Dog Training Elite was founded by John Mestas who has over 32 years of dog training experience. Arrow Kennels dba Dog Training Elite was named after John’s first obedience trial dog, a golden retriever named Arrow.
John Mestas is a professional and experienced dog seminar instructor. He is the Owner and Training Director of Dog Training Elite dog training facility in Utah. He has served on the boards of Utah Valley Kennel Club, Great Salt Lake Retriever Club and Northern Utah Retriever Club. He has also worked with guide dog puppies, for the blind, in San Rafael, California.
He has trained with excellent trainers such as Fred Hassen, Owner, Sit Means Sit; Alfredo Rivera, President, Sit Means Sit and Bill Totten, President, Professional Retriever Trainers Association.
He has worked with and coached members of the Utah Task Force 1 Search and Rescue Team and coached various police department canine. He has coached and trained many dogs and their owners to Junior, Senior and Master Hunter titles. John has trained dogs and their owners to Companion Dog Excellence and Utility Dog titles, including seven high in trial.
John has donated his time to those with special needs in training their service dogs.
John has judged American Kennel Club (AKC) field trial events in the open, amateur, qualifying and derby. He has donated his time to train dogs for special needs children and offers free seminars for boys and girls at Juvenile Detention centers.