Learn from a world-elite dog trainer

Our owner, Megan Stanley, has achieved the highest level of accreditation possible in the dog training industry. As one of the first four people in Canada to earn their CBCC-KA certificate, she brings unparalleled expertise to the training curriculum that she’s developed for Dogma Academy.

Are you a dog care professional who’d like to learn more about canine behaviour? The Dogma Academy offers a variety of courses on canine behaviour and handling, towards gaining skills to successfully work with dogs. You will gain the knowledge and confidence necessary to be successful in any business catering to canines and dog services.

Dog Training Apprenticeship Program

Learn at your own pace and gain the comprehensive hands-on experience that’s helped develop the most qualified dog trainers.

Since 2009, over 100 people have graduated from the first dog training apprenticeshop program of its kind. Graduates finish our program with over 400 hours of theory and hands-on learning, making them the most reputable and sought-after certified trainers in Calgary.

Graduates of the Dogma Certified Behaviour Consultant (DCBC) 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. Graduates of the basic Dogma Dog Trainer certification (DDT) have the option to do the full program which covers complex behaviour concerns.

  •  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
  • 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)
(within DDT)
  • Pet First Aid Certificate
  • Handling Certificate
  • 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 

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

Handling Certificate

Traditionally, pet care professionals have learned 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 and 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.

Cost for the Handling Certificate Course: $250.00+gst

Killarney Location

Telephone: 587.352.6738

38, 2835 – 37 Street SW Calgary, AB T3E 3B3 (Directions)

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Chinook Location

Telephone: 403.452.5400

515 – 70 Avenue SW Calgary, AB T2V 0P5 (Directions)

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