Progressive Training

Progressive Training for All Ages: From Basics to Mastery

At Tipp to Tail Pet Resort, we believe in the potential of every dog, regardless of age or background. Our group training courses are structured around levels of progression, ensuring that each dog receives tailored training suitable for their current skills and challenges. Whether your furry friend is taking their first steps or refining their manners, our range of training courses caters to dogs of all ages and stages. Our trainers always use positive reinforcement techniques, ensuring that every dog, regardless of age or past experiences, has the opportunity to learn and grow.

These Aren’t Your Typical Group Classes!

  1. You receive individual help and support both in and between classes. All dogs and learners are different, and our group class trainer, Tara, tailors the training on the spot for each team. If you need help on anything while at home, reach out for personalized help at no additional cost.
  2. Small class sizes provide quality learning and training for both ends of the leash. Our smaller class sizes provide the perfect level of socialization, distraction, and individual attention for each team.
  3. You receive professional-level training and the highest quality of education. Tara has multiple professional certifications and qualifications. She is a Karen Pryor Certified Professional Trainer and holds a second training certification with the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers. She is a Registered Veterinary Nurse, Fear Free Certified Professional, AKC Evaluator, CATCH Training Mentor, and a KONG Ambassador. She regularly attends conferences and seminars for continuing education. This ensures she stays current with the latest medical, behavioral, and training information.
  4. Tara specializes in behavior modification, which changes the emotional states of animals. She uses her extensive experience and knowledge of behavior and integrates behavior modification into all of the training courses she designs. It’s great if a dog knows how to perform a behavior, but if they aren’t sound emotionally, they won’t be able to respond to the behavior(s) effectively or, in some cases, at all.  She helps you connect the dots between behavior and training so you get the best of both worlds and the results you desire.
  5. The whole family is welcome! Consistency in training is important! Your dog will learn much faster if everyone is on the same page.  Bring the family and have fun learning and growing together!
  6. State-of-the-art, spacious, fully accessible training facility. A comfortable, safe space to relax and train in that promotes learning and meets the needs of both the human and the dog.
  7. Our facility is frequently cleaned and sanitized for the health and protection of your pup. All pups attending classes are vaccinated according to AVMA guidelines, the gold standard in medical care and disease prevention.
  8. You receive visual and hands-on experience and verbal and written forms of learning and instruction with each group course.  Detailed training and educational materials are provided weekly. This helps the learner retain and apply the material and training exercises effectively.
  9. Your dog isn’t the only one receiving positive reinforcement! When completing a course, you receive a personalized Certificate of Completion and an awesome gift bag. You also have the opportunity to win cool prizes throughout the course for attentiveness and working on training tasks.

Current Group Course Offerings

Level 1 Courses

Puppy Preschool & Socialization Course

  1. Age Group: 8 weeks to 3 months
  2.  Course Overview: This is the most effective and comprehensive Puppy Socialization Program in the region. It is proven that early and, most importantly, proper socialization significantly impacts future behavior. Your puppy is learning with every interaction they have, and we need to help them make the right connections and shape their behavior and resilience early. Each week, you and your puppy will be given different socialization opportunities to help them respond well to situations inside and outside of your home with confidence. We will also work on shaping appropriate play and greetings with other puppies. This needs to be done thoughtfully, safely, and systematically to prevent behavioral problems and reactivity in the future. Essential training and behavior problems for this age will be covered. End your day with pure joy by interacting, learning, and playing with puppies!
  3.  Prerequisites: None
  4.  Duration: Weekly 45-minute sessions over 6 weeks, open enrollment (your pet can join the course any week with availability and will return at the same day and time for the following 5 weeks)
  5.  Class Size: 6-8 pets
  6.  Cost: $75 (please note: registrations are final and non-refundable)
  7. Vaccination Requirements: Please see section at bottom of page
  8.  Waitlist availability: Yes! Click the join waitlist button after clicking the Course Dates and Registration button to be added. We will reach out to you once there is an opening.
  9.  Facilitated By: Tara Fisher
Course Dates & Registration

Registration Tips: Once you open the scheduling interface, if you don’t immediately see class availability, please use the blue directional arrows to the left and right to view additional options. If you don’t see availability on the dates you prefer, please join the waiting list by clicking on “Join Wait List” button.

Level 2 Courses

Puppy Foundation Training & Behavior Course

  1. Age Group: 3 months to 6 months
  2.  Course Overview: This course will give you and your puppy the individual support, education, and training necessary to live harmoniously at this challenging stage. You and your family play an integral part in the training process. In this course, you will learn ALL of the Essential Foundation Training and how to apply it effectively in your everyday life to get the behavior you desire now and establish proper habits long-term. You will learn how to cultivate the right emotional states both in and outside your home and quickly mitigate common problem behaviors. Weekly, structured greeting, play, and socialization opportunities for real life will help them become a well-rounded member of your community and forever family. **If your puppy barks consistently, call Tara at 937-231-9840 before registering**
  3.  Prerequisites: None, but Level 1 is highly recommended.
  4.  Duration: Weekly 60-minute sessions over 6 weeks, open enrollment (your pet can join the course any week with availability and will return at the same day and time for the following 5 weeks)
  5.  Class Size: 6-8 pets
  6.  Cost: $168 (please note: registrations are final and non-refundable)
  7. Vaccination Requirements: Please see section at bottom of page
  8.  Waitlist availability: Yes! Click the join waitlist button after clicking the Course Dates and Registration button to be added. We will reach out to you once there is an opening.
  9.  Facilitated By: Tara Fisher
Course Dates & Registration

Registration Tips: Once you open the scheduling interface, if you don’t immediately see class availability, please use the blue directional arrows to the left and right to view additional options. If you don’t see availability on the dates you prefer, please join the waiting list by clicking on “Join Wait List” button.

Adult Foundation Training & Behavior Course

  1. Age Group: 7 months and up.
  2. Course Overview: Did you know that dogs start moving into adolescence around 7 months of age? If your dog is 7 months and older and hasn’t had previous training, this course is the first step in your training journey. Growing up can be hard to do, and this course will give you the individual support, education, and training necessary to help you navigate the next stage in their development. You will learn ALL of the Essential Foundation Training and how to apply it effectively in your everyday life to get the behavior you desire and establish proper habits long-term. You will learn how socialization works at this age and how to quickly mitigate common behavior problems. **If your pup barks consistently, call Tara at 937-231-9840 before registering**
  3. Prerequisites: None.
  4. Duration: Weekly 60-minute sessions, once a week for 6 consecutive weeks.
  5. Class Size: 6-8 pets
  6. Cost: $168 (please note: registrations are final and non-refundable)
  7. Vaccination Requirements: Please see section at bottom of page
  8. Waitlist availability: Yes! Click the join waitlist button after clicking the Course Dates and Registration button to be added. We will reach out to you once there is an opening.
  9. Facilitated By: Tara Fisher
Course Dates & Registration

Registration Tips: Once you open the scheduling interface, if you don’t immediately see class availability, please use the blue directional arrows to the left and right to view additional options. If you don’t see availability on the dates you prefer, please join the waiting list by clicking on “Join Wait List” button.

Level 3 Courses

Training From the Inside, Out!

  1. Age Group: 4.5 months and up.
  2. Course Overview: In this course, you will transform the Essential Foundation Behaviors you have built into Advanced Behaviors. This means your dog will be able to respond to the behavior(s) at a distance from the guardian, with increased duration (Stay) and around many types of distraction. This stage of training is known as fluency and is often rushed, improperly trained, or skipped altogether. When this happens, people often report that the dog knows the behavior – they just won’t do it or won’t respond like they do inside. It is common for a dog to respond well inside the home or whenever distractions are low. However, once outside or around heavier distractions, the dog isn’t able to perform the behavior in the same way, or in some cases, at all. It takes specialized training to achieve fluency and get your dog to have the right emotional state around distractions. This course will provide that and more for both ends of the leash.
  3.  Prerequisites: Level 2
  4.  Duration: Weekly 60-minute sessions, once a week for 6 consecutive weeks.
  5.  Class Size: 6-8 pets Weekly 60-minute sessions over 6 weeks, open enrollment (your pet can join the course any week with availability and will return on the same day and time for the following 5 weeks)
  6.  Cost: $180 (please note: registrations are final and non-refundable)
  7. Vaccination Requirements: Please see section at bottom of page
  8.  Waitlist availability: Yes! Click the join waitlist button after clicking the Course Dates and Registration button to be added. We will reach out to you once there is an opening.
  9.  Facilitated By: Tara Fisher
Course Dates & Registration

Registration Tips: Once you open the scheduling interface, if you don’t immediately see class availability, please use the blue directional arrows to the left and right to view additional options. If you don’t see availability on the dates you prefer, please join the waiting list by clicking on “Join Wait List” button.

Tricks, Agility & Games with a Purpose

  1. Age Group: 4.5 months and up.
  2. Course Overview: This class is a blast with benefits!  From their nose to their tail, we will build various skills that serve a purpose to enrich their lives and training levels! Increase body awareness, confidence, and burn off pent-up energy through fun agility obstacles, tricks, and learning games!  You can even work towards earning your AKC Trick Title(s) by the end of the last class! Each rotation, you will learn a new set of tricks.
  3. Prerequisites: Level 2
  4. Duration: Weekly 60-minute sessions, once a week for 6 consecutive weeks.
  5. Class Size: 6-8 pets
  6. Cost: $180 (please note: registrations are final and non-refundable)
  7. Vaccination Requirements: Please see section at bottom of page
  8. Waitlist availability: Yes! Click the join waitlist button after clicking the Course Dates and Registration button to be added. We will reach out to you once there is an opening.
  9. Facilitated By: Tara Fisher
Course Dates & Registration

Registration Tips: Once you open the scheduling interface, if you don’t immediately see class availability, please use the blue directional arrows to the left and right to view additional options. If you don’t see availability on the dates you prefer, please join the waiting list by clicking on “Join Wait List” button.

Level 4 Courses

Ready to Rally

  1. Age Group: 6 months and up.
  2. Course Overview: AKC Rally is a super fun way to strengthen and build behaviors and bond with your dog! Each week, you will learn and practice new Rally exercises. You and your dog will then work as a team to navigate a course to perform various training exercises you learn at signs set along the path. Whether you want to compete or just have fun learning new training skills and behaviors, let’s get Ready to Rally!
  3. Prerequisites: Level 2 and Level 3
  4. Duration: Weekly 60-minute sessions, once a week for 6 consecutive weeks.
  5. Class Size: 6-8 pets
  6. Cost: $180 (please note: registrations are final and non-refundable)
  7. Vaccination Requirements: Please see section at bottom of page
  8. Waitlist availability: Yes! Click the join waitlist button after clicking the Course Dates and Registration button to be added. We will reach out to you once there is an opening.
  9. Facilitated By: Tara Fisher
Course Dates & Registration

Registration Tips: Once you open the scheduling interface, if you don’t immediately see class availability, please use the blue directional arrows to the left and right to view additional options. If you don’t see availability on the dates you prefer, please join the waiting list by clicking on “Join Wait List” button.

Specialty Courses

Behavior Modification Specialty Course

  1. Age Group: Any age.
  2. Course Overview: This hybrid course combines private training with controlled group sessions. This expedites and enhances the learning and rehabilitation process. This course is specifically designed for dogs with emotional dysregulation from fear, excitement, or aggression that tips into reactivity. This presents as barking, lunging, or biting towards triggers (i.e., people, animals, food, toys, objects, access to spaces, etc.) in their environment, on a leash, behind a fence, or when people enter your home or property.
  3. Prerequisites: None, but it is recommended that you call Tara at 937-231-9840 to discuss your case before registering.
  4. Duration: Weekly 75-minute sessions, once a week for 7 consecutive weeks. Training starts at home 2 weeks prior to the first in-person class for a total of 9 weeks.
  5. Class Size: 3-4 pets
  6. Cost: $579 (please note: registrations are final and non-refundable)
  7. Vaccination Requirements: Please see section at bottom of page
  8. Waitlist availability: Yes! Click the join waitlist button after clicking the Course Dates and Registration button to be added. We will reach out to you once there is an opening.
  9. Facilitated By: Tara Fisher
Course Dates & Registration

Registration Tips: Once you open the scheduling interface, if you don’t immediately see class availability, please use the blue directional arrows to the left and right to view additional options. If you don’t see availability on the dates you prefer, please join the waiting list by clicking on “Join Wait List” button.

AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Testing

  1. Age Group: Any age, any breed.
  2. Course Overview: An AKC Evaluator will test you and your dog. Paperwork will be provided. Ribbons will be awarded accordingly. Your dog does not have to be AKC registered to earn their CGC Title.
  3. Prerequisites:
  4. Duration: 1-1.5 hr(s)
  5. Class Size: 6
  6. Cost: $25 (please note: registrations are final and non-refundable)
  7. Vaccination Requirements: Please see section at bottom of page
  8. Waitlist availability: Yes! Click the join waitlist button after clicking the Course Dates and Registration button to be added. We will reach out to you once there is an opening.
  9. Facilitated By: Tara Fisher
Course Dates & Registration

Registration Tips: Once you open the scheduling interface, if you don’t immediately see class availability, please use the blue directional arrows to the left and right to view additional options. If you don’t see availability on the dates you prefer, please join the waiting list by clicking on “Join Wait List” button.

Safety First!

Training Vaccination Requirements

At our pet resort, your pet’s health and safety are top dog! To ensure a pawsome experience, we kindly request all guests to be up-to-date on their vaccines. We closely follow the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and many other veterinary organizations that show the importance of vaccines in protecting our pets against contagious and deadly diseases. The following vaccines are required to have been completed (including any necessary booster doses) at least two weeks prior to starting any on-site training:

  1. Rabies, Distemper, and Parvovirus – within the previous 12 months or three years, depending on the vaccine type
  2. Kennel Cough (Bordetella) – within the previous 12 months
  3. Leptospirosis – within the previous 12 months
  4. Canine Influenza (Dog Flu) – optional
  5. Negative Fecal Screening – optional
**Puppies must be as current as they can be in the series in alignment with the 2022 AAHA Canine Vaccination Guidelines based on their age.**

We’re Here to Help!

Not Sure Where to Start? We’re Here to Help!

Choosing the right training course for your pet can sometimes feel overwhelming, especially if you’re unsure about your pet’s specific needs. At Tipp to Tail Pet Resort, we understand this and are here to guide you every step of the way. Our dedicated and knowledgeable training team is always eager to assist and provide recommendations tailored to your pet’s unique requirements.

Whether you’re a first-time pet owner or have specific concerns about your pet’s behavior, don’t hesitate to reach out. We believe that every pet has the potential to be their best self, and with the right guidance and training, they can achieve it.

Contact us today, and let’s embark on this rewarding journey of pet training together! If you have questions about the course options presented on this page, please contact Tara Fisher at 937-231-9840.