May Newsletter!

  Dear friends, 
In our last newsletter we gave you a hint of a very exciting announcement to come to Quinte Canine, well without further ado here it is!

We are opening a location! This new location is over 3000 square feet in total with 2 training areas/rooms, parking, some fun creature comforts, heat, air conditioning, washroom facilities and much more!  

This new location will save us a great amount of time transporting equipment and setting up which allows us to run even more classes, workshop and events! After many years at our part time rented locations in Belleville and in Trenton we are finally settling down to help bring better service and fun to our clients. Our new location is fairly situated right directly between Belleville and Trenton in Bayside! Because we have been welcomed so much within both Belleville and Trenton we did not want to move to one or the other. It has been a very long hunt to find a space that would work for our needs and keep both communities served. Other plans for this new location include play dates, workshops, more class types and even private space rental for play or practice.

The new location was scheduled to be up and running June 1st but with the pandemic we are likely looking at taking more time to ensure safety based on feedback from the Government. We will be putting into place very strict guidelines and safety measures at this location to ensure that opening will keep our clients (humans and dogs) safety a top priority. Please stay tuned to next months newsletter but especially our Facebook page for updates as we go, including when classes will restart again.

We recognize that this is a rather large undertaking during such unsure economic times but we feel it is the best choice to make for the Quinte area dog communities happiness. I would also like to take this opportunity to express my deepest heartfelt thanks to you all for your support, encouragement and dedication during this very difficult time.  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. 

Virtual Class - Our virtual class doesn't leave you to 'figure it out for yourself', we are 'together' 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 can complete these classes from the comfort of home, wearing comfortable attire and with your favorite beverage! 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. By working in a low distraction environment (your home), your dog is able to quickly learn new skills and have fun before slowly increasing distraction levels, keeping them very successful!

Even dogs who are not suitable for a traditional group class environment can join the fun (reactive/aggressive dogs)!

Puppy Class
For puppies under 5 months of age$100+HST  SPRING SPECIAL - $10 off – Just $90+HST!

Virtual - Thursday May 14th at 7:00pm (May 14, 21, 28, Jun 4, 11 & 25 - no class June 18)

Basic Obedience
For dogs over 5 month of age to learn and refresh skills. Great for dogs who have not attended a class before or puppy class graduates!   $120+HST  SPRING SPECIAL - $10 off – Just $110+HST!

Virtual - Thursday May 14th at 4:30pm (May 14, 21, 28, Jun 4, 11 & 25 - no class June 18)

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). $145+HST  SPRING SPECIAL - $10 off – Just $135+HST (including the trick title)!

Virtual - Thursday May 14th at 5:45pm (May 14, 21, 28, Jun 4, 11 & 25 - no class June 18)

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

You should allow your dog to lick a wound to help it heal faster
Saliva, goobers, slobber, and kiss juice. We may not often think of a magical liquid that comes from a dog’s mouth, but the myth that a dog’s mouth is cleaner than a human’s mouth certainly pops into mind when we do. Varying different spins on this myth have come up over the years such as a dog’s mouth is cleaner than a human mouth and that it can help heal wounds in humans.
Besides serving as a lubricant for giving you dog kisses, canine saliva provides many beneficial functions within a dog including aiding in digestion, prevention of dental issues, assisting in olfactory intake and even has some antibacterial contribution.  But is it helpful to allow your dog to lick your wound for healing purposes?
Dogs mouths are in some ways cleaner than a human mouth, and dirtier than a human mouth in other ways.  Because the flora within a dog’s mouth varies greatly than within a human mouth, it is like comparing apples to oranges.
The sole action of licking a wound can help to remove or loosen debris and dirty but this is often not enough to ‘heal’ a wound. If a dog licks its own wound it may help to clean it and it is unlikely to that the saliva itself will cause an infection.
But what if the dog licks your wound? Not only can this hurt but can also introduce bacterial into the wound, causing infection. Bacteria plays an important role in all living beings in both positive and negative ways. The bacterial within your own mouth is already in your body therefore licking your own wound is unlikely to cause much more then pain, but your bacterial is very different then the bacterial of another, including your dog. Introducing new bacterial can cause a whole host of issues including infection. Aside from licking a human wound, dogs can transfer these bacteria to humans through a simple ‘doggy kiss’. 
So, although a puppy kiss on a wound or even on our mouths may make us feel superficially better, it may actually do more harm then good. If your dog likes to give extra special dog kisses, you can train him to give a single lick on your hand as a fun new trick! You can easily and quickly wash your hands directly after to ensure bacteria are washed away. This will help to melt hearts and keep you safe.
Virtual Student Brags in April!

Puppy - Lucy, Theodore, Rocky, Cane, Maisie, & Murphy!
Basic Obedience - Rosie, Fletcher, Riggs, Dixie & Chuck!

Basic Obedience - Harley, Squeaker, Cali, Lady, Bentley, Rolo, Baxter, Finnegan & Ginny
Intermediate Trick Dog - Maggie, Logan, Meeka, Cooper & Tilly
Puppy - Hank, Larry, Oakley 1, Oakley 2, Dolly, Bear & Maia

What does a scientist's dog do with bones?

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