We are now in a position to officially announce that unfortunately due to the circumstances beyond our control, we are unable to offer training for new handlers in Term 4, 2020.
This has not been an easy decision and has taken a lot of working through so we appreciate your patience on the matter.
At this stage, we are planning for full return to a more normal style of training in 2021.
Enrolments are expected to open in the new year for Term 1. With a early February start date.
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 showen 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.