Behaviour Consultation and Private Training

Scratch and Sniff Canine Services offers behaviour consultations for fear, reactivity and aggression, as well as private instruction for obedience/manners in Guelph, ON. Abiding by the widely accepted Humane Hierarchy, we employ the least invasive, minimally aversive positive reinforcement-based methods to resolve your dog’s behaviour problems. All students are encouraged to attend the Orientation session at no charge!

Behaviour consults take place with Emily Fisher, a Certified Dog Behaviour Consultant, certified through the International Association of Animal Behaviour Consultants (IAABC).

Please read private session policy prior to payment. This page includes general information, policy, and waiver. The Private Training FAQ addresses frequently asked questions.


Behaviour Consultations

Behaviour consultations are tailored to the needs of the individual dog, owner and circumstance with a focus on behaviour assessment and skill-acquisition for both dog and owner. Owners will learn theory and method through discussion, demonstration and hands-on work with their dog. Personalized notes, handouts and resources are provided, and email follow-up is provided following training sessions.

For dogs who:

    • Have bitten or are at risk of biting a person, dog or other animal
    • Show aggressive or reactive displays in response to people, dogs or other animals
    • Panic when left alone/separation anxiety (bark, howl, house soil, drool, destructive chewing when alone)
    • Are fearful, scared or anxious in response to people, dogs or other animals
    • Are fearful, scared or anxious in response to sounds, objects, or storms
    • Are protective/possessive of/aggressive around food, toys, bed, or other objects (resource guarding)
    • Do not like to be touched, handled or groomed
    • Have other similar issues rooted in emotional discomfort

Private Training for Manners, Obedience and Puppies

In training sessions for obedience and manners, owners will learn the basics of how dogs learn and thus how best to teach them, and will gain a thorough understanding of the mechanics of positive reinforcement training. Not only will we address the specific issue for which the owner seeks help, we will also provide an over-arching emphasis on assimilation of knowledge. All sessions will come complete with notes, handouts, videos, and email follow-up.

Those considering private training for manners are encouraged to view group classes, such as the Puppy Socialization and Life Skills programs.

For dogs who:

    • Ignore their owner and will not comply with requests
    • Will not come or stay when asked
    • Jump up to greet people
    • Pull on leash when out for a walk
    • Run out the front door without permission (door dashing)
    • Want to chase inappropriate targets
    • Puppy concerns, including nipping, teething, chewing, house training, crate training, alone training, socialization guidance, problem prevention, etc.

Training Services and Pricing

• Initial Session 2hr session

$185+HST

After completion of this session, clients may choose to continue with Single Sessions or the Package of Five. This session must be used within 90 days of purchase.

• Single session 60min

$100+HST

After completing the Initial Session all clients are welcome to purchase Single SessionsThis session must be used within 90 days of purchase.

• Package of Five – 5hr total

$450+HST (Save $50!)

After completing the Initial Session all clients are welcome to purchase a Package of Five at discount.  All five sessions must be completed within six months of payment.

• Puppy Class Add-On 60min

$80+HST (Save $20!)

This session is available exclusively to current students of our Puppy Socialization Class and must be purchased and used before the official end date of your puppy program.




Behaviour Consultation and Private Training Purchase

Contact the office prior to purchase, then click here to purchase your package. Scheduling appointments directly with the office.


*Click on the thumbnail for the service area. TravelService Area for dog training in guelph fees apply to a limited distance outside of this area, contact the office to see if your home is within travel distance (if not, you are welcome to come to the facility).

Please read private session policy prior to payment. This page includes general information, policy, and waiver. The Private Training FAQ addresses frequently asked questions.

Ready to get started? Contact the office 226.486.1244 or by email