August Newsletter!

This summer is really starting to heat up. Temperature wise and trial wise. We are preparing for our upcoming scent detection trials. Our 'mini trial' is being held on August 7th and we hope to soon share a lot of fun news!  We are also heating up to our large annual trial which will be held in Corbyville Saturday September 3rd through Monday September 5th. With so many awesome dogs running throughout the weekend from all over the province, we hope to make it a fun event! But there is no way we could hold these types of events without the amazing help of volunteers throughout the weekend. If you are interested in helping volunteer, learning more about the amazing sport of scent detection and getting to see some great teams please reach out to us at to volunteer. We will also be hosting our usual raffle draws in support of the Humane Society Hastings Prince Edward. 

With the hot weather, our dogs are also needing a little extra attention. It is important to understand that even though we might enjoy a day in the high 20s with a great breeze, we are only enjoying it due to the great cooling system that evolution has provided us - sweat glands. Remember that our dogs dont cool themselves in the same way so watching for heat signals is critical. It is a great time of year to have nice walks in the early morning or late evening.  And when heat waves hit and it is just too hot to be walking or exercising outside, have some fun indoors and work more on exercising the brain instead of the body through feeding enrichment, training and fun mental tasks! Say cool but also 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.

Puppy Class
For puppies 8-16 weeks of age. Don't delay! Important information: click here  Class is $150+HST ($169.50 including taxes)

Wednesday August 10 at 2:30pm (Aug 10, 17, 24, 31, Sep 7 & 14)
Wednesday August 24 at 7:00pm (Aug 24, 31, Sep 7, 14, 21 & 28)
Wednesday September 7 at 1:00pm (Sep 7, 14, 21, 28, Oct 5 & 12)
Wednesday September 14 at 5:30pm (Sep 14, 21, 28, Oct 5, 12 & 19)
Wednesday September 21 at 4:00pm (Sep 21, 28, Oct 5, 12, 19 & 26)
Wednesday September 28 at 2:30pm (Sep 28, Oct 5, 12, 19, 26 & Nov 2)
Wednesday October 12 at 7:00pm (Oct 12. 19, 26, Nov 2, 9 &16)
Wednesday October 26 at 1:00pm (Oct 26, Nov 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30)

Teen Basics
This class is for Quinte Canine Puppy class graduates who are under 6 months of age. Class is $150+HST ($169.50 including taxes)

Monday August 8 at 7:00pm (Aug 8, 15, 22, Sep 12, 19 & 26 - no class Aug 29 & Sep 5)
Tuesday August 30 at 2:00pm (Aug 30, Sep 6, 27, Oct 4 & 11 - no class Sep 13)
Tuesday August 30 at 7:00pm (Aug 30, Sep 6, 27, Oct 4 & 11 - no class Sep 13)
Monday October 17 at 7:00pm (Oct 17, 24, 31, Nov 7, 14 & 21)

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! $175+HST. 

Friday September 16 at 10:30am (Sep 16, 23, 30, Oct 7, 14 & 21)
Monday October 17 at 2:30pm (Oct 17, 24, 31, Nov 7, 14 & 21)

Intermediate Obedience
For dogs over 6 months who have attended wither our Basic Obedience Class or Teen Basics class.  If you have mastered the basics in distracted environments its time to bring the skills to the next level. $175+HST ($197.75 including taxes).

Friday September 16 at 1:30pm (Sep 16, 23, 30, Oct 14 & 21)

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!  Class is $150+HST ($169.50 including taxes)

Basic Scent Detection Level 1 (no prerequisite) - Monday October 17 at 1:00pm (Oct 17, 24, 31, Nov 7, 14 & 21)
Basic Scent Detection Level 1 (no prerequisite) - Monday October 17 at 5:30pm (Oct 17, 24, 31, Nov 7, 14 & 21)
Basic Scent Detection Level 2 (prerequisite is level 1) - Thursday September 29 at 11:00am (Sep 29, Oct 6, 13, 20, 27 & Nov 3)
Basic Scent Detection Level 3 (prerequisite is level 2) - Tuesday August 30 at 4:00pm (Aug 30, Sep 6, 27, Oct 4 & 11 - no class Sep 13)
Basic Scent Detection Level 3 (prerequisite is level 2) - Tuesday August 30 at 5:00pm (Aug 30, Sep 6, 27, Oct 4 & 11 - no class Sep 13)

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 $165+HST

Tuesday August 30 at 5:30pm (Aug 30, Sep 6, 20, 27, Oct 4 & 11 - no class Sep 13)

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 August 3 - 2:15pm - Mixed
Thursday August 11 - 2:15pm - Puppies 16-24 weeks
Thursday August 11 - 3:00opm - Puppies under 16 weeks
Tuesday August 23 - 4:45pm - Small/Shy
Tuesday August 23 - 5:30pm - Puppies under 16 weeks
Wednesday September 7 - 5:30pm - Small/Shy
Wednesday September 7 - 6:15pm - Puppies 16-24 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!

We continue to receive wonderful and very welcome updates from our best buddy Charger. His new home is such a perfect fit for him and we could not be happier. Although we miss him dearly we know he is absolutely loving life with Alan and Jocelyn and have many adventures including daily hikes, romps around the yard, playing with his favorite soccer ball and relaxing at the cottage. 

But the months cannot go by fast enough as Charger will be coming home on October 15th to join us again this year at the Wiggle Waggle Walkathon in support of the Human Society Hastings Prince Edward! We are counting down the many days until then when we can snuggle up to this big goofy boy and hope you will come out and join us!
Introducing our newest Quinte Canine’s Canine: Raya
Official name: Quinte Canine’s Ray A Sunshine - Call name: Raya

Raya is a 4 1/2-year-old Sable Working Line German Shepherd and Yvonne’s newest ‘partner in crime’. Raya is a rather 'green dog', knowing just a few cues like sit, down, paw, wait and come. But as we all know, age is no matter and Raya is already learning many new cues, tricks, dock diving, disc, and has even begun her training in scent detection. 

She is extremely affectionate, enjoys people and has already begun to bond very well with Yvonne. Raya is an extremely high drive girl with toy drives beyond our wildest imagination. But with this drive also comes a mental block in some ways. Her drive for a toy is so high that her ability to learn and think is blocked by the simple thought of a toy. We will be using food rewards for learning phases of her training and hope to transition her to toy rewards in maintenance phases. 

We are very excited to continue working with Raya and look forward to what the future holds for her.
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!

Gunner & Jill - SD-CH (Scent Detection Champion), SD-GD (Scent Detection Distance title) & SD-GS (Scent Detection Speed Title) - Advanced Exterior x2, Excellent Interior, Aerial, Distance, Speed, Top Dog Award in Speed - Utopia Trial
Harley & Kate - Excellent Exterior - Pembroke Trial
Piper& Tina - Excellent Container, Excellent Exterior - Brockville Trial
Rally-O Success!

Shelly (Quinte Canine Rally O Trainer) & Gem - Received their CKC Intermediate and Advanced titles this month at the Oshawa Obedience Association trial!
Laurie (Quinte Canine Trainer) & Trilly - Achieved the CKC Novice and Intermediate titles this month at the Oshawa Obedience Association trial!
Student Brags in July
Puppy Class - Luna, Miss Jewelz, Leo, Daisy & Sophie
Puppy Class -
Jasper & Pixie
Basic Obedience - Max & Rosie
Basic Scent Detection Level 1 - Jasper, Rupert, Tikka & Dizzy
Novice Trick Dog - Flint, Ellis, Rayne, Lucy & Nova
Teen Basics - Walter, Bentley, Finn, Kail, Milo & Matilda
Puppy Class - Havoc, Turks, Tucker & Zoey
Basic Scent Detection Level 3 - Ember, Skye, Oslo, Kizhi & Jiggs
Basic Scent Detection Level 3 - Willow, Obi, Duke 1, Duke 2 & Ruby
What breed of dog is the quietest?
The hush-puppy!
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