Updated: 1 March 2021
Just a reminder as we are now running under Level 2 again.
At this stage we have decided to continue to train under Covid Level 2. However, there will be some changes to how we train starting this Tuesday 2nd March.
Instructors will carry small bottles of sanitiser on them and use them when/if they touch your dog. While we will endeavour to keep as hands-off as much as possible, certain elements of our method may require some hands-on training, especially during these early weeks.
If you have been in any of the affected areas, click here to see the Ministry of Health Locations of Interest, or parts of Auckland affected then get in touch with us and please stay home.
If you are feeling unwell or are in the “at-risk” group then again please contact us but also keep yourself safe and stay at home.
Following our Covid plan, we will handle this situation as follows:
- No Spectators on the grounds including in cars. Please leave everyone at home so that they are not tempted to get out of the car.
- Access to toilets is only for handlers training on the field, paper towels supplied
- Good hand hygiene and cough and sneeze etiquette to be reinforced
- No drinks station for people or dogs
- Scan QR code or sign in
- Handlers to sanitise their hands, sanitising stations set up for each class
- Treat food, please make sure you bring plenty of treats for your dog
- No interaction with any dog/s before, during, or after class even if you know them
- 2 metre spacing between each handler team on the field
- Masks are not required unless you wish
If things happen to change before Tuesday night’s training, you will be notified and any announcements will be made on our website as well as our Facebook page.
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.
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.