April Newsletter!

With spring officially now sprung, we are seeing many changes. Aside from the buds beginning, we are also seeing many of the COVID restrictions changing. What does this mean for classes and clients? Although we are working hard to safe-guard our most vulnerable in our community, we are also slowly and carefully easing into the life with COVID (as the epidemiologist put it). Our masking policy has been modified and will be send out to all new classes approximately one week before class begins; so please watch for it and read it thoroughly. 

Spring is also MUD SEASON! And Charger is really taking advantage of of fun wet stuff. Yes, he is still with us as he has not received any appropriate applications. I am just in shock that he hasn't seen a stampede of applications. But we hope that it just means his best home has yet to find him. 

 Stay Safe, Your friend,
Yvonne Ferguson, CPDT-KSA, CTDI

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. 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. You still receive all the class handouts and we are here to support you even outside of class! It is also important to understand that if vaccine passports are required by the government in the future for dog training classes, all students will need to show valid proof of vaccination. Those unable to provide proof of vaccination will need to be transferred to virtual classroom.

Puppy Class
For puppies 8-16 weeks of age. Don't delay! Important information: click here  Class is $130+HST ($146.90 including taxes)

Wednesday April 27 at 4:00pm (Apr 27, May 4, 11, 18, 25 & Jun 1)
Wednesday May 4 at 2:30pm (May 4, 11, 18, 25, Jun 1 & 8)
Wednesday May 11 at 7:00pm (May 11, 18, 25, Jun 1, 8 & 15)
Tuesday May 24 at 4:00pm (May 24, 31, Jun 7, 14, 21 & 28)
Wednesday May 25 at 1:00pm (May 25, Jun 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29)
Wednesday June 8 at 5:30pm (Jun 8, 15, 22, 29, Jul 6 & 13)

Teen Basics
This class is for Quinte Canine Puppy class graduates who are under 6 months of age. Class is $130+HST ($146.90 including taxes)

Tuesday April 5 at 5:30pm (Apr 5, 12, 19, 26, May 3 & 10)
Tuesday May 24 at 2:30pm (May 24, 31, Jun 7, 14, 21 & 28)
Tuesday May 24 at 7:00pm (May 24, 31, Jun 7, 14, 21 & 28)

Basic Obedience
For dogs over 16 weeks 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! $165+HST. 

Thursday April 28 at 12:30pm (Apr 28, Mat 5, 12, 26, Jun 2 & 9 - no class May 19)
Tuesday May 24 at 8:30pm (May 24, 31, Jun 7, 14, 21 & 28)

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 ($146.90 including taxes).

Basic Scent Detection Level 1 - Tuesday May 24 at 5:30pm (May 24, 31, Jun 7, 14, 21 & 28)
Basic Scent Detection Level 1 - Monday June 6 at 2:30pm (Jun 6, 13, 20, 27 & Jul 11 & 18 - no class July 4)
Basic Scent Detection Level 2 (prerequisite is level 1) -
Tuesday April 5 at 2:30pm (Apr 5, 12, 19, 26, May 3 & 10)
Basic Scent Detection Level 3 (prerequisite is level 2) - Thursday May 26 at 5:30pm (May 26, Jun 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30) - this class is offsite and the locations of each class are determined closer to the class start date (all classes are within a 20 minute drive of the facility).
Novice 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). Class is $145+HST.

Monday June 6 at 5:30pm (Jun 6, 13, 20, 27 & Jul 11 & 18 - no class July 4)

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.

New - Although the registration process above is always to fastest to secure a space in class, walk-in enrollments are accepted Mondays from 4-5, Wednesdays 4-5 and Fridays from 1:15-3pm (this will be updated on the Contact page of our website as it may change in future months). Please remember to bring your dogs vaccinations.

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 puppies and young dogs who are very well socialized and enjoy the company and play of others. 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, 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. 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
Wednesday April 6 - 4:00pm - Puppies 16-24 weeks
Wednesday April 6 - 4:45pm - Puppies Under 16 weeks
Friday April 8 - 3:00pm - Tiny & Shy
Friday April 8 - 3:45pm - Puppies
Wednesday April 13 - 4:00pm - Tiny & Shy
Wednesday April 13 - 4:45pm - Puppies Under 16 weeks
Wednesday April 13 - 5:30pm - Puppies 16-24 weeks
Wednesday April 20 - 4:00pm - Puppies
Wednesday April 20 - 4:45pm - Tiny & Shy
Wednesday April 27 - 2:15pm - Puppies 16-24 weeks
Wednesday April 27 - Puppies up to 16 weeks
Facility Rentals!

Did you know you can rent our indoor space?
That's right! A nice warm spot to practice skills building, canine conditioning, Rally-o, agility foundations and more! YES, even doggy birthday parties!
We have a new page on our website all about the facility. Visit for more information or to learn about booking!
Charger Update

This month Charger has his first off leash supervised play time with his friend Odin! It was certainly a joyous day! Charger and Odin have been friends for a few months and go for walks together (on leash) at least once per week. They showed such great affiliation signals toward each other and enjoyed each others company that we felt it was the right time. Both dogs played and frolicked together, matching each others play and taking many breaks to check in with their humans before getting back to fair play! It was such a special play that we enjoyed watching almost as much as Charger did. Thank you so much Odin and his human, Fran for a wonderful play date.

In March we thought there was the perfect home for Charger with a wonderful family applying to adopt him. But sadly it was not meant to be as they work full time. Initially Charger will need a home with someone who works from home or is retired to continue working through his separation programming. We really hope the family that applied for him applies for another as I know they will make a great home.

We just know the perfect home is out there waiting for him and he is waiting for it! Here is a copy of his online biography - click here. All adoption applications are being handled by Humane Society Hastings Prince Edward. Please only follow their adoption process, do not call. Please click here for the adoption application:
The Quinte Canine Super Sniffer need your help!

We are starting to safely plan for our detection dogs to begin their practices again and we are in need of new and unique locations for the dogs to work! 

This could be an old unused building, business or cottage!
Places we have practices before: pet stores, vet offices, industrial buildings, outbuildings, homes, mechanical shops, and so much more! 

If you could provide some of our amazing super sniffers a location to practice for a day you would get a front row seat to the coolest dog sport around!  Please reach out at so we can chat.

(Social distancing, masks and other COVID protocols are followed). 
CONGRATULATIONS Quinte Canine Trainer Laurie on becoming a Certified Trick Dog Instructor (CTDI) with Do More With Your Dog!
Welcome ADC Haven!

The newest member of  Trainer Laurie’s household, joining permanent residents Ben and Trilly, is foster puppy Haven – formally known as Benacres’s ADC Protect Your Peace. Haven is owned by Ability Dogs Canada and was donated by the family of Hannah Warren specifically for seizure-related service dog interventions. ADC specializes in training service dogs for autism support, seizure alert response, metal health or PTSD, and mobility support assistance.

Here is a link to a television interview with Founder Samantha Cooper describing her work with these dogs:

Haven will be staying with Laurie for about a year. Her first steps in training have included Puppy Class and her upcoming Teen Class where she will learn to be a Well-Trained Dog (Just like yours!!!).  Then we will focus on the special requirements she will need as a service dog. When she’s ready, she will head off to Service Dog School in Ottawa to continue her studies and be placed with a deserving individual or family who will greatly benefit from her training.

Laurie has had foster pups before when she volunteered at the humane society where she was living before returning to Ontario. Its always a sad day when the pups ‘leave home’ but we know Haven will have a bright future helping someone in need. And, that’s what its all about, right!

In the meantime, you may see puppy Haven hanging around at Quinte Canine, playing with her puppy playdate pals, or snoozing in her crate.
Student Brags in March!
Basic Obedience- Blossom, Theodore & Luna
Puppy Class - Cooper, Pluto, Storm, Maple, Jewels & Maui
Basic Scent Level 2 - Obi, Ember, Sadie, Willow, Duke & Jiggs
Rally-O Excellent - Baxter, Rosie, Silas & Trigger
Rally-O Advanced - Marlie, Jimmy, Theodore & Matilda
Rally-O Beginners - Una, Jazz & Bonnie
Rally-O Versatility - Harley, Bailey, Trilly & Ben
Puppy Class - Nova, Lexi, Loki, Oliver & Gracie
Basic Obedience - Echo, Leeney, Bella & Riggs
Puppy - Laika, Tyson, Reese & Teya
Teen Basics - Loki, Goose & Wrigley
Basic Obedience- Bella, Bear, Valkrie, Jax & Finnegan
Basic Scent Detection Level 1 - Molly, Jesse, Theo & Phoebe
Teen Basics - Taz, Angus, Nala, Tacoma, Ebony & Griffin
Novice Trick Dog - Ruby Tuesday, Finley, Kylo Ren, Layla & Rosie
Teen Basics - Willow, Mac, Kevin, Athena, Daisy & Henry
Basic Obedience - Auli, Rocky & Dash
Puppy Class- Piper, Nala, Milo, Oreo, Stormie & Ruby
Why are English Setters good at teaching humans to play fetch?
They can give you a few pointers!
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