You *can* have a well-behaved family companion! Our gentle and effective training methods make learning easy and fun for you and your dog. Our training is based on scientific knowledge about learning and behavior, not fear or physical punishment.
Experienced Professional Trainers
Our head trainer is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer with over fourteen years of dog training and behavior experience to help you meet your goals. 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. We're always happy to answer your questions in person, by phone or by e-mail.
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.
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Our clients love TipTopTails!
"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.