Yvonne Ferguson, CPDT-KSA, CTDI

Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge & Skills Assessed, Certified Trick Dog Instructor,

Public Speaker, Educator, Behaviour Consultant & Owner of Quinte Canine

Yvonne with Meshu & Wrangler

Yvonne has always had a strong passion for dog training. Her passion grew over many years while participating in different dog sports including Rally Obedience, Tricks, and Scent Detection.  Continuous professional development, as well as ongoing training have assisted Yvonne in growing Quinte Canine.  Yvonne has trained hundreds of dogs in both group and private classes and has helped countless dogs complete successful, comprehensive science-based behaviour modification programs.

 

Yvonne is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge & Skills Assessed (CPDT-KSA) with the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT).  CPDT-KSA indicates that a dog trainer has passed a comprehensive knowledge based exam, has completed a skills assessment examination, documented and logged hundreds of hours of dog training experience, upholds the highest ethical standards, is required to continue education through re-certification every three years and is committed to current behavioral science and its application to dog training and behaviour.  The CCPDT examinations are the only valid and reliable, accredited (NCCA) psychometrically sound examinations for dog trainers recognized internationally. 

Formally educated and previously working as a Social Worker for over 10 years; has given Yvonne the experience and knowledge to be able to work directly with all persons, regardless of abilities.  Yvonne focuses, not only on the dogs learning, but the handlers learning and development.  Remember: there are two ends of the leash, each just as important as the other. 

Speaking locally, throughout Ontario and internationally, Yvonne’s ability to infuse fun into dog training is of great importance to both the dogs and owners she assists. Yvonne brings smiles to her student's faces, while helping to build confidence on both ends of the leash. Her passions within the field include scent detection, fear based behaviours and dogs with cognitive and physical disabilities.

 

Highlights & Qualifications

 

  • Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge & Skills Assessed from the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers

  • Board of Directors Member for The Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers - elected in 2016 - currently elected to a second 3 year term

  • Scent Detection Judge for the Canadian Kennel Club (CKC)

  • Canine Good Neighbour (CGN) Evaluator for the Canadian Kennel Club (CKC)

  • Certified Trick Dog Instructor with Do More With Your Dog

  • Certified Stunt Dog Judge with Do More With Your Dog

  • Provincial Court Recognized Expert Witness in Dog Assessment - Behaviour and Training - Qualified in 2019

  • All-Star Trainer of the Year - Do More With Your Dog

  • 2018 OSPCA Chair's Award Honourable Mention (Runner Up) Winner - Presented to an individual who goes above and beyond to make an outstanding contribution to Animal Welfare in the community

  • Canine Behaviour Consultant and Course Instructor for Canine Foundations including instruction of courses designed for those working in the canine profession such as Professional Dog Trainers, Veterinary Technicians, Animal Control Professionals, Shelter Staff and Canine Attendants. Teaching includes courses at Georgian College in Barrie, ON.

  • Instructor for Canine Foundations Training Academy - Launching July 2020 - to learn more please visit: https://www.caninefoundations.com/training-academy/

  • Instructor at Mr Spot Dog Camp Kingston 2018 and 2019

  • Conference Attendee and Round Table Facilitator at the 2018 Association of Professional Dog Trainers Conference - Memphis, TN

  • Trained hundreds of dogs in both group and private classes including Puppy, Trick, Manners, Tracking, Rally Obedience and various different levels of Obedience

  • Has worked with hundreds of dogs to complete successful, comprehensive behaviour modification programs

  • Specializing in working with dogs with various physical disabilities, fears and phobias

  • Currently completing the process to be approved as a Sporting Detection Dogs Association (SDDA) Judge.

  • Social Service Worker Diploma from Sir Sandford Fleming College with over 10 years experience in the field

  • Volunteer for many different animal organizations throughout Ontario

  • Holds certificates in;

    • Canine Theriogenology from the University of Minnesota

    • Animal Behaviour and Welfare from the University of Edinburgh

    • Animal Behaviour from the University of Melbourne

    • SIRIUS Dog Trainer Academy - Dr. Ian Dunbar

    • GROWL Class - for Reactive Dogs - Dr. Ian Dunbar

  • Certificated for the following Georgian College continuing education courses, Barrie;

    • Canine Behaviour 101 – Canine Body Language (Yvonne now teaches this course at Georgian College)

    • Canine Behaviour 102 – Separation Anxiety (Yvonne now teaches this course at Georgian College)

    • Canine Behaviour 103 – Resource Guarding (Yvonne now teaches this course at Georgian College)

    • Canine Behaviour 104 – Territorial Guarding (Yvonne now teaches this course at Georgian College)

    • Canine Behaviour 105 - Canine Assessment (Yvonne now teaches this course at Georgian College)

    • Canine Attendant Training (Yvonne now teaches this course for Canine Foundations)

    • Dog to Dog Aggression (Yvonne now teaches this course at Georgian College)

    • Canine Self Defense

    • Canine Emergency First Aid

  • Competitive titles and certifications held in;

    • Rally Obedience (Excellent level and multiple placements and high in classes)

    • SDDA Scent Detection (Master Champion Level - 12th team worldwide to achieve this title, multiple placements and High in Trials and all levels achieved as Gold scores – 96% or higher)

    • 6th Place at the first SDDA Nationals (over 80 teams from across Canada competed) in Campbellville Ontario in October 2019 with a 'borrowed dog' Thunder, Miniature Australian Shepherd

    • CKC Scent Detection

    • Trick Dog Titles including Champion Trick Dog

    • Herding Instinct Certification

    • Canine Good Neighbour

  • Proud member of;

    • The Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers - Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge & Skills Assessed (CCPDT - CPDT-KSA)

    • The Canadian Association of Professional Pet Dog Trainers - Professional Member (CAPPDT)

    • The Canadian Kennel Club (CKC)

    • The Sporting Detection Dogs Association (SDDA) - Registered Participant

    • Do More With Your Dog (DMWYD)

    • Freedom Drivers (Animal Rescue Transportation Organization)

    • Quinte Humane Society Fundraising Committee (www.quintehumanesociety.com)

 

Yvonne grew up in the Quinte region and currently lives with her spouse, her cat Sabre and her dog, Wrangler, a 8 year old German Shepherd.  Although Wrangler is the primary canine permanent resident in the home, many other canine friends often 'live' with Yvonne on a part time basis, seeing it as their second home. To find out more about Wrangler click here.  Yvonne takes great pride in living in, giving back to it and being in step with the unique needs of our community. 

 

Yvonne and Wrangler can be found at various events in the region raising funds for local animal groups. 'Like' Quinte Canine on Facebook to learn more about these events and where you can meet them.  

 

Yvonne is available for guest speaking, demonstrations, dog training seminars (tricks, detection, behaviour, and all things dog), trick title evaluation days and detection judging.  Contact Quinte Canine for more information or to speak about booking!

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Dog Puppy Training Classes Belleville Trenton Ontario Trick Scenting Scent Detection Behaviour Modification Dog training | Quinte Canine
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Quinte Canine is your source for certified dog training and behaviour modification.  Quinte Canine offers: dog and puppy  training classes, Puppy classes, New Puppy Start Up Sessions, Basic Obedience classes, Intermediate and Advanced Dog Training Classes, Novice through Champion Trick Dog Training Class and Titles, Basic through Elite Level Scent Detection Classes (Nose work), SDDA Scent Detection, Canadian Kennel Club scent Detection / CKC, Scent Detection trials, Private obedience, puppy, trick and scent detection classes, Tracking classes and lessons, Private Behaviour modification, Assessment and Consultations, Potty Bells, The Canny Collar.  Available in home or at our dog training school. Serving: Quinte, Belleville, Trenton/Quinte West, Bayside, Frankford, Stirling, Stockdale, Wooler, Brighton, Hastings, Madoc, Marmora, Havelock, Tweed, Foxboro, Tyendinaga, Shannonville, Napanee, Picton, Bloomfield, Consecon, Prince Edward County and beyond!

Yvonne Ferguson, CPDT-KSA, CTDI - Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge & Skills Assessed: Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, Certified Trick Dog Instructor, Certified Stunt Dog Judge, CKC CGN Evaluator, Seminar Facilitator, Public Speaker, Educator and Behaviour Consultant

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