Michael Ellis School for Dog Trainers

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Course Information

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All of our 2021 courses will be held remotely except the Immersion Program and the In-Person Decoy Clinic. Our classes will differ from many online classes in that the entirety of each course will take place live (no recorded material) which allows students to ask questions and get clarifications in the moment. Courses are spread over a longer period of time to allow for shorter days, reducing the amount of time each day that students are in front of a computer screen. All classes run between two and four hours a day, and from five to fifteen days in duration. These classes will be taught by Michael, with practical portions being run by experienced staff trainers.

In order to attend these courses students will need the following:

  • A computer, tablet, or smartphone with a camera.
  • A good, reliable high-speed internet connection (wireless for courses with practical portions).
  • Wireless/Bluetooth earbuds with microphones (for courses with practical portions).
  • A tripod, or an assistant, to hold your phone or tablet (for courses with practical portions).
  • A safe, uncluttered training area with good footing and access to Wifi, at least 25 feet by 25 feet in size (for courses with practical portions, especially obedience, protection, and motivation courses).
  • Many of the obedience courses will also require an assistant for various exercises. Details will be provided regarding the role of the assistant when you register for class.
  • Specific training equipment lists will be provided upon registration.


The schedule for 2021 will be:

  • Protection Theory (Live online) March 29-April 9, 2021 $1200
  • Behavior Modification (Live online) May 3-14, 2021 $1500
  • Puppy Development (Live online) June 28-July 9, 2021 $1200
  • Obedience Intensive (Live online) July 12-30, 2021 $2200
  • Protection Theory (Live online) August 30-September 10, 2021 $1200
  • IN-PERSON Decoy Clinic on Santa Rosa Campus September 13-17, 2021 $1,200 (Maximum Class Size 10 students)
  • Behavior Modification (Live online) October 4-15, 2021 $1500

The Puppy Development course runs M - F 9am to 12noon (PST)
All other courses run M - F 9am - 1pm (PST)

* Please note: The end times are approximate depending upon how many questions are asked at the end of class.

  • The space requirement for the practical portions is approximate. It is better for the students to have a larger space for certain drills, but we can make some accommodations if necessary. The larger space is helpful for the Obedience Intensive on the 2nd, 8th, 9th, and 14th days, in case students need to make plans.
  • An human assistant is necessary during the Obedience Intensive on the 2nd and 9th days. They do not have to be dog trainers, but it helps that your dog is comfortable with being handled by your assistant.

** Please note, we no longer accept deposits for the weekly classes. To register you must pay in full.
The last day to request a full refund is 24 hours before the course begins.
Your refund will will be returned minus 3% fees.


Course Descriptions and Registration

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PUPPY DEVELOPMENT
Techniques for making the most of your puppy for work or pet
  • Live Online - June 28-July 9, 2021
OBEDIENCE INTENSIVE
An introduction to Michael’s training system in theory and practice.
  • Live Online - July 12-30, 2021
PROTECTION THEORY
(Formerly Protection 1)
  • Live Online - March 29-April 9, 2021
  • Live Online - August 30-September 10, 2021
BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION
  • Live Online - May 3-14, 2021
  • Live Online - October 4-15, 2021
IN-PERSON DECOY CLINIC on Santa Rosa Campus
(Formerly Protection 2)
  • September 13-17, 2021
MANAGEMENT
Techniques for Managing Your Dog During the Training Process
  • TBD
MOTIVATION
Techniques for Increasing Motivation and Drive
  • TBD
PROPER USE OF THE ELECTRONIC COLLAR
  • TBD
PET DOG FUNDAMENTALS
  • TBD
ADVANCED OBEDIENCE 1
The Methods for Teaching Advanced Obedience Exercises
  • TBD
ADVANCED OBEDIENCE 2
Guided Practice for Advanced Obedience Exercises
  • TBD
ADDITIONAL CONCEPTS 1: Expanding Obedience Toolbox.
  • TBD
PROTECTION 3
Teaching The Exercises of Ringsport and IPO
  • TBD

IMMERSION PROGRAM
Our Program is one of the most complete and information dense curriculums in the country.

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