September Newsletter!
It's back to school time! With everyone changing how they go about going back, we are working to make some positive changes too! Adding even more classes to suit your needs and requests. Please do keep in mind that evening classes fill very quickly, in some cases month in advance so we ask that you plan ahead. There are only so many evenings in a week so we must be selective about the classes being offered. Have patience and get registered.

Also since it is September that means the Quinte Humane Society Wiggle Waggle Walkathon is just around the corner! This years event is dubbed: Sniff Your Own Adventure since it is going virtual! We hope you can participate this year and we hope to be back in person next year to see all of your smiling faces and wagging butts (dog and humans too)! For more information see our community events section at the very end of this newsletter.

As always, stay safe and keep those tails wagging!

Your friend,
Yvonne Ferguson,
Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge & Skills Assessed, Certified Trick Dog Instructor,
Behaviour Consultant - Quinte Canine
Please note: Quinte Canine will be closed from Tuesday September 29 - Monday October 5th. Any correspondence during this time will receive an automatic reply. Thank you for your understanding an patience.
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.

Wednesday October 7 at 1:30pm (Oct 7, 14, 21, Nov 4, 11 & 18 - no class October 28)
Wednesday October 7 at 7:00pm (Oct 7, 14, 21, Nov 4, 11 & 18 - no class October 28)
Tuesday November 24th at 5:30pm (Nov 24, Dec 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29)

Teen Basics
This class is for Puppy class graduates who are between 4 months and 7 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:

Tuesday October 6th at 3:00pm (Oct 6, 13, 27, Nov 3, 10 & 17 - no class Oct 20)
Wednesday October 7 at 8:30pm (Oct 7, 14, 21, Nov 4, 11 & 18 - no class October 28)
Tuesday November 24th at 7:00pm (Nov 24, Dec 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29)

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

Tuesday November 24th at 3:00pm (Nov 24, Dec 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29)
Tuesday November 24th at 8:30pm (Nov 24, Dec 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29)

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)

Thursday November 5th at 2:30pm (November 5, 12, 19, 26, Dec 3 & 10)

Rally Beginners

Quinte Canine's Rally classes are built for dogs aged 5 months and older who have previous obedience experience (with Quinte Canine or elsewhere). Quinte Canine dogs who have completed the Intermediate Obedience class can join this fun. Visit: for more information

Thursday November 5th at 4:00pm (November 5, 12, 19, 26, Dec 3 & 10)
Thursday November 5th at 7:00pm (November 5, 12, 19, 26, Dec 3 & 10)

Rally Novice
This class is for students who have completed Rally Beginners or who have previous experience in rally obedience or formal obedience. Visit: for more information

Thursday November 5th at 5:30pm (November 5, 12, 19, 26, Dec 3 & 10)


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.

Thursday November 5th at 1:00pm (November 5, 12, 19, 26, Dec 3 & 10)
Sunday December 13th at 10:00am (Dec 13, 20, 27, Jan 3, 17 & 24 - no class Jan 10)

Scent Detection

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

Sunday December 13th at 11:30am (Dec 13, 20, 27, Jan 3, 17 & 24 - no class Jan 10)

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

Tuesday October 6th at 8:30pm (Oct 6, 13, 27, Nov 3, 10 & 17 - no class Oct 20)

Basic Scent Detection - Level 3
For dogs who have completed Basic Scent Detection Level 1 and 2.  $120+HST.

Location Varies (Throughout Belleville and Trenton) - Sunday December 13th at 1:30pm (Dec 13, 20, 27, Jan 3, 17 & 24 - no class Jan 10)
Workshop! - See flyer below
All Quinte Canine workshops are limited entry and can fill quickly. Working spaces involve 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.

Fetch! - Thursday September 3rd - 5:30pm
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. 
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 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 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 one (or more) of the play dates listed below, 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.

Masks are required at this time and we request that a maximum of 2 persons per dog attend
Young puppies up to 6 months and small dogs (under 30lbs) - limited to 6 dogs
Wednesday September 23rd - 12:30pm
Friday September 25th - 2:30pm
Friday September 25th - 7:00pm

Teen Puppy
Pups between 16 weeks and 8 months (or size based) - limited to 6 dogs
Tuesday September 15th - 12:30pm
Wednesday September 23rd - 1:15pm
Friday September 25th - 1:45pm
Friday September 25th - 7:45pm
Friday October 9th - 2:00pm

For dogs of any age and size - limited to 4 dogs
Wednesday September 9 - 8:15pm
Tuesday September 15th - 1:15pm
Wednesday September 23rd - 2:00pm
Friday September 25th - 3:15pm
Friday September 25th - 7:45pm
Friday October 9th - 1:45pm
Friday October 9th - 3:15pm

Micro Dog
For dogs under 15lbs.  - limited to 6 dogs
Wednesday September 23rd - 2:45pm
Friday September 25th - 1:00pm
Friday October 9th - 1:00pm
Upcoming Workshops!
For more information, registrations details or pricing please visit:
From Wolf to Dog:
What are the Health Concerns?

By Calista Vandervleuten - Quinte Canine College Placement Student - Durham College
One of the most fascinating things about dogs is how they have changed visually over the years. They went from large, thick haired wolves all the way to tiny, short haired chihuahuas. Breeding has caused dogs to evolve in so many ways, creating dogs with smaller legs, smaller snouts, and even smaller teeth! But what does this mean for dogs in terms of their health?

Smaller dog breeds, especially breeds like Shih Tzu’s, Pugs, and Boston Terriers, who are brachycephalic (meaning that they have short and broad skulls), have very small teeth, 42 to be exact! While their small, round and little faces may be extremely adorable, there are some health concerns when it comes to their teeth. Since their skulls are so small and round, they are prone to dental disease as their teeth can easily be shifted and can overcrowd at strange angles. This can lead to periodontal disease, a disease quite common in brachycephalic dogs that causes inflammation of the gums surrounding their teeth. Because this is common, there are many ways to treat periodontal disease and prevent it from happening: such as cleaning the dog’s teeth every day by brushing, taking a dog in for regular examinations, or having some teeth extracted if they cannot be fixed.

Most dogs have long and strong legs, stemming from wolves, although some dogs were bred specifically to have smaller legs, such as the Daschund. Also known as “wiener dogs”, these dogs have long, sausage-like bodies, and their signature tiny legs. Some problems that Daschunds can face due to their small legs are knee problems. Luxating Patella, a common problem affecting most Dachshunds, is a condition where the cartilage that is in charge of holding the dog's knee back becomes damaged. Signs of this include limping or a Dachshund having their leg in the air. It is important to notice when this may happen because if it does not get treated, then Dachshunds may have permanent lameness. This can be treated by using multiple vitamins and supplements, as well as changing exercise routines with the dog.

Continuing on with the brachycephalic topic, this could also lead to breathing problems for dogs, especially Pugs and Shih Tzu’s. Brachycephalic dogs often have narrowed nostrils, which can lead to a breathing disorder called BOAS, or in other words, "Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome". This is a long term disorder that can interfere with a brachycephalic dog's day to day life, including eating, sleeping, and exercising. This can be a problem especially if a brachycephalic dog tries to cool down. Signs of BOAS include an increase in noise when they breathe (sounds like snoring or wheezing), or showing signs of more effort when breathing. Early assessment of this disorder is key as it will determine the issue before it could potentially get worse in the future. The dog's nose and throat will be examined and looked for any abnormalities (such as a collapsed larynx).

Mixed breeds have some of the cutest dogs, including the Pomsky (Pomeranian Husky cross), the Shih Poo (Shih Tzu Poodle cross), and the Golden Doodle (Golden Retriever and Poodle cross). While these breeds may be adorable, breeding two different dog breeds can lead to many health problems. Since dog breeds are all different sizes and have different body shapes, breeding two different body shaped dogs can lead to some health problems, the most common one being Ruptured cranial cruciate ligaments.This is when a dogs knee becomes ruptured and unstable, causing lameness. Typically, a mixed breed dog would need knee surgery in order to fix this by cutting the tibia, rotating it and stabilizing it. If untreated, the dog may experience a lot of pain and a decrease in exercise or movement. It is important to check out the health risks when breeding two different dog breeds, but also be aware to catch any changes in a dogs behaviour so the issue can potentially be resolved depending on the health issue.

One of the perks of having a dog as a pet is being able to choose from a variety of breeds. There are hundreds, and all of them are very unique, especially visually, and while some dogs may look differently from other dog breeds, it’s important to acknowledge those differences and be aware of any health problems it may lead to in the future.

Super Sniffer Brags!
Thunder & Tina - SD-MACH (Scent Detection Master Champion) - Advanced Container, Advanced Interior, Advanced Exterior x2, Excellent Interior -  Alliston Trial
Tilly & Rose - SD-CH (Scent Detection Champion) - Excellent Container, Excellent Interior, Excellent Exterior - Alliston Trial
Ben & Laurie - Advanced Container, Excellent Container, Excellent Interior & Excellent Exterior - Alliston Trial
Daegan & Bruce - Advanced Container, Advanced Interior - Pembroke Trial
Freya & Janet - Advanced Container - Pembroke Trial
Student Brags in August!
Wow! What a month that was!
Puppy Class - Oakley, Zoey, Baz, Kylo Ren, Gracie & Mac
Puppy Class - Bella, Tilley, Finn, Ruby & Banks
Basic Obedience - Walnut, Acorn, Paxton, Huxley & Hannah
Basic Obedience - Copper, Rockey, Holly & Charlie
Puppy Class - George, Gibson & Benny
Puppy Class - Gigi, Moose, Ollie 1, Ollie 2, Bauer, & Phoebe
Basic Scent Detection Level 1 - Molly, Baxter, Rosie, Finnegan, Rico & Diego
Puppy Class - Jake, Luka, Archie, Maggie, Mylo & Aussie
Basic Obedience - Charlie, Finnegan, George & Sox
*Our first* Teen Basics - Quinn, Sully, Mako, Winter, Murphy & Shelby
Puppy - Cooper, Nelly, Skye, Louie, Oakley & Maui
Basic Obedience - Archie, Penny & Dakota
Intermediate Scent Detection (Level 3) - Now Super Sniffers - Piper & Drake (Semi-private)
Community Events
You won't want to miss the fun!

Quinte Humane Society Wiggle Waggle Walkathon - Sniff Your Own Adventure has gone virtual this year!

This year the animals at the shelter need your help more than ever! We are excited to announce that our 5th Annual Wiggle Waggle Walkathon is going virtual. This will be an exciting new way of doing things for our staff and volunteers and we are all looking forward to an amazing virtual event. Dogs and their walkers can participate by choosing their own route and sniffing out adventure, all to help animals at the shelter.

All you have to do is sign up like previous years and collect pledges though our online platform. Then from Saturday September 12th to Saturday September 19th, put your imagination to the test and do your very own virtual walk where ever your nose may take you. 

Learn more at:
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