July Newsletter!
  Dear friends,  
Our first few weeks in our new space have been very fun! Although we are still adding little touches here and there (decorating, etc) the space is functional and safe! We cannot express enough our gratitude to our friends and family for all of their help over the past months; assisting us in putting it all together. Without these special people there is no way we would have even come close to our deadline. We would also like to thank all of you for your words of support and encouragement! Without the dog community we would not have been so inspired to build our dream. We hope to have a grand opening celebration sometime soon when it is safe to do so, so please keep your eyes peeled to the newsletter and our Facebook page for planning.

Another fantastic feature of our new space is the fact that we can plan. Oh and plan we have! As you can see from the classes booked below, we have even set our class start dates out as far as October! Why wouldn't we? This not only will allow us to plan progressive classes (like our brand new class - Teen Basics - see below for information and description link) but also give you a better idea of timelines so you can also plan. We are still working hard to put together plans for space rental availability, fun extra workshops and even more play dates so keep watching for more in a future newsletter. We have included a few upcoming workshops in this newsletter to provide some fun over the summer without the full 6 week commitment so check those out at the bottom of the class schedule.  

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.

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

If dropping into the location you may catch us, or the door may be locked when we are with a class or appointment, as well as when we are not present. Please note that we do not keep regular hours at our physical location outside of booked classes and scheduled appointments.

Puppy Class
For puppies under 5 months of age. $100+HST.

Our New Location - Tuesday July 7th at 5:30pm (July 7, 14, 21, 28, August 4 & 11)
Our New Location - Thursday July 23rd at 7:00pm (July 23, 30, Aug 6, 13, 20 & 27)
Our New Location - Tuesday August 18th at 5:30pm (Aug 18, 25, Sept 1, 8, 15 & 22)
Our New Location - Thursday September 10th at 5:30pm (Sept 10, 17, 24, Oct 8, 15 & 22 - no class Oct 1)
Our New Location - Tuesday October 6th at 7:00pm (Oct 6, 13, 27, Nov 3, 10 & 17 - no class Oct 20)

*NEW CLASS* - Teen Basics
This class is for Puppy class graduates who are between 5 months and 8 months of age and have graduated from Quinte Canine Puppy class (Basic Obedience for existing dogs to continue on in their social skills). Class is $120+HST. For more information please visit:

Our New Location - Thursday July 23rd at 1:30pm (July 23, 30, Aug 6, 13, 20 & 27)
Our New Location - Thursday July 23rd at 5:30pm (July 23, 30, Aug 6, 13, 20 & 27)
Our New Location - Tuesday August 18th at 7:00pm (Aug 18, 25, Sept 1, 8, 15 & 22)
Our New Location - Thursday September 10th at 7:00pm (Sept 10, 17, 24, Oct 8, 15 & 22 - no class Oct 1)
Our New Location - Tuesday October 6th at 5:30pm (Oct 6, 13, 27, Nov 3, 10 & 17 - no class Oct 20)

Basic Obedience
For dogs over 5 month of age to learn and refresh skills. Great for dogs who have not attended a class before or puppy class graduates! $120+HST

Our New Location - Thursday July 23rd at 3:00pm (July 23, 30, Aug 6, 13, 20 & 27)
Our New Location - Thursday July 23rd at 8:30pm (July 23, 30, Aug 6, 13, 20 & 27)
Our New Location - Thursday September 10th at 3:00pm (Sept 10, 17, 24, Oct 8, 15 & 22 - no class Oct 1)
Our New Location - Thursday September 10th at 8:30pm (Sept 10, 17, 24, Oct 8, 15 & 22 - no class Oct 1)
Our New Location - Monday September 14, 2020 at 3:00pm (Sept 14, 21, 28, Oct 12, 19 & 26 - no class Oct 5, class does run on Oct 12 which is Thanksgiving)
Our New Location - Monday September 14, 2020 at 5:30pm (Sept 14, 21, 28, Oct 12, 19 & 26 - no class Oct 5, class does run on Oct 12 which is Thanksgiving)

Intermediate Obedience
For dogs over 6 months who have attended wither our Basic Obedience Class or Teen Basics class.  This is a great preparation class if you are interested in completing the Canine Good Neighbour Test.  If you have mastered the basics in distracted environments its time to bring the skills to the next level. $120+HST ($135.60 including taxes)

Our New Location - Monday September 14, 2020 at 1:30pm (Sept 14, 21, 28, Oct 12, 19 & 26 - no class Oct 5, class does run on Oct 12 which is Thanksgiving)
Our New Location - Monday September 14, 2020 at 8:30pm (Sept 14, 21, 28, Oct 12, 19 & 26 - no class Oct 5, class does run on Oct 12 which is Thanksgiving)

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). $145+HST.

Our New Location - Wednesday August 12th at 5:30pm (Aug 12, 19, 26, Sep 2, 9 & 16)
Our New Location - Wednesday October 7th at 5:30pm (Oct 7, 14, 21, Nov 4, 11 & 18 - no class Oct 28)

Intermediate Trick Dog
Intermediate Trick Dog classes are designed for dogs who have completed the Novice Trick Dog Classes or earned their Novice Trick Dog Title (NTD)! All dogs are eligible to receive their Intermediate Trick Dog Title (ITD).  Classes are 6 weeks and are $145 +HST (this includes the Trick Title fee).

Our New Location - Wednesday August 12th at 7:00pm (Aug 12, 19, 26, Sep 2, 9 & 16)

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 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!  $120+HST

Our New Location - Tuesday August 18th at 3:00pm (Aug 18, 25, Sept 1, 8, 15 & 22)
Our New Location - Monday September 14, 2020 at 7:00pm (Sept 14, 21, 28, Oct 12, 19 & 26 - no class Oct 5, class does run on Oct 12 which is Thanksgiving)

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

Our New Location - Tuesday August 18th at 8:30pm (Aug 18, 25, Sept 1, 8, 15 & 22)
Our New Location - Tuesday October 6th at 3:00pm (Oct 6, 13, 27, Nov 3, 10 & 17 - no class Oct 20)
Our New Location - Tuesday October 6th at 8:30pm (Oct 6, 13, 27, Nov 3, 10 & 17 - no class Oct 20)

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

Location Varies (Throughout Belleville and Trenton) - Wednesday October 7th at 7:15pm (Oct 7, 14, 21, Nov 4, 11 & 18 - no class Oct 28)

All Quinte Canine workshops are limited entry and can fill quickly. Working spaces invole bringing a dog to the workshop where Audit spaces, just the human comes to learn without a dog and return home with new skills to then work on with their dog. Prices vary based on the workshop and which type of space. For more information, registrations details or pricing please visit:

Tug Power - Wednesday August 19th - 3:00pm
Tug Power - Wednesday August 19th - 8:30pm
Tug Power - Thursday September 3rd - 7:00pm
Fetch! - Thursday September 3rd - 3:00pm
Fetch! - Thursday September 3rd - 5:30pm
Got 4 Left Feet? - Thursday September 3rd - 1:30pm
Got 4 Left Feet? - Thursday September 3rd - 8:30pm
Advance & Expert Trick - Saturday August 22nd - 10:00am - 4:30pm
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.  Please note that those who submit both payment and form (payment only needed for existing students) will receive first opportunity to register.

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. 
Thank you Quinte Canine Community!
You helped raise $1025 for the Quinte Humane Society through the Birthday Challenge fundraiser! We also completed a Facebook digit fundraiser which raised an additional $1050!  Thank you so much Quinte!
Play Dates!

We have play dates available for both young puppies as well as for dogs who are very well socialized and enjoy the company and play of other dogs. All play dates are being held at at our new location located at 987 Old Highway 2 Belleville (half way between Belleville and Trenton on Highway 2, right across from Connon Nurseries).

Play mates are matched up based on a number of factors to help build your dog/puppies confidence and skills. Play dates 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 one (or more) of the play dates listed below, please email us at, the following information so we can best match you for play time. If you have attended a play date in June with us please just email us your preferred time(s)/date(s).  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.
  • Which times/dates you can join
  • Your dog/puppies age in weeks and current weight
  • Your dog/puppies dog experience (has met a 1-2 other adult dogs, met 6-7 adult dogs, has played with 1 other puppy, none)
  • What your dog/puppy thought of play (really liked playing, was fearful, took a little while to start playing, etc.)
  • What your dog/puppy played like (was casual and started slow, constantly harassed the adult dog, played really physical and rough, bouncy and played chase, etc)

Puppy - Young puppies up to 6 months and small dogs (under 30lbs)
Thursday July 9 - 2:30pm
Thursday July 9 - 7:00pm
Tuesday July 14 - 1:00pm
Wednesday July 15 - 8:15pm
Monday July 20 - 8:15pm
Wednesday July 22 - 2:30pm
Monday July 27 - 5:30pm
Wednesday August 5 - 2:30pm
Wednesday August 5 - 8:15pm

Thursday July 9 - 3:30pm
Tuesday July 14 - 12:00pm
Wednesday July 15 - 3:15pm
Wednesday July 22 - 3:30pm
Monday July 27 - 6:30pm
Wednesday August 5 - 3:30pm

Micro Dog - For dogs under 15lbs.
Thursday July 9 - 6:00pm
Monday July 20 - 12:00pm
Wednesday July 22 - 8:15pm
Monday July 27 - 7:30pm
Wednesday August 5 - 1:30pm

Understanding Vaccinations

by Olivia Rodrguez - Quinte Canine College Placement Student - Durham

Everyone is familiar with vaccination, whether it be for us humans or our pets, and most of us have been poked with a vaccine in our lifetime. But what is a vaccine?
Vaccines introduce antigens (usually modified viruses and bacteria) into the body to produce immunity to a disease. Vaccines stimulate the immune system to produce protective antibodies against a specific disease, the antibodies produced will offer protection if or when real exposure to the disease occurs. Vaccines are antigenic enough to stimulate the immune system but slightly different from the actual antigen so that the disease won’t be produced.
There are five recommended core vaccines for dogs: canine distemper, hepatitis (adenovirus), parainfluenza, parvovirus, and rabies. A commonly recommended core vaccination schedule includes vaccinating at 8, 12, and 16 weeks for distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza, and parvovirus, with an annual booster for all. As well as vaccinating at 16 weeks for rabies with a booster every 3 years. Other vaccinations available include Bordetella, Lyme disease, West Nile virus, giardia, leptospirosis, and coronavirus (this is a different strain from the current COVID 19 virus effecting humans).  Depending on your dog’s lifestyle and environment, some of these additional vaccines may be beneficial, so talk to your vet about what vaccines are right for your dog.
An important test to know about when discussing vaccines is titre tests. A titre is a blood test to determine the number of antibodies an animal has for a specific disease. To put it simply, it tells us how protected the animal is. Knowing this information is helpful because it tells us if the animal is still immune, and whether or not a booster shot is necessary.  If the titre test returns with high levels of antibodies, your dog is still well protected since the last vaccination and therefore may not  need to be re-vaccinated again until the titres begin to show low levels of antibodies.
Vaccinating is a critical step in taking good care of our dogs and keeping them safe. While vaccination is always recommended, doing regular titre tests on your dog to determine immunity is a great alternative to yearly vaccinations as long as your dog is maintaining high levels of antibodies. This way, you can avoid unnecessarily vaccinating your dog when they don’t need it. Be sure to talk to your vet about what vaccines are right for your dog and the option of titre testing. Many veterinarians are also investing in ‘in house’ titre testing systems which is faster and more cost effective then sending blood samples out to a laboratory.
All dogs entering Quinte Canine facilities are required to show proof of core vaccinations, titre test results or provide a letter from their veterinarian for exemption.

Infection Disease Prevention and Protocols – Training Commencement Guidelines
All Quinte Canine clients and staff are to adhere to the following guidelines at all times and until further notice in order to maintain and maximize safety at all times. 
Any person who is unable to adhere to the rules set out below will not be permitted to enter the facility or will be asked to leave without refund.
Individual Measures
Each person entering Quinte Canine will be asked to follow strict hygiene protocols at all times which will include but are not limited to:
Admission to Facility
  • Admission to Quinte Canine physical facility will be limited only to those who do not pose a risk. Any person with the following will be asked not to attend our facility: persons who feel generally unwell or with a fever, cough or having difficulty breathing, any person who has travelled outside of Canada within the past 14 days and persons who do not adhere to physical distancing and respiratory etiquette
  • At this time, we request that only one person per dog attend appointments and classes to help reduce risk. If a client requires a secondary person to provide assistance please contact us prior to class to discuss
  • We ask that ONLY Quinte Canine staff open and close doors to minimize the transfer of pathogens.
  • If you use the washroom, we ask that you please ensure that a Quinte Canine staff is made aware so proper sanitization can occur after use
Hand Washing & Sanitization
Physical Distancing
  • A strict 2 metre physical distancing policy will be in place at all times on the Quinte Canine Property including the building and direct parking lot. All persons are to keep a minimum of 2 metres (6 feet) from other persons at all times when on the property.
Respiratory Etiquette
  • Should a person cough or sneeze they are asked to do so into their elbow or a disposable tissue (which should be immediately placed in the trash, followed by hand hygiene practices).
Personal Protective Equipment – Face Masks required
  • Wearing of non-medical face masks when working indoors will be mandatory that covers the nose, mouth and lower jaw (surgical face masks should be only used but healthcare professionals at this time due to limited supply). Clients are required to provide their own face mask the fully covers the mouth, nose and lower jaw.
  • Wearing of gloves is not permitted as they cannot be sanitized like bare hands. If wearing gloves, you risk spreading pathogens between surfaces as you cannot sanitize gloves. If a person uses gloves, they must change them to new fresh ones with each and every item, surface or object they touch (the average 60-minute class would require approximately 5-10 glove changes).
  • Additional information on the proper use and donning of Face Masks can be found at:
Additional Information
  • Avoid touching your face at all times as recommended by Health Canada
  • Additional signage and educational information will be available to staff and clients of Quinte Canine in the form of posters, signs, physical markers (‘stand here’ markers) and correspondence.
  • Along with our regular disinfecting practices, such as needed to maintain human and canine health at all times, the following strict cleaning practices will also be taking place: Surface and Object Disinfecting – using such recommended products as disinfectants and disinfecting wipes. Surfaces and objects include, but are not limited to: desks, tables, dog tether carabiners, door handles, chairs, coat hooks, tapes, light switches, toilet handles, counters and dog training equipment used
  • If a business closure is implemented before the completion of a program, that program will be automatically moved to an online platform until completion (with the exception of certain classes that require in person services such a Scent Detection).
Your cooperation is appreciated and your loyalty unmatched. Please be patient with us and each other as we adapt to help keep you and others safe. Your health is important to use so we ask that if you have any questions or concerns please contact us as soon as possible to discuss at or 613-242-5050
Virtual Student Brags in June!

Novice Trick - Penny, Taz (Cat), Duna, Baxter & Sadie
Novice Trick - Wellington, Rosie, Rupert & Jitter
Puppy - Tess, Murphy, Hazel, Jager, Quinn, Milo & Ellie
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