Canine Behavior & Training Academy




Basic Canine Behavior & Training Academy

Approved CEUs for CCPDT

Scholarship opportunity – click here.

Required Reading List

Mask Requirements

A non-refundable deposit of $500.00 reserves a space in this academy.  The balance is due 60 days prior to the  academy start date.

Your academy tuition is 50% refundable (minus the non-refundable deposit) if you cancel 60 days or more prior to academy start date, 25% (minus the non-refundable deposit) if you cancel 45+ days prior, non-refundable if you cancel less than 45 days out.

Limit 8 students

Peaceable Paws Level 1 Intern Academy with Pat Miller

Duration: 6 days: Monday through Saturday
Size: Limited to 8 students
Cost:  $1500

An intensive, internationally-acclaimed 6-day academy on basic dog behavior and training – a solid foundation for your ongoing education as a dog training and behavior professional, and the first step toward your Pat Miller Trainer Certification. Small class sizes allow for one-on-one attention.

This academy is appropriate for training professionals and would-be training professionals, as well as dedicated shelter and rescue volunteers, and dog owners who are seeking a higher, more scientific level of skill and understanding when working with their dogs. This is essentially a college level course exploring behavior science and the hands-on application of force-free dog training methods. You are expected to read several books in advance of the course and be prepared to discuss and be tested on the concepts therein. You will be assigned to work with a shelter dog who has had little-to-no training prior to coming to Peaceable Paws. It is not for the faint of heart, but you will leave with a solid foundation of behavior science as it applies to dog training and behavior, and a deeper understanding of how your dog thinks and learns.

Graduates come away with a thorough understanding of the basics of how dogs think and learn, as well as hands on experience training a shelter dog. Expand your knowledge of canine behavior; improve your training skills; discuss the challenges and gratifications of the training and behavior profession; develop relationships with peers to add to your trainer network.

What You Get:

Certificate of Completion

Online access to Peaceable Paws trainer network (more than 300 trainer/graduates of the Academy

Body of knowledge useful for your CPDT exams

CPDT CEUs available

Opportunity to become a Peaceable Paws Affiliate (dependent on grades)

Eligibility to attend additional academies and to become a PMCT and PMCT-2 and/or 3

Your Instructor:
Pat Miller, CPDT-KA, CDBC, is owner of Peaceable Paws, Director of the Peaceable Paws Academies, and an internationally acclaimed trainer and seminar speaker, training editor for the Whole Dog Journal, and award-winning author of five books on dog training and behavior. She launched Peaceable Paws in Monterey, California in 1996 and has been at the Maryland 80-acre campus since 2004.

Peaceable Paws Academy Ethics Statement

At our Pat Miller/Peaceable Paws Academies we are committed to upholding the highest standards of ethical conduct in our training practices. Our Code of Ethical Conduct serves as a guiding principle for all trainers and participants, ensuring that every interaction is rooted in respect, compassion, agency and positive reinforcement. Our foundational principles are no fear, no pain, and no intimidation. We believe in nurturing strong bonds between humans and animals through trust, encouragement, and empathy. By adhering to these principles, we strive to create a safe, supportive, and enriching environment where both learners and trainers can thrive.

Additional information

Dates April 15, 2024 to April 20, 2024, July 8, 2024 to July 13, 2024, September 9, 2024 to September 14, 2024