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Fear Free Training based in behavioral science

Why Scholars In Collars Dog Training Works

At Scholars In Collars, we believe that a well-trained owner, creates a well-trained dog. We help you to understand positive forms of communication with your best friend. We have the best student to instructor ratio with a guaranteed maximum of 6 students per dog training obedience class. Each dog training class has 2-3 highly qualified instructors per class and the head instructor of every class is a behavioural expert. Everything we do at Scholars In Collars uses only positive reinforcement backed by the most up-to-date science.

Scholars In Collars is serving Burlington, Hamilton, Waterdown, Campbellville, Dundas, Oakville, Milton, Mississauga and surrounding areas.

Truly Positive Dog Training

No Choke Collars, No Prong Collars. No physical punishment, fear or intimidation. Learn to control rewards to control your dog’s behaviour. A positively trained dog is a happier dog. Scholars In Collars uses only the most up to date proven methods.


Scholars In Collars Is Backed By Science

Our understanding of how dogs think, feel and learn is constantly evolving. We believe it is our responsibility as trainers and dog owners to continue our quest to better understand our companions by staying up-to-date with what the modern scientific community learns about dog behaviour. Positive training is the future of all dog training.

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Experienced, Professional Trainers!

Check out what you and your dog can do with the right trainers! Meet your head instructors at Scholars In Collars:

Diane McWhinnie
Owner, Head Instructor, Behavioral Consultant

    Diane has been a professional dog trainer for over 30 years. She’s owned many dogs from Poms to Border Collies, a Wolfhound-cross, points in between and many rescues. Her insights have been published in: Dog Sport, DogsDogsDogs, Dogs in Canada and other sources. Diane has been a frequent guest lecturer at the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph, a conference speaker for the Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians and was invited to the UK to lecture on Flyball. For over a decade she was the head behaviour evaluator for the Burlington Humane Society pet therapy program and makes therapy visits.

    Diane and her dogs have performed with the Superdogs (20 years) and Woofjocks Canine All Stars (5 years). They have also competed in many of the dog sports, including national level Agility, Flyball, Frisbee and formal Obedience. For the last 10 years Diane has also been a trusted animal wrangler on many film productions and several TV talk shows, such as Rhonda London Live and City TV, have called on her expertise. She makes time to stay up-to-date by participating in university-level Professional Development activities, such as programs at Wolf Park.

Joan Weston M.A.Ed
Head Instructor, Behavioral Consultant

    Joan has been a professional dog trainer for over 15 years. Her work has been published in: Dog Sport, DogsDogsDogs and Dogs in Canada. She’s been called as an expert witness on multiple occasions in the Toronto courts. She’s a sought after lecturer on Canine Behaviour all over southern Ontario and has been a Professor of Animal Behaviour at Durham College, creating and writing the program curriculum. Joan’s dog activities include: Superdogs (10 years), Woofjocks Canine All Stars (5 years), Agility, Flyball, Frisbee, Obedience and Conformation. She does all of her activities with her Bulldogs and Pugs. Joan is also the owner and head behavioural expert of “Fangs, But No Fangs K9 Behavioural Consulting Services”.

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