Training with the Best

Dog Training Elite Richmond Continues to Grow and Support Local Pet Owners

Article by Joanna Tannenbaum

Photography by Dog Training Elite, Tony Perez, and NBC12

Originally published in Midlothian Lifestyle

It has been one year since Paul Hearn took on a new venture and opened Dog Training Elite in Richmond. Midlothian Lifestyle got to catch up with Paul and learn about his company's growth and expansion plans. From adding staff to new certification certifications, Dog Training Elite Richmond is on the rise. "Our goal is for the Dog Training Elite name and logo to be the one everyone thinks of when they think of dog training," Paul says. "We are the last dog trainer you'll ever need because we are always elite, never mediocre!"

Since opening in April 2022, Paul added dog trainer Brooke Ball to his team to handle most of the clientele north of the James River. “Having Brooke has been a huge help, as she is an amazing person and dog trainer,” Paul says. Brooke’s talents not only rest in training but also in social media, significantly boosting Dog Training Elite’s presence in the online community. Paul intends to bring on another trainer later in the summer and an administrative assistant to help streamline business operations.

As part of a nationwide, family-owned franchise, Dog Training Elite receives dedicated training, certifications, and continued education to stay up-to-date and relevant. Most recently, they became certified to offer Autism Support Training and Scent Work, a service that allows them to offer training for Diabetic Alert dogs. "When it comes to specialized or advanced training, certifications, and the correct resources, you achieve solid results that can potentially save a life," Paul explains.

As Dog Training Elite’s client base is rapidly expanding, Paul bought a cargo trailer to help accommodate equipment and supplies. He also plans to purchase a facility for their Elite Training Camp and specialized training. “We love dogs, and we love our community,” Paul says. “We want to help create peace in homes with dogs by teaching them leadership, structure, and good manners.” Whether for therapy, medical support, or basic training, Dog Training Elite is here to help improve the lives of Richmond community members.

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