Naughty Boyz Dog Training (NBDT)

Certified Dog Trainer Program

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? 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) Teacher Training certification program provides an intensive education on dog behaviour and training methods. This program is open to anyone interested in a career with dogs, doggie parents who want to ensure they are being the best parents possible, and those who wish to expand their knowledge about dogs and dog behaviour.


Why should you choose NBDT Teacher Training?

  • A focus on fun, engaging, and highly effective training using 100% positive-reinforcement and evidence-based methods

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

  • Limited number of students accepted per session

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

  • NBDT is a fast-growing company with a strong reputation in the community – learn about the business side of dog training and how to develop your own business from a business professional

Program structure

  • Cohort-based program

  • Rolling admission multiple times per year

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

  • Three learning components:

    1. Theoretical: 36 hours (3-hour lectures twice a week running for 6 weeks). Live work with dogs will be a key component of all theoretical lecture sessions.

    2. Practical: The practical component includes three sections:

      • Observational shadowing private sessions at our NBDT Studio: Observe private and semi-private sessions conducted by all trainers with real guardians and their dogs. Minimum 15 hours (combined with hands-on shadowing)

      • Hands-on work with dogs at our NBDT studio: 24 hours. Students will work with dogs on basic/intermediate/advanced manners, reactivity, impulse control, socialization, jumping, excessive barking, fear, confidence budding, resource guarding, tricks and more

      • Hands-on shadowing: Observe and help to teach private and semi-private sessions conducted by all trainers with real guardians and their dogs. Minimum 15 hours (combined with observational shadowing)

    3. Examination: written, oral, and practical

What you will learn

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

  • How to work with a variety of behavioral concerns (reactivity, resource guarding, separation anxiety, etc.)

  • Advanced skills (shaping, etc.)

  • Trick training

  • How to conduct private sessions

  • Teaching group classes

  • Curriculum developments

  • Tips on starting your own business

  • Best practice for communication with clients

About the instructors

Govind Pillai (CPDT-KA, DBTMc) is a co-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 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! 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 (CBTMG, MPH, BA) is a Certified Dog Trainer and co-owner with NBDT. 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!


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, a training pouch, and access to the facilities upon approval. Payment can be made via e-transfer to


A $500 non-refundable deposit is required to confirm and hold your place in the program and full payment can be made any time prior to the beginning of the first class. 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.

a) One-time payment due prior to course beginning: $2000 plus GST for a total of $2100.
b) Four payments (first due prior to course beginning and monthly thereafter): $577.50


Key dates

Summer 2021 course start date: Monday, July 12, 2021 at 6:00pm at Naughty Boyz Studio (5809 Gateway Blvd).

Theoretical lecture dates: Every Monday and Thursday for 6 weeks from 6:00 – 9:00pm
Week 1: July 12, July 15
Week 2: July 19, July 22
Week 3: July 26, July 29
Week 4: August 2, August 5
Week 5: August 9, August 12
Week 6: August 16, August 19


Practical Component- Observational Shadowing: August 19 - September 17, 2021

Watch the theory be put into practice as you get the chance to shadow private, semi-private lessons, and puppy socials. This is the time to soak it all in and watch multiple different trainers work with families and their dogs! 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.

Week 1: Saturday, September 18 from 3:00 - 7:30pm
Week 2: Saturday, September 25 from 3:00 - 7:30pm
Week 3: Saturday, October 2 from 3:00 - 7:30pm
Week 4: Saturday, October 9 from 3:00 - 7:30pm
Week 5: Saturday, October 16 from 3:00 - 7:30pm
Week 6: Saturday, October 23 from 3:00 - 7:30pm


Practical Component- Hands-on shadowing
Minimum 15 hours combined with observational shadowing – no maximum. Each private consultation is one hour in length and therefore a minimum of 15 private consultations will be required from a variety of trainers. If at the end of 15 sessions the student wishes to continue to participate in private consultation shadowing, there will be no maximum allowing the student to shadow for as long as needed until they feel confident and prepared. 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.