Update: 7 October 2021

The sting in the Delta Covid variant is strong and has landed the Waikato back in another Level 3 lockdown. Our club is unable to train during Level 3 or 4 so the difficult decision was made to cancel Term 4 training for 2021.

The uncertainty around whether we can train or not and the in-ability to extend classes into the Christmas break encouraged this decision. Safety of our instructors, handlers and dogs is our number one priority at this time and we can not guarantee those securities.

It is our hope that training will resume again in February 2022 and enrolments will open closer to the time.

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Update: 22 September 2021

Please be aware there will be limited spaces for new dogs in Term 4. Our club is run exclusively by a small but dedicated team and we can only offer classes based on instructor availability. As such, the difficult decision has been made that we are unable to offer a puppy class in Term 4, 2021.

With disruptions to Term 3’s training due to Level 4 lockdown, we have some handlers who’ve transferred to the upcoming term. At this stage, we are unsure of the number of spots we have available, and limited priority is given to our current handlers. Once we have more information on this enrolments will be opened here.

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Update: 14 September 2021

Well, it looks like we did it again guys and with the announcement from the government, we move to Alert Level 2 (Delta) from Wednesday 8th September so we are able to get back to dog training.

As we write this, it feels a bit like deja vu however it’s not quite the same this time around as there a quite a few changes that we need to advise you of.

The committee has agreed that the club will commence on Tuesday 14th September and we will carry on from where we left off with week 4 training.

As we are in Alert Level 2 (Delta) things are going to look very different.

We are asking all handlers to wear a mask during the classes.  It’s ok to drop it when no one is around you but when an Instructor enters your bubble, you will need to cover your mouth and nose with a mask. All Instructors will have masks on too.

There are no spectators at all to be on the grounds so if someone does come with you then we will need to park off-site.

There is no drinks station as that can be a gathering area.

Toilets will be open and sanitised regularly and especially prior to training commencing each week.

Sanitiser stations will be set up on tables by the classes and you are welcome to use them at any time during class. All Instructors will carry on their bum bags, a bottle of sanitiser and will use it before and after touching your dog.

We encourage all handlers to bring loads of food as we won’t be able to share our food or supply a top-up.

Yes, when you arrive at the field, please keep at least a 2 metre distance between you and the next handler including dogs.

There is no play prior, during or after training until further notice.

You MUST scan the QR code each week.

All rules must be adhered to for the safety of everyone on the field.

If you have been in any of the affected areas, click here to see the Ministry of Health Locations of Interest, then get in touch with us and please stay home.

Click here for our Covid plan.

If you do have any questions please feel free to reach out to us.

Remember to have fun with your dogs. Take care and be kind to one another.

Thank you for your continued support during this difficult time.

Keep an eye on our Facebook page for enrolment announcements.

FAQ’s

Q. Can my dog spread COVID-19 (coronavirus)?
A. At present, there is no evidence that companion animals such as dogs or cats can be infected with COVID-19. However, it is always a good idea to wash your hands with soap and water after contact with pets. This protects you against various common bacteria such as E. coli and Salmonella that can pass between pets and humans.

Q. Can my dog catch coronavirus? 
A.  Probably not. There is no conclusive evidence that dogs can spread COVID-19 to humans. An infected person with COVID-19 may sneeze or pass the virus onto their animal’s fur which could spread the virus to other people.

Q. Wasn’t there a dog in Hong Kong that tested positive?
A. In late February a dog who was in isolation with its owner was tested and returned a “weak positive” result for coronavirus. It is believed this may be a case of a human transmitting the disease to a dog (and not the other way round). There is still no evidence of animals posing a risk of spreading COVID-19. The dog has not shown any clinical signs and subsequent blood work done on the dog have tested negative.

Q. What should I do to protect my dog?
A. At this stage, the best thing is to practice good hygiene. The risk of your dog catching coronavirus is very low and there is no evidence that it could give it to you. However, it is always a good idea to wash your hands with soap and water after contact with animals.

Q. What should I do if my animal gets sick?
A. As always, talk to your vet and follow their advice. If you can, ring them first, particularly if you are unwell, have been in contact with someone who is unwell or are self-isolating. It may be best to arrange for someone else to take your animal to the vet if it needs to be seen so that you can remain isolated.

Q. What should I do for my animal if someone in my home gets coronavirus or is in isolation?
A. If you or someone in your home is in isolation, the same process applies for animals as human members of the household.

If the person in isolation has not had close contact with the animal during the isolation period or the 2 weeks before that, they should try to minimise their contact with it and other household members. If possible, find someone who is well and not in isolation to help care for the animal. If the isolated person has to do it, they should wash their hands before and afterwards and wear a facemask (this is recommended by the World Organisation for Animal Health and the World Small Animal Veterinary Association).

This advice has been given by the Veterinary Council of New Zealand