Welcome to Naughty Boyz Dog Training!
Govind Pillai (CPDT-KA, DBTMc) is the Founder, Co-Owner and Certified Professional Dog Trainer 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. 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 dancing with your kids (two and four legged)!! 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.
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 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),
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
My name is Vicky and I am so excited to meet you and your
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 Fanous (she/her), BA, B.Ed., Dog Trainer
Left: Lexi Fanous, Chief of Zoomies
Right: TNO Fanous, Chief of Playtime Safety
My name is Melanie Walls and I am proud to be part of the team at Naughty Boyz Dog Training! I am the Administrator who helps out with scheduling and contacting all of YOU amazing humans and doggos!
I’ve been a fur-baby parent for most of my adult life and wouldn’t think of having it any other way! Dogs are a huge part of my life and family. I feel it’s very important to have an AMAZING relationship with your dogs so we can have incredible lives together! The training we offer at NBDT helps makes this possible!
I’m excited to begin the Teacher Training with Govind and Liz in the summer of 2020 and am beyond thrilled to be able to soon help with your queries that ask for some advice, too!
In my life, I’ve been a computer programmer, a registrar, a yoga teacher, a parent, a home-schooling mother and Office Manager! Health and Wellness is a HUGE part of my life and I bring that into all areas of my life including communicating with y’all. I can’t wait to hear from you and to start an amazing relationship with you and your furry cutie pies!
PS you can call me Mel :)