Be a Shadow Student!
As a Shadow Student you get to spend an entire week with Ralf, participate in all client cases, with all board and train dogs and talk about dogs and dog training all week. You will learn training principles, learning theory, canine psychology, training methods, tools and techniques, canine health, business skills and so much more. There is no set curriculum, as it varies weekly based on client cases.
We will work with about 15-20 dogs during your week with me and will have plenty of time to talk while we are driving between clients, while we're working with board and train dogs, during breaks, after each session and at the end of each day.
Each Shadow Student week is 5 days long, lasts from Monday through Friday, and includes a minimum of 8 hours a day (usually longer). Some client visits start at 8 am and we will have to leave by 7 am; some visits are after 7 pm. You will also get to participate in our weekly Doggy Social Club, and advanced dog socialization; these are in the evening. Should you come during a week we run a group class or do a podcast, you get to participate in those as well.
Depending on availability, I will offer my guest room and guest bath for $300 per week; which is much cheapter than the hotels around here. This is optional and won't always be available.
Shadow Student weeks will be limited 4 to 6 times a year.
You will be required to sign a release of liability waiver on your first day. You will also be required to sign a confidentiality agreement that pertains to me personally, my clients and our lives and homes. The confidentiality agreement will NOT pertain to any dog-related skills, methods or knowledge you gain during the shadow week because that would be ridiculous.
Shadow Student weeks are $1000/per week and must be pre-paid in full to reserve one of the limited spots. Booked Shadow Student reservations are non-refundable, but depending on availability, may be able to be rescheduled in case of emergencies.
Shadow Student Program Review: Sara White