John Rodriguez


About Us

Private dog training services and difficult behavior problems.

in home dog training lesson

In Your Home

call 203.232.8018 or contact us via email

We specialize in private, personalized dog training and behavior services designed to meet the unique needs of each of our clients. Over twenty-five years of exceptional service to CEOs, training professionals, dogsport competitors, K9 officers, veterinarians and most importantly dog-loving families like yours. Serving discriminating dog owners throughout Connecticut, parts of New York, New Jersey and New England. John Rodriguez, owner of Elite Canine LLC, an internationally recognized dog trainer and dog behavior expert, knows how to work with you and your dog to create the enjoyable relationship you desire in the personal atmosphere you deserve.

Our clients come to us for a variety of training needs, often they have tried group training classes and or other dog trainers — we are their "last resort." Others seek out our unique, specialized estate services for our VIP clientele. All of our servcies are designed to meet your needs, from dog loving C-level executives, to dog training professionals, to dogsport competitors, to K9 officers, to veterinarians to, most importantly, families like yours. Read a few of our clients' unique dog stories.

doggie overnight training camp

or Ours

Our Philosophy. We value quality over quantity. To sustain a very personal touch, we have kept our business small. When you entrust Elite Canine LLC with the care of your dog, he is trained by John Rodriguez, not an assistant or kennel worker. Our goal is two-fold: A happy, confident, well-trained dog, a satisfied client who is better able to understand and communicate with his dog. Our training and behavior services are unique and personal. John will meet with you to discuss the challenges you are facing and the goals you have for your relationship with your puppy or dog. He will take into account your dog's personality, history, social environment, age, sex and breed. Then he will work with you to set expectations and design a dog training program that is uniquely yours.

Our respect for dogs and our understanding of canine behavior is evident in the dog training articles we have written that have been published in several national and international magazines.

Respected around the world, we have played host to or trained with many top dog trainers, judges, and schutzhund competitors--we have had the privilege to call many of them "friend." When other dog training professionals need to brush up on their training techniques or have a particularly difficult dog behavior problem to solve, they come to us--the trainers' trainer.

In the 1980's we founded the Connecticut Working Dog Association, the first dogsport club in Connecticut. As President and Training Director, John helped members achieve regional championship titles, compete successfully at a national level and attain dozens of working titles (AKC, Schutzhund, and police certification) on various breeds of dogs.

obedient dog at the door

For an Obedient Pet

John has titled seven different dogs with competition scores often making the Schutzhund USA top ten lists. He ranked number 1 on the Schutzhund Top Ten list in 1993 with Bona vom Wunderhund--bred and trained by John. In 1992 John was evaluated as a Teaching Helper (decoy) by United Schutzhund Clubs of America's Helper Program.

Our training and behavior business was born of love and a deep understanding of the secret life of dogs. Many of our clients call it a gift. One part teacher, one part therapist and one part dog whisperer--our training methods are based on an understanding and feel for natural dog behavior.

We have fine-tuned many of our techniques by raising, training and competing with puppies we have bred. By observing how mom, dad and the other pack members act and react to their young, we have gained a better understanding of what is natural and what is unnatural, what works and what does not work.

Estate Dog Training Client

Estate Canine Services

We have adapted natural canine communication into dog training methods that help your dog learn the lessons and form the bonds that will make him a confident, well-rounded part of your family. And we will teach you how to understand and control your dog's behavior as you learn to speak his language and build a better relationship.

How we work.
Schutzhund training competition

or Dog Sport

We appreciate that no two dogs or families are alike. For some a course of in-home dog training fits the bill, for the pampered pet of a busy CEO a weekly schedule of training and dog play are what's on tap, for others a one-time behavior session is all that is needed. And for some a few weeks at overnight doggie camp followed up by in-home consultations would garner the best results.

Whatever your needs, together we can design a training program that is just right for you and your dog.

basic dog training in a family setting

A Unique Family Setting
on Ten Park-Like Acres

  • For more information on how we can help you and your dog, give us a call203.232.8018 or contact us via email

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