Welcome to Red Shadow Kennels!!Tollers, Tollers Everywhere

Red Shadow Kennels is a CKC registered breeding kennel located in Hampton, Ontario.

We are committed to producing structurally sound, intelligent and healthy Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers.

We are equally committed to the lifetime support of our owner families and their dogs. It is through them that each dog enjoys a rich, full life and realizes its full potential.

Our kennel name Red Shadow speaks to the love our Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers have for their families.  These little red shadows are first and foremost dedicated family companions who excel in hunt, therapy, obedience, scent work and performance.

Is this your first dog? See our advice on “How to Buy A Dog”.
Interested in Canine Nutrition, vaccine protocols or how to save money at your vet’s? See our classes here!
Got a dirty dog on your hands? We can assist with grooming services or teach you how to do it yourself!!
Thinking about becoming a breeder? Click here to learn more about one of the best breeder Mentorship programs in North America

We hope you enjoy your visit here with us. If you have any questions, you can visit our FAQ’s  or contact us here.

Hunt dogs from birth


The Red Shadow Difference

The Red Shadow Difference


Finding the right breeder is one of the most important choices you will ever make.

  • Is your breeder making puppies for money or to improve the breed?
  • Is it important to you that the parents of your puppy are proven in both Conformation and Performance?
  • What level of support do you want from your breeder after you purchase? None, periodic or 24-7 for the life of your dog?

The sole purpose of the Red Shadow Kennels breeding program is to improve the structure, temperament and health of our Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers.

As a result, we produce a very limited number of puppies per year from parents who are proven both in the show ring and in performance competitions.

We focus our attention on these special puppies from birth, using the most current rearing and development techniques (including Puppy Culture©) available to create dogs who are extremely trainable and resilient to stress.

Our puppies go on to work in therapy, hunting, scent detection, competitive obedience and, most importantly,  as family companions.

The Red Shadow accelerated early development program is not the only thing that makes us unique. We deliver on our lifelong commitment to the dogs and their families by providing a comprehensive support program for all life stages.

  • Immediate 24-7 support to our owners.
  • A New Owner Puppy Package including health insurance, first inoculations, microchipping, pedigree information, birth certificate and CKC Registration.
  • Our New Owner Seminar series covering subjects like grooming, nutrition, vaccination protocols and how to manage veterinary costs.
  • Regular White Papers on subjects like Puberty, Tooth Health, Vision and Eye Care, Water Toxicity and Parasites.
  • Videos on training and grooming.
  • Seasonal access to Dock Diving.
  • Free Training Seminars covering everything from Dock Diving to basic to competitive obedience.
  • A private Facebook Group for our owners to share their questions, successes and brags!
  • Medical research services for injury, disease and senior care


For more information, contact us here.


About Us

About Us

Red Shadow Kennels is proudly owned & operated by Shauna Canjar Dainton RVT.

Shauna fell in love with the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever in 2006 when deciding on her first dog.  Since then, she has had the pleasure of working with and been mentored by some of the best Toller Breeders in the world.
Shauna’s love of this breed is so deep that she is currently a Registered Veterinary Technician (Honours, Seneca College), a Certified Veterinary Assistant (Durham College) and a Certified Performance Horse Handler (Honours, University of Guelph at Ridgetown) .
She has worked in Veterinary Clinics and Zoos all over the world, is a Certified Obedience Trainer and an active member of the Oshawa Obedience Club.
Shauna is also currently working on her Bachelors of Science and Education.
With extensive experience in Emergency Medicine, Canine Reproduction, Early Development, Canine Nutrition and Vaccine protocols.

Shauna has worked to prove all her dogs in sports such as Confirmation, Obedience, Rally, Dock Diving, Scent Work & Trick Training with a passion for bettering this breed. She has successful accomplished 34 CKC titles so far across her dogs with a dedication to earning more.

Shauna is available for training and select speaking engagements as well as providing support services in canine-midwifery, obedience, grooming and handling.

Feel free to contact Shauna here.


Contact Us

Contact Us

Red Shadow Kennels is a CKC Registered breeding kennel located in Hampton, Ontario, Canada.

Please Read over our Website before contacting us!

Wondering when our next litter is coming or if we have  puppies available? Click Here.
Do we have mature dogs available? Click Here.
Puppies are made available to families based on an application process. Want to know what to expect? Click Here.
Do you have questions about our breeding program? Click Here and Here.
Do you have questions about Tollers in general? Click Here and Here.

Application process is “OPEN”!! **Please Visit our Upcoming Litters & Available Puppies Pages regarding our current and future puppies**

Required questions when contacting us:

1.) Why are you interested in a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever? What type of Performance Sports or Mental Stimulation do you plan to do with your pup? (All Tollers need “A Job” & Exercise).
2.) Why are you interested in Red Shadow Kennels?
3.) What sort of Relationship are you looking for with a Breeder/ Kennel?
4.) Where are you Located?
5.) Please make sure to include your email & phone number in the body of the message so we can make sure we have the right contact information 🙂

IMPORTANT: PLEASE FOLLOW UP & CHECK JUNK MAIL! If you don’t hear from us within 5 days of messaging us, PLEASE follow up! We reply to EVERYONE & have found our emails can get lost in the junk mail or not make it to families. We Look forward to connecting with you! 🙂


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