Our dog training programs, and day school curriculums, have been developed by an elite CBCC-KA accredited trainer - one of the first four in Canada to achieve this high standard of training education, and currently one of only 161 trainers in this category worldwide.
At dogma, we focus on positive and supportive training practices, because they are highly effective, and get quick and measurable results.
We know exactly what a dog needs to be successful, which is why we have strict dog to caregiver/trainer ratios in our dog daycare and dog training classes. This ensures every dog in our care gets the time and attention they deserve.
We also go way beyond what’s usually included in the average dog daycare facility. At dogma, the dogs in our care attend day school, going through a variety of subjects each day, to improve their skills. At the end of the day, you get to go home with a dog that has better basic obedience skills, and better manners.
At dogma, you and your dog benefit from immediate and quantifiable success when you attend one of our training programs, or bring your dog to our day school classes. We have two convenient locations to serve you.
Helping your dog become successful in our human world is our ultimate goal here at
dogma. Our certified trainers, and trained team members, provide a loving and positive
environment for your best friend. Feel free to read more about any of our team members
Born and raised in Calgary, Natasha has always been an animal lover and grew up with cats and dogs her whole life. She always knew she wanted to work with animals but didn’t know in what capacity, enjoying dog walking and pet sitting as a part-time job here and there. As an adult, her and her boyfriend had their first “furbaby” Revy, a Maremma x Shepherd mix, and Rosa, a short-haired tabby cat. After researching dog classes all over Calgary, Natasha discovered Dogma’s puppy socialization classes and fell in love with their values, their program, and their people. She is now working toward her DCBC certification as a day school attendant and loves the opportunity to continue learning about dog behaviour and their bonds with humans. Revy still takes her dog classes very seriously and is well on her way to becoming a Dogma certified Urban K9!
Alyshia has loved animals all of her life and got involved with dog training at the age of 14 when she started to do agility training with her sheltie Akira. Akira and Alyshia have earned many titles together in the sports of agility and rally obedience. Alyshia enjoyed dog training so much that she enrolled in dogma’s apprenticeship program to become a certified trainer and later became an employee at dogma! Alyshia loves working with day school dogs and teaching group classes. She really enjoys seeing all the progress that both the dogs and their people make!
Elizabeth grew up rescuing elderly cats and was raised with an avid passion for animal welfare.
Her current sidekick is an adorable Australian Cattle dog, named Zeus who was adopted from her local shelter. After graduating from University with an Anthropology degree which focused on human and animal relationships across cultures, she knew she needed to find an occupation which continued to allow her to follow this passion. Elizabeth is excited to grow with Dogma and is currently working towards her DCBC certification.
Melanie grew up with both cats and dogs in her household and eventually adopted her own two dogs, Apollo and Jinx. With a lack of understanding on how to train the two pups, and wanting to know more about their behaviour, she searched for some kind of course to help her. She had found dogma’s apprenticeship program, which led her on an amazing journey where she received her DCBC designation! Melanie loves working with the dogs in the day school each day and enjoys teaching group classes to help families build a strong relationship with their dogs.
Megan Stanley became one of the first four trainers in Canada to earn the Certified Behavior Consultant Canine, Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA). It’s her passion, guidance, and on-going education that keeps dogma at the top of the game, using only humane training practices and the latest scientific knowledge. Megan was nominated for the Alberta Women’s Entrepreneur 2015 Celebration of Achievement Award, and is the Vice Chair for the Board of Directors of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers.
Chair, Association for Professional Dog Trainers (APDT)
Hailee is an avid animal lover with a passion for working with dogs. Teaching classes is a complete joy for her. Hailee’s goal as a classroom instructor is to help all her students gain the foundation needed to have a long and happy life with their pets. She shares her home with her wiener dog Turbo and her cat Sheldon. Sheldon is leash trained so he goes out on walks to explore the world with his brother and comes to dogma to help us with training and classes.
Kristina grew up on a farm, spending her days playing with a variety of pets, farm animals and various rescued wildlife but it was a rambunctious puppy,Chica, that lead her to dogma. After taking the class she was hooked. She obtained her DCBCE designation, CPDT-KA, and her CPDT-KSA. She shares her home with her dog Chica and her four cats Mico, Hefner , Lynx and Cheeto.
Rachelle has lived in Calgary since she was 10 years old. She has always had a special love for dogs, and she is grateful for the human-canine bond. After struggling to find the right career path she now gets to work with dogs every day, which is a dream come true. She hopes to learn as much as she can about dog behaviour and training through Dogma with the goal of becoming a trainer.
Adria was born and raised in Calgary, and has been surrounded by dogs her whole life. Adria graduated from university with a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences, majoring in zoology. She has enjoyed working at dogma, she has completed dogma’s Apprenticeship Program and is now working as one of our group class trainers and is a Lead in the day school. She loves coming to day school to cuddle and play with all the furry friends!
Megan has grown up with dogs her whole life, and has loved being around them for as long as she can remember. She has worked in the dog daycare world for over ten years, and still loves it. Her main passion in life is helping dogs, and to further that desire she will continue her education on dogs and their behaviours. Megan has three beautiful rescue dogs, and she is proud to be a member of the dogma team.
Lynn came to dog training after adopting her first rescue dog Cody, who was extremely reactive. In order to better help him, she completed a two year program in Ottawa at a dog training school. She is passionate about training and hopes to eventually get her CPDT-KA. She loves practicing agility with Cody (although they don’t compete due to his fears around crowds), and scent training with her other dog Buffy. Lynn is a lover of the outdoors and passionate about including dogs in her pursuits.
Kris completed dogma’s Dog Trainer Apprenticeship Program, and was one of our first students to fast-track the program and graduate with honours! He credits many positive changes in his life to his two pitbulls, Duke and Mya, which includes marrying dogma’s owner, Megan. They are both great advocates for the bully breed, and use Duke to help many fearful/reactive dogs overcome their challenges. Kris works primarily in our Reactive urbanK9 classes and quickly becomes each dog’s favourite person.
Ashley grew up just south of Okotoks on an acreage, and has always had a passion for animals. When she entered into the Primate Behaviour program at the U of C, she knew a career with animals was her calling. She is has also completed the Apprenticeship Program and is now working as a trainer.
Shelley has had a huge passion for animals since she can remember. After graduating from college and starting her own business in equine therapy, She realized she had strayed away from her primary passion- working with dogs. She successfully completed the dogma Apprenticeship Program and achieved her goal of receiving her CPDT-KA designation. Shelley is particularly interested in working with reactive dogs and further understanding canine behaviour through continuing education.
Fear Free Certified Professional
Melinda grew up on a farm with many animals, including dogs, horses, cats, bunnies, birds and even a pet skunk! She brought her dog, Ben, to dogma for training because she fell in love with dogma’s philosophies, and became there she enamoured with it all. She obtained her DCBC designation and plans to achieve her CPDT-KA designation. She is excited to help dogs and dog owners grow their relationships into a very special bond.
Deanne grew up on Vancouver Island in BC, and moved to Calgary with her partner Evan in 2016. She was raised with a love and curiosity about all animals, but has always felt a special bond with dogs. She worked in many different industries in Victoria, and has always wanted to work with animals. When she moved to Calgary, she started working as a dog walker, and loved every minute of it. She wanted to continue learning about dogs and dog behaviour, and hopes to one day become a trainer. She is very proud to have joined the team at dogma and started her career working to improve the lives of dogs.