We are certainly into the full swing of summer but this year it feel a little different. Although COVID has really changed what many of us do throughout the summer, I am really happy to report that many people are still using their free time to train wit their dogs and puppies! So if you see someone out their with a puppy, calmly smile and offer a friendly question or two from a distance. This is a great chance to allow the puppy to socializing to people without interacting with them (remember socialization is not he same as interacting). And if you see someone working hard with a dog who is having a hard time such as being reactive toward people or other dogs, give them a thumbs up or empathic smile; they are doing the best they can.
I would also like to take this opportunity to remind people that it can take quiet a few days for us to return voicemail messages and the best way to get a hold of me is via email. I try to respond to emails within 2 days Monday through Friday. Since this newsletter, like many others is going out on a weekend, you can still register for class but may not receive your confirmation documents until the long weekend is over. All emails and registrations that are received are processed in the order they are received.
If you are an existing student - just send your payment, you are done
If you are a new students - just send in your registration form and payment, you are done
I hope you continue to have a safe summer and a happy long weekend!
Yvonne Ferguson, CPDT-KSA, CTDI
Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge & Skills Assessed, Certified Trick Dog Instructor,
Behaviour Consultant - Quinte Canine
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 new physical location is 987 Old Highway 2, Belleville, ON.
(Half way between Belleville and Trenton along Highway 2, directly across from Connon Nurseries)
If dropping into the location you may catch us, or the door may be locked when we are with a class or appointment, as well as when we are not present. Please note that we do not keep regular hours at our physical location outside of booked classes and scheduled appointments.
For puppies under 5 months of age. $100+HST.
Thursday September 10th at 5:30pm (Sept 10, 17, 24, Oct 8, 15 & 22 - no class Oct 1)
Tuesday October 6th at 7:00pm (Oct 6, 13, 27, Nov 3, 10 & 17 - no class Oct 20)
Tuesday November 24th at 5:30pm (Nov 24, Dec 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29)
*NEW CLASS* - 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 (Basic Obedience for existing dogs to continue on in their social skills). Class is $120+HST. For more information please visit: www.quintecanine.com/teenbasics
Thursday September 10th at 7:00pm (Sept 10, 17, 24, Oct 8, 15 & 22 - no class Oct 1) - just one space left
Tuesday October 6th at 5:30pm (Oct 6, 13, 27, Nov 3, 10 & 17 - no class Oct 20)
Tuesday November 24th at 7:00pm (Nov 24, Dec 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29)
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
Thursday September 10th at 8:30pm (Sept 10, 17, 24, Oct 8, 15 & 22 - no class Oct 1) - just one space left
Monday September 14, 2020 at 3:00pm (Sept 14, 21, 28, Oct 12, 19 & 26 - no class Oct 5, class does run on Oct 12 which is Thanksgiving)
Monday September 14, 2020 at 5:30pm (Sept 14, 21, 28, Oct 12, 19 & 26 - no class Oct 5, class does run on Oct 12 which is Thanksgiving)
Tuesday October 6th at 1:30pm (Oct 6, 13, 27, Nov 3, 10 & 17 - no class Oct 20)
Tuesday November 24th at 3:00pm (Nov 24, Dec 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29)
Tuesday November 24th at 8:30pm (Nov 24, Dec 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29)
For dogs over 6 months who have attended wither our Basic Obedience Class or Teen Basics class. This is a great preparation class if you are interested in completing the Canine Good Neighbour Test. If you have mastered the basics in distracted environments its time to bring the skills to the next level. $120+HST ($135.60 including taxes)
Monday September 14, 2020 at 8:30pm (Sept 14, 21, 28, Oct 12, 19 & 26 - no class Oct 5, class does run on Oct 12 which is Thanksgiving) - just 2 spaces left
Quinte Canine's Rally classes are built for dogs aged 5 months and older who have previous obedience experience (with Quinte Canine or elsewhere). Quinte Canine dogs who have completed the Intermediate Obedience class can join this fun. Visit: https://www.quintecanine.com/rallyo for more information
Thursday November 5th at 4:00pm (November 5, 12, 19, 26, Dec 3 & 10)
Thursday November 5th at 7:00pm (November 5, 12, 19, 26, Dec 3 & 10)
This class is for students who have completed Rally Beginners or who have previous experience in rally obedience or formal obedience. Visit: https://www.quintecanine.com/rallyo for more information
Thursday November 5th at 5:30pm (November 5, 12, 19, 26, Dec 3 & 10)
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.
Wednesday October 7th at 5:30pm (Oct 7, 14, 21, Nov 4, 11 & 18 - no class Oct 28)
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
Tuesday August 18th at 3:00pm (Aug 18, 25, Sept 1, 8, 15 & 22)
Monday September 14, 2020 at 7:00pm (Sept 14, 21, 28, Oct 12, 19 & 26 - no class Oct 5, class does run on Oct 12 which is Thanksgiving)
Basic Scent Detection - Level 2
For any dog who has completed Basic Scent Detection Level 1! $120+HST.
Tuesday October 6th at 3:00pm (Oct 6, 13, 27, Nov 3, 10 & 17 - no class Oct 20)
Tuesday October 6th at 8:30pm (Oct 6, 13, 27, Nov 3, 10 & 17 - no class Oct 20)
Intermediate Scent Detection
For dogs who have completed Basic Scent Detection Level 1 and 2. $120+HST.
Location Varies (Throughout Belleville and Trenton) - Wednesday October 7th at 7:15pm (Oct 7, 14, 21, Nov 4, 11 & 18 - no class Oct 28)
Workshops! - See flyers below
All Quinte Canine workshops are limited entry and can fill quickly. Working spaces invole bringing a dog to the workshop where Audit spaces, just the human comes to learn without a dog and return home with new skills to then work on with their dog. Prices vary based on the workshop and which type of space. For more information, registrations details or pricing please visit: https://www.quintecanine.com/specialevents
Tug Power - Wednesday August 19th - 3:00pm
Tug Power - Wednesday August 19th - 8:30pm
Tug Power - Thursday September 3rd - 7:00pm
Fetch! - Thursday September 3rd - 3:00pm
Fetch! - Thursday September 3rd - 5:30pm
Got 4 Left Feet? - Thursday September 3rd - 1:30pm
Got 4 Left Feet? - Thursday September 3rd - 8:30pm
Advance & Expert Trick - Saturday August 22nd - 10:00am - 4:30pm
To register for any of the above classes visit: https://www.quintecanine.com/registration
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. Please note that those who submit both payment and form (payment only needed for existing students) will receive first opportunity to register.
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.
We have play dates available for both young puppies as well as for 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 email@example.com, 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.
Masks are required at this time and we request that one person per dog attend.
Young puppies up to 6 months and small dogs (under 30lbs) - limited to 6 dogs
Monday August 17 - 2:15pm
Monday August 17 - 3:00pm
Monday August 17 - 6:15pm
Monday August 17 - 7:00pm
Monday August 24 - 1:30pm
Monday August 24 - 2:15pm
Monday August 24 - 6:45pm
Wednesday September 2 - 1:30pm
Wednesday September 2 - 2:15pm
Wednesday September 9 - 8:15pm
Thursday September 10 - 12:45pm
For dogs of any age and size - limited to 4 dogs
Monday August 17 - 3:45pm
Monday August 17 - 7:45pm
Monday August 17 - 8:30pm
Monday August 24 - 3:00pm
Monday August 24 - 7:30pm
Wednesday September 2 - 3:00pm
Wednesday September 2 - 8:15pm
Thursday September 10 - 1:30pm
For dogs under 15lbs. - limited to 6 dogs
Monday August 17 - 1:30pm
Monday August 17 - 5:30pm
Monday August 24 - 12:45pm
Monday August 24 - 6:00pm
Wednesday September 2 - 12:45pm
Thursday September 10 - 12:00pm
Female Dog Heat Cycles
by Olivia Rodrguez - Quinte Canine College Placement Student - Durham
The dog heat cycle, to many of us, is a bit of a mystery. They differ from the human cycle we know in many ways, but it is an important topic to understand if you have an intact female dog around.
The canine estrous cycle (aka heat cycle) consists of four phases. It takes an average of six months to complete the entire cycle, though this varies from dog to dog. A female dog will experience her first cycle when she reaches puberty, usually at 6 to 12 months of age.
Proestrus is the first phase where the body is preparing itself for mating, lasting 3 to 17 days. At this stage, the vulva will swell, and you may notice bloody discharge. Males will be attracted to females experiencing proestrus, but she will likely not be receptive to mating yet and may even respond to the advances with aggression.
The next phase is estrus. Many people refer to this phase as a dog being “in heat”, “in season” or “standing” because this is the mating phase where a female can get pregnant. This phase normally lasts anywhere from 3 to 18 days and you may notice that any swelling or blood flow seen in proestrus will decrease. In this phase, females ovulate, which is their most fertile time. She will attract males and if a male dog is near, she will likely present herself for mating at this time. Sometimes, females in this phase can be unpredictable. Some dogs will run away from home, others may become aggressive towards other dogs, while some might urinate in unusual places to spread their scent. It is important to get familiar with your dog’s hormonal behaviours and quirks to stay better prepared. Intact male’s behaviour is also affected when they sense a female in heat, they become very focused on mating and will do almost anything to get to a bitch in heat. Jumping fences, jumping through screen doors, digging their way into your yard and more are all things a male dog will do easily to get to a bitch in heat.
Following estrus is diestrus, lasting an average of 60 days (2 months). The body will either proceed with pregnancy or return to resting. At this stage, the swelling of the vulva and any discharge will have gone back to normal and disappeared.
The last phase is anestrus, being the phase with the least reproductive activity, in which no sexual or hormonal activity is present. It is the uterine repair phase, where the body rests and recovers from the previous phases or pregnancy. This phase lasts anywhere from 60-200 days, ending when proestrus begins again.
The only way to prevent a female dog from going through the estrous cycle is to have her spayed! Spaying your dog has many benefits, but if you choose to leave her intact, make sure you know the signs and patterns to look for, so you are aware of when your dog is in heat. Knowing when your dog is in heat is key in preventing unwanted pregnancies, planning for puppies if you do want them, avoiding dangerous situations, and being better prepared for the experience in general. If you have an intact male in the home as well, the chances of an unwanted and unplanned pregnancy increase dramatically. Even careful management and ‘crate and rotate’ often fail. Some handlers find it easiest to board their male dogs while their female is in heat so both dogs get a nice relaxing vacation.
Super Sniffer Brags!
Last weekend the Quinte Canine crew held a Started and Games trial on Saturday and a DOT (Designed Odor Test on Sunday). It was a busy weekend filled with amazing dogs and handlers! Congratulations to all!
Mac & Eden - SD-S-SP (Scent Detection Started Title Special Designation) - Started Container, Started Interior, Started Vehicles
Gunner & Jill - SD-S (Scent Detection Started Title) - Started Vehicles
Trilly & Laurie - Started Container, Started Interior, Started Vehicle - working stream, Games Distance
Ben & Laurie - Games Speed
Rigger & Larissa - SD-S-SP (Scent Detection Started Title Special Designation) - Started Container, Started Interior, Started Vehicles
Bailey & Guy - SD-S-SP (Scent Detection Started Title Special Designation) - Started Container, Started Interior, Started Vehicles, 1st place Amateur Started Team & HIGH IN TRIAL (99/100)
Odin & Fran - SD-S-SP (Scent Detection Started Title Special Designation) - Started Container, Started Interior, Started Vehicles
Otis & Kim - SD-S-SP (Scent Detection Started Title Special Designation) - Started Container, Started Interior, Started Vehicles
Bean & Shelley - SD-S-SP (Scent Detection Started Title Special Designation) - Started Container, Started Interior, Started Vehicles
Nala & Tamara - Started Container, Started Vehicles
Chloe & Roxy - SD-S-SP (Scent Detection Started Title Special Designation) - Started Container, Started Interior, Started Vehicles
Kaine & Danielle - Games Aerial, Games Distance, Games Speed & Games Team
Samwise & Brenda - Games Aerial, Games Distance, Games Speed & Games Team
Oliver & Bonnie SD-GS & SD-GCH (Scent Detection Games Speed Title & GAMES CHAMPION) - Games Aerial, Games Distance, Games Speed (the first Super Sniffer to earn this title, of many more to come)
Freya & Janet - SD-GA (Scent Detection Games Aerial title) Games Aerial, Games Distance, Games Speed
Daisy & Glen - Games Aerial, Games Distance
Thunder & Tina - Games Aerial
Thunder & Yvonne - Games Distance
Daegan & Bruce - Games Aerial, Games Distance, Games Speed
Jessie & Marylyn - Games Aerial, Games Distance, Games Speed
Roxy & Kelsi - SD-GD (Scent Detection Games Distance title) - Games Distance
Abby & Katherine - Games Aerial, Games Distance, Games Speed
Designed Odor Test Results
Bean & Shellie - Pine
Rigger & Larissa - Pine
Odin & Fran - Wintergreen
Mac & Andy - Wintergreen & Pine
Bailey & Guy - Wintergreen & Pine
Gunner & Jill - Wintergreen & Pine
Mac & Eden - Wintergreen, Pine & Thyme
Virtual Student Brags in July!
These lucky dogs are the first of hopefully many more to graduate at our new facility!
Puppy - Briar, Kacey, Shelby, Maggie, Cooper & Sophie
Basic Obedience - Abby, Spencer, Millie, Baron, Ada & P!nkie
Novice Trick- Silas, Elsa, Ruby, Hank & Zoey
Puppy - Finnegan, Myah, Tonks, Batty, Harlee & Cooper
Basic Obedience - Jasper, Charlie, Diesel, Sully, Winnie & DeDe
You won't want to miss the fun!
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