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.

Private Training

Personalized private lessons, day school, and instruction from enlightened trainers.

Private Training

Puppy Training

Potty accidents? Chews on everything, including your sleeves? Jumps up on you? We offer a full range of puppy services.

Puppy Training

Group Classes

Small, intimate groups for personal attention in a fun, supportive learning environment.

Group Classes
My sister and her husband visited us over the weekend and Sally was very good with them. Minimal jumping and barking. I really feel we're making improvements.
— Sue Palmer

Private Training

Does your dog pull on his leash? Jump on guests? Bark at other people or dogs? Chew everything in sight? We can help!

Extended Training Program

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.

Day School

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.

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Puppy Training

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.

The Right Start Puppy Program

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.

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Group Training

Why take a class at Tail Lights?

Obedience Group Classes

Raising Rover

Start anytime!
For: Puppies 8 weeks - 16 weeks
Prerequisites: Two sets of vaccinations, or veterinarian's approval
When: Tuesdays, 6:30pm
Saturdays, 11:00am

Cost: $120 - 6 visits, must complete by 16 weeks of age

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Puppy Essentials

House-training. Crate and alone training. Bite inhibition and handling. Chew training. Puppy push-ups. Voluntary Check-ins. Much, much more!

Good Manners

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!

Being a Super Puppy Parent

Puppy-proof your home. What to expect during your puppy’s developmental stages.

Focus, Fido

For: Dogs over 4 months of age
Prerequisites: Current vaccination certificate
When: Wednesdays @ 9:30am - 10:30am NO CLASS MARCH 22nd
Cost: $120; 4 visits

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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, even in an exciting environment.

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.

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Nose Work Classes

Introduction to Scent Work

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: Begins February 9th, 6:30pm and runs 6 weeks

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Scent work

Your dog will begin searching for the first scent: birch. You’ll learn to read his signals and body language.

Anytime fun

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.

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