Michael Ellis School for Dog Trainers

Immersion Program

The Fall 2021 Immersion Program has been canceled.
MES will now offer one Program per year beginning 2022.

The 2022 Immersion Program begins February 14, 2022.


Our program is one of the most complete and information dense curriculums in the country. It is a perfect stepping-off point for those seeking a career in dog training, or for the serious hobbyist or sport trainer that wants to improve their skills and round out their education.

Students will receive a certificate upon completion of the overall program.

We are now accepting applications for the 2022 Immersion Program.

  • The 2022 Program begins February 14, 2022.
    Applications are due by:
    February 1, 2022
    (*late applicants, please contact office.)

The Michael Ellis School Immersion Program includes the following:

  • Students will learn:
    • Puppy Development
    • Basic Obedience Skills
    • Motivation
    • Management
    • Advanced Obedience Skills
    • Proper Use of the Electric Collar
    • Introduction to Detection 
    • Intermediate/Advanced Detection 
    • Protection Theory
    • Decoy Skills 
    • Training Sport Exercises
    • Behavior Modification

    Read course descriptions here.

  • Private Lessons/Coaching with Michael and/or staff each week.
  • "Special Topic"' sessions w/Michael, staff, or visiting instructors.
  • Private meetings with Michael once per month.
  • Dock Diving Instruction and use of our 48ft Dock Diving Pool.
  • Master Classes with experienced, professional trainers.
  • Guest lecturers and various extracurricular activities.
  • Immersion students have additional access to, and use of our facilities outside of class, as well as some opportunities to attend our private staff training sessions.
  • Students, who wish to, will be added to our database of graduates, which we use for referrals.

Logistics/Requirements/Cost

The 2022 Program begins February 14, 2022.
Graduation June 25, 2022
A maximum of 15 students are admitted per session.
The program cost is $20,500*.
The first 6 weeks wil be online and the remaining 3 months will be in-person, here on our Santa Rosa campus.
You must pay a $1000 refundable deposit which includes our $50 application fee
If you are not admitted, your deposit will be returned, less the application fee.
If you are admitted, the entire deposit is applied toward your tuition.
*Lodging and equipment are additional fees.
When we receive your $1000 deposit, we will send you the application, housing options, and equipment list.

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Students must bring a dog, or make arrangements with us for a "loaner dog."

Dogs must stay with students during the program, so participants should choose lodging accordingly.

For full participation, student dogs should be generally outgoing, food motivated, and ideally, they should like to play.

All breeds are welcome.

We have references from past graduates upon request.

Please contact us with specific questions, or if you would like to enroll.

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