Apprentice Program


Level 1 Apprentice

Level 1 Apprentice – 145 hours – $950.00
To lay the foundation of skills and information necessary for a competent dog trainer. Upon successful completion of this course, student should be prepared for the position of unpaid or paid training assistant, depending on prior education and experience.

Prerequisites for Level 1 Apprentice – 145 hours
None

Commitment for Level 1 Apprentice – 145 hours
Apprentices are expected to attend all of the classes in any session that they agree to assist. Missing one or more classes may require a single “make-up” class or, at the discretion of the instructor and Pat Miller, may require an entire “make-up” session. (Apprentices may assist with Academies and Workshops as available)

Curriculum for Level 1 Apprentice – 145 hours

56 hours minimum (four full sessions/2 classes per session) of Level 1 Class – preparation, observation, assisting, student teaching, wrap up
10 hours minimum observing private training and/or advanced classes, assisting as appropriate
8 hours minimum discussion and review of class observations, assigned reading, videos
20 hours minimum assisting w/shelter behavioral assessments
25 hours minimum working with/training shelter dogs
24 hours minimum animal care/administrative assistance
1 hour – written exam
1 hour – practical exam

Apprentices must complete all required reading and videos in order to successfully complete the program, and must watch the complete 4-DVD “Pat Miller Good Manners” DVD during their first 7-week class.

FULL Level 1 Apprentice Cost: 950.00


Level 2 Apprentice

Level 2 Apprentice – 145 hours – $950.00
To build on a trainer’s basic foundation of skills and information in preparation for a career as a professional dog trainer. Upon successful completion of this course, student should be prepared for a position as a paid trainer under supervision, or as a head trainer, depending on student’s prior background and experience coming into the course, and the degree to which he or she assimilated and can apply the course information.

Prerequisites for Level 2 Apprentice – 145 hours
Completion of Peaceable Paws Level 1 Apprenticeship

Commitment for Level 2 Apprentice – 145 hours
This program is not based on a class schedule.
Apprentices are expected to attend all of the classes in any session that they agree to assist. Missing one or more classes may require a single “make-up” class or, at the discretion of the instructor and Pat Miller, may require an entire “make-up” session. (Apprentices may assist with Academies and Workshops as available)

Curriculum for Level 2 Apprentice – 145 hours

28 hours minimum (two full sessions, two classes per session) of Basic Class teaching
18 hours minimum observing private training or behavior consultations
21 hours minimum (at least 3 full Intermediate/Advanced sessions) observing advanced classes, assisting as appropriate
8 hours minimum teaching Intermediate classes
8 hours minimum discussion and review of class observations, assigned reading, videos
20 hours minimum assisting w/shelter behavioral assessments
20 hours minimum working with/training shelter dogs
20 hours minimum animal care/administrative assistance
1 hour – written exam
1 hour – practical exam

FULL Level 2 Apprentice Cost: 950.00


Level 3 Apprentice

Level 3 Apprentice – 185 hours – $1,000.00
To help the trainer grow and gain confidence in training and behavior knowledge and skills, and prepare for a career as a professional dog trainer. Upon successful completion of this course, student should be prepared for a position as a paid trainer under supervision, or as a head trainer, depending on student’s prior background and experience coming into the course, and the degree to which he or she assimilated and can apply the course information.

Prerequisites for Level 3 Apprentice – 185 hours
Completion of Peaceable Paws Level 2 Apprenticeship

Commitment for Level 3 Apprentice – 185 hours
Apprentices are expected to attend all of the classes in any session that they agree to assist. Missing one or more classes may require a single “make-up” class or, at the discretion of the instructor and Pat Miller, may require an entire “make-up” session. (All options: Assist with Academies as available)

Curriculum for Level 3 Apprentice – 185 hours

14 hours minimum (one session, two classes) of Basic Class teaching
14 hours minimum observing private training or behavior consultations, assisting as appropriate
21 hours minimum teaching Intermediate classes
21 hours minimum observing advanced classes
21 hours minimum teaching advanced classes
12 hours of discussion, review of: class observations; assigned reading; videos
30 hours minimum assisting w/shelter behavioral assessments
30 hours minimum working with/training shelter dogs
20 hours minimum animal care/administrative assistance
1 – 1 hour discussion written final subject paper <<“Special Assignments” item (a) below>>
1 – 1 hour practical final exam <<“Special Assignments” item b) below>>

Special Assignments:
A) Select agreed upon area of special interest in behavior and training, read at least three books and write a 2500 word paper on the subject, and
B) Set mutually agreed upon training goals to achieve with personal dog by completion of the course for practical final exam.

FULL Level 3 Apprentice Cost: 1000.00