Dog Training in Guelph

Take note that the facility will be moving Winter/Spring 2018 and will remain within the City of Guelph. Details will be announced soon.

My puppy won’t stop nipping!         My dog bit my neighbour!

      My dog walks me!                                 My dog just won’t come!

My dog lunges at other dogs!         My puppy pees everywhere!

From puppy problem solving to biting the mail man, from manners for daily living to serious aggression, Scratch and Sniff Canine Services has a service to meet your needs. Training services are provided in the comfort of your home or in the conveniently located facility in the heart of downtown Guelph (37 Chapel Lane). There’s no need to frighten or hurt your dog in the name of excellent results, so you can feel good about the training methods you’ll learn. Positive reinforcement and clicker training is emphasized in all group classes and private training.

See what past students have to say about our programs!

What sets us apart?

Downtown Guelph’s Only Dog Training Facility

Scratch and Sniff Canine Services is the only member of the Downtown Guelph Business Association with a dog training facility in Guelph’s downtown core. Located at 37 Chapel Lane, near Wyndham and Quebec Sts. there is ample parking available on street or in the Baker Street parking lot.

FREE Orientation and Info Session

This session will focus on introducing students to the school and our positive training philosophy, dog body language, what to expect in class, and offers time to ask questions. This is offered as a FREE Info Session for prospective students, and the mandatory first class for group class students.

Behaviour Certification, Professional Membership, and Continuing Education

Emily Fisher is certified CDBC (Certified Dog Behaviour Consultant) through the International Association of Animal Behaviour Consultants. The IAABC’s mission is “to elevate the standard of animal behaviour consulting worldwide by promoting continuing education, peer support and development, ethical practices through the use of Least Intrusive, Minimally Aversive (LIMA) principles, and the provision of quality resources for animal professionals and the pet-owning public.”

Emily is also certified CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed) through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. The CCPDT “offers the only international, standardized certification for animal training and behaviour professionals that is both psychometrically sound and independent of any course of study.”

Continuing education in the form of conferences and seminars is essential to keep these certifications and to offer the most up-to-date training to clients and their dogs. View the About Us page for more info.

Small Group Class Size

Our class sizes are small to ensure an optimal learning environment with ample one-on-one instruction. Puppy Socialization classes are limited to 5 puppies and adult dog classes are limited to 4 dogs.

Flexible Group Schedule

Our foundation classes (Puppy Socialization and Life Skills) are offered in an open enrolment format. For the ultimate in flexibility clients are able to mix and match their class days. This also means that students may start class any time after their Orientation and do not have to wait for the start of the next program.

In-Home or In-School Private Sessions

Private sessions may be scheduled at the facility or in the clients home depending on the training issue and on owner preference. Private sessions and behaviour modification sessions offer one-on-one instruction for a range of issues, including obedience and manners (such as coming when called, jumping up, pulling on leash, etc), puppy problem solving, aggression or reactivity toward dogs and people, guarding (protecting) resources such as food, bowls, toys, or other objects, separation anxiety, fear and related behaviours, and much more.

Puppy Class Safety

The health and behavioural safety of your puppy a top priority in our Puppy Socialization Classes. Take a look at our safety measures.


Effective, Force-Free Training Methods

Force-free training creates a common goal for dog and owner and facilitates an escape from the adversarial relationship created by traditional dog training. Positive reinforcement and clicker training are inherently flexible enough to be personalized for any dog – whether teaching manners or solving serious behaviour problems. Methodology is explained so owners understand the “why” as well as the “how” of training their dog.

Resources and Follow-up

We are always available to address concerns and are more than happy to do so. Group class students will receive a comprehensive package of materials ranging from basic training information to detailed, step-by-step instructions/video for each exercise in their program. Private training students will receive a package of materials addressing the specific exercises learned in the session, personalized notes, as well as further resources and reference materials.


As well as learning effective training techniques, whether for obedience or behaviour problems, it is important to have fun! Training shouldn’t be a chore for you, and it shouldn’t be something we inflict upon our dogs. Take joy in teaching and learning through modern, force-free training techniques.

Scratch and Sniff Canine Services 37 Chapel Lane, Dog training obedience classes and behaviour modification in Guelph, Ontario