March Newsletter!
Welcome to Quinte Canine's March 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, Call for Volunteers, Exciting News, Trivia & Treats Success & Upcoming Community Events

Letter from the Editor
Dear friends, Very soon we will be blessed with an additional hour of sun each evening. That means more training time, warmer days and a whole lot of mud is on the way! It also means that your dog may be waking you up a little extra early for a few days or even weeks as their systems adjust to the new 'pee-o-clock'. March also marks the beginning of spring, or as we call it, mud-season. Spring is a great time to shake off the winter blues, get out with your dog and enjoy some extra time together! It is also a great time to spend some time with other dog-lovers. If you are looking to meet other fun, encouraging and engaged dog lovers, come out to one of our upcoming events to volunteer. Our students are friendly, welcoming and our community counts on volunteers to help make events fun!
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 - 5:45pm - Tuesday March 27, 2018 (Mar 27, Apr 3, 10, 17, 24 & May 1)

Belleville - 7:00pm - Thursday April 26 (Apr 26, May 3, 17, 24, 31, Jun 7 - no class May 10)

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).

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

Belleville - 8:15pm - Thursday April 26 (Apr 26, May 3, 17, 24, 31, Jun 7 - no class May 10)

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. 

Trenton - 4:30pm - Tuesday March 27, 2018 (March 27, April 3, 10, 17, 27, May 1)

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).

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


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 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 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.

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:

Did you hear the news?

Quinte Canine will be hosting a Canine Good Neighbour Evaluation (CGN) again this year at Barks by the Bay Canine Festival!!!

Open to ALL Dogs and their people too!  All dog/handler teams that pass the evaluation will receive a certificate from the Canadian Kennel Club.  Pre-registration is requested as spots can fill quickly. ALL dogs are welcome, regardless of breed or parentage. Puppies must be 6 months old. Pre-Registration Cost: $30 per dog ($35 day of registrations pending space available)

The Canine Good Neighbour Program is a 12-step test, that when completed successfully, will ensure that one of our most favoured companions, the dog, is accepted as a valued member of our communities right across the country. Canine Good Neighbours can be counted on to present good manners at home, in public places and in the presence of other dogs.

The test is non-competitive and allows dog and handler to demonstrate confidence and control in 12 steps. It assesses the handler and dog's relationship, together with the handler's ability to control the dog. Dogs are evaluated on their ability to perform basic exercises as well as their ability to demonstrate good manners in everyday situations.

To learn more about the CGN or register a space visit:


Does your dog like to follow your foot prints in the snow, or does he/she seem to be sniffing invisible footprints when out on a walk?  Likely your dog is tracking something you can't even see!

Tracking is a sport where the dog is trained to locate a person and items of that persons using their extremely keen sense of smell.  When watching a police canine team on television or a missing persons case, the dogs used are using their tracking training to find a person or important evidence in a case.  Dogs have a highly sensitive olfactory system, far superior to humans, and are able to discriminate between different human’s scents.

Interested in tracking? We want to let you know that we are in the process of finding a perfect location to hold a beginners tracking workshop this spring so stay tuned for an upcoming newsletter with more information on the workshop and how to join us!
(Quinte Canine Team Pictured L-R - Adam, Marylyn, Rose, Anne, Nanni, Tina and Ben)

Quinte Canine Trivia Team rocks the night!

The brains were working hard this year at the Quinte Humane Society's 2nd Annual Trivia and Treats!

This years annual Treats & Trivia in support of Quinte Humane Society, sponsored by Marlene Letourneau of EXIT Realty Group was huge success! Turnout was doubled this year with 20 teams present to show off their smarts. For just $20 per person, entrants had the chance to shine, enjoy some laughs and fill the night with fun such as cash bar, cake and cupcake auction and pizza!  The Quinte Canine team came in a respectable 10th place but I think their funny bones hurt more than any other team present. 

At the intermission the treats arrived with a Cake and Cupcake auction that showed some of the crowds competitive side (which we dont mind).  13 drool-causing treats where up for grabs with some jumping at the chance to win and share with their teammates.  Donations for this exciting part of the evening where made by our friends: Glazed & Confused, Ooh Lala, Raindrops Cupcakes, The Crust & Crumb Bakery, Peggy Kanaya, The Frost Family, Jennifer Nicholls and Katrina Farnworth. 

The Quizzards of Paws where the top team this year, taking home the trophy with a win by double tie breaker.  Congratulations to the new champions! 

The biggest champions of the night were the shelter guests!  The dogs, cats, and many other pets waiting for their FURever homes saw over $6000 raised!  A big thank you to the community for your support and we hope you all can join us again next year!

Student Brags!

Basic Scent Detection Level 2 (semi-private) - Dyna and Kaylee
Novice Trick Dog - Zoe, Yogi, Hudson, Rockett & Freya
Basic Obedience - Chloe, Stella, Sophie, Karma, Dublin & Augie
Puppy - Hugo, Boomer, Axel, Luna, Harley, Link, Octavia, Praia & Scout
Basic Obedience - Finn, Dagger, Mabel & Sari

Congratulations to our most recent graduates!  These teams braved the cold winter and got out to have some fun!  Way to go teams!
Pictured:  Puppy class grads
Community Events
You won't want to miss the fun!

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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