Tapio has been the editor of the Finnish Kennel Club's magazine Koiramme for a long time. He breeds Hovawarts, Cairn Terriers and Karelian Bear Dogs together with Kaija Eerola and Tiia Okkonen under the kennel name Hovarian. The Eerolas have received the Finnish Kennel Club's Vuolasvirta prize for merited breeding of Hovawarts. Tapio is a mental test judge and has been in charge of the Breeding Committee of the Finnish Hovawart club since the 80s. He has also been the Chair of the Exterior Committee of the Spitz club in Finland. Tapio has written a book about dog breeds in Finland as well as a book about Finnish dog breeds. He became a judge in 1993 and is today an all-breed judge.