April Newsletter!
Welcome to Quinte Canine's newsletter.  This a great place to be the first to know about upcoming classes, dog events, student brags and get fun and informative training information. 

In this issue: Upcoming Classes, , Upcoming Community Events, Student Brags, & More!

Letter from the Editor

  Dear friends,  
April showers bring May flowers. Well, we hope only a little rain and overnight only, mud season is always interesting. With spring here it means it is time for Quinte Canine's annual Spring Scent Detection Trial. So this means we need everyone to wish for no rain for us April 27th and 28th. Our amazing judges from British Columbia get enough rain of their own out there and we would love to show off the beautiful Ontario sunshine to them! Aside from longer days and more sunshine it means we are getting very busy with private appointment and group classes. With that said this time of year it may take us a day longer then normal to respond to emails, class requests, etc. So please bare with me as I try my best.

Your friend,
Yvonne Ferguson,
Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge & Skills Assessed, Certified Trick Dog Instructor,
Behaviour Consultant - Quinte Canine
Upcoming Classes!

Since you are one of our lucky newsletter subscribers I am offering you the first opportunity to register for upcoming classes with us! Because classes are limited they can and do fill very quickly. To be fair to all, we cannot hold spaces without completing the registration process. All classes are designed for dog and people friendly dogs who are up-to-date on core and rabies vaccinations. 

If you have a dog with special needs please contact us to discuss how we can work with you. 

Puppy Class

For puppies under 5 months of age who have received at least their first set of vaccinations$100+HST

Belleville - 7:00pm - Thursday May 9, 2019 (May 9, 23, 30, June 6, 13 & 24 - no class May 16 and June 20)
Trenton - 7:00pm - Tuesday May 21, 2019 (May 21, 28, June 4, 11, 18 & 25)

Basic Obedience
For dogs over 5 month of age who are up-to-date on vaccinations and are dog and people friendly. $120+HST.

Belleville - 4:30pm-Thursday May 9, 2019 (May 9, 23, 30, June 6, 13 & 24 - no class May 16 & June 20)
Trenton - 4:30pm - Tuesday May 21, 2019 (May 21, 28, June 4, 11, 18 & 25)
Trenton - 5:45pm - Tuesday May 21, 2019 (May 21, 28, June 4, 11, 18 & 25) - one space has become available in this class
Basic Scent Detection - Level 1
For any dog with a nose!  The dogs in this class learn to search and find target scents in hidden locations. Students build confidence to work up to competing with their dog in the Sport Detection Dogs Association trials. This is a great class for dogs of all ages, breeds, special needs and personalities and helps to provide great mental stimulation!  $120+HST

Belleville - 8:15pm - Monday May 27, 2019 (May 27, June 3, 10, 17, 24 & July 8 - no class July 1)

Basic Scent Detection - Level 2
For any dog who has completed Basic Scent Detection Level 1! $120+HST.

Belleville - 7:00pm - Monday May 27, 2019 (May 27, June 3, 10, 17, 24 & July 8 - no class July 1)

Intermediate Scent Detection
For dogs who have completed Basic Scent Detection Level 1 and 2.  $120+HST.

Belleville - 5:45pm - Thursday May 9, 2019 (May 9, 23, 30, June 6, 13 & 24 - no class May 16 and June 20)

*Technical Skills*
This new class is designed for dog and people friendly dogs with handlers who really want to take their training to the next level of fun! Want to tire your dogs brain? Want to learn fun training methods such as Shaping, Clicker Training and Mimicry?  Then this is certainly the class for you!  Your dog is just waiting for you to up your training game! Class is $135+HST ($152.55 including HST).  (Please note that most supplies will be provided such as clickers. Week 1 of this 6 week program is for the handlers only)

Trenton - 8:15pm - Tuesday May 21, 2019 (May 21, 28, June 4, 11, 18 & 25) - just 2 spaces left in this class


To register for any of the above classes visit:
Once payment is made and the registration form has been received, we will process your class enrollment and send you an email with all of the details and class handouts. 

Previous students: if you have completed a registration form in the past you do not need to complete one again unless your information has changed or this is a new dog. Please just email us to register. 

Classes are limited in size to provide dogs and handlers with maximum learning opportunities.  Because they are limited they often fill quickly.  In the very rare case a class does not fill with the minimum number of participants (50%) we may choose to postpone, reschedule or cancel classes.  Should this occur, we will provide the option to participants to apply their class registration fee toward the postponed or rescheduled class, an alternative class or provide a full refund. 
Scent Detection Trial VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Want to learn about detection?
Want to watch scent detection dogs in action?
Want to be a part of a fun, engaging and friendly community?
Then come join our fun!

Quinte Canine is proud to announce that we will be holding another Sporting Detection Dogs Association (SDDA) Trial on Saturday April 27th and Sunday April 28th.

In order to hold these fun events, we need volunteers.  We are looking for anyone that can commit to one or two days to help out.  This is also the BEST way to learn about this fun sport, meet the stars of the sport, watch some dogs have a great time and get to meet other students involved!  Come be a part of our community!
Lunch is provided each day!

The trial this fall will be held at 72 Wolfe St Frankford ON

We will need volunteers for the following:
Friday April 26th (evening)
Saturday April 27th - 7:30am - approx 5:00pm
Sunday April 28th - 7:30am - approx 5:00pm
(the end time can vary depending on the number of entries received)

If you are able to help please email Tina at:
Finding a Rescue - Part 1
Reputation and Status

by Yvonne Ferguson, CPDT-KSA, CTDI

After a set of articles to help you select a breeder, we feel it is helpful to also assist those who want to find the right rescue dog. Many people choose to adopt a dog (or puppy) from a rescue due to large number of dogs in need of a home. We fully support a persons right to choose a rescue dog but want to ensure the adopter is well educated before making such a big commitment.  Whether purchasing a dog from a reputable breeder or adopting from a reputable rescue, it is a big commitment and being educated about the implications of this is very important.

One of the first things a potential adopter should review is the status of a rescue organization. Although some rescues are also registered charities, this process can take many years to achieve and does limit the organization in many ways. When looking at a rescue organization you should ensure that they have at least not-for-profit status.  This gives a quick first look at the rescue and shows they are less likely to be a 'pop up' or short term organization (although this is no guarantee of it).

An adopter can also contact local (local to the area the rescue is located) shelters or humane societies to see if they have ever heard of the organization. Unfortunately, scams and puppy mill farmers have masqueraded as rescues in the past. Is the rescue asking for a deposit from you without providing any information? This may be a sign of something more sinister going on. Please be very careful when money starts to become involved. 

Knowing if the rescue wants the right home for the right dogs is very important. If a rescue cares about the dogs it is sending into homes they will ask you a very large amount of information. Just like a reputable breeder, this may come in the form of a lengthy questionnaire or interview.
Asking you for references such as your veterinarian may come up as well. Take this all as a good sign that they want to make both you and the dog successful in spending a lifetime together.  A rescue should be able to provide you with information on other reputable rescues if they do not have the right dog to fit your life. Asking around and speaking to different rescues will allow you to hear about some other good options.

Stay tuned for more information our issue next month, Finding a Rescue - Part 2 - Supporting the Adopter!
  March Super Sniffer Success!

Quinte Canine Student Titles, Extra Q's and Special Awards

Colleen & Rhody - Scent Detection Champion - SD-CH (Advanced Interior, Excellent Interior) - see picture below
Laurie & Chaz - SD-S-SP (Started Container, Started Interior, Started Exterior)
Laurie & Ben - Advanced Container, Exterior
Stephanie & Kenzie - Advanced Container, Advanced Interior, Advanced Exterior, Excellent Container
Katherine & Abby - Advanced Container, Advanced Interior x2, Advanced Exterior, Excellent Container
Rose & Matilda - Excellent Container, Excellent Exterior
Tina & Thunder - Excellent Container

Congratulations to all the teams on your amazing successes! A BIG congratulations to Colleen and Rhody who earned their Scent Detection Championship under judge Pando Stephanis at the Between Friends trial in Oakville in March!! Rhody is really a 'poster child' of the fact that ANY dog can play in this sport and have fun!  We are so very proud of you both on your team work

SEEKING: New detection practice locations!

Quinte Canine Scent Detection Students (aka the Super Sniffers) are looking for new and different locations to practice the amazing sport of scent detection! Once students complete classes they are able to join the Super Sniffers (which is a practicing club) and we schedule 3-4 practices per month.

If you have a location (this could be a business, building, home, cottage, etc.) that you would allow our amazing dogs to practice in please let us know by email It is important for the dogs to get into new locations as often as possible to keep their skills sharp, learn new skills and build confidence.

Practices are normally held on Wednesday (daytime) and Sunday (daytime) but other days can be worked out.  This is a great opportunity to learn more about the sport and get a firsthand look at how it all works!

Why doesn't anyone want to work for dogs?

Because they hound their employees!
Student Brags in March!

Basic Obedience Trenton - Maddie, ArLee, Nova & Duna
Basic Obedience Trenton - Bonsai, Maggie, Teddy, Lacey & Lemon
Puppy Trenton - Molly, Remington, Jemma, Fizz, Axl, Lemmy, Hunter & Luna
Puppy Trenton - Bella, Coal, Georgia, Odin, Benelli, Fender & Wiggles
Intermediate Obedience Trenton - Meeka, Zoe, Ruby, Kissell & Flower!

Basic Scent Detection Level 1 Belleville - Angus, Daegan, Freya, Chloe & Kali

Basic Obedience Belleville - Rupert, Maddie, Grace, Blue & Trilly

Puppy Belleville - Kato, Cash, Zoe, Molly, & Izzy

Novice Trick Dog Belleville - Logan, Buddy, Lucy, Tribble, Harper & Marlie! 
Community Events
You won't want to miss the fun!

Mother of All Craft Shows
In support of Fixed Fur Life!

The Mother of all Craft Shows is celebrating its 10th anniversary on Saturday, May 4, 2019 (10 to 4) at the show’s NEW LOCATION... The Travelodge Hotel - Windows & Park Ballrooms 11 Bay Bridge Road, Belleville!  For more information visit:
Barks by the Bay
Saturday May 25th, 2019 9:00am - 4:00pm
A dog friendly event for the whole family!  Visit for more information!

Strut for Strays
Saturday June 1, 2019 9:30am - 4:30pm

This annual Walkathon and Pet Festival is fun for everyone!  Activities, contests, prizes and fun!  Visit for more information.

Raise the Woof Comedy Show & Auction
In support of the Quinte Humane Society!
Friday June 7th at the Banquet Centre in Belleville!  Tickets are only $30 for a fun night of laughs and amazing silent auction!  For more information please visit:

Tickets are now on sale and selling fast!  Quinte Canine will have a reserved table and if you would like to join us please email us as soon as possible to reserve your seat!
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