CLASSES AND COVID-19
It's been challenging meeting the needs of our students while keeping everyone safe during this difficult time. We appreciate our students now, more than ever, for their patience and flexibility.
Our classes have had to be split into half-size classes working around the many State requirements. Since we still don't know if or when we will get to Phase 3, or stay there if we do, it's been hard to make long range plans. As such, class dates and times may be shifted as necessary.
Currently, under Phase 2 restrictions, masks are required and we must limit the numbers of people per class to no more than 5 - one human per dog. (We will do our best to make exceptions for underage handlers who require parental supervision as space allows.) We hope everyone will stay well and the case numbers will come down so we can get to Phase 3 so additional family members can attend together again! We are following strict guidelines for disinfecting & social distancing. We thank you for your cooperation in helping your fellow students and our staff stay safe. Remember your classmates and instructors are affected by the choices you make outside of class. Wear your mask, wash your hands. Stay safe and stay well!
PLEASE SOCIAL DISTANCE.
REMAIN AT LEAST 6 FEET OR MORE APART AT ALL TIMES.
DO NOT CONGREGATE AT ENTRANCES OR WATER BOWLS. ONE DOG IN THE POTTY AREA AT A TIME.
Even though your whole family can't attend class together in person, everyone should still take part in your dog's training!
In addition to your written handbook, we have updated our online homework to include videos and detailed instructions that you can review together as you practice at home.
Permission to video in class - We welcome students to bring their I-pad or Notebook to class and set it up to record or face time the lessons so your family can watch from home.
Private lessons are available - at the studio or in your home.
Contact Travis Byrnes at 710-7697 or email to schedule. He will fill you in on his rates and availability.
What to bring:
Masks or face coverings are required indoors and when working in proximity to others - cover your nose! Masks are strongly advised but optional working outside when working greater than 6 feet apart. They will be required indoors. Cover your nose! Masks will be available if you need one. Dress for the weather. If we have a downpour, we might be moving to the classroom.
Your own water bottle, and a dish for water & plenty of high value treats for your dog. Please bring your dog extra hungry and well-exercised, some high value food rewards, a non-squeaky chew or stuffed Kong to keep them busy during lecture times, and a rubber-backed (non-slip) rug to lie on. Assemble your supplies in a bag for ease of entry and exit. Please keep your phone in your pocket rather than setting it down on shared surfaces.
Your own hand sanitizer. A hand washing station will be available with antibacterial soap and hand sanitizer. Please bring your own hand towel. Chairs are provided and will be sanitized between classes, but you are welcome to bring your own.
PLEASE STAY HOME IF YOU OR ANYONE IN YOUR HOUSEHOLD IS UNWELL OR HAS BEEN EXPOSED TO COVID-19.
Your online homework will provide make-up lessons. Due to limited class size, in-person make-ups will be next to impossible.
Our staff will be diligent to disinfect chairs, door handles, light switches, equipment, etc. between classes.
We will allow for time between classes to make sure everything is disinfected before the next group of students is admitted.
Thanks for your patience and your following the safety protocols to keep students and staff safe.
HELPFUL LINKS FROM THE CDC TO KEEP US ALL SAFE:
Who’s at Risk:
Hygiene Etiquette & Practice
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