Michael Ellis School for Dog Trainers

Michael Ellis School Pool
Dock Diving, Swimming, Events, Classes, Lessons, Clinics.


  • Mon-Fri 10am – 12:30pm & 1:30pm - 3:30pm
  • Sat/Sun 10am – 1pm & 2pm - 5pm

All rentals and lessons are by appointment only.

All rentals must be paid at the time the appointment is made.

Each appointment price is for a specified amount of dogs. Additional dogs are $15 each, payable when you arrive.

Our pool is on the grounds of The Michael Ellis School for Dog Trainers. All newcomers to our facility must complete at least one of our introductory options in order to get signed-off for open practice rentals. We require this so we are satisfied that you and your dog(s) are comfortable and knowledgeable of the rules of the pool and the school, as well as the physical surroundings, and the dog’s ability to jump and swim safely. We offer different options for new and experienced teams.

Once you are approved, you can attend open practice anytime.

*Your dog must like toys in order to participate in pool activities. To maintain a clean pool for our visitors, we do not allow food rewards in our pool.*

Introductory Pool Lesson (for dogs new to a pool)

$60 – Up to 45 minutes


  • facility tour
  • pool rules and etiquette
  • swim/dock diving lesson with one of our trainers

(50% off for alumni of the Santa Rosa campus)

Facility Introduction (for dogs who already have experience swimming in a pool)

$45 - 30 minutes


  • facility tour and rules
  • swim/dock diving practice

Introduction to Swimming & Dock Diving

(Group Class)

$50/dog - 1hr 45 mins

Class is limited to 5 working spots

This class is a great stepping off point for anyone interested in dock diving or teaching their dog to swim in a pool.


  • facility tour
  • pool rules and etiquette
  • several short rounds of one on one swim/dock diving instruction with one of our school trainers

Pool Rentals

(Practice sessions are supervised but not coached. If you need coaching or training help, you need to book private lessons.)

30 min Practice Session – $35 1-2 dogs, $15 per dog thereafter (maximum of 4 total dogs)

1 hr Practice Session - $65 1-2 dogs, $15 per dog thereafter (maximum of 4 total dogs)

2 hr Practice Session - $140 1-4 dogs, $15 per dog thereafter maximum of 8 total dogs)

** Longer sessions are great for multiple dogs or groups of people to share!

*** We also have 5-Session Packs at 10% savings and 10-Session Packs at 15% savings

Private Pool Lesson with MES Staff Trainer

30-45 mins

$75 first dog (general public)
$60 first dog (MES alumni)
$50 first dog (current MES students)
$20 per additional dog


  • After you and your dog(s) get signed-off, you can rent the pool during any open practice times.
  • All dogs must be on leash at all times, until they are in the pool/dock area.
  • A Michael Ellis School staff member must be present at the pool at all times.

Questions? Please contact us at michaelellisschool@gmail.com.

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