I follow all relevant guidance from the CDC and the WHO to help ensure we all remain safe throughout the pandemic. Below I summarize specific measures I take, but I also am happy to work with you for any additional measures that would make you most comfortable.
- I will wear a mask while in your home (for private classes or behavior services).
- If I visit multiple homes in a day I change clothes, clean my shoes, and wash my hands between sessions.
- All equipment used (e.g., long leash or demonstration muzzle) is cleaned or sterilized between clients.
- Many private classes or behavior sessions can be conducted outdoors.
- Group classes are all currently held outdoors and allow for good social distancing.
Tip: Many common dog leashes are 6 feet long, if your dog is greeting someone at the end of the leash, you are likely at a recommended safe distance.
- Dogs do not tend to get covid-191. There are other viruses in the coronavirus family that dogs can get (but humans can't); vaccines for these viruses are included in normal "puppy shots".
- Although the covid-19 virus can be carried on a dog's coat in the same way it could on other surfaces (e.g., counters, door handles, etc), recent evidence suggests that this type of surface transmission is relatively rare and not a primary concern for covid-19.
- There have been a small number of cases worldwide in which covid-19 has reportedly infected a pet. These are sufficiently rare that they can be argued to be exceptions to a rule that pets do not generally get covid-19. See the CDC website for the most up to date information about covid-19 and pets.