Animal shamans are rare individuals who are able to communicate and often command animals mentally. This is a difficult skill to learn and to teach. do take apprentices, but
Animal shamans do take apprentices, but usually they are contracted for years. Some animal shamans do indeed teach the art of communicating with animals—usually a shaman develops an empathy with one specific sort of animal—but other shamans exploit their apprentices and never teach them the art, either because their apprentice proves incapable of communicating with the animals or because they never intended to teach their apprentice the skill, instead utilizing them as a servant to clean pens and cages.