I have the best clients, and I want all of you to stay safe and healthy! After reviewing research and consulting with my professional peers and WorkSafe BC, I have a plan for private, in-home sessions and classes.
First: Please consider putting dog training on hold if you are considered to be in a “high-risk” group or if you live with someone or take care of someone considered to be “high-risk”.
Consider virtual, online training. It can be very effective and helpful – especially if you feel like your dog needs help now.
Basic Health Guidelines
Please cancel your private session or do not come to class if:
- You’ve had symptoms of Covid-19 in the last 10 days. Symptoms include fever, chills, new or worsening cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, and new muscle aches or headache
- You’ve been directed by Public Health to self-isolate.
- You have recently traveled outside the province of BC or you have had contact with a confirmed case of Covid-19.
If you or anyone in your home is ill, your private training session can be moved to online or we can wait one month from recovery to resume in-person sessions.
If I am not feeling well or have been in contact with anyone who is sick, I will contact you to reschedule or to do a virtual, online session
Here’s what I’ll be doing:
- The number of in-person appointments will be limited during the day in order to minimize points of contact.
- In-person appointments will be spaced out so that I have time to sterilize my equipment and myself (!) before going to my next appointment.
- I’ll be sanitizing my equipment, myself and my car between appointments.
Here’s how you can help:
- Be prepared to train in your yard or indoors with the windows open. If necessary, you can be inside and I’ll sit outside…as long as we can hear each other, it’ll work!
- Face coverings will be mandatory when we are working inside.
- Use social distancing, when inside or outside.
- Please try to limit the number of family members at any one session. Two is my limit – any more than that and social distancing and limiting contact becomes very challenging.
- Wash, wash, wash (!) your hands.
- Sanitize your dog’s leash and collar before your session.
- Have plenty of treats available for your dog in a container that has been sanitized.
- All payments and paperwork will be handled electronically in order to limit points of contact. Please pay via etransfer if you can.
Nosework Classes & Drop-ins
As of January 2021, masks are required for all nosework classes and drop-ins.
- Students should wait in their cars until just before class, and enter when I open the door.
- To maintain physical distancing, students will train at ‘stations’ that are spaced at least 2m apart.
- Time between classes will be increased so that I have time to sanitize training stations and high touch areas, including the door.
- Class size will be limited to help with social distancing.
- Odor kits will be provided to Intro to Odor students as usual, but with as little contact as possible.
- Intro to Odor students should bring their own odor tins to class, so that there is no sharing when training.
- All nosework drop-ins will take place outside with limited numbers and social distancing enforced.
- During Drop-ins, consider staying in your car until your turn.
This information is as up-to-date as it can be based on Dr. Bonnie Henry’s guidelines and WorkSafe BC’s protocols for re-opening. If we have found out one thing during this pandemic, it is that things can change, even in the space of a day.
I will update you (and this page) as requirements change. Private sessions or classes may need to be suspended. We may all need to go on lockdown again. Flexibility is the key.
If you have any questions or concerns about safety at any point, please let me know.
Here’s to good health and happy training!