February Newsletter!
Welcome to Quinte Canine's February 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, Annual February Holiday Closure, Call for Volunteers, SMILE it's National Pet Dental Health Month & Upcoming Community Events

Letter from the Editor
Dear friends,  I hope love finds you this month in the form of some drool dog kisses!  Not only is Valentine's Day on the horizon but it is also National Pet Dental Month.  This month we are trying to focus on the season of love as well as some fun things we love and we hope you enjoy.  Happy Valentine's Day to you all! 
Your friend,

Yvonne Ferguson,
Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge & Skills Assessed, Certified Trick Dog Instructor,
Behaviour Consultant, Owner
- 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 fill very quickly. To be fair to all, we cannot hold spaces without completing the registration process.

Puppy Class
Save 10% off class when you book a New Puppy Start Up Session.  For puppies under 5 months of age who have received their first set of vaccinations$100 +HST ($113 including HST) 

5:45pm - Thursday March 1, 2018 (Mar 1, 8, 22, 29, Apr 5 & 12 - no class March 15)


5:45pm - Tuesday March 27, 2018 (Mar 27, Apr 3, 10, 17, 24 & May 1)

Basic Obedience
For dogs over 5 month of age who are up-to-date on vaccinations and are dog and people friendly. $100 +HST ($113 including HST).

8:15pm - Thursday March 1, 2018 (Mar 1, 8, 22, 29, Apr 5 & 12 - no class March 15)


7:00pm - Tuesday March 27, 2018 (Mar 27, Apr 3, 10, 17, 24 & May 1)

Intermediate Obedience
For dogs over 6 months who have attended a basic training class (with Quinte Canine or elsewhere).  This is a great preparation class if you are interested in completing the Canine Good Neighbour Test. $100+HST ($113 including HST).

8:15pm - Monday March 5, 2018 (Mar 5, 12, 19, 26, Apr 9 & 16 - no class Apr 2)

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).. $135 +HST ($152.55 including HST) which includes the trick dog title fee. 

4:30pm - Thursday March 1, 2018 (Mar 1, 8, 22, 29, Apr 5 & 12 - no class March 15)

Basic Scent Detection - Level 1
For any dog with a nose!  The dogs in this event 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. This is a great class for dogs of all ages, breeds and personalities and helps to provide great mental stimulation!  $100+HST ($113 including HST).


4:30pm - Monday March 5, 2018 (Mar 5, 12, 19, 26, Apr 9 & 16 - no class April 2)


8:15pm - Tuesday March 27, 2018 (Mar 27, Apr 3, 10, 17, 24 & May 1)

Intermediate Scent Detection
For dogs who have completed Basic Scent Detection Level 1 and 2.  These classes are limited to 4 students per class and are filled on a first come first serve basis. We will continue to build interior rooms while learning exterior and vehicle searches.  $100+HST ($113 including HST).

5:45pm - Monday March 5, 2018 (Mar 5, 12, 19, 26, Apr 9 & 16 - no class April 2)

To register for any of the above classes visit:
Previous students: Please note if you have completed a registration form with us in the past you do not need to complete one again unless your information has changed or this is a new dog.  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. 


CLOSED FOR HOLIDAYS! Quinte Canine will be closed for our annual holidays with very limited access to email, telephones and Facebook messages from Thursday February 8th to Friday February 16th 2018. We will resume regular service on Saturday February 17th.

We will respond to emails and message 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, have a great week and Happy Valentine's Day!

Scent Trial and Canine Good Neighbour Evaluation

If you are able to help with any of the following events please email

Trial Volunteers Needed! - April

Quinte Canine is proud to announce that we will be holding another Sporting Detection Dogs Association (SDDA) Trial right here in the Quinte region (Frankford for this upcoming one to be exact)!!!!

Sporting Detection is the fun and competitive version of scent detection such as for narcotics, termites or explosives, and is also known as “nosework”. The dog must locate any and all hidden target scents within a designated area and alert the handler to the location. It is a true partnership sport in which both ends of the leash must rely on one another.  Our local trial hosts dog and handler teams from all over Ontario, Quebec and even the USA.  This fun sport can be enjoyed by ANY dog and some of our local teams are really sniffing out the top spots.

In order to hold these fun events, we need volunteers.  We are looking for anyone that can commit to one or two days to help out.

The trial this spring will be held at 72 Wolfe St. Frankford.

We will need volunteers for the following:
Saturday April 21st - 8:00am - approx 5:00pm
Sunday April 22nd - 8:00am - approx 5:00pm
(the end time can vary depending on the number of entries received)

Canine Good Neighbour (CGN) Volunteers Needed - May!

Quinte Canine will once again be hosting a Canine Good Neighbour (CGN) evaluation at this years Barks By The Bay Canine Festival in Trenton on Saturday May 26th! 

Volunteers will be needed for a variety of positions such as test assistants and registration helpers.  Help will be needed from 8:00am to approximately 4:00pm.  Come be a part of welcoming well mannered canine neighbours to our community.  To find out more about the Canine Good Neighbour Evaluation please visit:
It's National Pet Dental Health Month

Did you know that February is National Pet Dental Health Month! Yes, it seems there is a month for everything now. But dont discard the information just yet, your dog could be suffering in silence or pay for the lack of knowledge down the road. 

Bad breath and tooth discolouration can be a sign of serious disease in our pets, which may affect their kidneys, livers, and hearts. Oral disease is the most frequently diagnosed health problem for pets, with most dogs and cats becoming affected by age 3. Although most know that yellowing of the teeth and bad breath are signs of a possible serious oral health concern for your dog, it is important to remember that ongoing maintenance and prevention are worth more than the tooth fairy can even imagine. 

"Approximately 70% of cats above the age of four years and 80% of dogs above the age of three years have some degree of oral / periodontal disease. Red gums, bad breath and discoloration of teeth are all signs of periodontal disease. " According to Foster Park Pet Hospital staff team. 

Be sure to have a conversation with your veterinarian about your dogs oral health each year when you complete your check up.  But be sure to have your pups pearly whites checked sooner if you experience any of the following:
  • extra teeth or retained baby teeth
  • teeth that are discolored or covered in tartar (be sure to inspect along the gum-line)
  • abnormal chewing, drooling, or dropping food from the mouth
  • reduced appetite or refusal to eat
  • pain in or around the mouth
  • bleeding from the mouth
  • swelling in the areas surrounding the mouth
  • broken or loose teeth
  • bad breath (new or worsening)
Be sure to regularly brush your dogs teeth.  This is the most effective way to keep their smile healthy and may reduce the frequency of the need for veterinary dental cleaning. Prevention is not only the best way to help your best friend out, but can also save you very costly dental bills down the road.  A simple piece of gauze wrapped around your finger tip can even act a very effect and easier 'toothbush' for your dog.

If you do need to have your veterinarian intervene for your dog (tooth removals, cleaning, etc.); procedures, in some cases, can be coupled with other procedures such as spay/neuter, which may help to reduce the overall cost of anesthesia and one more procedure for your dog!  For example if your dog is having a tooth extraction or neuter, having a oral cleaning during the same procedure may reduce stress on your dog. 

Check with your veterinarian today to see if they have any recognition for National Pet Dental Health Month.  Some veterinarians offer discounts, packages and even some free services during the month of February!  Each time your dog makes you smile, please keep in mind that their smile it worth it too!

Does your dog hate having his/her teeth brushed?  Does he/she struggle and bite at the brush?  Don't forget that we can help you work through a desensitization and training program for your needs. Having a willing canine partner that enjoys oral health routines is possible! 

~Yvonne Ferguson, CPDT-KSA, CTDI
Community Events
You won't want to miss the fun! 

Treats & Trivia
In support of the Quinte Humane Society!
One lucky Quinte Canine Team member will win their seat FREE!

Join us for a fun filled evening of Trivia & Treats at the Royal Canadian Legion Trenton on Friday February 23rd 2018. It will be a fun filled night of trivia where teams of 8 compete for bragging rights and a sweet Trivia Champs Trophy. Teams can also bid on some amazing sweets in the live Cake Auction. You may register as a team of 8 or register individually and we will add you to a table. The cost is $20.00 per person for the trivia competition.  If you would like to be a part of the Quinte Canine team please email us as soon as possible as spaces will fill quickly!  One lucky team member will win their seat FREE! 

For more information visit:

*Date Change* - Raise the Woof Stand Up Comedy Show
In support of the Quinte Humane Society!
Saturday May 5th, 2018.  The cost is $30.00 per person.  There will also be an amazing variety of Silent Auction items up for grabs.

For more information please visit:

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