To increase safety for my clients and myself, I am implementing the following protocols and suggestions when working with you. 

  • I will wear a face mask at all times, for my safety and yours. This is totally preventive. My family and I have shown no symptoms. 
  • I will carry hand sanitizer and use it throughout the session.
  • I will supply a sanitized bag containing training clickers and a portion of treats that most dogs enjoy. You will need to have a supply of treats on hand to avoid multiple contacts. Most dogs like meat-based or other protein soft treats such as Zukes, dried chicken, dried liver, string cheese, Bil-Jac liver treats, etc. 
  • You should cut treats into tic-tac-sized treats before our session. You don't want to overfeed. 
  • We will need to stay 6 feet away during the session.
  • We should work outside, when possible.
  • I will use my leash when I work with your dog inside and then you should use your leash when it is your turn. You should have a 6 foot leash, not a retractable. 
  • I will take my shoes off when entering your home.
  • No handshakes, high fives or fist bumps.
  • I will pet or handle your dog minimally (very challenging for me!!) during the session to avoid too much contact. 
  • I will not allow other people or dogs to contact your dog unless you tell me you are currently okay with this decision. 
  • If anyone in your household shows any signs of symptoms of Covid-19 (fever, cough, shortness of breath, etc.) you can cancel even at the last minute without a cancellation penalty. I will do the same if I am not feeling well. Read the list of symptoms at CDC.gov.

The main point that I want to stress is that I urge you not to take offense with my precautions, and I will do the same. I will not take it personally if you want to use hand sanitizer after taking the leash from me, for instance. We all just need to do the best we can in this incredibly challenging time. If you have any other precautions you want me to follow, please let me know.

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