So You Say You’re a Dog Lover, Prove It!

At Wag ‘N’ Tails our Mission is to reduce the amount of dogs who are given away or euthanized due to treatable and preventable reasons.

1 out of every 10 dogs keep their forever home. Approximately 7.6 million animals enter shelters every year. At Wag ‘N’ Tails we’ve been making “Sit Happen” since 1999, although we still have a lot of work to do and we need your help! This decrease in the amount of dogs found in shelters can come from our communities working together to teach people how dogs think, learn and communicate. Join us!

Behavior problems such as house soiling, digging, jumping up and biting are contributing reasons that dogs are given up. Let’s reduce those numbers together.

Here’s where YOU come in.

At Wag ‘N’ Tails we’ve been told that what we do with dogs is “like magic.” We don’t claim to have super powers, the only miracles we’re performing is saving lives by teaching people how to do what we do! When we make the difference in people’s homes with their dogs, that’s the magical part. Seeing less dogs in shelters due to house soiling. Magical. Less dogs given away because of jumping up and digging? A miracle.

When we teach you, you take that education and spread it across the great big world for all to see so that you can help us live by the words of our mission statement. That’s the magic.

Join our Apprentice Program. We would love to have you!

The Trainer Apprentice Program Course (T.A.P.)
12 Week Program

Tuition and Registration

Early Bird Registration

COST: $1499 – 12 Week Program

When: Meets every Sunday
Studio Location: 53153 Hayes Road Shelby Township, 48315

A $250 deposit is required for registration. Full payment is due 30 days prior to the start of the course. ($150 is non-refundable.)

Course size is limited. Only 15 students per session.

You have come to the right place if you are already involved in or wish to be involved in any of the following:

  • Dog training
  • Behavioral counseling
  • Shelter or Rescue Work
  • Dog Day Care Provider
  • Veterinary Employee
  • Pet Sitter
  • Dog Walker


At Wag ‘N’ Tails we will prepare you to earn respected educational credentials, representing a high level of competence. In this program you will have hands on experience with four certified Instructors. All of which are certified through Wag ‘N’ Tails and the American Kennel Club. Your Director, Jordan Covington is CPDT, Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge and Skills Assessed. Our founder, Christine Fox has been in business and teaching dogs for twenty years. Her qualifications can found here.


In the world of dog training you will find a variety of different methods that can be used to teach a dog. At Wag ‘N’ Tails we believe in science based methodologies.

Our methods are easy, effective and most importantly we have FUN. Our methods are so much fun that the dogs are having fun too! We teach people how dogs think and how they learn. We believe in the importance of patience and the value of communication and building an irreplaceable bond.

A bond can’t be purchased with a collar or a tool, it’s a gift – a moment. It comes from the learning process!

Upon completion you will know how to:

  • Put together a comprehensive puppy and basic obedience program to offer to your clients.
  • Work with shelters and rescues with a clear understanding of how dogs think and learn from a decompression standpoint.
  • Better identify fear and aggression body language signals.
  • Better handle strong willed dogs in a variety of uncomfortable situations where you normally feel out of control.

You’ll Understand:

  • The optimal learning time.
  • Learning theory.
  • Breed characteristics and how it affects behavior.
  • The tools necessary to prevent and treat behavior problems related to basic obedience, fear, lack of confidence and aggression.
  • How to properly approach an unfamiliar dog.
  • Bonding and focus.
  • All basic obedience.
  • The benefits of luring and hand signals and how to introduce verbal cues.
  • How to phase out food rewards.
  • Principles of clicker training.
  • Target training and bridging.
  • Basic tricks.

What’s Included:

Every student will receive their handbook and a clicker target stick at orientation. All books can be purchased at a discounted rate on our website.

Books are not required, although strongly suggested.


Here are a few of the questions we get asked most!

Do you use the latest methods of learning?
We pride ourselves on staying educated and current on all the newest developments and training methods. We update and change our programs regularly so they are always geared towards real-world daily circumstances based on the latest findings in scientific discoveries in the learning process and what pros around the world have discovered in the training spectrum.
What are a few examples of what’s been discovered in dog training research recently?
Nosework has recently presented itself as a great way for dogs to relieve stress. Excellent for the average dog and pet parent for example. Also, therapy dog testing is on the rise.
Do you have any other examples?
Definitely! There has been much more research performed on the dogs brain recently. How many words can they learn? Can dogs feel emotions? They certainly can and they can learn as many words as a young human toddler. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.
Will I get a certification when I complete the course?
You will get a certificate of completion from Wag ‘N’ Tails, which you should be very proud of!
Here’s a little more info to understand the process of becoming a dog trainer.
Are you hiring Instructors or In Home Trainers at Wag?
Yes. Most likely YES. Let’s talk after you’re holding your fancy grad certificate!
Can I bring my dog with me to class?
This very detailed course is designed to be demanding. We have a short amount of time to fit in a lot of material, plus you will be working with foster dogs in training. So, unfortunately, no you cannot bring your dog to the Trainer Apprentice Program Class (T.A.P.)
Do I receive any incentives or discounts?
You sure do! Plus, this is when you get to bring YOUR dog. We encourage you to practice and learn. During your 12 week course we encourage you to attend any of our obedience classes that meet every single day except Fridays. You can come as often as you like at no charge. All play and train, boarding, and retail you receive at the employee discount rate of 25% off as well.
Can I miss a class?
If you miss more than one class, the fee is $125 for a private session with one of our trainers.
Food and Snacks
Wag has lots of local restaurants nearby to grab snacks on the way, but we do not supply snacks or have beverage machines. We do supply water, but you will be responsible for bringing any necessary snacks and beverages. Bring whatever you would like to stay fueled!
Do you offer payment plans or discounts?
We offer an early bird registration discount. Plus we allow you to pay in two payments with a service fee and a finance charge. Ask our manager for more details!


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