May Newsletter!
May brings us to yet another month of restrictions. But that doesn't mean that other, even better things are restricted; like loving our dogs, hiking with our dogs, playing with our dogs, learning with our dogs and having fun with our dogs!

As we move into the full swing of spring, we have announced some upcoming classes starting in May but are waiting until our June newsletter to announce more classes (Basic Obedience, Trick, Detection, Workshops, etc.) in order to better understand the future restrictions and possible trajectory of COVID-19. This will allow us to better plan classes for you while helping to keep our community safe. 

We would really like to thank Dr Andrea Giffen for writing a wonderful article on Canine Cough for our dog-loving community to better understand this common concern. Dr Giffen and her amazing dog, Jimmy the poodle, are super stars of training and very appreciated. 

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.

Thursday May 13, 2021 at 1:00pm (May 13, 20, 27, Jun 3, 17 & 24 - no class Jun 10)
More classes will be added shortly. Please email us to be notified of additional puppy classes the moment they become available (within a few weeks).
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).

Tuesday May 11, 2021 at 7:00pm (May 11, 18, 25, Jun 1, 8 & 15) - just 1 space left in this class
Thursday May 13, 2021 at 2:30pm (May 13, 20, 27, Jun 3, 17 & 24 - no class Jun 10)
More classes will be starting in June and will announce them our June newsletter.

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 puppy class graduates! $130+HST ($146.90 including taxes).

Due to the unknown community outlook of COVID, at this time we have decided to wait until the June newsletter to announce our June classes.
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.

Due to the unknown community outlook of COVID, at this time we have decided to wait until the June newsletter to announce our June trick classes.
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.

Due to the unknown community outlook of COVID, at this time we have decided to wait until the June newsletter to announce any future Scent Detection classes.

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 (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. 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 May 4 - 10:30am - Tiny/Small
Thursday May 13- 5:30pm - Dog
Thursday May 13 - 6:15pm - Puppy
Wednesday May 19 - 12:00pm - Tiny/Small
Wednesday May 19 - 12:45pm - Dog
Wednesday May 19 - 1:30pm - Teen
Thursday May 27 - 4:00pm - Tiny/Small
Thursday May 27 - 4:45pm - Dog
Thursday May 27 - 5:30pm - Puppy


Canine Cough

      Canine cough is a highly contagious infectious disease that contributes to upper and potentially lower, respiratory tract infections.  Frequently this cough is called “Kennel Cough”, which is a misnomer since many dogs who are infected with the cough have never been to a kennel.  Dogs can become infected by just being in contact with an infected dog who coughs or sneezes in their proximity, but they can also pick up the infection from drinking out of shared water bowls that an infected dog drank from, or even from their owners touching an infected dog, then patting them, without washing their hands or changing their clothing.  Dogs coming from rescue facilities, shelters and pet stores have increased risk of having been exposed to the infection, and dogs who come from outside Canada have greater risks of having been exposed to some organisms that are “foreign” to us.   The dogs who go to boarding kennels, groomers, dog parks, training facilities and veterinary hospitals are at increased risk of exposure.

     The symptoms of canine cough are coughing, sneezing, nasal discharge.  The cough is often a deep, hacking cough that can lead to retching.  The owners often think though there is something caught in the dog's throat with this type of cough, and on occasion the dogs cough is forceful enough that they may actually vomit, or cough up phlegm.    The majority of cases that we see in our geographical area are the coughs that involve the upper respiratory system, but occasionally there are cases that will affect the lower airways and contribute to pneumonia and these dogs are sicker.  Young dogs, old dogs, and dogs who have compromised immune systems due to other health problems are often the dogs who will be most severely affected.  

     The Canine cough is caused by a variety of different infectious organisms and viruses.  There are vaccines that protect against some, but not all of the potential agents that can contribute to the infection.  Additionally, there is no vaccine that is 100% effective.  There are different types of vaccines; some that are administered by dripping the vaccine in the nose, some that are administered orally, and some that are administered by injection. Some vaccines protect against some of the viruses and bacteria, but some just protect against the bacteria, but as mentioned earlier there are no vaccines that will protect against all potential agents.  Many of the dogs who become infected with the cough have been vaccinated with one of the vaccines, but that is not surprising since we can't protect against all of the infectious organisms, and often the dogs who are getting the vaccine are those at higher risk of exposure due to their lifestyle. Dogs who are vaccinated prior to exposure generally do not get as sick from the infection as those dogs who are not vaccinated.  If you are reading this, your dog is probably at increased risk of exposure and will likely benefit from vaccination, please speak with your veterinarian if your dog has not already been vaccinated for Canine cough.

     If your dog has had contact with an infected dog keep them at home and away from other dogs to avoid exposing other dogs to the disease.  The incubation period is 2-14 days, and the dogs are generally sick for 7-14 days, so they should remain in isolation for at least 14 days after the resolution of their symptoms.  Dogs who have not been protected by vaccination, and who are infected with Bordetella (the bacteria) can shed that bacteria for 1-3 months and therefore should be isolated for longer. Contact your veterinarian if your dog does start coughing, there are a number of treatments, and luckily many dogs (and especially the dogs who were vaccinated prior to exposure) just need to be kept isolated, and be given lots of TLC.

    This article was written for Quinte Canine by Dr. Andrea Giffen who is a veterinarian in Stirling, and a frequent participant in Quinte Canine classes.  She is not an infectious disease expert, but has been in general practice for over 30 years, and her dog Jimmy is kept up to date on his vaccinations, including the canine cough vaccine.

Student Brags in April!
Puppy - Charles, Tank, Maddie, Lily, Archie & Andie
Novice Trick - Kyra, Vala, Milo & Duke
Puppy - Kelly, Obi, Finley, Sasha, Minnie & Otis
Puppy - Odin, Lexi, Millie, Winnie, Bo & Poppy
Teen Basics - Mabel, Biscuit, Obi, Comhaill, Levi & Lila
Basic Obedience - Georgia, Riggs, Molson, Woolie, Lexi & Lewis
Basic Scent Detection Level 1 - Finnegan, Stewie, Duke & Hazel
Puppy - Riley, Samy, Onyx, Dolly, Millie & Artemus
Teen Basics - Charlie, Whiskey, Chester, Clarence, Daisy & Dexter
Novice Trick Dog - Rosie, Briar, Kenzie, Tucker & Nova
Did you hear about the dog who gave birth on the side of the road?

She was ticketed for littering!
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