You *can* have a well-behaved family companion! Our gentle and effective training methods make learning easy, effective and fun for you and your dog. Our methods are based on scientific knowledge about learning and behavior, not fear or physical punishment.
Experienced Professional Trainers
Our training team collectively has over forty years of expertise in a variety of areas, including manners and obedience, agility, scent work, dog-dog interactions, and dog behavior. Meet our team.
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, and we're happy to answer your questions.
We are passionate about dogs and support local shelters and rescues with volunteer time and donations. We also offer lost pet recovery services.
Kelly and Tonka
I'm Kelly Elvin, the founder of TipTopTails Dog Training.
Do you dream about spending your day with dogs but are not sure where to start?
Kelly and Matt are delighted to be the Michigan certification instructors for the Dog Walking Academy from dog*tec. This professional workshop offers the education that dog walkers and other animal care pros need to keep dogs healthy, happy and safe while running a successful business. Get started today!
Our clients love TipTopTails!
"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.
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