Posted August 11th 2021
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I love Dog Training Elite, Salena has been awesome! Thanks to Salena Otis is an amazingly trained puppy
— S G
Posted August 5th 2021
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Can’t put into words how incredible this program was for our dog Bean and our lives. Before we started classes we could barely go anywhere with our Dog and have people over because of his reactivity and jumping. After just one In hone session the jumping was eliminated and having people over was no longer something we had to worry about. Tyler was so helpful in personalizing the program for our needs, he even met us at a dog park to help with Bean’s reactivity around other dogs. Don’t waste your time with other trainers, try Dog Training Elite!
— Elvir Sarajlic
Posted August 5th 2021
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Dog Training Elite is a fantastic group to work with! They tailored our training program to target the specific undesirable behaviors. Tyler and Matt are so knowledgeable about dog behavior and training tactics. We contacted DTE after our dog, Cooper, bit another dog. We didn't know what to do as he was becoming increasingly reactive to other dogs. Matt and Tyler reassured us that we weren't at a dead end and that dog reactivity is normal. They gave us the tools we needed to allow Cooper to succeed and with a lot of practice and consistency he has improved significantly! I would recommend DTE to anyone looking for quality dog training!
— Catherine Barr
Posted August 2nd 2021
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Dog Training Elite is the best training program that I have done. My dog has learned so much and still going to learn through the training. While he has learned a lot, it has been a great training for me and my other family members. The trainers stress the importance of practice and I am telling you that practice is the key. Many people whether in the neighborhood or at my work are impressed by how well behaved my dog is is many situations. I would highly recommend this training to everyone who is looking for great training. It is well worth the money you pay.
— Ed Morris
Posted August 2nd 2021
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Amazing!! They helped me so much!!!!
— Jessica Cash
Posted July 29th 2021
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All of the trainers at Dog Training Elite are amazing but Tyler was definitely our favorite! He is very knowledgeable when it comes to dog behavior and training. We learned so much from him and he was always reassuring and encouraging, even when it wasn’t the easiest. I now have the training and confidence to take my dog on walks and to the park more often. The trainers at Dog Training Elite are very professional and if you’re thinking about hiring a trainer, they are worth the investment!
— Kristyn Head
Posted July 28th 2021
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We have been working with Dave to train our bull terrier mix who has reactivity and aggression issues. Dave has been very helpful and always available in case we have any issues. Our dog has come a long way from when we first began training. We attend dog classes on the weekends to get her used to being around other dogs and even inside our home she has shown a lot of improvement. I highly recommend training with Dog Training Elite as we felt hopeless just a couple months ago!
— Helen
Posted July 25th 2021
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The only dog training you’ll ever need! Matt and team are fantastic, super knowledge, professional and great teachers. They taught the lessons to us as owners as much as our dog, which helps to reinforce the right behaviors. I’ve had dogs my whole life and wish they all would have had this training. Our family is much better balanced as a result of these approaches, we’ve benefited from both obedience and ESA training. If you have a dog training need, Dog Training Elite and Matt are the place to go!
— Steve Havera
Posted July 23rd 2021
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I was looking for someone to help train my dog to become my service dog and I made the right choice. Professional, great communication, and they truly care about the dog and the handler. Highly recommend for any level of training needed.
— Alicia Hollister
Posted July 20th 2021
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We are so happy our friends referred us to dog training elite! We had previous training that wasn’t sticking with our dog so decided to try this. I wish we would have known about them beforehand because after just the first session we couldn’t believe how well he was doing! Our trainer, Tyler, was so awesome!! He was informative and patient with us, answered any questions we had throughout the process and very reliable. I never would have thought we could have our dog come to us and also be off leash in just a session or two, but he did!! So I can’t say thank you enough to Tyler because our life has changed because of this! At first we were hesitant, because of the price and because we weren’t sure if it would work but we knew something had to change. I would do it all over again for just how much our dog has learned over the 6 weeks, it’s crazy!! My advice to you would be, DO IT!!! You won’t regret it!! We just have so many good things to say about Tyler and the dog training elite company altogether and would recommend them to anyone we know.
— Hilary Bockewitz
Posted July 14th 2021
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We had THE BEST experience at DTE -- Tanya specifically was magic with our Frenchie Louie. I highly recommend their boot camp -- Louie is a new dog! He is patient and quiet and so well behaved. The training provided the framework and structure for him to learn the basics and then some. Our lives have drastically improved! Love the staff and can't say enough about this program. I refer everyone I know -- worth every penny! Thanks so much to the team at DTE -- we will be lifelong friends! :) Tanya and Louie are the cutest of friends -- I love it so much!
— Stephanie Teeples
Posted July 12th 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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