July Newsletter!
Welcome to Quinte Canine's July 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, Your Dog Just Growled; Did You Remember to Thank Him?, Student Brags, Upcoming Community Events & More!

Letter from the Editor
Dear friends,  
With our summer classes filling quickly we are both enjoying our client time as well as our free time. The summer often brings time for fun and time for play and we are no exception.  Please bear with us over the summer if it takes a little longer than normal to respond to emails or call as it is the busiest time of the year.  Also keep in mind I will be teaching at this years Mr Spot Dog Camp in Kingston from July 15-21 and will be less available that week.
Over the past month I have received many inquiries about behaviour consulting and we are booking at least 3 weeks away for initial assessment and consultations.  Many of these calls involve some sort of growling from dogs of all ages.  Some dogs have been growling for a while while others are presenting it as a new behaviour.  With that said growling is something to take seriously but also keep in mind that a growl is another form of communication from dogs that needs to be heard (both figuratively and literally).  So, in this newsletter I have included an article written by Nicole Larocco-Skeehan, CPDT-KA of Philly Unleashed in Philidaphia, PA.  I first met Nicole in 2016 as a fellow board of directors member for the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT).  Since then we have not only served the board together as directors but have become friends.  I hope you enjoy the article as much as I did. 
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 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. 

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)

Trenton - 7:00pm - Tuesday July 24, 2018 (July 24, 31, Aug 7, 14, 21 & 28)

Trenton - 4:30pm - Tuesday July 24, 2018 (July 24, 31, Aug 7, 14, 21 & 28)
Belleville - 7:00pm - Thursday August 23, 2018 (Aug 23, 30, Sept 6, 20, 27 & Oct 4 - no class Sept 13)

Trenton - 5:45pm - Tuesday September 18, 2018 (Sept 18, 25, Oct 2, 9, 23 & 30 - no class Oct 16)

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).

Belleville - 4:30pm - Thursday August 23, 2018 (Aug 23, 30, Sept 6, 20, 27 & Oct 4 - no class Sept 13)
Trenton - 4:30pm - Tuesday September 18, 2018 (Sept 18, 25, Oct 2, 9, 23 & 30 - no class Oct 16)
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).

- 3:15pm -
Tuesday July 24, 2018 (July 24, 31, Aug 7, 14, 21 & 28)  - If we have minimum registration we will run this class - please email to express interest

Trenton - 8:15pm - Tuesday September 18, 2018 (Sept 18, 25, Oct 2, 9, 23 & 30 - no class Oct 16)

Basic Scent Detection - Level 2
For any dog who has completed Basic Scent Detection Level 1! $100+HST ($113 including HST).

Belleville - 5:45pm - Thursday August 23, 2018 (Aug 23, 30, Sept 6, 20, 27 & Oct 4 - no class Sept 13)

Belleville - 8:15pm - Thursday August 23, 2018 (Aug 23, 30, Sept 6, 20, 27 & Oct 4 - no class Sept 13)

Intermediate Trick Dog
This class is designed for dogs who have completed our Novice Trick Dog class and/or those who have achieved the Novice Trick Dog Title.  Dogs who complete this class are eligible to receive their Intermediate Trick Dog Title (ITD).. $135 +HST ($152.55 including HST) which includes the trick dog title fee.

Trenton - 7:00pm - Tuesday September 18, 2018 (Sept 18, 25, Oct 2, 9, 23 & 30 - no class Oct 16)

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. 

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. 
Scent Detection Trial VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Want to learn about detection?
Want to watch scent detection dogs in action?
Want to be a part of a fun, engaging and friendly community?
This come join our fun!

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

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.  This is also the BEST way to learn about this fun sport, meet the stars of the sport, watch some dogs have a great time and get to meet other students involved!  Come be a part of our community!

The trial this spring will be held at 51 Highland Ave Belleville.

We will need volunteers for the following:
Saturday September 8th - 8:00am - approx 5:00pm
Sunday September 9th - 8:00am - approx 5:00pm
(the end time can vary depending on the number of entries received)

If you are able to help please email

Your Dog Just Growled; Did You Remember to Thank Him?

Nicole Larocco-Skeehan, CPDT-KA® - Philly Unleashed

I have so many amazing clients, and this story is about one of them. Edith is one of those clients that dog trainers dream of having. She has a wonderfully, well-balanced Golden retriever who is a joy to work with. She has taken just about every training class possible and supplemented with private lessons. Lola the dog goes to doggie daycare twice a week to keep up her socialization skills. Lola is also fortunate enough to accompany Edith to work on days when she is not in daycare. Lola is a therapy dog and regularly visits children and the elderly. Despite some health concerns and joint issues (oh goldens!) Lola is pretty much the perfect dog, and Edith is responsible for it.
So, imagine Edith’s surprise when last week, Lola growled at a child! After a long day of riding around in the car for work, Edith decided to visit one of her favorite boutiques. Since it was hot outside, she was hesitant to leave Lola in the car, so the boutique owner allowed her to bring the dog inside. Lola was asked to do a sit-stay while Edith looked at an item.
Then, it happened, a child ran up to Lola and jumped on her to give her a hug. Lola then growled at the child, and the child’s mom pulled him away. To say that Edith was devastated was an understatement. She called, in tears asking what her next step should be. Should she have an evaluation done on Lola’s temperament? Report the incident to someone? Begin a behavior modification plan to desensitize Lola to children? She didn’t want her poor dog to be taken away from her or put down!
“No”, I said, “you should thank your dog.” Edith went silent…
Now, I’m not saying that you should praise a dog for growling at people on a regular basis. But, if you’ve got a well balanced dog who does not make a habit of overreacting to things, a growl can be a very good thing, and here are 5 reasons why:
5:  A growl may be telling you that something is wrong. In this case, Lola has Bad hips. Her owner and I knew that her hips are sometimes painful after long rides in the car or after heavy exercise. Perhaps this incident exposed something that was painful to or uncomfortable for the dog. As dogs can’t articulate this kind of issue, sometimes a vocalization is the only way the dog can get it through to you that something is wrong.
4:  A growl is a signal to you, the dog’s owner that he has been pushed beyond his threshold. 8 hours of work+ long ride in the car + hot day + painful joints + screaming child coming at you when you are trying to do something else (hold a sit-stay)= TOO MUCH!!! Oh owners, pay more attention to what you ask of your dog!!!! Don’t set them up to fail!
3:  A growl lets you know what areas you need to do more training work. Let’s say that your dog has not had much exposure to children holding balloons. But you’ve noticed that every time your dog sees a child holding a balloon, he gets startled and growls. That’s your signal to desensitize your dog to children holding balloons. ASAP!!! Wasn’t it nice of your dog to give you that information?
2:  A growl can also tell you that your dog is not a saintly, perfect being that is tolerant of everything…they have bad days, just like us! We hold our dogs to such high standards, don’t we? They’re supposed to relinquish their toys or food on our whim, heed every command we give with sometimes very little feedback or reward from us, understand all of our body language even though we are entirely different beings, and most of all…never get upset at another person or dog! Seems unrealistic now that you think of it, right? Dogs have bad days, just like people. If you’ve got a dog who is a good dog, but growled at someone…maybe he’s having a bad day. It happens to the best of us after all!
1:  A growl is a growl…your dog did not bite! I see so many clients that say something along the likes of, “He tried to bite me, but I was too fast and got away from him!”, to me. My answer to them is always…”He didn’t try to bite you, he gave you a warning. If he wanted to bite you, he would have.”. And this is true.
So, while none of us would ever like our dear, sweet, dogs to growl, Next time yours does, look at the context of the situation. Remember that growling is often not an act of aggression, it is a form of communication. And if you ever need clarification on what the context of the growl was, don’t hesitate to ask your trainer. (And, if you don’t have a trainer, I know where you can find a good one…). But, next time your dog growls, remember that he growled, he did not bite, attack, or cross the line. Thank him and remember to be vigilant about where your dog is and who is around him.

Nicole Larocco-Skeehan is the owner of Philly Unleashed in Philadelphia, PA, and the former Director of Behavior & Training at the Pennsylvania SPCA.

Nicole’s first job working with animals was at Animal Friends, a no-kill animal rescue and resource center in Pittsburgh. Three years later, the Pennsylvania SPCA recruited her for the position of Director of Animal Behavior and Training, where she created an evaluation and enrichment program for all of the shelter animals, including dogs brought in from cruelty, neglect, and animal-fighting cases. Nicole’s efforts were featured on TV shows such as Animal Cops: Philadelphia, Animal Planet’s Dogfighting Exposed, and local TV and radio programs. Nicole has also co-instructed classes for and spoken at numerous universities.

In 2011, Nicole left the Pennsylvania SPCA to found her own dog training company, Philly Unleashed, and to work as the Director of Training and Animal Programming for New Leash on Life-USA, a new-generation prison program that rescues dogs from high-volume shelters and places them with prison inmates for training. She lives in Philadelphia with her fiancé and two rescued dogs; Uluru, an Australian Cattle Dog mix, and Porterhouse, a border collie mix.


Fixed Fur Life's Annual Strut for Strays a Success!

We were proud to once again be a part of this annual walk-a-thon and canine festival.  From dock diving to dog contests, raffles and more, we hope you were able to join in the fun. 

Quinte Canine held our popular Shell Game for just $1 (to Fixed Fur Life).  For $1 participants could play a simple sniffing game that any dog can enjoy in order to not only win a dog cookie but also get their name entered into the grand prize draw; a dog basket valued at over $50! 

Woogie Leger a 9 month old Border Collie, loved by Richard and Michelle was our lucky winner this year!  Quinte Canine's Meshu won this years talent show, showing off her newest trick of playing a baby grand paino! The event raised over $51,000 to help neutered pet in our community.  Way to go Quinte Community! 
Student Brags in June!

Basic Obedience (2 classes Belleville) - Lila, Stella, Octavia, Daegan, Skyes & Hank

Puppy Class (2 classes Trenton) - Misha, Sasha, Luna, Moss, Tux, Hunter, Sweat Pea, Meeka, Isla, Missy, Twitch, Toby, Angus, Diesel, Wesley, Champ & Charlie!

Basic Obedience (Trenton) - Oliver, Holly, Tazz, Tealie, Rainey & Kya

Puppy Class (Trenton) - Sidney, Raven, Dagmar, Spud, Buster, Harley, Molly, Jazz & Oliver

Novice Trick Dog (Trenton) - Rufus, Bailey, Auston, Woogie & Tamarack

Technical Skills (Trenton) - Matilda & Abby

Way to be awesome teams!
Last month we had the pleasure of talking to the PEC 4H Pet Club about dogs and training. The dogs were happy to show off some of their favorite tricks and obedience. A special thanks to our friend Tina and her dogs Thunder, Piper and Kaylee for coming and preforming along with Quinte Canine’s Wrangler!!

We are available to speak to groups, large and small about dog training and behaviour modification as well as provide different types of demonstrations and show.  Call us today to speak about options!

Community Events
You won't want to miss the fun!

4th Annual Wings & Wheels Car Show (Dogs welcome!)
In support of Quinte Humane Society & the National Air Force Museum of Canada Foundation
Sunday July 15th, 10:00am - 3:00pm (Cars to arrive at 8am)
National Air Force Museum at CFB Trenton (RCAF Rd Trenton)
This year we are once again welcoming Classic Cars and Motorcycles to come and display amongst the various vintage planes in the Air Park. With over 240 participants last year and over 2200 spectators we are looking forward to an even bigger showing in 2018.In addition to the many vehicles and planes on display, there will also be a variety of vendors, a delicious food court, and silent auction, . We will also have music throughout the day that will keep the crowds dancing and having fun. For more information please visit:

Bay of Quinte Classic Cruisers 2nd Annual Auto Odyssey & Pin Up Contest
In support of Fixed Fur Life & Trenton Memorial Hospital
Saturday August 4th, 2018 in Centennial Park, Trenton ON.
Live music, vendors and food for your enjoyment!
9am car registration, $10 per car. 
For more information contact Christine Mansfield at 613-392-4941 or 613-922-4941

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