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Smart Socialization Puppy Seminar

“Socialization: That just means having friends over and going to the dog park, right…?”

Think again!

You’ve probably heard about socialization, but do you really know what that means? Often, “common knowledge” approaches to socialization can do more damage than they do good.  Proper socialization is like a ‘behavioural vaccine’ that can protect your puppy from developing a multitude of behaviour problems as an adult.

  • Did you know that this “window of socialization” closes at a very young age?
  • Do you know what are you doing now that might be putting your puppy at risk as an adult?
  • Are you missing critical pieces of the socialization puzzle?

Come learn about Socialization, what it is, what you need to do, and what you need to avoid. All profits to benefit Speaking of Dogs Rescue.

Upcoming Dates:

No planned dates at this time

This is a “people-only” seminar

Are you interested in joining Puppy Socialization Class with your puppy? Click here for more info!

Advanced Manners

Building on what you’ve learned in our Life Skills Program, the Advanced Manners Program will build your training skills beyond the basics. Learn how to proof behaviours using distractions including food, toys, people and other dogs. There will be a special focus on stay and recall in the face of distractions.

This course is ideal for those who:

  • Have a dog who is distracted by other dogs and people, but is friendly and is not reactive (barking/lunging, or stiff greetings – see below)
  • Have completed the Life Skills Program
  • Would like to create better reliability and compliance in their dog in the face of distractions, particularly social distractions
  • Want to continue to build practical daily training skills

Requirements and Prerequisites:

  • Dogs absolutely must be overtly friendly with other dogs and humans. There will be close contact interactions between dogs during this class. This class is not for dogs with social difficulties including: barking, lunging, growling, stiff approaches, snarking/snapping upon greeting a dog, hard stares at dogs, etc. If this describes your dog, please see below.
  • Completion of the Life Skills Program
  • Dogs must be at least 6mo and have had received all puppy vaccinations
  • Prerequisites include a basic understanding of the following skills as taught with clicker training:
    • Sit/Down
    • Stay
    • Recall
    • Loose leash walking
    • Hand target

Does your dog have “Big Feelings”? Is she reactive, worried, or intense in her reactions? Check out the Control Unleashed Program as well as Private Training. If you’re unsure, contact the office to set up a free assessment.

Pricing and Schedule

$285+HST

8 hours over 8 consecutive weeks

Starting Wednesday May 31st, 8:30-9:30

(Complete dates: May 31, June 7, 14, 21, *SKIP A WEEK*, July 5, 12, 19, 26)

 

Contact the office with questions and to register. An assessment may be required, free of charge, to ensure this class is suitable.

Brain Training Series

All too often, “training the dog” is about dealing with the habits we don’t like. Isn’t it time to train for fun, for enrichment, and for relationship?

The Brain Training Series is an open-enrolment series of classes – meaning you can start any time that suits your schedule. The class focuses on increasing your dog’s receptivity to you and capacity to learn in order to work through various stages of difficulty and complexity of behaviours.

The topics covered will range from perfecting individual training exercises to advanced training concepts, such as cuing, shaping and behaviour chains. Behaviours and concepts will increase in difficulty as you progress through the various Grades of this series.

The Brain Training Series can best be described as a “souped-up tricks class”!

Schedule

  • Class runs Monday from 8:30-9:30, attendance in consecutive weeks skips Holiday Mondays Program launch Fall 2017 – check back shortly!
  • Start ANY week when space is available!
  • Work through each Grade at your own pace
  • Upon graduating your Grade, you can level-up to the next!
  • ** Classes do not run on Holiday Mondays, and the schedule will be bumped one week to accommodate this – please take this into account during your scheduling.  

Pre-Requisites

Dogs and owners should:

  • Have basic experience with clicker training
  • Know basic obedience behaviours such as sit, down, stay and a hand target

What’s your prior experience?

  • Graduates of any group program with Scratch and Sniff Canine Services are welcome to join the Brain Training Series.
  • If we’ve worked privately to address fear, reactivity or aggression, or you are concerned about your dog’s behaviour, please contact the office prior to registering.
  • If you’ve taken classes elsewhere, please contact the office prior to purchasing the program to ensure it is right for you.

Pricing

Five Class Package:
$200+HST
* to be completed in FIVE consecutive classes

Seven Class Package:
$255+HST
* to be completed in SEVEN consecutive classes

** Classes do not run on Holiday Mondays, and the schedule will be bumped one week to accommodate this – please take this into account during your scheduling.  

Book your spot now!

1. Contact the office to confirm your start date and schedule

2. Join the fun!

Join class now with the Five Class Package

Join class now with the Seven Class Package

 

Let’s Get Started!

Ready to get started in training at Scratch and Sniff Canine Services? Follow these two easy steps!

1. Review Policy

All students are asked to review policy applicable to their service of choice: Group Class policy or Private Training policy. Registration and payment indicate acceptance of these policies. 

Don’t be afraid – The policy is not lengthy and is written in plain English. It is important for you to know!

2. Book Your Orientation Session!

The ‘people-only’ Orientation Session is the mandatory first class for all group class students, and a valuable supplement to private training. This session is open to the public at no cost and with no obligation, and requires pre-registration. Please be sure to review the important information on the Orientation webpage.

If you cannot attend the group Orientation session, please contact the office.

Click the link below to be taken to the online registration system, and navigate to the session you’re like to attend, click Sign In and create an account.  Easy as that! Class payments can be made at the Orientation session via credit/cash/cheque. *

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*Have you adopted a dog with a “mandatory training” condition from the Guelph Humane Society or other rescue? Please contact the office prior to your Orientation date to arrange an express registration/proof of purchase so the shelter will release your new companion.

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

Orientation/Info Session

The Orientation session is a FREE 2-hour-long, people-only session. It is a mandatory first class for all group class students, as well as a free information session for private students or those who are still deciding whether Scratch and Sniff Canine Services for them.

The Orientation session covers important information such as body language, how dogs learn, how to train most effectively, participation in activities, and class information. Upcoming dates and times can be found on the side bar of this website, as well as on the schedule. Please pre-register if you would like to attend this free session.

Interested to know more general info about training method prior to attending? Take a look at the Group Class FAQ or the Private Training FAQ, and browse through the website for resources, videos, and other information. We are very transparent about our training method, and hope that attendees will enjoy the in-depth information provided in this free session.

Please review the following guidelines:

      • This is a people-only class, so please leave your pups at home for this session.
      • Bring indoor shoes during wet seasons.
      • Park in the Baker Street parking lot or on surrounding streets. Please do not park directly outside of the building.
      • If you require more than two spots in the session please alert the office in advance and you will be accommodated if possible.
      • Check the location on the map above in advance of your Orientation. Chapel Lane is a small street in downtown Guelph and many GPS units locate it incorrectly. The phone will not be answered immediately prior to Orientation.
      • For Adult Dogs:
        • For dogs over six (6) months, please provide proof of rabies vaccination (certificate or a letter from their veterinarian, not tags) at or prior to the first class with your dog.
      • For Puppies:
        • All puppy students are required to have a letter signed by their vet and returned to the office prior to their first class. Click here to save/print the letter.
          • This letter indicates that the puppy has been to the vet, has received at least one set of vaccinations and is free of parasites and illness. Note that this letter must be returned to the office in order to attend class, for the safety of all puppies there are no exceptions.

 

Ready to get started? 

1. Review Policy

All students are asked to review policy applicable to their service of choice: Group Class policy or Private Training policy. Registration and payment indicate acceptance of these policies. 

2. Book Your Orientation Session Online!

The ‘people-only’ Orientation Session is the mandatory first class for all group class students, and a valuable supplement to private training. This session is open to the public at no cost and with no obligation, and requires pre-registration.

Get Started Button

*Have you adopted a dog with a “mandatory training” condition from the Guelph Humane Society or other rescue? Please contact the office prior to your Orientation date to arrange an express registration/proof of purchase so the shelter will release your new companion.

If you cannot attend the group Orientation session, please contact the office. A discounted private session may be arranged.

If you require any assistance, please contact us by email or phone 226.486.1244

Fitness and your Senior Dog with Tania Costa – May 4, 2014

On Sunday, May 4, 2014, from 11am-1:30pm Scratch and Sniff Canine Services is thrilled to host a hands-on workshop by Tania Costa of the Canine Wellness Centre about physical health and wellness for your older dog.

Book a working spot and bring your dog for a personalized hands-on experience – book an audit spot to learn the techniques on other people’s dogs.

The workshop will explore:
  • Arthritis and its affect on your older dog
  • Your dog’s ideal weight
  • Principles of balance and proprioception for your older dog
  • Core strengthening exercises to help maintain muscle mass in your older dog
  • Equipment and exercises for typical muscle weakness
  • Manual therapy you can perform on your older dog

First-come-first-served, so register now to claim your spot!

  • Working spots (bring your dog) are limited $69+HST. Working Spots are now SOLD OUT. Please register for an audit spot.
  • Audit spots (working with other people and their dogs) $49+HST.
  • Priority will be given to senior dogs for working spots. Anyone is welcome to register for an audit spot.

Spots are limited, register now to avoid disappointment. Refunds are not available for registration fees.

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Control Unleashed: Creating a Focused and Confident Dog

CU book coverControl Unleashed is a 7-week program developed by Leslie McDevitt to help dogs who are easily aroused, stressed or shut down. The program, originally developed for competitive sport dogs, has been adapted exclusively to meet the needs of dog owners and their pets at Scratch and Sniff Canine Services. Control Unleashed aims to reduce emotional volatility. Other dogs are the primary distraction/trigger we will focus on in this class, but the skills learned have a broad application.

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