Naughty Boyz Dog Training (NBDT)
Certified Dog Trainer Academy

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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 behavior 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 behavior.


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


Why should you choose NBDT Dog Trainer Academy? 

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

  • A focus on fun, engaging, and highly effective training using 100% force-free and

  • evidence-based methods

  • Extensive hands-on opportunities to work with a wide variety of dogs

  • Practice teaching skills through work with dog guardians and their dogs

  • Limited number of students accepted per session

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

  • The course will assist in preparing students to write the CCPDT-KA (Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers) 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.

  • Three learning components: these components may be combined to enhance learning
    e.g., theory and hands-on work in the same day

    • Theoretical: 36 hours -3-hour lectures twice a week running for 6 weeks.

    • Practical: Hands-on work with dogs and their guardians at our NBDT studio: 24 hours.
      Students will work with dogs on basic/intermediate/advanced manners, socialization, jumping, excessive barking, confidence building, agility, tricks and more! They will also practice both private session and group class teaching skills.

    • Shadowing: Minimum 50 hours: Observe and help teach private, semi-private, and group sessions conducted by all trainers with real guardians and their dogs.

  • Examination: 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 behavioral concerns (reactivity, resource guarding, separation anxiety, etc.)

  • Advanced skills (shaping, agility, etc.)

  • How to conduct private sessions vs. group classes

  • Curriculum development

  • How to teach doggy families!


About the instructors:


Vicky Brannan (CPDT-KA, CDT, BA, B.Ed.) takes 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!


She has degrees in both Psychology and Education and although she started her career as an elementary school teacher, she loves working with animals from parrots to pigs and everything in between!


Vicky began her path to dog training in 2011 when she started volunteering for HART with a special needs dog, then further enhancing her skills on the behaviour team. She fell in love with dog training when she foster-failed her beautiful dog Lexi, who had her share of needs that required extra support (luckily her other dog TNO was already perfect!). Although she has always been an advocate, she was able to personally experience the incredible impact of positive reinforcement training on Lexi's challenges and their relationship. It wasn't long before she realized she was still a teacher at heart, applying her skills to both humans and dogs allowed both of her passions to come together.


Since then, she had 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. She absolutely LOVES working with all dogs but fear and reactivity are very near and dear to her heart and what she enjoys working with the most.


She is now a Professional Certified Dog Trainer and the Naughty Boyz Doggy DaySchool AND Puppy PlaySchool Lead Trainer!

Govind Pillai (CPDT-KA, DBTMc) is an owner, founder, 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 rehomed. 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! Today, there is no challenge too big or too small for him or his team and he is thrilled to share what he has learned.

Liz Flaming (CPDT-KA, CBTMG, MPH) is an owner and Certified Professional Dog Trainer at NBDT. She began her training with the K9 Misfits Mentorship Program while supporting recently-rescued dogs and their foster parents as a member of Hart’s Behaviour Team. As a foster home and dog sitter herself, she has hosted a wide range of doggy guests in her home.


Liz has worked with hundreds of families, is a regular CBC News contributor promoting positive reinforcement to the Edmonton community, and previously worked as a trainer for the Lifeline Companion Paws Dog Therapy Program. She earned her Certified Professional Dog Trainer certification with the CCPDT and is passionate about staying on the fore-front of new developments in the force-free dog training industry - a true dog nerd!


She loves working with dogs and their families to address a range of concerns and believes that dog training should enhance your relationship with your pooch and be fun for humans and canines alike. If she’s not at the NBDT studio, you can probably find her hanging with her own pups, trying desperately to keep her houseplants alive, or binge-watching trashy TV.



Program requirements:

  • 18 years of age 

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



Tuition fees:

The tuition fees include a clicker and access to the facilities upon approval. Payment can be made via e-transfer to


The total tuition for the Teacher Training Program is;

  • $2500.00 plus GST (TOTAL of $2625.00) if paid in full before 11:59 PM on September 1, 2022.

  • $2700.00 plus GST (TOTAL of $2835.00) if paid in instalments over the course of the program


Enrollment is on a first-come first-served basis with limited spaces available. A $500 non-refundable deposit is required within 2 days of registering to confirm and hold your place in the program regardless of whether you will be paying in full or utilizing our payment plan, and the deposit amount will be deducted from the total price before GST.


If a student begins the course and wishes to withdraw, refunds on the remaining portion of the tuition fee are available for one week after the course begins. If you would like to take advantage of our instalment plan, your credit card information will be held on file, and automatic charges will be applied according to the following payment schedule:

  • $500 deposit due within 2 days of booking

  • $555.95 plus GST for a TOTAL OF $583.75 due before 6 PM on September 1, 2022

  • $555.95 plus GST for a TOTAL OF $583.75 due before 6 PM on October 1, 2022

  • $555.95 plus GST for a TOTAL OF $583.75 due before 6 PM on November 1, 2022

  • $555.95 plus GST for a TOTAL OF $583.75 due before 6 PM on December 1, 2022



Key dates:

Fall 2022 course start date: Sunday, September 4, 2022 at 6:00pm at Naughty Boyz Studio (5809 Gateway Blvd)


Theoretical lecture dates: Every Sunday and Wednesday for 6 weeks from 6:00 – 9:00pm

  1. Sunday September 04, Wednesday, September 07

  2. Sunday September 11, Wednesday, September 14

  3. Sunday September 18, Wednesday, September 21

  4. Sunday September 25, Wednesday, September 28

  5. Sunday October 02, Wednesday, October 05

  6. Sunday October 09, Wednesday, October 12


Every Saturday for 6 weeks from 3:00 - 7:30pm. During these sessions we will be participating in extensive hands-on experience with dogs and developing both our private and group teaching skill sets.

Practical Component: Hands-on work 

Every Saturday for 6 weeks. During these sessions, we will be participating in extensive hands-on experience with dogs and developing both our private and group teaching skill sets.

  1. Saturday, October 29

  2. Saturday, November 05

  3. Saturday, November 12

  4. Saturday, November 19

  5. Saturday, November 26

  6. Saturday, December 03

Practical Component: Shadowing

Shadowing schedules are decided on by each student in conjunction with Darcie. Shadowing will begin several weeks into the program and will be discussed in class.

This is an opportunity to be able to practice both your training skills and communication skills under the eye of a trainer. Depending on your goals/development, each trainer may ask you to contribute in different ways in each session. Student involvement is always up to the discretion of the trainer.