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 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) Teacher Training certification program provides an intensive education on dog behavior 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 parents possible, and those who wish to expand their knowledge about dogs and dog behavior. 


Covid information: NBDT has opted into the Restriction Exemption Program and requires all individuals entering our studio to provide either proof of vaccination via QR code or a negative rapid test performed within the previous 72 hours. All individuals are required to mask and socially distance at all times. 


Why should you choose NBDT Teacher Training? 

  • 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 variety of behaviours on a wide variety of dogs 

  • Practice your teaching skills as you work with real dog guardians and their 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 


Program structure:

  • Cohort-based program 

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

  • Three learning components: 

    • 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.

    • 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) 

    • Examination: written, oral, and practical 


What will you 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.) 

  • How to conduct private sessions vs. group classes 

  • Curriculum development 

  • Best practice for communication with clients 


About the instructors:


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 a Certified Professional Dog Trainer and 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 with a year-long educational program with K9 Misfits, while supporting recently-rescued dogs as a volunteer 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 taught numerous group classes, worked with hundreds of families privately, and is a regular CBC News contributor promoting positive reinforcement to the Edmonton community.


She earned her Certified Professional Dog Trainer with the CCPDT and is passionate about increasing regulation and transparency within the dog training industry. She loves working with dogs and their families to address a range of concerns (reactivity, socialization, resource guarding, fears, basic cues, etc.), and believes that dog training should enhance your relationship with your pooch and be fun for humans and canines alike. When we support our pups to be confident, happy members of the human world, while embracing their wonderful doggy-ness, our relationship with our dogs can be stronger than ever.



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 


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 March 25, 2022. $2700.00 plus GST (TOTAL of $2835.00) if paid in installments 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 installment 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 March 25, 2022

  • $555.95 plus GST for a TOTAL OF $583.75 due before 6 PM on April 25, 2022

  • $555.95 plus GST for a TOTAL OF $583.75 due before 6 PM on May 25, 2022

  • $555.95 plus GST for a TOTAL OF $583.75 due before 6 PM on June 25, 2022



Key dates:

Spring 2022 course start date: Sunday, March 27, 2022, at 6:00 pm at Naughty Boyz Studio (5809 Gateway Blvd) 


Theoretical lecture dates:

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

  1. Sunday, March 27, Wednesday, March 30 

  2. Sunday, April 03, Wednesday, April 06 

  3. Sunday, April 10, Wednesday, April 13 

  4. Wednesday, April 20 

  5. Sunday, April 24, Wednesday, April 27 

  6. Sunday, May 01, Wednesday, May 04 

  7. Sunday, May 08 (In lieu of Easter, Sunday, April 17) 


Practical Component: Observational Shadowing:

May 09 to June 17, 2022 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.

  1. Saturday, June 18 from 3:00 - 7:30pm 

  2. Saturday, June 25 from 3:00 - 7:30pm 

  3. Saturday, July 02 from 3:00 - 7:30pm 

  4. Saturday, July 09 from 3:00 - 7:30pm 

  5. Saturday, July 16 from 3:00 - 7:30pm 

  6. Saturday, July 23 from 3:00 - 7:30pm

Practical Component: Hands on shadowing - once practical component has been completed

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.

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