Our dog training is structured in easy-to-follow steps and your dog is rewarded for getting it right at each step along the way. We have a gentle approach to training based on scientific knowledge about learning and behavior, not fear or physical punishment.
Every dog and owner is different, so we customize dog training to your individual needs. We treat our clients with respect, kindness, and a sense of humor. We're always available by phone or e-mail to answer your questions.
Our head trainer is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer with over thirteen years of dog training experience to help you meet your goals. Our trainers collectively have over forty years of expertise in a variety of areas, including manners and obedience, agility, scent work, dog-dog interactions, and behavior modification. Meet our team.
We are passionate about dogs and serious about animal welfare. We support area shelters and rescue groups with monetary and in-kind donations and also volunteer our time. We also offer lost pet recovery services.
Kelly and Tonka
I'm Kelly Elvin, the founder of TipTopTails Dog Training.
Professional Member, Association of Pet Dog Trainers
Certified Professional Dog Trainer
IS YOUR DOG READY
FOR THE HOLIDAYS?
Does your dog jump on people, bolt out of doors, lack focus, or have cabin fever?
We know you are busy at this time of year. Our single-session puppy and adult good manners workshops will help improve your dog's manners just in time for the holidays. We also have agility and nose work workshops for all levels from beginners to advanced. Click here to view our December workshops.
Is your dog walker or pet sitter trained in dog behavior and learning, safety protocols and first aid?
Are you a dog walker or pet sitter who wants to grow your business?
The dog*tec Dog Walking Academy can help!
Join us in Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids for an intensive professional workshop on safety and fight prevention, pet first aid, basic manners training, canine learning and body language, and best business practices.
"Kelly is the best! Not only a dog trainer but a dog behaviorist, Kelly is a knowledgeable and highly skilled professional - effective, supportive, gentle, and kind to dogs and owners alike. ... Kelly’s a talented professional, the best dog trainer I’ve ever met." ~ J.A. Read more.
"[Matt is] one of the best instructors I have ever seen. I so appreciate that you like to teach the dog what it does best!!" ~ K.K. Read more.
"I have taken two agility classes and a basic obedience class with two different dogs with Kelly.It is a joy to be in one of her positive reinforcement classes!!" ~ C.V. Read more.
"Kelly is fantastic! She is a knowledgeable, dedicated and fun trainer - of dogs AND humans." ~ K.C. Read more.