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The spring 2023 cohort is full! Please check back in November for our 2024 NBDT Certified Dog Trainer dates!

Naughty Boyz Dog Training
Certified Dog Trainer Academy

Edmonton's Gold Standard Certified Dog Trainer Academy

Interested in a career working with dogs?

Want to be the best possible paw-rent for your pooch? Love to nerd out on everything dog and dog behaviour related? Want to get hands-on with more dogs than you can imagine? Then we have the program for you!

The Naughty Boyz Dog Training (NBDT) Dog Trainer Academy program provides an intensive education on dog behaviour and training methods and is open to anyone interested in a career with dogs, doggie parents who want to ensure they are being the best guardians possible, and those who wish to expand their knowledge about dogs and dog behaviour.

Graduates of the course will earn a designation as a Certified Dog Trainer.

Why choose the NBDT
Dog Trainer Academy?

Focus on fun, engaging and highly effective training using 100% force-free & evidence-based methods

Extensive hands-on opportunities to work with dog guardians and their dogs

Over 70% of graduates have been employed as dog trainers post-certification

15 +

Learn from a team of professional dog trainers with 15+ years of experience


Limited number of students accepted per session

Practice teaching skills through work with dog guardians and their dogs

Assists in preparing students to write the
CCPDT-KA examination

Program structure:

  • Cohort based program (6-8 students)

  • Most students complete the program in one year although completion time can vary depending on how fast students complete requirements

  • Two learning components:

    • Theory + hands-on work: 60 hours total​

      • In order to maximize learning and application, our theory and hands-on work is combined to allow you to put theory into practice right away.​

    • Shadowing: 50 hours (minimum)

      • Observe and help teach private, semi-private, and group sessions alongside Naughty Boyz trainers.​

  • Examination is offered twice a year and is available to students once all three program components have been completed. The exam consists of a written, a practical, and a session simulation component.

What will you learn?

  • Learning theory and how to apply it to canine learners

  • Deep understanding of dogs - evolution, senses, developmental stages, body language, and more!

  • Evidence behind force-free and positive reinforcement training and why we do what we do!

  • How to teach basic/intermediate/advanced manners (obedience)

  • An introduction to behavioural concerns (reactivity, resource guarding, separation anxiety, etc.)

  • Advanced skills (shaping, agility, etc.)

  • How to conduct private sessions vs. group classes

  • Curriculum development

  • How to communicate and work with dog guardians

About the instructors

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Vicky Brannan


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Liz Flaming


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Govind Pillai


Program requirements

  • 18 years of age

  • Must be ready to be covered in fur and slobbery kisses

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