Liz Flaming (she/her), CPDT-KA, CDT, 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: Hawk, Chief of Food Swiping
Liz Flaming (CPDT-KA, CDT) is a Co-Owner of and one of the 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, and resource guarding. 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, from puppy basics to leash reactivity and everything in between. Liz is a regular CBC News contributor promoting positive reinforcement to the Edmonton community and has supported the Lifeline Companion Paws Dog Therapy program through work with doggy guardians across Canada. She currently co-teaches aspiring dog trainers in the Naughty Boyz Teacher Training Academy and loves nerding out with students!
She loves working with dogs and their families in private settings to address a range of concerns (reactivity, socialization, resource guarding, confidence building, and more!), and believes that dog training should enhance your relationship with your pooch and be fun for humans and canines alike. When we support our dogs to be their happiest, most confident selves, magic can happen!
My name is Vicky and I am so excited to meet you and your fur babies!
I take a force-free, strength-based approach to training, focusing on the relationship between you and your pup and celebrating all the successes you will experience along the way!
I have degrees in both Psychology and Education and although I started my career as an elementary school teacher, 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!). Although I have always been an advocate, I was able to personally experience the incredible impact of positive reinforcement training on Lexi's challenges and our relationship. It wasn't long before I realized I was still a teacher at heart, applying my skills to both humans and dogs allowed both of my passions to come together.
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 absolutely LOVE working with all dogs but fear and reactivity are very near and dear to my heart and what I enjoy working with the most.
I am now a Professional Certified Dog Trainer and the Naughty Boyz Doggy DaySchool AND Puppy PlaySchool Lead Trainer! 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 positive reinforcement training can be!
Vicky Brannan (she/her), CPDT-KA, CDT, BA, B.Ed.
Certified Dog Trainer
Left: Lexi Brannan, Chief of Zoomies
Right: TNO Brannan, Chief of Playtime Safety
Barb is guardian of two lovely dogs – Ziggy the Border Collie cross rescue and Magnum the Norwegian Elkhound. She has cared for dogs her entire life, as well as horses, cows, chickens, piglet runts (they can be trained to walk calmly on leash!), and many orphaned animals.
Barb volunteered for years with the Wildlife Rehab Society of Saskatchewan before relocating to Edmonton. She captured, transported and cared for orphaned and injured wildlife. The experience of dealing with panicked and fearful animals developed Barb’s sense of calm and confidence.
Several years ago Barb contacted Naughty Boyz Dog Training to assist with a newly adopted pup (Ziggy). The positive reinforcement environment produced instant results in her dog and piqued her interest in force-free training. She enrolled in the NBDT Certified Dog Training Program and has been completely immersed in puppies and drool ever since! Barb’s practice includes puppy socialization, real world basic manners, semi-private classes, teen socials and doggie day school.
Barb’s goal is to improve the relationship between guardians and their dogs using methods that are fun and rewarding for everyone. She is excited to be a part of the NBDT team and to have the opportunity to teach positive reinforcement techniques that will build trust with your dog and create a bond that will last a lifetime
Barb Doran (she/her), CDT
Certified Dog Trainer
Govind Pillai (CPDT-KA, CDT) 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.