Here's how our club is meeting the challenge of Covid-19 .
We are all facing difficult challenges during Covid-19, and Titahi Bay Canine Obedience Club is no exception. While we're all doing the right thing by keeping our distance and playing our part in the fight against Covid-19, our committee is aware that our pups are continuing to grow and learn and are missing out on the benefits of our classes. We feel very protective of the health of our members and trainers but we would also like to make sure that no-one misses out on those essential early-learning opportunities, so we have decided to run a shortened Term 2.
We have divided our members into two priority groups and have made different arrangements for each group:
Group 1- new to training
People who have a puppy (dog under 6 months old) and/ or are new to training - anyone that in a normal term would join a Puppy or Domestic One class.
For Group 1 we will run a special “first steps” training for puppies and a “basic skills” training for dogs new to training (normal Domestic One participants). These classes will run for 4 weeks (there may be some weather dependent postponements) and will teach the basics for people starting out:
Classes will run on Mondays and Wednesdays (depending on which class you are in) from 25 May to 24 June.
There will be no assessment.
There will be no fees for these classes, however we do ask for a donation/koha. The club will then give these donations to a dog charity of the club’s choice.
To protect everyone's health and well-being we will be taking the following precautions:
There will be a maximum of 6 dogs per class and 1 or 2 handlers for each dog.
The gates will be opened and closed by instructors only - owners are not to touch the gates.
There will be no access to the clubrooms or toilets (except in emergencies).
Everyone is to be at least 2 metres apart - dogs, handlers and instructors - at all times.
No sharing of treats, toys, leads - anything.
Classes will be 30 minutes long.
There will be a 15 minute gap between classes, so that the previous class can leave before the next class arrives.
No-one is to come if they are unwell.
A class attendance log will be filled in (to assist with contact tracing).
Dogs must be on leads at all times.
These protocols will be updated as further guidelines from Dogs NZ and the NZ Government are released.
Group 2 - dogs and their people that have previous training experience and ability
Our normal Dom Two, Dom Three, Dom Four, Rally-O, CGC, Intermediate Competition or Senior Competition.
You are the backbone of our club and while we think that your need for personal training is less urgent in the current circumstances than for Group 1, we know that it is no less important. We are aware that there are many good internet-based resources that are available to help you until you can get back to class and will be putting some links and information for you on our Resources page - keep an eye out for that. We also hope that by 27 July, our usual Term 3 start, we will be able to offer you more options (we will be reviewing the situation closer to that time). In the meantime, if you have any training questions or challenges you can email us at email@example.com.