Our highly educated and experienced dog trainers use only humane, reward–based training methods providing the highest level of professional dog training in the Upstate.
Personalized private lessons, day school, and instruction from enlightened trainers.Private Training
Potty accidents? Chews on everything, including your sleeves? Jumps up on you? We offer a full range of puppy services.Puppy Training
At the suggestion of Tail Lights we enrolled in Nose Work classes. I could write a page on the benefits and fun these classes provide for me, Bob and Bitsy but will save that for another day. I am just thankful they don’t have pole dancing classes for dogs since I seem to be open to anything Tail Lights has to offer!— Judy Stenhouse
Does your dog pull on his leash? Jump on guests? Bark at other people or dogs? Chew everything in sight? We can help!
Tail Lights Dogs trains your dog for you during an initial customized schedule, based on your dog's previous training, age, temperament, behavior habits, and tractability. Our professional trainers then maintain the improved behavior for you via attendance in our Day School, twice per week.
What are the benefits?
Lasting changes in your dog's behavior. You save time and effort when your dog is trained by a professional.
Who’s it for?
Busy families and professionals. Anyone who lacks the time or desire to train and wants relief from behavior problems.
What type of dog benefits from the Extended Training Program?
Adolescents and other dogs with high energy and drive. Dogs who are in need of structure and professional guidance. Dogs who come from working dog lines. Dogs in need of remedial training and socialization. Dogs who are candidates for competitive or therapy work.
Your dog receives a structured 30-minute session with one of our trainers during Tail Lights Dogs Daycare.
What are the benefits?
Good behavior is maintained through consistency. Continued training challenges and safe socialization are enriching experiences for your dog.
Who's it for?
Busy families and professionals. Anyone who lacks the time or desire to train and wants to maintain their dog's good behavior and social skills.
What type of dog benefits from Day School?
All dogs benefit from continuing education. For dogs who have completed group class, Tail Lights Dogs Day School is a great way to tune-up obedience and fine tune competition skills.
Potty accidents? Chews on everything, including your sleeves? Jumps up on you? We offer a full range of puppy services. Don’t see your puppy's problem here? Whatever it is, we can help.
In this innovative premium program, Tail Lights Dogs trains and socializes your puppy for you during a 6 week program scheduled for your convenience. Boarding stays, with a reduced overnight rate on training days, may be combined with The Right Start.
Puppy attends Day School 3 days per week for the first 3 weeks, then 2 days per week for the second 3 weeks of the program. During this time, you may attend as many puppy group classes as you can fit into your busy schedule. The program includes three bathing experiences, by our gentle, positive trainers to help your puppy learn to like baths, nail trims, and handling.
At the conclusion of the first week, you will have a private lesson with a Tail Lights trainer to help you get started with the appropriate training equipment and good on-leash behavior. At the end of the 6 week program, another private lesson helps you integrate your puppy's new skills into real-life situations, and gets you ready for the next step. A relaxation mat and harness are included in the program.
Why take a class at Tail Lights?
For: Puppies 8 weeks - 16 weeks
Prerequisites: Two sets of vaccinations, or veterinarian's approval
When: Tuesdays, 6:30pm
Cost: $120 - 6 visits, must complete by 16 weeks of age
House-training. Crate and alone training. Bite inhibition and handling. Chew training. Puppy push-ups. Voluntary Check-ins. Much, much more!
Recall foundation, relaxation, name recognition, handling and preparation for vet and grooming visits. Conditioning your puppy to accept and follow cues, foundation positions.
Early, positive introductions to new people, other puppies, noises, scents, and surfaces so your puppy grows up with confidence!
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Puppy-proof your home. What to expect during your puppy’s developmental stages.
For: Dogs over 4 months of age
Prerequisites: Current vaccination certificate
When: Contact us for class information due to Covid-19
Cost: $160; 6 visits
Are you struggling at the end of a leash while your dog ignores you? This class will help equip you with techniques to get and keep your dog’s attention.
Be better prepared to handle exciting situations and keep your dog’s focus on you.
Build your bond with your dog to facilitate continued training.
Discover how easy teaching The Basics (sit, down, loose leash walking, hand targeting) can be when you have your dog’s attention and focus.
For: Any dog with a nose
Prerequisites: Instructor approval, current vaccination certificate.
Duration: 6 weeks - Each class is 1.5 hours, depending on number of students in attendance.
Start Dates: To be determined
Your dog will begin searching for the first scent: birch. You’ll learn to read his signals and body language.
If you want a challenge, competitions are the place to be. We can help you and your dog succeed.
Your dog will love this class and so will you.