Please be aware that Scratch and Sniff Canine Services is not responsible for any of the information on these websites, and that you will be leaving if you follow any of the below links.

Training and Behaviour

“The Dog Whisperer Controversy”

Aggression Begets Aggression in Dog Training

A Surprising Look at “Balanced Training”

Observing your Dog’s Body Language to Learn how he Communicates

The Puppy Section

PupQuest Don’t give your money to puppy mills or “backyard-breeders”! Learn how to find a reputable breeder with PupQuest.

The Perfect Puppy in 7 Days by Dr. Sophia Yin. Ebook

Puppy Primer by Patricia McConnell.  Ebook.

Before and After You Get Your Puppy by Dr. Ian Dunbar.  Free ebooks.

How to prevent puppy chewing Article by Dr Ian Dunbar

How to stop puppy biting  Video by Emily Larlham


The Culture Clash by Jean Donaldson

Click for Joy by Melissa Alexander

DOGS: A Startling New Understanding of Canine Origin, Behavior, and Evolution by Raymond and Lorna Coppinger


CBC’s “Ideas” programme: “Dogs Themselves”


Here’s a collection of great videos. Some are instructional, some are just fun, and they all use Positive Reinforcement!

Play between dogs: They’re having run… right?
Dr. Sophia Yin provides commentary on footage of unequal play – one dog is having a blast and the other dog is not. Can you recognize the difference between chase play and when the chasee is actually trying to run away from the chaser?

How to teach a dog to HAPPILY wear a Gentle Leader/Halti
An instructional video by author and trainer, Jean Donaldson.

Clicker training protection dog (Schutzhund)
A video on clicker training high-drive (often known as “crazy”) dogs.

Great tricks!
An excellent young trainer with her Jack Russell Terrier.  She uses exclusively positive reinforcement training.

Don’t think heeling is impressive?
How about with two dogs at once? Silvia Trkman is a very impressive trainer from Slovenia with several National and World agility championships under her belt.

Food and Nutrition

Site on commercial dog foods and nutrition. Excellent information on how to read the labels on foods, and the info on common fillers and ingredients.
Customized homemade diets, commercial foods recommendations, and wellness consultations by Sabine Contraras

Dogs and Children

A non-profit organization dedicated to dog bite prevention through education

Living with Kids and Dogs… Without Losing Your Mind by Coleen Pelar

Rescue and Lost Pets
Speaking of Dogs: Seminars, Outreach, and Rescue. Publishes the annual “Breed Specific and All Breed Rescue Directory”
Helping Homeless Pets is an umbrella organization uniting GTA pet rescue organizations.  Includes a list of upcoming events, and links to rescues and their PetFinder pages.
Helping Lost Pets is a network dedicated to reuniting lost pets with their owners.  Please help this service grow! Use and membership is free. Helping Lost Pets is coordinated by Helping Homeless Pets.
Petfinder is a search engine that will scan the listings of many different rescues to help find you a good match.

Positive Reinforcement Dog Training in Guelph, Ontario