Class, Day School, and Workshop Fees

All classes meet one hour per week, unless otherwise noted.

Puppy and adult good manners classes, $240/six weeks, $200/five weeks, $160/four weeks.
Professional discount for those in the trade available on group classes (except Reactive Rover); please contact us.

Puppy Day School is $1,850 and includes a one hour individual lesson before school starts, eight days of school, and an individual conference after school ends. Professional discount for those in the trade available on Puppy Day School; please contact us.

Workshops meet one time and are $40 for one hour, unless otherwise noted. There are no discounts on workshops.

Reactive Rover is $350/six week class.  Enrollment in Reactive Rover class is by instructor permission and requires a behavior consult ($225) before enrollment.

Our class and workshop sizes are limited to ensure quality instruction and individual attention for each student. By registering, you are reserving a space for the duration of the class. Accordingly, we require payment in full at least 48 hours before the start date in order to hold your space, or your space may be released to a student on the wait list.

We accept payment by credit card, check or cash. You can pay via credit card through PayPal when you register online (you do not need a PayPal account). Checks can be mailed to TipTopTails, 1030 S. 8th St., Kalamazoo, MI 49009. There is a $25 fee for returned checks.

If you register and pay for class, and then cancel your registration before class starts, we will place a credit on your account that can be used for a future class or lesson.  If you cancel and request a refund, we will refund your payment, minus a $10 fee to cover our processing costs.

Due to our limited class sizes, we are unable to refund fees after the first class.

If you have to miss a class, please let your instructor know. Your instructor may be able to send you written or video resources on the material you missed, and will be happy to review the material at your next class.

If either you or your dog are unable to attend the remainder of your class session due to an injury or illness, please contact us and we will extend a credit for the unused portion of your class fee, minus one night’s class fee to cover our costs.

If your instructor determines that a group class is not a productive learning environment for you and your dog, and recommends that you switch to individual lessons, we will apply your class payment to the lesson fee.

Vaccination Requirements

Puppies under 4 months old:

  • distemper/parvo (DHPP) (first round)
  • bordetella (kennel cough)
  • negative fecal exam or in treatment and symptom free

Puppies and dogs over 4 months old:

  • distemper/parvo (DHPP)
  • bordetella (kennel cough)
  • rabies (when your vet recommends it)

We accept titer testing. Please contact us to discuss.

Reactive Dogs Policy

If your dog is reactive or fearful around other dogs or people (barks, lunges, growls or hides out of fear), please contact us before registering for a group class or workshop other than our Reactive Rover class.

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Missed and Cancelled Classes

In order to meet our commitments to our instructors and facilities, we are unable to offer refunds or makeups for missed classes. Your instructor may be able to send you written or or video resources on the material you missed, and will be happy to review the material when you return to class.

There is a four-student minimum enrollment for most classes.  In the event that a class is cancelled due to low enrollment, you will receive a full refund or a credit towards a future class, whichever you prefer.   If a class night is cancelled due to severe weather or instructor illness, you will be contacted by e-mail and phone as soon as possible, and we will schedule a makeup class (if possible) or provide a refund or credit of that class night’s fee, whichever you prefer.

Lesson Fees (Good Manners)

In-person lesson, $200/one hour, $570/three hour package, $925/five hour package.  Packages must be paid for up front. No additional charge for multiple dogs in the same household attending the same lesson. In-person lessons include training time, plus handouts, notes and follow-up support by phone and e-mail.

Online lesson, $90/30 minutes, $175/one hour, $490/three hour package. Online lessons include Zoom meeting, plus handouts, notes and follow-up support by phone and e-mail.

Lesson plus multi-week class package, $25 discount.

Group lesson, $200 total for up to four dog-handler teams.  

Lessons and lesson packages must be used within one year from the date of payment.  Any unused fees will be forfeited after one year.

Lessons are held at our training facility, located at 1030 S. 8th Street, Kalamazoo MI 49009, or at your home or another location (within our service area).  Travel fee of $25 may apply to lessons outside our service area (see map at bottom of page).

When you register for an individual lesson, you are reserving one of a limited number of appointments, so we require payment in full at least 48 hours before your lesson.

If you register and pay for a lesson or lesson package, and then cancel more than 48 hours before your lesson date, we will refund your payment, minus a fee to cover our processing costs ($10 fee for an individual lesson, $30 fee for a three lesson package, and $50 fee for a five lesson package).

Cancellation with less than 48 hours notice may result in forfeiture of your entire payment.

Behavior Consult Fees

In-person initial behavior consult, $225.

Follow-up behavior lessons, $225/one lesson, $440/two lesson package, $630/three lesson package, $1,000/five lesson package. Packages must be paid for up front.

Online behavior lessons, $200/one lesson, $390/two lesson package, $570/three lesson package.

Cases involving a bite history require an initial consult plus minimum three lesson package.

Consults and lesson packages must be used within one year from the date of payment. Any unused fees will be forfeited after one year.

When you register for a consult or lesson, you are reserving one of a limited number of appointments, so we require payment in full at least 48 hours in advance.

If you register and pay for a consult or lesson package, and then cancel more than 48 hours before your lesson date, we will refund your payment, minus a fee to cover our processing costs ($10 fee for an individual lesson, $20 for a two lesson package, $30 for a three lesson package, and $50 for a five lesson package).

Cancellation with less than 48 hours notice may result in forfeiture of your entire payment.

Lesson Fees (Dog Sports)

Please contact us for availability and pricing.