June Newsletter!

A year? We have been in our permanent new home a year already?!?!!  It seems hard to believe for us that one year has already passed since we spent 14+ hours days here getting ready to host our first new classes in this space. We officially welcomed our first class on June 15th, 2020. There have been so many ups and downs since then and looking back over the past year, all the ups and downs still make us stronger in the end.

Some of our ups include some great successful fundraisers for the Quinte Humane Society, adding new class types, play dates, workshops and of course the two and four-legged new friends we have made along the way, that have made this journey amazing! Of course there are never just ups, some of the downs are worth reflecting on as well including all that comes with COVID; like months of closures, restrictions and uncertainly. Also, the loss of our beloved Wrangler and his Super Sniffer friends this past year was so very difficult to process.

As we look forward to the coming years in our new home, we thank you - our dedicated and caring students for making this year the best it could possibly be despite it being one of the most memorable years on record.

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
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)

We want to do everything possible to ensure that we keep our community safe. Therefore, we have created and implemented strict health and safety protocols for classes including social distancing guidelines, regular disinfection, mandatory masks and more. With uncertainty in the future we want to keep you and your family healthy. Should the government of Ontario increase restrictions once again and force us to close, our in person group classes switching to a virtual classroom. We use a virtual classroom to 'meet' in a safe way. The class is run live and you are able to see, communicate and see demonstrations in real time. Yvonne is able to watch you and your dog working together to assist, provide feedback and help you learn! You still receive all the class handouts and we are here to support you even outside of class! Classes are fun, interactive and enjoyable; and the best part, your dog can be highly successful with dedicated attention on you. This has been a great alternative during past shut downs and we have received many communications from students saying how they enjoyed the class so much.

Puppy Class
For puppies 8-18 weeks of age. Don't delay! Important information: click here  $120+HST.

Wednesday June 9, 2021 at 5:30pm (June 9, 16, 23, 30, July 14 & 21 - no class July 7) - just 2 spaces left in this class
Monday June 14, 2021 at 2:30pm (June 14, 21, 28, July 12, 19 & 26 - no class July 5) - just 2 spaces left in this class
Monday June 14, 2021 at 7:00pm (June 14, 21, 28, July 12, 19 & 26 - no class July 5)
Tuesday July 13, 2021 at 3:00pm (July 13, 20, 27, Aug 3, 10 & 27)
Tuesday July 13, 2021 at 5:30pm (July 13, 20, 27, Aug 3, 10 & 27)

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. Class is $120+HST ($135.60 with taxes).

Wednesday June 9, 2021 at 11:30am (June 9, 16, 23, 30, July 14 & 21 - no class July 7)
Wednesday June 9, 2021 at 7:00pm (June 9, 16, 23, 30, July 14 & 21 - no class July 7)
Monday June 14, 2021 at 4:00pm (June 14, 21, 28, July 12, 19 & 26 - no class July 5)
Tuesday July 13, 2021 at 1:30pm (July 13, 20, 27, Aug 3, 10 & 27)
Tuesday July 13, 2021 at 7:00pm (July 13, 20, 27, Aug 3, 10 & 27)

Basic Obedience
For dogs over 5 month 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! $130+HST ($146.90 including taxes).

Monday June 14, 2021 at 8:30pm (June 14, 21, 28, July 12, 19 & 26 - no class July 5)
Tuesday July 13, 2021 at 12:00pm (July 13, 20, 27, Aug 3, 10 & 27)
Basic 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!  $130+HST.

Basic Scent Detection Level 3 - Thursday June 17, 2021 (June 17, 24, July 15, 22, 29 & Aug 5 - no class July 1 and 8) - Location to be determined but will vary each week within 15-20 minute drive of our facility (be prepared to work outdoors) - 2 limited classes are available - 6:00pm and 7:15pm

Quinte Canine's Rally classes are built for dogs aged 5 months and older who have previous obedience experience (with Quinte Canine or elsewhere). Visit: for more information. $130+HST

Next classes starting Thursday June 3rd - contact us to find out more or visit our website above.  

Show Handling
Our show handling classes are great for the experienced or new conformation handler! 
Please contact us via email at to learn more about our show handling classes and be places onto the contact list for upcoming classes.

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.

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 young puppies up to adult 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 of the 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. Please be sure to mark your calendar as no reminder emails are sent.

Masks are required at this time and we request that a maximum of 1 person per dog attend. 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

Tuesday June 22 - 12:00pm - Puppy
Tuesday June 22 - 12:45pm - Tiny/Small
Tuesday June 22 - 1:30pm - Dog
Tuesday June 22 - 2:15pm - Teen
Tuesday June 29 - 6:00pm - Tiny/Small
Tuesday June 29 - 6:45pm - Dog
Tuesday June 29 - 7:30pm - Puppy
Welcome Charger!

As some of you may know, Yvonne and Adam took a big step this past month and have opened their home to foster this sweet boy!

'Sweet boy' was the loving name given to him by the amazing staff at Quinte Humane Society as a temporary name until he could be given a deserving name. We have chosen to name him Charger because this guy just keeps charging forward in the face of the odds that seem to have been stacked against him. 

Charger was found on the side of the 401 in the beginning of May after having been hit by a car and on the run for over 10 days. Thanks to the amazing community support, the Quinte Humane Society is trying to do what is best for him and to save his leg! With a fundraiser quickly started and many private and corporate donations being given, the Quinte Humane Society is giving their best to Charger. With a very badly broken rear leg and a great deal of tissue damage, to simply amputate a rear leg on a shepherd is not something QHS wanted to consider, as it would cause far too much wear and tear on his remaining one. We will do our best to try to keep his leg so keep your fingers crossed for him. 

On Monday May 10th Charger's initial and difficult surgery was completed by Dr. Paul Hardacre at Loyalist Veterinary Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Services - . Yvonne and Adam took him into foster care on Friday May 14th which is the best place for a healing pup. On Monday May 17th, Charger went back in for more surgery, this one at no cost to QHS, as his leg was not as swollen anymore. His leg had been broken approximately 10 days before he was found, so there was a lot of swelling, things had started to heal poorly. Dr. Paul was able to straighten the leg more by removing a bunch of scar tissue that was under the plate he put in. As well, there had been some significant drainage under his initial cast. It was found that some dead skin was sloughing off. That was removed and he was stitched and stapled up. He may actually require more surgery in the near future as Dr. Paul cautions that amputation is not ideal but not off the table. On top of everything else he is battling an ear infection but has been started on medication for that. BUT...prognosis so far is good. 2-3 times per week Charger and Yvonne visit Dr Paul, Leigh and the amazing staff at LVOARS to do check ups, bandage changes, therapies and occasionally have Charge sedated for minor modifications to his leg as it heals.

In the near future, once Charger is healed enough, he will need to begin rehabilitation - physio and hydrotherapy.  In a few more months, Charger will need to undergo yet another surgery; this time to complete his neuter and fix some broken teeth (may be from the accident but this is unknown). In another year or so Charger will once again need surgery to remove the plates in his leg. 

After 10 days on the run, he likely had nothing to eat so lost a great deal of weight during his ordeal, being admitted at just 70lbs. For a German Shepherd of his structure he should be approximately 85lbs. The good news is that in just a few short weeks we have been able to get about 6-7lbs on him already!

On top of all that this poor guy has been through he still charges forward with the waggiest German Shepherd tail in the whole world! Although he is a doll, it appears he may know nothing about living with humans. We suspect he has never been taught manners, basic cues, leash manner or how to play and have fun. He has likely never been bathed, brushed or handled. He was initially believed to be anywhere from 3-5 years old but once under for surgery, Dr Paul was able to get a good look at him as estimates he is actually only approximately 2 years old. 

As Quinte Canine's new foster, Charger will get everything he needs to thrive in life and be the happiest pupper there is. We are starting slowly to ensure full effort is made in how he heals. Be sure to jump over the the Quinte Humane Society Facebook page to read more about Charger or even follow us on the Quinte Canine Facebook page at as we post updates on Charger, do live videos and even some fun training videos!
Student Brags in May!
Basic Obedience - Irma, Marley, Skye, Molly, Oswald & Daisy
Intermediate Obedience - Odin, Milo, Ava, Kyra & Gracie
Puppy - Rosie, Fynnegan, Camille, Sadie, Mila, Merlin & Maple
Beginners Show Handling - Bosco, Archie, Ivan, Bernadette, Molly & Marsee
Rally O Pre-Novice - Stella/Escada & Trigger
Rally O Advanced - Trilly, Jake, Harley, Bailey & Silas
Rally O Novice - Baxter & Derby
Puppy - Charles, Tank, Maddie, Archie & Andie
Novice Trick - Kyra, Vala, Milo & Duke
Puppy - Kelly, Obi, Finley, Sasha, Minnie & Otis
Puppy - Odin, Lexi, Millie, Winnie & Bo
Teen Basics - Mabel, Obi, Comhaill & Lila
Basic Obedience - Georgia, Riggs, Molson, Woolie, Lexi & Lewis
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