November 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, Workshops, Upcoming Community Events, Student Brags, Super Sniffer Success & More!

Letter from the Editor

  Dear friends, 
With October being such a busy month here at Quinte Canine, all of our remaining classes for 2019 have filled.  Although I said I would not add additional classes, in order to provide myself a small respite, I have bowed to social pressure and added just a few starting mid-December.  With the classes starting on Monday nights, it does not interfere with any specific holidays so we hope you can join us. 
Although with many classes, private sessions and planning for our upcoming Holiday Party (please see invitation below with RSVP information), I and a strong handful of Super Sniffers (Quinte Canine Advanced Scent Detection Students) ventured off to Campbellville Ontario for the first ever SDDA Scent Detection National Cup Challenge. Along with all the fun and a few surprises we became stronger teams and had a blast with our dogs. You can read more about the fun in this newsletter.
I would also just like to send a special thanks to Tina Sawicki, picture lady extraordinaire who takes many of our amazing photos!

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 - 5:45pm - Monday December 16, 2019 (Dec 16, 23, 30, Jan 6, 13 & 20) - For puppies 8-13 weeks old
Belleville - 7:00pm - Monday December 16, 2019 (Dec 16, 23, 30, Jan 6, 13 & 20)- For puppies 13-20 weeks old
Trenton - 5:45pm - Tuesday January 7, 2020 (Jan 7, 14, 21, 28, Feb 4 & 18 - no class Feb 11)

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 - Monday December 16, 2019 (Dec 16, 23, 30, Jan 6, 13 & 20)
Trenton - 8:15pm - Tuesday January 7, 2020 (Jan 7, 14, 21, 28, Feb 4 & 18 - no class Feb 11)
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

Trenton - 3:15pm - Tuesday January 7, 2020 (Jan 7, 14, 21, 28, Feb 4 & 18 - no class Feb 11)

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

Belleville - 8:15pm - Monday December 16, 2019 (Dec 16, 23, 30, Jan 6, 13 & 20)

Novice Trick Dog
Novice Trick Dog classes are designed for any dog and people friendly 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 which includes the trick dog title fee. 

Trenton - 4:30pm - Tuesday January 7, 2020 (Jan 7, 14, 21, 28, Feb 4 & 18 - no class Feb 11)

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. 
Quinte Canine Micro Dogs! 

Did you know that we have a group just for the tiny tots! The group is designed for Quinte Canine students with dogs under 12lbs.

Micro dogs certainly see the world from a different place so this is a group designed to offer play dates in a safe and fun environment with other trusted dogs who are the same size. Along with Yvonne being present and helping to understand communication, handlers are expected to be diligent in observation of dog communication during sessions.

To become a part of this group please visit (don't forget to fill out the 3 questions asked during request). 

Our next play date will be on Sunday November 10th at 5:00pm at the Belleville hall.  More information can be found int he Micro Dogs Online group!
October Super Sniffer Success!

The end of October saw the first ever Sporting Detection Dogs Association (SDDA) National Challenge Cup held in Campbellville Ontario!  This fun filled 3 days was a great chance for teams of detection dogs and handlers form across Canada to come together and have a great time with their dogs.  The Friday was a Games day with new titles, fun hides and even a wedding!  Yes, you read that right, a wedding.  SDDA Judge Doug Teeft from Nova Scotia was one of the many amazing judges on hand over the weekend to help us challenge our dogs. Doug and his new wife Cathy decided to share a very special moment with their 'scenting family' by holding their wedding at the event! Congratulations to Doug and Cathy and thank you so much for sharing your day with us! All day Saturday and the Sunday morning were qualifying searches for dog and handler teams.  Quinte Canine Super Sniffers had a very large contingent present with Rhody & Colleen, Kaylee & Tina, Thunder & Yvonne, Jessie & Marylyn, Matilda & Rose, Shug & Janet, Ben/Chaz & Laurie and Michka & Mary! 

All the teams worked very hard and had a lot of fun with their dogs all weekend long and we are very proud of them! At lunch of Sunday, the top 12 teams from the qualifying rounds were announced and moved forward to the finals, held Sunday afternoon. Over 80 dog and handler teams entered the SDDA National Challenge Cup and THREE Super Sniffer teams made the finals this year, Matilda & Rose, Ben & Laurie and Thunder & Yvonne.  

With a few jitters out of the way and some fun searches the results turned out incredible!
Ben & Laurie placed 11th overall
Matilda & Rose placed 9th overall
Thunder & Yvonne placed 6th overall

(Yvonne tied in points for 5th place but was placed in 6th with qualifying points being the tie breaker)

All of the Super Sniffer teams have made us very proud and it warms our heart to know you love watching your dogs have fun!

Many have asked why Yvonne did not run her own German Shepherd Dog, Wrangler at the National Cup. Wrangler was entered into the event when registrations opened in the spring but he has since sustained an injury which has him on 6 or more weeks of cage rest. Since Wrangler needed to stay home during the event (although I know he would have loved it and made us very proud), Yvonne was lucky enough to borrow a dog for the event.  Our friend Tina (who runs Thunder and Kaylee) was gracious enough to allow Yvonne to pilot Thunder over the weekend. (Context: Thunder spends a good amount of time at Yvonne's home and is referred to as 'Yvonne's part-time dog' and Thunder refers to Yvonne as his 'other mother', Thunder is also one of Wranglers best friends.) With Yvonne and Thunder's bond a strong one, Tina's hard work training with him, and some great team work and skills they still managed to place 6th. It really does take a village. 

We had a lot of fun and really want to thank the SDDA, volunteers, judges and all of the helping hands for so much hard work and dedication.  It takes an army to pull off and event of this size and all of their hard work was showing all weekend long! We would also like to congratulate our friend Val Archibald and her dog Quick (Belgian Malinois) for being the 1st place team overall, getting to raise the cup!

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

Matilda & Rose - SD-GA (Scent Detection Games Aerial Title) - Aerial Qualified, Speed Qualified, Distance Qualified - Campbellville Trial.  9th Place Overall at the SDDA National Challenge Cup in Campbellville Ontario!
Thunder & Yvonne - Aerial Qualified - Campbellville Trial, 6th Place Overall at the SDDA National Challenge Cup in Campbellville Ontario!
Kaylee & Tina - Speed Qualified - Campbellville Trial
Ben & Laurie - Aerial Qualified, Speed Qualified, Distance Qualified, 1st Place Overall in Speed - Campbellville Trial.  11th Place Overall at the SDDA National Challenge Cup, winner of the Brenda Brown Memorial Award for Highest Scoring Sporting Breed in Qualifying in Campbellville Ontario!
Daegan & Bruce - Advanced Interior - Alliston Trial
Janet & Freya - Advanced Container - Alliston Trial
Rhody & Colleen - Excellent Container (CKC) - North Gower Trial

Ben & Laurie placed 11th overall (middle)
Matilda & Rose placed 9th overall (right)
Thunder & Yvonne placed 6th overall (left)
Top L-R - Jessie, Paul, Colleen & Rhody, Marylyn, Tina & Kaylee, Ken
Bottom L-R - Janet & Shug, Rose & Matilda, Yvonne and Thunder, Laurie & Ben & Chaz
Thank you so much to the Quinte Canine Super Sniffers for such an amazing surprise! The group had a special ribbon and sash made up to recognize Wrangler after his retirement from detection due to his current health issues.  They have dubbed him the "Royal Grand Master Champion.
With a little help from a friend at the SDDA they had them made up and even Super Sniffers logo added as the center pin. They presented the ribbons to me at the Nationals this past month.  Even though Wrangler could not join us, he was certainly there in spirit!
And yes, there was some very emotional ugly crying from me because if it where not for Wrangler, my interest in scent detection may not have been sparked. Wrangler was the inspiration for the Super Sniffers and is always a champion in my heart. 

Thank you again Super Sniffers. You are really a second family to us!
~Yvonne & Wrangler (aka Wankerpants)
The Designated Odor Test (DOT) will open for entries on Wednesday September 11th at 9:00am.  To complete an entry please visit:

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.  We try to only reuse the same location once every 6 months.

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!

My dog looks totally different after going to the groomers.

I guess he had a Trans-FUR-mation.
Student Brags in October!

Trenton Basic Obedience - Kali, Moby, Bo, Molly & Sadie

Trenton Basic Obedience - Willow, Oliver, Opie, Jake & Rosie

Trenton Puppy Class - Barlee, Parker, Hudson, Sascha, Stormy, Maisy & Jacey

Trenton Basic Obedience - Anatasia, Teodora, Astrid & Kira

Belleville Basic Obedience - Snowy, Ruby, Mei, Oliver & Renny

Belleville Basic Scent Detection Level 2 - Odin, Gunner, Gus, Ruby, Nala & Bean

Belleville Puppy - Molly, Lola, Layla, Maizie, Ziggy, Maple, Mindy, Stark & Finley

Belleville Basic Scent Detection Level 1 - Lulu, Auston, Ralph, Drake, Wolfie & Oscar

FYI: Holiday Closure
CLOSED FOR HOLIDAYS! Quinte Canine will be closed for our annual holidays with very limited access to email, telephones and Facebook messages from Friday February 7th to Monday February 17th 2020. We will resume regular service on Monday February 17th.

 We will respond to emails and messages once we return. For class registration please send an email to and registration instructions will be forwarded to you.

Thank you very much for your understanding.

Community Events
You won't want to miss the fun!
Purposeful Painting FUNdraiser for Quinte Humane Society
Monday November 18th at 7:00pm - Dugout Grill Belleville 

For great food/drinks*, fun and a worthy cause. $15 from every ticket sold goes to Quinte Humane Society.

Quinte Humane Society at the Quinte Mall
Monday December 16th - Friday December 20th

Be sure to visit the community booth at the Quinte Mall (near Sports Check) to purchase your QHS merchandise, Pawlicious chocolate bars and say hi! The booth will be open during all mall hours so stop by to say hello!

Quinte Canine's Annual Potluck Holiday Party
Thursday December 12th! 6:00pm - 9:00pm

51 Highland Ave, Belleville, ON. K8P 3R2
There will be food, friends, a few games and laughs! (This is a human only event)
Please R.S.V.P. before December 7th to and include: the # of guests and the dish you will be bringing. 

This is a free event for Quinte Canine clients and friends.  There will be a 50/50 draw and raffle with proceeds to Quinte Humane Society.  The famous Quinte Humane Society Pawlicious Chocolate bars will also be available for sale for just $10! Get them while they last, they make a great gift or stocking stuffer!

We will also be collecting items under the Christmas tree to be donated to the Quinte Humane Society from their ‘Wishlist’ including but not limited to: Bleach, Cat Litter, Laundry Soap, Paper Towel, Windex, All Purpose Spray Cleaner, KMR Kitten Milk, Old Towels, XL Heavy Duty Garbage Bags & Hand Sanitizer
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