Michael Ellis School for Dog Trainers

Immersion Program

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.

The program is offered two times per year. We have a Spring Program and a Fall Program.

We are now accepting applications for:

  • FALL 2020 Program which starts July 6, 2020
    SPRING 2021 Program which starts January 4, 2021

    Applications are due by:
    June 1, 2020 for the Fall 2020 Program
    December 1st, 2020 for the Spring 2021 Program
    (*late applicants, please contact office.)

The Michael Ellis School Immersion Program includes the following:

  • Students attend each of the courses we offer:
    • Puppy Development
    • Obedience Intensive
    • Motivation
    • Management
    • Advanced Obedience 1
    • Advanced Obedience 2
    • Proper Use of the Electric Collar
    • Detection 1
    • Detection 2
    • Protection 1 - Theory
    • Protection 2 - Decoy Skills
    • Protection 3 - 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 every two weeks.
  • 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


The Fall 2020 Program begins July 6, 2020
Graduation November 21, 2020

The Spring 2021 Program begins January, 2021
Graduation May 30, 2021

A maximum of 15 students are admitted per session.
The program cost is $20,500*. You must pay a $1000 non-refundable/non-transferable deposit which includes our $50 application fee and holds your spot.
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 not included. We will send you an application when we are notified that you have paid your deposit.

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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.

Students can bring more than one dog if they choose, but that may limit lodging options to some degree.

This program is very intensive, and requires a fair amount of physical activity. Students should be ready for full days and very structured schedules.

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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