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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.

  • 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: Minimum 50 hours: Observe and help teach private, semi-private, and group sessions alongside Naughty Boyz trainers.

  • 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 communicate and work with dog guardians


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 humans and their pups and celebrating all the successes they experience along the way.


She 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 really fell in love with dog training when she foster-failed her beautiful dog Lexi, who had her share of needs that required extra support. 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 our relationship. It wasn't long before she realized she was a teacher at heart, applying her skills to both humans and dogs allowed both of her passions to come together.


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


She is now a Professional Certified Dog Trainer and resident technique innovator, always staying on the forefront of new techniques and applying her incredible creativity to support hundreds of dogs and their families.

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;

  • EARLY BIRD PRICING - ONE TIME PAYMENT: Register before December 15, 2022! $2500.00 plus GST (TOTAL of $2625.00) if paid in full before 11:59 PM on December 15, 2022. -

  • EARLY BIRD PRICING - PAYMENT PLAN: $2700.00 plus GST (TOTAL of $2835.00) if paid in installments over the course of the program

  • $500 non-refundable deposit due within 2 days of booking, and before 11:59 PM on December 15, 2022

  • $555.95 plus GST for a TOTAL OF $583.75 due before 6 PM on March 01, 2023

  • $555.95 plus GST for a TOTAL OF $583.75 due before 6 PM on April 01, 2023

  • $555.95 plus GST for a TOTAL OF $583.75 due before 6 PM on May 01, 2023

  • $555.95 plus GST for a TOTAL OF $583.75 due before 6 PM on June 01, 2023 -


  • FULL TUITION PRICING - ONE TIME PAYMENT: $2700.00 plus GST (TOTAL of $2835.00) if paid in full before March 1, 2023.

  • FULL TUITION PRICING - PAYMENT PLAN: $2900 plus GST (TOTAL of $3045.00) if paid in installments over the course of the program

  • $500 non-refundable deposit due within 2 days of booking $600.00 plus GST for a TOTAL OF $630.00 due before 6 PM on March 01, 2023

  • $600.00 plus GST for a TOTAL OF $630.00 due before 6 PM on April 01, 2023

  • $600.00 plus GST for a TOTAL OF $630.00 due before 6 PM on May 01, 2023

  • $600.00 plus GST for a TOTAL OF $630.00 due before 6 PM on June 01, 2023

If you would like to take advantage of our installment plan, your credit card information will be held on file, and automatic charges will be applied according to the payment schedule above, and you must complete a Credit Card Authorization form upon registering.

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.


Key dates:

Spring 2023 course start date: Sunday, March 5, 2023 from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm at Naughty Boyz Studio (5823 Gateway Blvd)


Class dates: Every Sunday for 20 weeks from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm from Sunday, March 5 to Sunday, July 16, inclusive.



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.

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