Rufdogs Training and Canine Services

What we offer

Training and care programs designed for your dogs individual needs and development, both physically and mentally
Go to Boarding


We’re a fully insured and certified boarding facility

Your dog will enjoy a 2 acre fully fenced yard for fun and secure off leash play time

There are 47 beautiful Whitestone nature trails to explore while on walks

Basic boarding
$10/additional dog
includes 20 minutes of play time and a mid day snack

Boarding Suite
$10/additional dog
includes 20 minute play time & snack

Go to Private Training

Private Training

We offer private training programs and group classes

Training sessions can be tailored to suit the individual needs of your dog

Our tailored programs can cover everything from bringing a new puppy home, to advanced training goals

Please contact us for upcoming group classes

Go to Behaviour Modification

Behaviour Modification

We offer behaviour modification programs to develop solutions and solve tough training problems such as:

Separation Anxiety
Fearful Behaviour

Initial Consultation
$135.00/session for 2 hours

Melissa Ruf CPDT-KA

Certified Professional Dog Trainer

As a certified professional dog trainer, I strive to provide a compassionate and humane science based approach to animal learning. Following the Humane Hierarchy my aim is to help dog guardians clearly define their training goals and to implement a plan to achieve those goals while supporting both dog and human as they learn together. RufDogs Training plans focus on setting dogs up to be successful using rewards based approach to learning primarily through positive reinforcement.

I have been fortunate to have loved and lived with canine companions who have taught me how to love unconditionally – even when its hard and most importantly to appreciate the simple things in life. The relationships we have with our dogs take many forms from co worker to co pilot and mostly importantly companion and I believe we are all better people for having dogs along for the ride. My deepest gratitude to my own canine crew over the years - Milo, Archie, Bruin, Gretta, Calvin & Cody for helping me learn how to help others.

I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Guelph and completed CPDT-KA Certification from the Council of Professional Dog Trainers. I have used my training skills in the following positions over the last few years.

- Canine Training Coordinator, Oakville Milton Humane Society
- Dog Training Instructor, Oakville Milton Humane Society
- Dog Training Instructor, Canine Academy

In my spare time I love spending time in the outdoors. In the warmer months that means paddling in a canoe and in the winter skijoring with my canine companions.

Looking forward to connecting and working with your dog.




Account Executive


Employee Relations Specialist


Quality Control Supervisor

Get in touch with Melissa