General Group Class Info
All classes are 5 weeks in length
Full 60 minutes each week.
In 2020 City Dog Levels 1-3 total cost is $95 for the 5 weeks. City Dog 4 total cost is $105 for the 5 weeks.
We believe in having a touch point with each client to ensure you choose a class experience that will support and challenge you and your dog. This is why your registration is done via email or phone, not via an online form.
1. Determine which class you want. If you have questions just email!
2. Email or send proof of vaccinatin requirements to our office. Your vet can also take care of this.
3. Complete and email the Pet Profile. This provides us with information about you and your dog(s), and
gives you information about our expectations. Instructions: open file, 'save as', email to
DHLPP (Distemper virus, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parvovirus, Parainfluenza)
*It's best practice for puppies to have started their age-appropriate vaccination series by Week 1 of class. However we understand some puppies and dogs have unique health needs. Feel free to call/email to discuss. Taproot will also work with clients who wish to use titers.
We understand that unforseen situations occur. And, we keep our training classes to small sizes which means we need all clients to show up for the specific class they registered for. Clients who contact us to cancel a space 6 full days prior to the start date of the class will receive a credit for the same class (or similar--this is at the discretion of Taproot) in a future round of classes for the same dog. Clients who contact us less than 6 days in advance are expected to submit full payment for the class for which they registered.
Students have limited resources and really care about their dogs. In an effort to encourage & support these (often first-time) pet parents in taking classes we offer a $5-off student discount for currently enrolled Madison College, UW-Madison & Edgewood College students. Must mention at time of sign-up for discount to be considered. The spirit of this discount is for students who are the legal guradians of the dog only.
Foster Family Discount
Foster families play a critical role in caring for a dog who is waiting to be adopted.
Costs for foster dogs are often incurred by the foster families.
Teaching foster dogs basic obedience skills can make them more marketable to potential adopters.
Individual Class -- $65 (+ $10 travel fee for travel inside Madison)
Group Obedience Class (City Dog Levels 1-4) -- $15/week
*Current Group Class may be continued by adopter for same rate to allow for all 5 weeks at foster rate.
We do not expect anyone to bring the latest & greatest leashes, harnesses, etc... to class. In fact this isn't necessary at all, though we will talk about how these things can make your and your dog's lives easier in many ways.
Please bring a regular leash (non-retractable) and collar to class, as well as any harnesses you might already have that you would like to work with.
*We do not allow aversion collars (i.e. choke & shock collars) or any other devices that train via force, fear/intimidation, or pain. This includes any electric collars that are on the vibrate setting or spray collars. If you have specific questions about this please call or email and we'd be happy to talk with you.
Missed Classes & Graduation
Taproot classes are created to be both fun and educational. Since classes are only 5 weeks in length we encourage all dogs/humans to be present for at least 4 of the 5 weeks of class. Otherwise, you will miss significant material and you and your dog may not be ready for the next level of class. We do not offer make-up classes. If your dog appears ill or has been confirmed ill, please do not bring your dog to class. You however are still encouraged to come so that you can bring the knowledge and training skills home. It's actually fun and very eye-opening to be in class without your dog!