Shadow Student


Be a Shadow Student!

As a Shadow Student, you get to spend an entire week with Ralf. You will participate in all client cases and with all board and train dogs. We will talk about dogs and dog training all week. You can learn about training principles and learning theory. Discuss the importance of genetics and evolutionary psychology. Review training methods, tools, and techniques. And discuss 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 a multitude of dogs during your week with me. There is plenty of time to talk while we are driving between clients or working with board and train dogs. In addition, there are plenty of breaks, after each session, and at the end of each day.

Each Shadow Student week is 5 days long and lasts from Monday through Friday. Days include a minimum of 8 hours, often longer. Some client visits start at 8 am and we will have to leave by 7 am.  Some visits are after 7 pm. If we are running a dog socialization, a group class, or record a podcast that week, you get to participate.

Administrative Points

Shadow students are welcome to bring one of their dogs along during shadow week. We can work on a specific challenge you are struggling with. Personal dogs can not attend client visits. We have several dog-friendly hotels close by. I recommend the Residence Inn by Marriott as it is closest.

Shadow Student weeks will be limited 2 to 3 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 $2000/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

Based out of Riverside County, Happy Dog Training offers a broad range of dog training and behavioral services. Our in-person and board and train services are available in Riverside County, Orange County, San Bernardino County, Los Angeles County, and San Diego County. In addition, Happy Dog Training offers coaching and virtual training services worldwide.
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