Learn from a World-elite dog trainer

Our owner, Megan Stanley, has achieved the highest level of accreditation possible in the dog training industry, with her CBCC-KA certificate. As one of the first four people in Canada to attain this unparalleled status, she has developed a training curriculum second to none, for people who want to become dog trainers, or advance their current base of dog training knowledge.

dogma Academy offers a full dog training apprenticeship program, designed for individuals who are serious about a career in dog training. Over a 12-month period, you receive the knowledge and skills required to safely manage and work with dogs, modify behavior, and teach your clients how to train their dogs, using the most positive, and effective training techniques. We are accepting applications until November 30, 2019 for our next session. Contact us today to learn how to get enrolled! Stay tuned for announcements on our online options that you can complete from anywhere in the world!

“I’m not sure what magic you folks are doing with Ruffian at daycare, but in the past 3 weeks since starting daycare, his behaviour at the park (with and without his ball) has improved dramatically. Not to mention his ‘drop’ command is actually working the majority of the time rather than just being a suggestion. Thank you!!!”

- Darlene with Ruffian

“Although Sully is still just a puppy and has his moments, he has come a long way with the help of all the trainers at dogma. He always comes home a tired and happy puppy from kinderPUPS. The trainers make a noticeable difference in encouraging good behaviours and addressing his not so good habits! Sully responds really well to the positive training techniques used by dogma. He is always beyond excited to see his favourite dogma trainers. dogma’s PUPS Socialization classes, kinderPUPS and urbanK9 have also been extremely helpful for me by teaching me how to enjoy and have confidence in my own dog, how to read other dogs, and how to appropriately discourage bad behaviours. Thank you for all of your hard work!!

- Amber with Sully

“…All of you do such an awesome job at Dogma. Some of the faces have changed since we first started coming to Dogma – but one thing has stayed the same: your love of the dogs and your commitment to making Dogma the absolute BEST daycare in Calgary. Buster will miss not being a regular at Dogma U, but like I say, I’ll make sure we visit a couple of times a month so he is not a complete stranger. And I will miss you. Dropping Buster off before work, and picking him up after has been a big part of my routine. You guys have made our days very special. Thank you so much.”

- Michael & Buster

“If anyone wonders if the KinderPups program is a good one, here’s a photo of my Enzo walking confidently on the grating at Westbrook Station. There’s a lot of it there & when the trains pass underground it echoes & there’s all sorts if noises. Enzo was exposed to grates, different textures & sounds at KinderPups daycare; and so he didn’t think twice about walking on the strange textures or hearing different sounds. My previous dog, I could never get him to try walking on grates, anywhere. Thanks, KinderPups”

- Jackie with Enzo

“I wanted to write a thank you note to both of you for all the suggestions and work you have done with Pax over the years. Most recently, you came over to help us with issues around Pax and my daughter Emma – we had worked hard on all the suggestions you gave and now that Emma is almost two and Pax is almost 12, I am happy to report that the two of them are best buddies. I could not ask for a better dog for Emma – he is unbelievably patient, loving, affectionate and gentle, they love to be together and will seek each other out often for attention and play.

We were told by family, breeders, friends and doctors to put Pax down as he was 10 and had “lived a good life” and the risk of potential aggression towards Emma was not worth any gain. They were wrong. Pax has never hurt Emma nor has he shown any aggression towards her and I am so happy we made the decision to work with you to find a solution for him and for us. He continues to be a loving family pet and a vital and important part of Emma’s young life.

Although he is now quite hard of hearing, with poor vision and incontinence, we are happy to have him in our lives and will continue to do our best for him in the remaining years he has here with us.

Thank you both for your expertise and support. We couldn’t have done it without you.


- The Geyer’s and Pax

“I just wanted to thank you so much for such an amazing program. Not only have I noticed such an improvement with Murphy but also with myself. I’ve already been in situations with him where I’m impressed with how confidently I handled it, compared to even a few months ago. I know Murphy (and me) still have a ways to go but I’m really happy we have made such great progress.”

- Courtney with Murphy

Are you a dog care professional wanting to learn more about canine behavior?

The dogma Academy offers a variety of courses on canine behavior and handling, for people wanting to gain skills to help them successfully work with dogs, in a safe and effective way. You will gain the knowledge and confidence necessary to be successful in any business catering to canines and dog services.

Accepting new students into the current intake until November 30, 2019!

  • Updated!
  • New material!
  • Learn at your own pace!
  • Still gain the comprehensive hands-on experience that’s helped to develop the most qualified dog trainers!

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 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. Online-only details will be announced in the coming month and we are now accepting registrations for our next session until November 30, 2019!

Now two program options available: dogma Dog Trainer (DDT) or dogma Certified Behaviour Consultant (DCBC)
Register for the DDT program!               Register for the DCBC program!


  •  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

What’s Included:

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

Register for the DDT program!  

DCBC Theory (additional 50 hours):

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

Register for the DCBC program!

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)


Dogma Dog Trainer Apprenticeship Program (DDT): $3200 + gst

  • includes access to online program, full curriculum and mentorship with a dogma certified trainer for 6 months
  • program fees are non refundable
  • Option to complete DCBC for only $2400 + gst within 2 years of registering for DDT.
  • Payment Plans available:
    • 2 Monthly payments of $1625 + gst
    • 3 Monthly payments of $1100 + gst 
    • 6 Monthly payments $550 + gst 

Register for the DDT program! 

Dogma Certified Behaviour Consultant Apprenticeship Program (DCBC): $5295 + gst

  • includes access to online program, full curriculum and mentorship with a dogma certified trainer for 12 months
  • program fees are non refundable
  • Payment Plans available:
    • 3 Monthly payments of $1775 + gst
    • 6 Monthly payments of $900 + gst
    • 12 Monthly payments of $465 + gst

Register for the DCBC program!

Please email hello@dogmaacademy.com for more informati

Watch our website for exciting new online programs coming in 2019!

We will be launching online certifications in the near future. Learn the same comprehensive material as our popular apprenticeship programs, but do so at your own pace from anywhere in the world. To maintain the same high standards that dogma’s programs are known for, video will be utilized for training and testing and remote attendance options for training and workshops will be available! Full details and program options will be announced soon.

Handling Certificate

We know that you love dogs and that you want to ensure you are improving their overall well-being when they are in your care. Traditionally, most pet care professionals learn on the job and through their experiences with the animals in their lives. We now understand that this is not adequate, so dogma Academy has created a low-cost, but comprehensive option, to provide training to pet professionals in the comfort of their own home. Our training can be done on your schedule and you will have full access to the program materials for one year from the date of purchase. Set yourself apart from your competition and demonstrate to your clients that your knowledge allows you to provide the best care for their family members. Take your business to the next level today!

Cost for the Handling Certificate Course: $250.00+gst 

Register for the Handling Certificate!  


Please email apprenticeship@dogmatraining.com for more information!