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 and learning is accessible 24/7 from anywhere in the world!

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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 are now offering our program online while still ensuring you gain the hands-on experience that sets our program apart. The  DCBC program which covers complex behaviour concerns such as fear and aggression, also includes the DDT (Dogma Dog Trainer) certification 

Enroll today! Training begins as soon as you sign up and you complete the program within your schedule. You have lifetime access to the materials.


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.

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:

  • Training Methods
  • Puppy Development
  • Canine Communication
  • Learning Theory
  • Basic Dog Training
  • Clicker Training
  • Behaviour Problem Solving
  • Dog Play
  • Basic Grooming
  • Canine First Aid
  • Instructor’s Skills
  • Group Classes
  • Private Training
  • Dogs 101
  • The Dog Training Industry

DCBC Theory:

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

Practical Experience::

  • Minimum of 60 hours of class observation.
  • Minimum 30 hours of private training observation.
  • Successfully complete 3 cases studies.
  • Monthly live workshops, webinars and mentor sessions.
  • Attend required workshops (fear, reactivity, private training, dog-dog assessments) offered throughout the year.
  • Log of 50 hours of training with dogs not living within or are new to your household that suffer from fear and/or reactivity.

Additional Certifications:

  • Pet First Aid Certificate
  • Handling Certificate
  • Dogma Dog Trainer (DDT)


  • Video submission of skills throughout program.
  • Completion of a written, verbal and virtual hands-on test.
  • Test preparation sessions
  • Access to our online community with other students, past grads and Dogma’s training team.
  • Opportunity for additional continuing education opportunities.
  • Discounted rates on select Dogma programs, seminars and/or workshops.
  • Internship opportunities available

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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Student Handbook

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