Our instructors are highly experienced in all of the newest positive dog training methods. Our goal is to teach you how to communicate and train your dog to exhibit the behavior you will need in order to share your life with him or her. All of us at Southern Tails thoroughly enjoy being in the company of dogs and with other humans who feel the same way! We offer Group Classes and Private Lesson Instruction. Once Covid is over we will once again offer In Your Home Instruction. Our Teen / OB 101, 102 & 103 classes are limited to 7 dogs. Best Puppy is limited to 8 pups during the Covid pandemic. WELCOME back to school if you are attending classes with your newest canine family member and WELCOME also if this is the first time you are coming to school at Southern Tails! You can read all about us in the ABOUT US section.
You can read our Covid Policy here:
WANT TO REGISTER BY PHONE?
Easy.....Just call Ally. I am always very happy to talk with you, so please call me to leave a message and I will call you right back if I am available or asap if not. Ally 336 328-0077
New Puppy - Beginner Obedience - Advanced Obedience -Tricks - CGC - Canine Acting Private Lessons at the Dog School----Or In Your Home
For pups 10 wks-16wks (small breeds up the 20 wks) This important time in your pups life in when you can jump start their brain to begin to understand how to communicate with the new humans in their life. By teaching them our English language words: sit, stand, down, come, off, and intro stay you will begin the life journey of real communication between our species. House-training, Crate training, Mouthing, Socializing, Body Posture, Grooming, Greeting & Obstacle negotiating are addressed.
For all dogs over 4 1/2 months to 2 years of age that missed the Best Pup Class. This is a beginner OB class. It ncludes all the basic OB commands, plus some others to give you more control when you need it including two focus commands so that you can redirect your dog's attention back to YOU when they get distracted. This course also includes teaching you how to teach your dog to properly greet humans and more.
This class was specially designed ONLY for The Best Puppy Class Graduates. We hone your dog trainer skills by teaching you: proper leash handling, timing of praise and interruption along with the correct body posture, facial expression and voice tone to train your dogs. Learning these skills make it a clear path for your dog to understand how to get what they want by responding more reliably to what you want. This is where you will start to see the communication bridge that connects us.
For dogs who have completed either Teen Pup, 101 or Adv Pup. This course is where you begin to see the amazing results from the commitment you made to train your dog.You know by now that dog training is incredibly fun and rewarding. By adding distractions and distance to the command words you have previously taught your dog, you will learn to raise the bar to strengthen your dog's reliability to responding to your commands. Weather permitting you may will have a class or two downtown.
For Dogs who have completed OB 102 recently or 5 yrs ago What can I say----If you are taking OB 103 you are surely in love with dog training and spending quality time with your dog! This class goes further with the motion command Heel. It also includes some canine acting skills, maybe some jumping, or skateboarding....It is usually depends on what direction that particular group of students wants to go. It will be interesting and always include obedience practice and fun.
Trick Class varies with the times. Sometimes it is purely teaching the class cool tricks that we call canine acting. We teach you to teach your dog behaviors like: Foot, Push, Pull, Take it, Ride, Basket, Go Around, Roll, High 5, Wave, Crawl, Play, Carry, and more... This ends with the dogs playing the drums, piano, and skateboarding. Some trick dog classes focus purely on the AKC trick titles and some do not. We will post a TRICK CLASS here when we schedule one.
Heel Class and Canine Good Citizen Prep Class
For Dogs who have completed OB 102 or have similar skills. HEELING your dog is the most fun, safe way to take your dog out in public. To HEEL s means that once you give the command to HEEL as you step off.....your dog must stay attentive at your side no matter what pace you are moving and no matter what is going on around you. When you stop, your dog will automatically sit close on your left side. Yes, it's super cool and yes, it is a lot of work! It is like learning a line dance together.
We suggest OB 102 or 103 grads or any dog with similar skills for this course. Canine Good Citizen is an AKC certification. Your dog must pass a 10 step test to receive it. The test basically includes properly meeting and greeting a stranger, another dog, walking calmly on a leash, staying in place, coming when called, remaining calm and completely controllable around a wheel chair, sudden noises, letting a stranger lightly groom them, and being left with a stranger for a brief amount of time
IN YOUR HOME LESSONS ARE FOR:
We offer In Your Home lessons in a 3 one hour lesson package for $299 + travel if you live outside our immediate travel area.
Please give us a 24 hr notice if you have to cancel as our instructors only
come into the dog school to teach classes and give private lessons.
Ally teaches some private lessons but after 25 years has turned the group classes over to our 3 amazing instructors. Gary is our office manager and repair all guy. We also both work at our other business " Canine Players-Dogs for Film" which keeps us very busy. We live with 5 canines: Jack, Cote, Bill, Molly, and Dylan and 3 felines: Sasha, Morgan, Wyatt and 5 chickens.
Caroline Is our Best Puppy Class and CGC instructor. She also teaches both private obedience and In Your Home lessons. In her down time she does nose work, agility and lure coursing with her dogs, Roland and Pippin.
She lives with Ronnie her husband along with four canines, Roland, Pippin, Tonks, Cassie and her 2 cats, Iron, and Bumi.
Kate teaches our Advanced Puppy, Teen/101, OB 102, OB 103, Trick Dog and Heel Class. Depending on her schedule she does private lessons also. During the other part of her life, you will find her creating amazing pottery at her "Triangle Studio" in Seagrove. She lives with Zurry the wonder dog and her cat,
. Corey teaches our Teen/101 classes and also gives private lessons. In her down time she is an artist. Besides her boyfriend Gus, she lives with her Havanese, Josie, her rooster Murray, and Charlie the Parrot. Charlie who is a talker used to say 'Good Boy' all day long until Josie the pup came along and now he says: "OFF" and 'DROP IT" all day long. She also has 2 cats in her life:
Ellen is our class assistant. She is currently assisting the Best Puppy Class but is always ready to fill in wherever we need her. In her down time she does agility, nose work, and lure coursing with her dogs. She lives with three canines: Teddy, Traveler, and Fozzie.
Keri is an associate for Southern Tails.
You will find her there every Saturday making sure that everything at the dog school is in good order, clean, and ready for the students and the instructors to do their work. She also gets the woof words ready for all the instructor's classes. She lives with Liam her GSD/Border Collie boy.
This is our other business. We train and take our dogs or our dog school student's dogs on film sets. The Dogs must be social and personable with all humans along with being well trained to sit/stand/down stay come, and 'Go'
Gary and I do not get to pick the dogs. We are required to send in 5 or 6 pictures of the canine description that the company is looking for. If you give us permission to send your dog's picture in for a possible add or commercial and your dog is chosen--Yay! Then we make arrangements to meet you at the dog school where we pick up your dog. We will text you pictures throughout the day. Absolutely no one except Gary or myself ever handle your dog while waiting or while on the set. We are never more than 5-10 feet away.
We do a lot of shoots at studios in High Point, some in Charlotte or wherever the company we are working for at that time is shooting. At the end of the shoot we will bring your dog back to your home or meet you back at the dog school if that is more convenient.
Your dog gets to spend a fun day out with Gary and myself or Kate, Caroline, or Corey. (All our experienced caring instructors whom we have known for many many years) You will receive $50 for every shoot your dog goes on with us. Some our star dogs have made $1000 .
The dogs always have a great day out because they are treated like stars. The film crews, executives, and human models enjoy the company of our CANINE models on the set immensely!
If you are interested in learning more about our canine casting call please call Ally. 336 953-763
BEFORE YOU ARRIVE
GOOD TO KNOW:
I understand that attendance of any dog training classes or dog event at the Southern Tails Dog School location or if the class takes place outside of the dog school is not without risk to myself, members of my family or guests who may attend, or my dog, because some of the dogs to which I will be exposed may be difficult to control and may be the cause of injury even when handled with the greatest amount of care. I hereby waive and release, Southern Tails, it’s instructors, officers, members and agents from any and all liability of any nature, for injury or damage which I or my dog may suffer, including specifically, but without limitation, any injury or damage resulting from the action of any dog, and I expressly assume risk of such damage or injury while attending any training session, or while on the training grounds or the surrounding area thereto.
I hereby agree to indemnify and hold harmless, Southern Tails, it’s instructors, officers, members and agents from any and all claims, or claims by any member of any family or any other person accompanying me to any training session or function of Southern Tails, or while on the grounds or the surrounding area thereto as a result of any action by any dog, including my own.