May Newsletter!

Yay the flowers are starting to bloom! That also means gardening will start soon for many people (not me as I can barely keep fake plants alive). Don't forget to check before you plant this year! Many beautiful plants, flowers and shrubs can be dangerous for our dogs so be sure to only plant dog safe plants in and around your home. And if you have a new puppy who may want to frolic in the garden, we strongly encourage you to invest a little extra in some small fencing or barriers to keep those little ones out. It only takes a moment for those fast little munchkins to bolt for the flower bed and do a great deal of damage before you can catch up. Remember that what your puppy practices now, will be much harder to fix later.

April was a busy and eye-popping month filled with so many big successes from our students and even from Charger. Read on to learn more about how life is good for everyone!

We have been delaying as much as possible but there will be a small price increase for some group classes effective June 1st. This does not affect all class types and it is a minimal increase to reduce impact. Please see classes below for more information on the price change but remember that these prices are not applicable for any registrations prior to June 1st.    

 Stay Safe, Your friend,
Yvonne Ferguson, CPDT-KSA, CTDI

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.

Our physical location is 987 Old Highway 2, Belleville, ON.
(Half way between Belleville and Trenton along Highway 2, directly across from Connon Nurseries)

Please visit to learn more about our policies and possible changes to classes, if needed.

Puppy Class
For puppies 8-16 weeks of age. Don't delay! Important information: click here  Class is $130+HST ($146.90 including taxes) until June 1st ($150+HST thereafter).

Tuesday May 24 at 4:00pm (May 24, 31, Jun 7, 14, 21 & 28)
Wednesday May 25 at 1:00pm (May 25, Jun 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29)
Wednesday June 8 at 5:30pm (Jun 8, 15, 22, 29, Jul 6 & 13)
Wednesday June 15 at 4:00pm (Jun 15, 22, 29, Jul 6, 13 & 20)

Wednesday June 15 at 2:30pm (Jun 22, 29, Jul 6, 13, 20 & 27)
Wednesday July 6 at 7:00pm (Jul 6, 13, 20, 27, Aug 3 & 10)

Teen Basics
This class is for Quinte Canine Puppy class graduates who are under 6 months of age. Class is $130+HST ($146.90 including taxes) until June 1st ($150+HST thereafter).

Tuesday May 24 at 2:30pm (May 24, 31, Jun 7, 14, 21 & 28)
Monday June 6 at 7:00pm (Jun 6, 13, 20, 27 & Jul 11 & 18 - no class July 4)
Tuesday July 12 at 2:30pm (Jul 12, 19, 26, Aug 2, 9 & 16)
Tuesday July 12 at 7:00pm (Jul 12, 19, 26, Aug 2, 9 & 16)

Basic Obedience
For dogs over 16 weeks of age to learn and refresh skills. This class is designed for dog and people friendly dogs only. Dogs who bark, lunge, growl, etc are not appropriate for this class. Great for dogs who have not attended a class before or for anyone looking for a refresher! $165+HST. 

Monday June 6 at 1:00pm (Jun 6, 13, 20, 27 & Jul 11 & 18 - no class July 4)
Thursday June 23 at 12:30pm (Jun 23, 30, Jul 14, 21, 28 & Aug 4 - no class Jul 7)
Tuesday July 12 at 8:30pm (Jul 12, 19, 26, Aug 2, 9 & 16)

Scent Detection
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 or Canadian Kennel Club trials. This is a great class for dogs of all ages, breeds, special needs and personalities and helps to provide great mental stimulation!  $130+HST ($146.90 including taxes) until June 1st ($150+HST thereafter).

Basic Scent Detection Level 1 - Monday June 6 at 2:30pm (Jun 6, 13, 20, 27 & Jul 11 & 18 - no class July 4)
Basic Scent Detection Level 2 (prerequisite is level 1) - Thursday June 23 at 11:00am (Jun 23, 30, Jul 14, 21, 28 & Aug 4 - no class Jul 7)
Basic Scent Detection Level 2 (prerequisite is level 1) - Tuesday July 12 at 5:30pm (Jul 12, 19, 26, Aug 2, 9 & 16)

Basic Scent Detection Level 3 (prerequisite is level 2) - Thursday May 26 at 4:30pm  just one space available in this class (May 26, Jun 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30) - this class is offsite and the locations of each class are determined closer to the class start date (all classes are within a 20 minute drive of the facility).
Novice Trick Dog
Novice Trick Dog classes are designed for ANY dog! Absolutely any age, breed(s) and abilities can learn some fun new tricks!  Learn over 25 tricks in this class.  All dogs that complete the Novice Trick Dog Class are eligible to receive their Novice Trick Dog Title (NTD). Class is $145+HST ($163.85 including tax) until June 1st ($165+HST thereafter).

Tuesday July 12 at 2:30pm (Jul 12, 19, 26, Aug 2, 9 & 16) - limited to 4 dogs with Laurie

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 enrolment and send you an email with all of the details and class handouts.  Please note that those who submit both payment and form (payment only needed for existing students) will receive first opportunity to register.

New - Although the registration process above is always to fastest to secure a space in class, walk-in enrollments are accepted Mondays from 4-5, Wednesdays 4-5. Please remember to bring your dogs vaccinations.

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. 
Play Dates!
We have play dates available for puppies and young dogs who are very well socialized and enjoy the company and play of others. Play mates are matched up based on a number of factors to help build your dog/puppies confidence and skills. Play dates are 30 minutes each and are just $15 taxes included, due at the play date. All dogs and puppies joining must be up to date on vaccinations in order to join the fun. If you are new to play dates (have not yet attended one) and would like to join, please email us at, so we can match your dog accordingly.

Please note that if you sign up for a play date and are not able to attend you must provide at least 48 hours notice so we can fill your space, otherwise our standard play date fee still applies. Please be sure to mark your calendar as no reminder emails are sent. Handlers remain with their dog/puppy throughout the play session to learn more about dog communication. Please email us all of the dates/times that you are interested in and available for and we will be sure to match you up as best possible with other dogs/puppies that suit your dogs temperament. In some cases, larger dogs may join small groups and adult dogs may join puppy/small groups - this is based on the temperament of the dog(s).
Play Dates
Wednesday April 6 - 4:00pm - Puppies 16-24 weeks
Wednesday April 6 - 4:45pm - Puppies Under 16 weeks
Friday April 8 - 3:00pm - Tiny & Shy
Friday April 8 - 3:45pm - Puppies
Wednesday April 13 - 4:00pm - Tiny & Shy
Wednesday April 13 - 4:45pm - Puppies Under 16 weeks
Wednesday April 13 - 5:30pm - Puppies 16-24 weeks
Wednesday April 20 - 4:00pm - Puppies
Wednesday April 20 - 4:45pm - Tiny & Shy
Wednesday April 27 - 2:15pm - Puppies 16-24 weeks
Wednesday April 27 - Puppies up to 16 weeks
Facility Rentals!

Did you know you can rent our indoor space?
That's right! A nice warm spot to practice skills building, canine conditioning, Rally-o, agility foundations and more! YES, even doggy birthday parties!
We have a new page on our website all about the facility. Visit for more information or to learn about booking!
Charger Update
I know many have been following his long journey over the past year and we are happy to report that our big beautiful boy has found his FURever home! From the moment we met his new adopters we hoped they would pick him as we had a good feeling about them. He is now happily romping around 10 acres with Alan and Jocelyn, going on adventures around his new community and overall enjoying life. We are receiving ongoing update emails from them, assisting his transition with ongoing support, and are so happy for everyone. It has been a long road together and we could not be happier for this guy.
When I (Yvonne) was first asked to help foster a dog for 8-10 weeks while his leg healed I could not have imagined it would be 11 months later, 5 surgeries, dozens of rehab appointments, behaviour modification and training later that I would have to say 'see ya bud' (because goodbye is forever). He was almost a feral dog (not a pet dog) when he arrived who was high anxiety, stressed and confused. Living with humans, let alone in a house was completely novel to him and with some TLC and patience, he became a stellar pet dog. In all honestly, I needed Charger as much as he might have needed me. Before Charger arrived last year, I was still reeling from the loss of my beloved Wrangler. For a year and a half before Charger came I was full time medically caring for Wrangler to end of life. Charger, I have been caring for over the past 11 months to a happy ending; and my soul really did need it. So thank you to Charger for helping my heart heal a little over the past year.

And thank you
Humane Society Hastings Prince Edward for entrusting me with him. Although there were some UGLY tears when he left last week, they were happy and sad tears all at once.
There are so many to thank from the bottom of my heart, without his 'village' none of it would be possible. His medical teams, Thank you Loyalist Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation, Cavan Hills Veterinary Services and HASTINGS VETERINARY HOSPITAL!

Special shout out to Stephanie at Just Four Paws who helped take such good extra care of Charger if we were away for short periods. He loved her so much! And of course all the donors who sent donations to Humane Society Hastings Prince Edward when he was first found and all those who have been rooting for him along the way. Thank you thank you thank you! Your support of the shelter is amazing!

Lots of big hugs to Charger’s new family and many snugs to Charger from us!
(Charger’s story
The Quinte Canine Super Sniffer need your help!

We are starting to safely plan for our detection dogs to begin their practices again and we are in need of new and unique locations for the dogs to work! 

This could be an old unused building, business or cottage!
Places we have practices before: pet stores, vet offices, industrial buildings, outbuildings, homes, mechanical shops, and so much more! 

If you could provide some of our amazing super sniffers a location to practice for a day you would get a front row seat to the coolest dog sport around!  Please reach out at so we can chat.

(Social distancing, masks and other COVID protocols are followed). 
Super Sniffer Brags!

There were many great trials held this month as we get back into the seasons of trialing! Sometimes the conditions were nice but we are always prepared for high winds and torrential downpours. No matter the weather, or the distance to travel, the Super Sniffers will take on just about anything! 

Shout out to both Laurie with Labrador Ben who achieved their Games Championship and to Kate with Harley who achieved their Scent Detection Championship this month! We all like big ribbons but it also means cake!  :)

Harley & Kate - SD-Ch (Scent Detection Champion) - Advanced Container x2, Advanced Interior x2, Advanced Exterior x2, Excellent Containers, Excellent Interior & Excellent Exterior - Utopia Trial
Ben & Laurie - SD-GCh (Scent Detection Games Champion) - Speed, Distance - Beamsville Trial, Excellent Exterior - Utopia Trial
Oliver & Bonnie - SD-E (Scent Detection Excellent Title) - Excellent Interior - Brockville Trial
Trilly & Laurie - SD-A (Scent Detection Advanced Title) - Advanced Container, Advanced Exterior - Beamsville, Advanced Container, Advanced Interior - Utopia Trial
Matilda & Rose - Distance & Aerial - Beamsville Trial
Gunner & Jill - Advanced Container, Excellent Container - Brockville Trial, Advanced Interior, Advanced Exterior, Distance, Speed - Beamsville Trial, Excellent Containers, Excellent Interior - Utopia Trial
Ruby & Alanna - Advanced Container - Brockville Trial
Piper & Tina - Excellent Containers - Brockville Trial, Ariel, Speed & Distance - Beamsville Trial
Bailey & Guy - Advanced Container - Brockville Trial, Advanced Container, Advanced Interior, Speed, Ariel & Distance - Beamsville Trial, Excellent Interior - Smithville Trial
Odin & Fran - Advanced Container - Brockville Trial
Rally-O Success!

Congratulations to Rally O students on their successes and fun at the TAC Trial held in Harrowsmith this past month!

Shelly (Quinte Canine's Rally O instructor) & Gem - CRN (CARO Rally Novice Title) - 3 Novice qualifying scores, 1st Place and two 2nd Places
Andrea & Jimmy - CRN (CARO Rally Novice Title) - 3 Novice qualifying scores, a 2nd Place and 2 3rd Placements
Catherine & Trigger - 1 advanced qualifying score with 1st Place
Catherine & Trigger with Tricia & Baxter - 1 Advanced Team qualifying score with a 4th Place
Laurie (Quinte Canine Trainer) & Ben - 2 Advanced C qualifying scores, 1 Excellent qualifying score

We are proud to announce that we will be holding our st CARO Rally O Trial on Saturday June 18th (entries open on Friday May 13th at 9:00am). Please visit: for more information and premium list.
Student Brags in April!
Puppy Class - Nala, Piper, Oreo, Stormie & Ruby
Basic Obedience- Spirit, Pepper and Sophie
Puppy Class - Maple, Ryder, Mack, Betty & Milo
Basic Obedience- Bella, Bear, Valkyrie, Jax & Finnegan
Puppy Class - Honey, Rain, Rylee, Valykrie & Ivy
Why do dos bury their bones in the ground?
Because they can't be buried in trees!
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