February Newsletter!
Welcome to Quinte Canine's 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, Annual Holidays, Weather Policy, Find A Breeder Part 4, Upcoming Community Events & More!

Letter from the Editor

  Dear friends,  
Now that we are officially into the more seasonally appropriate weather that comes with winter, its time to shake off those winter blues with a positive outlook. Each day is getting longer from here and soon enough the spring buds will arrive. But don't wait for the colours to arrive to enjoy your bud! Pop on some dog boots, wrap them in a nice warm jacket and go enjoy the many local parks and conservation areas we have in the area. Or even venture out of the area and find a new fun place to explore. Mix in short (very short) and fun training session into your walk to keep it fresh and exciting for your dog but be sure to match your reinforcement with the level of difficulty.  Remember that a new and fun location is very distracting for your dog so ensuring your reinforcement is worthy of the work is important.

Some new fun announcements will be coming up over the next few months including information about this summers Mr Spot Dog Camp, which Yvonne will once again be instructing at, and some other fun events and surprises in the works.  Stay tuned for more information but in the mean time keep reading to gain some great information with our continued series on finding a breeder as well as our new canine joke for this month. 

Please keep in mind that we will be closed for our annual holidays with no access to email, telephones or Facebook messages from Monday January 28th to Tuesday February 5th. We will resume regular service on Wednesday February 6th and all emails, call and messages will be returned then. Classes booked for Tuesday February 5th in Trenton will proceed as usual). For class registration please send an email to and registration instructions will be forwarded to you.

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. 

PLEASE NOTE: During our closure (Jan 27 - Feb 6) please email to receive class registration instructions (remember to check your junk mail for the automatic response email).  Our first come first serve policy will apply during the closure and all registrations will be processed in order upon our return. 

If you have a dog with special needs please contact us to discuss how we can work with you. 

Puppy Class

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

Trenton - 5:45pm - Tuesday March 19, 2019 (Mar 19, 26, Apr 2, 9, 16, 23)
Trenton - 7:00pm - Tuesday March 19, 2019 (Mar 19, 26, Apr 2, 9, 16, 23)
Belleville - 5:45pm - Monday April 1, 2019 (Apr 1, 8, 15, 22. 29 & May 6 - please note this class is running on Easter Monday)

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 March 19, 2019 (Mar 19, 26, Apr 2, 9, 16, 23)
Trenton - 4:30pm - Tuesday March 19, 2019 (Mar 19, 26, Apr 2, 9, 16, 23)
Belleville - 4:30pm - Monday April 1, 2019 (Apr 1, 8, 15, 22. 29 & May 6 - please note this class is running on Easter Monday)
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. This is a great class for dogs of all ages, breeds, special needs and personalities and helps to provide great mental stimulation!  $120+HST

Belleville - 4:30pm - Monday February 11, 2019 (Feb 11, 18, 25, Mar 11, 18 & 25  - no class Mar 4 2019) - just 1 space left in this class
Trenton - 8:15pm - Tuesday March 19, 2019 (Mar 19, 26, Apr 2, 9, 16, 23)

Basic Scent Detection - Level 2
For any dog who has completed Basic Scent Detection Level 1! $120+HST.

Belleville - 7:00pm - Thursday February 28, 2019 (Feb 28, Mar 7, 14, 28, Apr 4 & 11 - no class Mar 21) - just 1 space left in this class
Belleville - 8:15pm - Monday April 1, 2019 (Apr 1, 8, 15, 22. 29 & May 6 - please note this class is running on Easter Monday)

Intermediate Scent Detection
For dogs who have completed Basic Scent Detection Level 1 and 2.  $120+HST.

Belleville - 5:45pm - Thursday February 28, 2019 (Feb 28, Mar 7, 14, 28, Apr 4 & 11 - no class Mar 21) - just 2 spaces left in this class

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. 

Belleville - 7:00pm - Monday April 1, 2019 (Apr 1, 8, 15, 22. 29 & May 6 - please note this class is running on Easter Monday)


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. 

FYI: Holiday Closure

CLOSED FOR HOLIDAYS! Quinte Canine will be closed for our annual holidays with very limited access to email, telephones and Facebook messages from Monday January 28th to Tuesday February 5th 2018. We will resume regular service on Saturday February 17th.

 We will respond to emails and messages once we return. For class registration please send an email to and registration instructions will be forwarded to you (please remember to check your junk mail for this automatic reply).

Thank you very much for your understanding, have a great week.

FYI: Weather Policy

In the event of severe weather, where holding class would place you at risk due to driving conditions, we may cancel classes and extend the end date to ensure you receive your full sessions. We will contact you, at the telephone number(s) you have provided on your registration form, at minimum 1 hour prior to class beginning to inform you of a cancellation.

 We understand that some students come from far out of town including 60+ minutes driving.  All weather related cancellations will be determined by the weather in the area of classes.  It is important to note that the weather in your location maybe very different from the weather in the class location.  It is up to you to make the ultimate decision to attend class if they are running.  

It is a good idea to pencil in an extra week of class for your sessions, just in case we do have to extend the end date due to weather.  This will prevent you from possibly making alternative plans on your graduation night.  

Please be cautious on the roads this year, give yourself plenty of extra time and be safe!

Finding a Breeder - Part 4
Socialization Starts Before You!
by Yvonne Ferguson, CPDT-KSA, CTDI

Over the years we have tried as often as possible to educate and teach about the importance of early and appropriate socialization (See our May 2018 Newsletter on Early Socialization by Clicking Here). But did you know that half of the job is your breeders? That's right, half of the early period of socialization happens before your puppy even comes home at 8 weeks?

A responsible and caring breeder will not only fully understand the critical period of socialization, but will also being the process as soon as possible, take it seriously and help to bomb-proof their puppies long before they head for their new homes to help give them the best chance possible.

Understanding that socialization is not just about meeting other dogs and seeing new things is of utmost importance and responsible breeders care enough about their puppies to not only understand appropriate socialization to sights, sounds, people, smells, etc. but will begin this process for you to allow you continue down the path of success once your new puppy comes home.

An excuse often used by some is that the risk of disease is high or that puppies are not old enough to socialize.  This is simply not true and understand everything from the neonatal handling of puppies during their development to dendrite development within the brain is a responsible breeders first priority, or at least it should be. Some breeders have extensive, vast and effective socialization protocols within their program that not only help to produce some of the best puppies around, but also have extensive risk management in place, so there is no reason to give excuses. One breeder, known to Yvonne not only sends home a puppy who is extensively socialized to people (having met over 100 people before going to the new home), sights (television, flags, etc.), sounds (loud music, vacuums, baby sounds, airplanes, etc.), smells (perfumes, soil, etc.), environments, surfaces and obstacles but is also sent home fully house-trained at only just 8 weeks of age! New buyers are educated extensively about the work put into the puppy up until 8 weeks but also educated extensively on how to continue to process on an ongoing basis. Imagine how fantastic it would be to take home a puppy like that! All breeders should be taking their socialization protocols seriously to help give their puppies such a great head-start in life!

But it is all too often we hear of the puppies kept in a pen, or worse a barn, kept indoors to potty and not having met new people outside of the breeders family.  How sad these cases often are as those disadvantaged puppies are, although not doomed, not given the best chance possible when just a little hard work and dedication in the first 8 weeks of life is all that is needed to do their program proud. 

In speaking with Dr. Ian Dunbar at the Association of Professional Dog Trainers Conference in Memphis in 2018 Yvonne specifically discussed the travesty of lack of early socialization in dogs and Dr Dunbar agreed that is must start with breeders.  "Too often people will get a puppy at 8 weeks who is already showing signs of lack of confidence or fear based behaviours, is this not complete insanity? It really is sad given that someone actually sold a puppy like that, when all it often takes is good early socialization to help develop a solid temperament in such a young puppy. Buyers need to do the work overtime but is must begin with good breeding programs who follow a solid and effective socialization program", said Dr. Dunbar.  To read more on this topic from Dr. Ian Dunbar about Why Don’t We Adequately Socialize Young Puppies With People, Click Here.

It is not expecting more of breeder to have a solid socialization protocols in place but instead it is asking them to do what they should have been doing all along; following ethical and science-based breeding practices that give nothing but the best futures to their puppies. So don't forget to ask you potential breeder about their early socialization protocols such as how many people and what type of people the puppy will have met before going home, is the puppy has been exposed to loud or unexpected noises, how often have the puppies met and been handled by new people, has house training been started, has any basic training been started? 

SEEKING: New detection practice locations!

Quinte Canine Scent Detection Students (aka the Super Sniffers) are looking for new and different locations to practice the amazing sport of scent detection! Once students complete classes they are able to join the Super Sniffers (which is a practicing club) and we schedule 3-4 practices per month.

If you have a location (this could be a business, building, home, cottage, etc.) that you would allow our amazing dogs to practice in please let us know by email It is important for the dogs to get into new locations as often as possible to keep their skills sharp, learn new skills and build confidence.

Practices are normally held on Wednesday (daytime) and Sunday (daytime) but other days can be worked out.  This is a great opportunity to learn more about the sport and get a firsthand look at how it all works!

Why do dogs bury bones in the ground?

Because they can't bury them in trees!
Community Events
You won't want to miss the fun!
Treats & Trivia
In support of the Quinte Humane Society!

Join us for a fun filled evening of Trivia & Treats at the Royal Canadian Legion Trenton on Friday February 22nd 2019. It will be a fun filled night of trivia where teams of 6 compete for bragging rights and a sweet Trivia Champs Trophy. Teams can also bid on some amazing sweets in the live Cake Auction. Only pre-registered teams of 6 will be accepted with a registration deadline of February 17th. The cost is $150.00 per team of 6 (that's only $25 per person).  If you would like to be a part of the Quinte Canine team please email us as soon as possible as spaces will fill quickly! 

For more information visit:

Valentine's Photos
In support of Fixed Fur Life!

The Trenton Pet Valu will be hosting the amazing photographer Brad Denoon on Sunday February 10th from 10am - 2pm. 
Call 613-394-4118 to book your appointment! 
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