The most comprehensive dog trainer program available

No where else can you find the range of knowledge and hands-on experience to prepare you to become a professional dog trainer. Complete the program within your schedule and budget. Payment plans available.
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Dogma proudly offered the first of its kind full dog training apprenticeship program in Canada in 2009. Since then, there have been over 100 successful graduates of the program. These graduates finish our program with over 400 hours of theory and hands-on learning to make them the most reputable and sought-after certified trainers in Calgary. Graduates who earn their DCBC (dogma Certified Behaviour Consultant) designation have gone on to be recruited by many of Calgary’s large dog training schools or have created their own successful dog training businesses. Our program is committed to providing you with the most comprehensive skills to ensure you have the confidence and experience to succeed in this exciting career. This is proven through the success of our graduates. 

Our program has been updated and new material has been added. All theoretical learning is now available online to enable you to study at your own pace. We listened and will be offering both an online (TBA) and apprenticeship option for our program. We now offer a basic dogma Dog Trainer certification (DDT), with the option to do the full DCBC program which covers complex behaviour concerns such as fear and aggression. We are now accepting registration for our second intake until November 30, 2019.


extensive topics

Our DCBC program offers the most comprehensive range of subjects to provide your with extensive knowledge. Everything from puppies, basic obedience, teaching group classes, consulting skills, common behaviour problem solving, reactivity, fear and more!

practical experience

We provide the greatest number of hands-on hours for each topic. Work directly with our certified trainers in the day school, group classes and private training sessions. Gain over 200 hours of experience with puppies, basic training, and behaviour problem-solving .


The quality and success of graduates proves our commitment to helping you succeed. By joining our program, you get access to a full team of certified dog trainers dedicated to your success. Our one-on-one coaching is available to you through the duration of the program and beyond. 

Program Details

  • 18 years or older
  •  Access to a dog for training
  •  Physical capability to handle dogs of different sizes and activity levels
  • Agree to sign a Code of Ethics to commit to reward-based methods during your time as a student and as a graduate representing the DDT and/or DCBC designation.
  • Abide by requirements outlined in Student Handbook
  • Commit to obtaining their CPDT-KA within 2 years after graduating to maintain their DCBC designation

DDT Theory (over 50 hours):

  • Training Methods
  • Puppy Development
  • Canine Communication
  • Learning Theory
  • Basic Dog Training
  • Clicker Training
  • Behaviour Problem Solving
  • Dog Play
  • Shelter Dogs
  • Basic Grooming
  • Canine First Aid
  • Instructor’s Skills
  • Group Classes
  • Private Training
  • Compassion Fatigue

DCBC Theory (additional 50 hours):

  • Complex Behaviour Problem Solving
  • Fear
  • Reactivity
  • Anxiety
  • Aggression
  • Consulting Skills
  • Compassion Fatigue
  • Group Classes
  • Private Training
  • Safety

Practical Experience (over 200 hours):

  • Minimum 90 hours of group class observation/assistance for DDT, additional 50 for DCBC
  • Minimum 30 hours of hands on dog day school experience, additional 10 for DCBC
  • Minimum 30 hours of private training observation/assistance for DCBC
  • Successfully complete Foundations and Focus & Reliability with one dog.
  • Minimum 18 hours of co-teaching group dog classes
  • Opportunity to observe/assist in any of dogma’s service offerings (excluding DCBC exclusive options if you are just completing DDT)
  • Attend a 3-day workshop on Foundations & Off-Leash Play
  • Attend a 3-day workshop on Fear & Reactivity (DCBC only)

Additional Certifications (within DDT):

  • Pet First Aid Certificate
  • Handling Certificate

Additional Opportunities

  • Exclusive apprenticeship pricing on select dogma services
  • Unlimited access to dogma’s large library of dog behaviour training books & DVDs
  • Free or discounted attendance to any continuing education event hosted by dogma
  • Complete the Dog Daycare Attendant certification (program details announced shortly!) for only $250 + gst
  • Mentorship with a dogma certified trainer, unlimited email/phone support
  • 2 hours of mentorship with Megan Stanley (DCBC only)
  • Private Facebook group for students
  • Private Facebook group and network for graduates
  • Potential employment at dogma
  • Discounts on educational programs and other businesses' offerings exclusive to DCBC grads
  • Exclusive promotional opportunities through dogma and more!

Payment Plans

Our payment plans help fit any budget to ensure that you can start your dream today. Payments are automatically withdrawn monthly. GST will be added.

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