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Welcome to Naughty Boyz Dog Training!

Govind Pillai (CPDT-KA, DBTMc) is the Founder, Co-Owner, and one of the Certified Professional Dog Trainers at NBDT.


He began his training in 2012 with the Edmonton Humane Society where he completed a Dog Behaviour and Training Methodology certification as well as worked as an Assistant Canine Behavourist rehabilitating dogs before they were ready to be re-homed. He also facilitated a variety of group training curriculum ranging from puppy basics and basic/intermediate/advanced manners, to dog reactivity and fearful canines rehabilitation and everything in between. After over 1000 qualified hours of training, he successfully passed his exams to become a Certified Professional Dog Trainer with the CCPDT and has never looked back. During this time he also earned a Degree in Business as well as a designation as a CPA, CMA.


Govind is the former Instructor for the Dog Behaviour and Training Methodology Program at the Edmonton Humane Society and continues to work with students today. He is a regular CBC News contributor promoting positive reinforcement to the Edmonton community and also served as an Adjudicator for the Lifeline Companion Paws Dog Therapy program.


Since beginning his work with dogs, he has worked with hundreds of families and continues to serve dogs and humans across Canada with the very best team he could ever have hoped for! Govind is also a certified Yoga & Meditation teacher and loves to bring inward reflection and calm to his sessions when he is not rolling on the floor with your pooch!! Today, there is no challenge too big or too small for him and his team and he is thrilled to share what he has learned.

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Govind Pillai (he/him), CPDT-KA, DBTMc
Co-Owner & Certified Professional Dog Trainer 
Left: Adicus Pillai, Chief of Mischievousness
Right: Supernova Pillai, Chief of Cuddles Creation  

Liz Flaming is a Co-Owner of and a Certified Professional Dog Trainer with Naughty Boyz. She earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters of Public Health before turning her sights to all things dog!


She began her training in 2018 with a year-long K9 Misfits mentoring program, while supporting recently-rescued dogs as a volunteer member of Hart’s Behaviour Team. In this role, she supported both foster dogs and foster parents with concerns such as reactivity, basic cues, resource guarding, etc. As a foster home and dog sitter herself, she has hosted a wide range of doggy guests in her home.


Liz has taught multiple group classes, including puppy basics, puppy socialization, and basic manners. Liz is a regular CBC News contributor promoting positive reinforcement to the Edmonton community and she supports Lifeline Companion Paws, Dog Therapy program through working with doggy guardians across Canada help their dog prepare for certification.


She loves working with dogs and their families in private settings to address a range of concerns(reactivity, socialization, resource guarding, impulse control, fears, basic cues, etc.), and believes that dog training should enhance your relationship with your pooch and be fun for humans and canines alike!

Liz Flaming (she/her), CPDT-KA, CBTMG, BA, MPH
Co-Owner & Certified Dog Trainer
Left: Fritz Flaming, Chief of "I'm Da Boss".
Right: Gary Flaming, Chief of Puppy Eye Sciences
Not pictured: Izzy Flaming, Chief of Dirt & Mud 

My name is Vicky and I am so excited to meet you and your fur babies!


I take a force-free approach to training, strengthening the bond between you and your pup and celebrating all the successes you will experience along the way!


I have loved working with animals for as long as I can remember, from parrots to pigs and everything in between! I began my path to dog training in 2011 when I started volunteering for HART with a special needs dog, then further enhancing my skills on the behaviour team. I really fell in love with dog training when we foster-failed our beautiful dog Lexi, who had her share of needs that required extra support (luckily our other dog TNO was already perfect!)


Since then, I have worked at Glenpark Pet Hotel as their general manager and trainer, gaining experience in a wide range of behavioural challenges and learning how to best support dogs and their humans along the path to training success.


I am so excited to be a part of the Naughty Boyz Dog Training Team and I can't wait to show you how engaging and fun training can be!  

Vicky Brannan (she/her), CDT, BA, B.Ed.
Certified Dog Trainer
Left: Lexi Brannan, Chief of Zoomies
Right: TNO Brannan, Chief of Playtime Safety
Tara Ferguson (she/her), CBGTMG
Certified Dog Trainer
Left: Bailey Ferguson, Chief of Chillaxin'
Right: Mika Ferguson, Chief of Guarding
Tara Ferguson (she/her), CBGTMG
Certified Dog Trainer
Right: Boomer Ferguson,
Chief of Stealing Hearts

Tara has always had a compassion for animals, bringing home stray or injured animals to nurse them back to health for as long as she can remember. Her passion to learn more about dog behaviour began in 2009 after her and her Labrador cross “Boomer” volunteered for the Canadian Search Dog Association. After hundreds of training hours both on and off the field, Tara and Boomer were tested by members of the RCMP K9 unit certifying for 6 different search profiles.

Working this closely with your dog builds a very unique and trusting bond. You learn to develop a keen eye reading your dog's body language as the slightest change will indicate they have a scent, and even the source of the scent (eg animal vs human). The CSDA’S motto is “Fide Canem”, Latin for "Trust Your Dog" and it proved to be so true.

In March of 2016, Tara enrolled in a year long mentoring program at K9Misfits, graduating with honours in Canine Behaviour and Training Methodology. Since then Tara has been an active trainer working with behaviour dogs in rescue care, private 1-on-1 sessions, and teaching group classes such as puppy basics, manners, leash reactivity, shaping & tricks, scent for fun, Rally-O and agility.


Tara is thrilled to be part of the Naughty Boyz Dog Training Teamily and is looking forward to helping clients achieve a bond with their dog, always striving to keep it fun and informative.


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