April Newsletter!

  Dear friends, 
In our last newsletter we gave you a hint of a very exciting announcement to come to Quinte Canine; and since our newsletter comes out on the first of each month we felt it best to hold off until May 1 for our announcement to prevent people from thinking it was an April Fools joke.  New classes will be starting in June and we hope to announce those in the May 1st newsletter so stay tuned!

Due to the current State of Emergency within Ontario, businesses such as our are being forced to close. Because of this we are switching our classes to a ‘virtual classroom’ (students can see and hear me live working with a dog and I can see and hear them live working with their dogs).  With that said we hope we can get back to in person classes, with precautions made to keep everyone safe, as soon as possible.  The soonest we would be able to return to the classroom at this time is April 14th but it will be up to the Government and what they announce at that time. With the constant changes we do not know what the near future will bring we are doing everything in our power to accommodate students. 

With puppies it is critical that we work on their important socialization as soon as possible due to the window of opportunity closing so quickly.  Dog to dog play only accounts for 10% of actual socialization so we feel it is critical that we capitalize on the 90% during these difficult times. For all dogs, a concern that can arise from being home so much is separation issues developing once we begin to return to the new normal and are not home as often. Please remember to crate your dog and leave the home for various different periods of time over the coming weeks to ensure they remain calm and happy to be alone; this could be a drive or even a walk to ensure you are following social distancing rules. 

A very special additional message to you all can be found here:

I would also like to take this opportunity to express my deepest heartfelt thanks to you all for your support, encouragement and dedication during these past couple of weeks of difficult times.  With the State of Emergency being declared in Ontario we opted to help keep everyone safer by changing classes, at least temporarily, over to virtual online class rooms. This has been a new thing for everyone, myself included, and it was a a little scary at first. Although I am a social person, in person is always my preference, it has been so very much fun!

With very uncertain times ahead, I have felt mostly support, encouragement and excitement from you all as we move forward together to try to make the best of the situation. Your dedication to your dogs is truly astounding and your support and kindness has been a true gift.  So with such open arms (long distance hugs, still practicing social distancing so no real hugs for now):


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. 

Stay Tuned to the May 1st Newsletter for dates and times!


Puppy Class
For puppies under 5 months of age who have received at least their first set of vaccinations$100+HST

Belleville - 5:45pm - Monday April 13, 2020 (Easter Monday) - (Apr 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11, 25 & Jun 1 - no class May 18)
Trenton - 7:00pm - Tuesday April 28, 2020 (Apr 28, May 5, 19, 26, Jun 2 & 9 - no class May 12)

Basic Obedience
For dogs over 5 month of age who are up-to-date on vaccinations and are dog and people friendly. $120+HST.
Trenton - 3:15pm - Tuesday April 28, 2020 (Apr 28, May 5, 19, 26, Jun 2 & 9 - no class May 12)
Trenton - 4:30pm - Tuesday April 28, 2020 (Apr 28, May 5, 19, 26, Jun 2 & 9 - no class May 12) - just 1 space remaining

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). $145+HST which includes the trick dog title fee. 

Virtual (with possible in person later in Belleville) - 8:15pm - Monday April 13, 2020 (Easter Monday) - (Apr 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11, 25 & Jun 1 - no class May 18) - one space had opened in this class

Basic Scent Detection - Level 1
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!  $120+HST

Trenton - 8:15pm - Tuesday April 28, 2020 (Apr 28, May 5, 19, 26, Jun 2 & 9 - no class May 12) - just 2 spaces left in this class

Micro Dogs Play-dates! 
To become a part of this group please visit (don't forget to fill out the 3 questions asked during request). Play-dates are $10 each dog and held on an irregular schedule. More information can be found in the Micro Dogs Online group!

Belleville - 4:30pm - Thursday April 30, 2020

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. Please just email us 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. 

Myth Bust!
by Yvonne Ferguson, CPDT-KSA, CTDI

Dogs are colour-blind
The origin of this myth may be unknown but it could be easy to believe, given that when you put on your new stunning blue shirt, you dog does not have the ‘wow’ look your friends may have.  This isn’t because your dog can’t see the colour but more often then not, your dog does not find visual pleasure in the same things you do. Now, if you walked out of the closet with a moving squirrel, your pooch may certainly give you the ‘wow’ look. This is because, although you love your new shirt, you dog likely could care less.
In all animals, the photoreceptors within the eye determine how the animal sees colour, which colours they see, and the shades.  Humans have 3 different colour sensitive cone cells (red, blue and green), our canine friends only have 2 (yellow and blue). Many domestic animals have just these 2, such as the cat, dog, cow and horses.  If you think our household friends got the short end of the stick and we humans are far superior, think again. Some bird and fish actually have 4 colour sensitive cone cells which allow them to see all the beautiful colours within the ultraviolet spectrum. 
Taking a look at the diagram below, gives us humans a ‘glimpse’ (of course pun intended) into how our dogs see the world.
So, was your dog being silly when he passed by the red Kong you threw into the long green grass or did he actually miss it in a blur? I guess we will never know, at least I like to keep thinking he was just being silly to make me smile. 
More information:

March Super Sniffer Success!

March brought the return and the postponement of the much anticipated return to scent detection trial season for many Super Sniffers!

Quinte Canine Student Titles, Extra Q's and Special Awards 

Harley & Kate - SD-S-SP (Scent Detection Started Special Title) - Started Container, Started Interior, Started Exterior, Advanced Container and Advanced Interior - Jordan Station Trial
Trilly & Laurie SD-S-SP (Scent Detection Started Special Title) - Started Container, Started Interior, Started Exterior - Jordan Station Trial
Gunner & Jill - Started Container - Jordan Station Trial
Ben & Laurie - Advanced Container, Advanced Interior and Advanced Exterior - Jordan Station Trial
Oliver & Bonnie - Advanced Container, Advanced Interior, Advanced Exterior, Excellent Container, Excellent Exterior - Jordan Station Trial
Tilly & Rose  Advanced Container - Jordan Station Trial
Thunder & Tina - Advanced Container, Advanced Interior, Advanced Exterior, Excellent Exterior - Jordan Station Trial

Student Brags in March!

Belleville Intermediate Obedience - Bailey, Trilly, Penny & Radar
Belleville Intermediate Obedience - Atlas, Fleury, Loona River, Lulu, Sasha & Taffy
Belleville Puppy Class - Chester, Fletcher, Ada, Callie, Zoey, Guz & Henry
Belleville Basic Obedience - Wellington, Paisley, Sophie, Fawkes & Winnie

Belleville Intermediate Scent Detection - Now Super Sniffers - Bailey, River, Mac, Finn, Gus & Nala
Belleville Puppy - Ruby, Kirby, Gale, Charlie, Athina, Ellie, Katie & Ruthie
Belleville Basic Obedience - Winnie, Druluug, Maggie, Zoey, Luna & Jimmy!
Community Events
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Trivia & Treats - Quinte Humane Society - POSTPONED until Fall
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