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Puppy Training Essentials


Bringing home a new puppy is an exciting event for any family. It will create fun memories that last a lifetime! Obedience training is one of the first steps to introducing a new puppy to your family. Puppies can start learning basic commands like "sit," "stay," and "come" as early as eight weeks old. Figuring out how to properly train your puppy can seem daunting, but don't stress; at Dog Training Elite, we are here to educate you on the puppy training essentials! We even provide puppy training classes to give your new little family member the best chance at obedience training!

There are a few things you'll want to get before beginning training. Below we have listed a few of the essentials. Whether you are training on your own, with a trainer, or in one of our puppy training classes, these items will be helpful!

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Guide to Training Essentials for Your Puppy

At Dog Training Elite, we believe in positive reinforcement and yummy treats do the trick! We recommend a high-quality, berry-sized reward that your puppy will enjoy. Rewarding your dog while training teaches them that you approve of that behavior and maintains their motivation to perform well.

Because you'll be handing out lots of treats and because the treats are small, you will probably want a treat bag or pouch. There are many options out there with different sizes, shapes, and ways to carry. The benefit of getting a treat pouch is the ease of access and the ability to reward your puppy quickly. If you aren't interested in getting a treat pouch, we recommend getting a small bag to carry your puppy's rewards.

A clicker is a great tool to have along with rewards when training a puppy. With a clicker, you can immediately provide a positive sound when your dog performs a correct behavior, and then you can reward with a treat. Pairing a clicker with treats is a great way to instill positive reinforcement because you teach your dog that they get a treat when they hear a click. You can buy many kinds of clickers at your local pet store, and they even have helpful clicker apps.

A good leash is another essential when bringing home a new puppy. We suggest a leash made of a durable material like leather and about 6 feet long to allow for comfortable room for both of you. Training your dog on a leash will set you up for fun walks in the future, keep your dog safe, and prevent them from getting lost while out of the house. It is also beneficial for an excited puppy who wants to run around and play while training.

You'll need a sturdy collar or harness to attach a leash while training. Deciding between a flat collar or body harness is up to your personal preference, but it is good to consider your dog's comfort and demeanor. A collar is necessary while training and for safety while out and about. A collar/harness is also the best place to attach the identification for your puppy. If anything happened to your dog, you'd be glad you had a collar with your information on it!

Getting a dog crate is a great way to housetrain your puppy. You will want to get a durable and safe crate for your dog that has enough room for them to be comfortable. You want the crate to be a place of calm and safety for your dog, not a punishment zone. Getting your puppy crate trained gives you a safe space in your home to keep them while they are unsupervised and also prevents unwanted behaviors like chewing or peeing inside.

If the idea of getting all these things and training your puppy alone feels like too much work, or you just don't have the time to do everything, Dog Training Elite is here to help! We have puppy training classes that have proven to be highly successful because of our unique training program. We will help you utilize these items to get the most out of your dog training experience.

In our classes, we believe owner involvement is critical. We want your puppy to associate the things they learn in our program with YOU. We don't like to send them home and have them forget everything they learned. Our trainers and classes can be customized around your family and schedule to optimize your involvement in your puppy's training.

Puppy Essentials Webinar


You can get the best of both worlds with our puppy essentials webinar! We now offer our trusted puppy training class on-demand from the comfort of your home. This webinar video is designed for owners of puppies aged 8-16 weeks old and will be accessible to you for three days.

In this webinar, you will learn the following things:

  • Come, sit, loose-leash walking, and down
  • Puppy Corrections (Stop biting, digging, jumping, etc.)
  • Crate Training/ House Breaking
  • Socialization Tips
  • Environmental Hazards
  • Puppy Enrichment
  • Caring for Your Puppy

Dog Training Elite wants the best for you and your dog; that's we recommend getting these items for training. We also offer the best puppy training classes and excellent puppy essentials webinars. If you have any questions about our puppy training program or would like to enquire about our pricing, contact us today!

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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.


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 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.

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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!

If I could give more stars I most definitely would! There really is not enough words that can be said about this company. Our Frenchie George was a very stubborn and hard headed frenchie and if you own one then know what I’m talking about. The methods they use are awesome! It really opened up our eyes on how this training needs to be done and it’s extremely effective and starts to work right away. Thank you to those of you who helped us with our Georgie boy! 20 stars should be the review
— Josh Thomas
Posted March 2nd 2024
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I can’t thank them enough! My wild first experience was with my unruly husky mix who didn’t care to listen. After they helped us I am excited to take him out and about, he loves the attention he gets by showing off. And we now have our Great Dane in their training program and I’m so happy with the improvement we’ve seen. Thank you!
— Tristen Topham
Posted March 1st 2024
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This company really is THE BEST hands down! Our 4 month old Cavapoo Teddy went from a sweet and sour little velociraptor into the cuddliest, most obedient puppy in only a couple of sessions! Evan, Kaycee, and Deidre are so knowledgeable and professional, but also very personable and compassionate. This has been nothing, but the best dog training experience that we could have hoped for, and it’s been amazing to see the night and day difference in Teddy each day we practice our new skills. We have 3 teens and a toddler, and despite how much we love him, Teddy might not have been able to stay had we not been able to stop the territorial biting that started a couple months after we got him- especially after he bit our toddler’s face and punctured a couple of hands. To say they saved us is an understatement, and now we feel extremely blessed to have their help for the rest of Teddy’s life. Thank you Dog Elite Training, we will be singing your praises to everyone who cares to listen! 💖
— April Kirtland
Posted February 28th 2024
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The trainers at Dog Training Elite are absolutely fabulous! They are training my dog, a Serbian Rottweiler, currently, eight months, old, to be my Service Dog. They have done a fantastic job up to this point! In addition to training at their facility, they have training at my home and in public areas. They explain the training thoroughly as they are not just training the dog, they are training me. I couldn’t be more pleased, and I strongly recommend them as trainers for. Service dogs, and general training for pets. They are worth every penny.
— C’estmoimoi
Posted February 28th 2024
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Absolutely love the folk here, they have made such a big difference in mine and my dog’s life and he’s not even done with his training program yet. They clearly love what they do and take such good care of the dogs and want the best for every single one! I have recommended them to everyone I know for both dog training and service dog training.
— BaileyRose
Posted February 25th 2024
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Great instructors who are knowledgeable and friendly. A much better value for your money, as they include group classes in the total price. Highly recommend!
— Bethany Foster
Posted February 23rd 2024
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Michelle and Tyler were wonderful! I’m looking forward to working with my dog to make her the best she can be! Thank you for your help!
— Pippy P
Posted February 22nd 2024
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Jake and McCall were amazing, Intuitive, patient and knowledgeable. We always thought our boy was not the brightest bulb, but Jake saw right through his deception and let us know he was lazy and stubborn and how we could work with him. We came home with a new dog and the tools to keep training him at home. Elite is worth every penny.
— Scott Hester-Johnson
Posted February 21st 2024
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Evan and his team have worked tirelessly with me from the start. He drove several hours to help me choose the perfect pup! The team at Dog Training Elite was there for all of my silly questions and late night freakouts! Thanks!
— Chris Gravett
Posted February 15th 2024
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Dog Training Elite has been a game-changer in our journey to train our lab as a psychiatric service dog for the police department. Their unique approach not only focuses on training the dog, but also empowers us as handlers, fostering a continuous cycle of learning and growth. Kaycee and Evan have been pivotal in this process, providing invaluable support and expertise. Kaycee's promptness in addressing our questions and Evan's effective training methods have made the experience smooth and enjoyable. Dog Training Elite stands out for their dedication to both dogs and handlers, making them the top choice for professional dog training. If you apply what they teach, YOU WILL SEE RESULTS. We love them! Highly recommended.
— Aiza Stevens
Posted February 14th 2024
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Evan and Deidre are amazing! Charlie is a 4 month old German Shepard and we could not ask for a better pup. She is currently in puppy training with her last one sessions left and excelling, we will definitely be moving forward. We are so grateful and they truly are the last dog trainers you’ll ever need.
— Madelyn Peters
Posted February 7th 2024
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We sent our collie here to a week of training and from the first day I could not believe the change in her. Everyone is great and they are training us to continue what she learned. I was referred from a friend who sent her dog here for training. I highly recommend the training. Every dog who attended with our dog did great as each dog showed what they learned at the end of the week. Spectacular!
— Debbie Hollberg
Posted January 20th 2024
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As soon as my wire haired pointer started training it was a noticeable difference and at the end of the first week it was night and day difference like she was a completely different dog. They do absolutely fantastic with their training and keep very good communication with everything and anything you could possibly need! 10/10 would recommend to anyone looking to get their pup trained!
— Jacob McNiven
Posted February 7th 2024
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Great place to have your bog trained
— Terry Restorick
Posted February 4th 2024
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Dog Training Elite has changed my puppy from an obnoxious pain to the dream dog I hoped he could be. Evan's work showed me not only the capability of my dog but the potential and love my puppy has. I could not be happier with the training and the trainers. They are over the top amazing.
— Bob Widrick
Posted January 30th 2024
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These guys rock! They helped me get my girl finished up in her training, are super responsive to messages, and are always encouraging us and looking to help. When I saw how they cared for my girl during her day camps every bit of anxiety over her being there melted away, and Eir was excited every time she went. I would absolutely anyone I know looking for dog training go to DTE Northern Utah!
— Chet Showalter
Posted January 29th 2024
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These guys rock! They helped me get my girl finished up in her training, are super responsive to messages, and are always encouraging us and looking to help. When I saw how they cared for my girl during her day camps every bit of anxiety over her being there melted away, and Eir was excited every time she went. I would absolutely anyone I know looking for dog training go to DTE Northern Utah!
— Chet Showalter
Posted January 29th 2024
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I enthusiastically recomend Elite Dog Training Northern Utah!! I was not sure if a mobility service dog was for me, but my daughter was concerned about me and dragged me into my first interview. What a wonderful day that was!! They found me a dog, and now Clyde and I have finished our first year together. The team is fantastic and I was skeptical. They truly work miricles and have taken the time to listen to me and my disability and make it work for me. They took a puppy and have turned him into a champ at going anywhere with me. I look forward to the next year and working with them. Thanks for making me a believer in what a service dog can do.
— Marlene Hyndman
Posted January 29th 2024
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Dog Training Elite has changed my puppy from an obnoxious pain to the dream dog I hoped he could be. Evans work showed me not only the capability of my dog but the potential and love my puppy has. I cound not be happier with the training and the trainers. They are over the top amazing.
— Bob Widrick
Posted January 29th 2024
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These guys have made a 100% difference in our dog and we are so glad we found them. Her dog reaction and aggression has gotten so much better. We're still working with her but half way through and she's a whole new dog in and out of the house.
— Nick Rempel
Posted January 27th 2024
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