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A therapy dog is a dog who visits places like schools, hospitals and nursing homes. Therapy dog training with Dog Training Elite teaches dogs to provide comfort, support, and affection to the people they meet, particularly vulnerable people like children, seniors, patients in hospitals, and so on.

Therapy dogs are not service dogs. Service dogs are trained to perform specific tasks to help a person who has a disability. This distinction is important because therapy dogs do not have the same access to public places like service dogs do. For example, service dogs can go into restaurants, but therapy dogs cannot. Therapy dogs still provide a valuable service and should receive therapy dog certification.

Dog Training Elite provides therapy dog training to give people emotional support in all stages of life.

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Children can especially benefit from therapy animals - Dog Training Elite is happy to help your family with these certifications.

Who Do Therapy Dogs Help?


Therapy dogs may be regular visitors to a variety of people and places, with hospitals and rehabilitation centers being among the most common. Children, in particular, respond positively to therapy dogs.

Seniors in assisted living or people with mental disabilities who live in facilities and experience feelings of isolation also see a lot of benefits from visiting with a therapy dog.

Besides providing valuable social opportunities and relieving anxiety, therapy dogs may even help lower blood pressure and heart rate in patients and the other people they visit.

Why Are Therapy Dogs Important?


Therapy dogs offer unconditional love, non-judgmental interaction, reduce stress, anxiety and loneliness, and provide an overall positive distraction to ailments. Research shows therapy dogs can have a positive effect on a patient’s mood, stress and pain levels during facility stays.

Young patients — children — seem to benefit most from working with therapy dogs. They are more motivated to participate in treatments, feel optimistic about the future, and experience an overall sense of calm when a certified therapy dog is present.

For people who may have a hard time socializing due to mental disabilities or their living situation, therapy dogs can promote social interaction within their community and help them to connect.

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!

They are absolutely the best. My German Shepherd puppy was a real demon when he first went in, and they were able to transform him into a wonderful service pet that is well behaved and listens. They truly know their craft, and I absolutely recommend them. You’ll begin to see the difference right away and your dog.
— Rodolfo Franco
Posted August 5th 2022
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Everything about Dog Training Elite was great!!!! The staff are awesome with my dog Cyrus. This disabled veteran recommends DTE to anyone looking to train their pup!!!
— Chris Asher
Posted August 5th 2022
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They were great! My dog loved working with all of them. They eased my anxiety about the e-collar and everything. They definitely are the best trainers I’ve seen in a while!
— neida garcia
Posted August 4th 2022
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We brought our German Shepherd puppy to Dog Training Elite and couldn't be happier. We had Geneva as our trainer who is very knowledgeable and answered all of our questions and made sure we knew what we needed to work on as well. We saw results after the first day too.
— Shannon Sixkiller
Posted August 1st 2022
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if you are looking for a miracle like we were Dog Training Elite is the place to go-they changed our life for the better!! Geneva is so on top of communicating and telling you honestly how your dog is doing. you get videos and pictures of what your dog is doing everyday. I felt so safe leaving my doggo in their hands. You can have personal time with the trainer and your dog so you know exactly what your dog is learning and how you can keep up the work at home. Dog Training Elite has the best staff, i felt comfortable talking to everyone there because they are so kind and you can tell they have you and your dogs best interest in mind. TAKE YOUR DOG TO DTE!!!! we love everything about them and would recommend them to anyone and everyone who is wanting to get their dog trained :)
— Megan Nichols
Posted July 27th 2022
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This is an amazing business! Not only did I see incredible results, but my dog was so cared for by all the people here! I would highly recommend this for all your dog training needs. They are very good and what they do and I can tell they love the dogs so much. This is hands down the best center out there.
— cc Si
Posted July 25th 2022
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Fantastic trainers and proven methodology. We have a 1 1/2 year old 80 lbs Sheepadoodle. Within about 6 weeks, he changed from a leash-puller to a full on off leash dog. We hike and run with him off leash and enjoy walking with him a lot more (I climbed a 14er Mountain with him yesterday fully off leash). Life changing for us. Highly recommend.
— Arun Sundar
Posted July 23rd 2022
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Amazing dog trainers Geneva and Adakias they had my German Shepard well behaved in one week and helping me by then end of the program. I would so recommend it to anyone needing help with their pets
— Amber Lashmit
Posted July 22nd 2022
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I was really nervous about finding a good company to train my sons service dog & spent months researching. Dog Training Elite was the only one I found that would do at home training. I'm a hands on/observe learner. It was so great to have Melanie & Salena come to my home, show me exactly what to do, & practiced with me until I felt comfortable. They explained the process & answered my questions with kindness. They were always right on time & eager to work with us. They also worked really well with Drake. I feel he did so much better being at his home with me for his basic training. They also answered emails/texts within the same day. They worked well with me to figure out a plan that would work best based on my sons special needs/disability. Drake has now graduated from his basic training & we're excited to start group trainings. Highly recommend Dog Training Elite if you want convenient & professional dog training no matter what services you are looking for.
— Rose Carter
Posted July 20th 2022
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Dog training Elite has been awesome for our family. Our dog Koa has been going since he was 9 weeks old. Koa has learned so much and grown so much because of their training. We can’t wait to see our pup graduate into a service dog. They are flexible with our schedules and work with us even though we live about an hour and a half south. They have been amazing.
— Brittany Lay
Posted July 14th 2022
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Dog Training Elite was a great decision for us. We have a pitbull mix named Luna and went with the Platinum package. We just finished our 7 private sessions! Jeff has been wonderful with training. A true professional and GREAT at training. Does the job and does it well. We are super happy with Evan too and are confident that all Dog Elite trainers have the experience and skill! Luna is ready for Group lessons and we can’t wait to see her progress in the coming months!
— Kristen McGee
Posted July 13th 2022
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My wife decided to surprise me by bringing home three Malinois Puppies. I called Dog Elite Training Because I quickly got overwhelmed with these high-energy dogs. Can you imagine how crazy it was for me, a simple dog owner, trying to train 3 Malinois puppies? Dog Elite came to my rescue. Lexi, the trainor, has been amazing with the Malys. They are so much more obedient. They respond to my commands. It’s amazing. Everyone who meets our dogs are so impressed.
— Joseph Vijungco
Posted July 12th 2022
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My daughter loves this place. Good job Geneva!
— Rebecca Baker
Posted July 9th 2022
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They are the best trainer we have ever had. They are training our pup to be a service dog. I have never had such a well behaved animal.
— Nicole Foster
Posted July 7th 2022
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DTE is the only training method that has worked with my 1.5 year old stubborn lab. It has brought order back to our house and made her an all around better pup. The team is professional and knowledgable, I would recommend them to anyone!
— Laura Bickel
Posted July 5th 2022
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Had a great experience with DTE! I was a little skeptical of the method at first, but we stuck to the program and did the homework as instructed. We are lightyears away from where we started with our dog in just 2 short months. Looking forward to the group trainings to get us to our end goal.
— Cole Harte
Posted July 1st 2022
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Jeff is been great. He truly cared about Obi and teach him and me the best way to train him. 100% recommended
— mchaverri86
Posted June 30th 2022
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Jason helped me with my 2 Dogs. I have a Pit mix that was reactive and is now no longer reactive and does great off leash, along with a Hound mix that was near impossible to get to listen to simple commands that now can be off leash and listens very well.
— Rick M
Posted June 27th 2022
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The basic obedience camp was 1000% worth the money and time. My golden doodle is basically a completely different dog. Erin (the trainer) was so kind, patient and let me pick her brain about more training tips after the camp was finished. Would do this again in a heartbeat!
— Hollie Steed
Posted June 25th 2022
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Great training, I wouldn't go anywhere else!
— C S
Posted June 23rd 2022
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This cute pup is excited to learn and help provide support with his therapy training.

How Does a Dog Become a Therapy Dog?


If you have felt the benefits of owning a dog, you may feel inspired to help more people feel the unconditional love, joy and support your dog provides. However, having a friendly, loving personality isn’t enough for a dog to qualify as a therapy dog. Some other qualifications to consider are:

  • The age of your dog. Puppies do not make good therapy animals.
  • How obedient your dog is. It’s important your dog listens to you and obeys basic commands. Dogs that go through obedience training with Dog Training Elite have the perfect foundation to go onto therapy dog training, as long as they are old enough.
  • How social your dog is. Your dog may be affectionate with you — but are they affectionate with strangers? Do they like to receive attention from strangers, particularly petting?

Therapy Dog Handlers


As a dog owner, it’s important to reflect on whether you would like to become a therapy dog handler as well. If you enjoy connecting with people, becoming a therapy dog handler may be a great fit. You can also choose where to volunteer to better suit your interests — if you like kids, volunteer to visit schools or children’s hospitals. If you prefer to work with older people, then sign up to visit senior living centers.

Once you’ve determined that becoming a therapy dog handler and helping your dog become a therapy dog is the right move for the two of you, you’re ready to start therapy dog training. The trainers of Dog Training Elite are experts in the behaviors needed in a therapy dog and will help you and your dog either brush up on or master behaviors such as “leave it,” “watch me,” loose-leash walking and not jumping on other people.

To help your dog become well socialized, you may consider also signing up for one of Dog Training Elite’s group obedience classes. A group class environment is also beneficial because it helps your dog learn to be obedient when there are a lot of distractions around, a crucial skill for a therapy dog.

Once you’ve completed initial training, you’re ready to apply for therapy dog certification. However, it is important to note that this certification is not the end. It’s important to stay on top of your dog’s training and continue to help them be the best therapy dog they can be.

By working with Dog Training Elite, you will also be trained to be a therapy dog handler with your pup.

Proud Sponsor of The Malinois Foundation

At Dog Training Elite, we believe that Service Dogs save lives. It is our mission to make these life-saving companions available to our Veterans, First Responders, Women Survivors, and Children with Medical Needs. Whether it be for PTSD, Mobility Support, or Special Needs, Dog Training Elite work's with the Malinois Foundation to heal and empower these individuals with a specialized service animal, a partner in life, and a new best friend.

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Why do Therapy Dog Training with Dog Training Elite?


The Dog Training Elite training method stands out because of its emphasis on positive reinforcement. Dogs are never punished for bad behavior, instead they are rewarded for good behavior. This kind of training makes a huge difference in your relationship with your dog, and will make a difference in how your dog interacts with other people.

The balanced training method of Dog Training Elite fosters a dog’s naturally loving and obedient nature. Focusing on positive reinforcement and rewarding good behavior helps build a strong bond between dog and owner built on love and trust. This foundation in turn becomes a great foundation for dog and owner to become a fabulous therapy team providing an invaluable service to the community.

If you feel therapy dog certification is right for you and your dog, get started by contacting Dog Training Elite. Request your free training demo and in-home evaluation today.

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