Update on Canine PhD and COVID-19

Whether you are caring for a loved one or your own health, having trouble finding daily supplies, or managing your own business, our thoughts are with you.

Canine PhD remains open for business.

By the nature of behavior work, we are always using social distancing as a training tool. Whether we are trying to get the attention of an adolescent dog or trying to distract an aggressive dog from a trigger, distance is a function of systematic and successful learning. In our Manners classes, Trick dog classes, Therapy Dog classes, CGC classes, Hound On The Town classes, we have always encouraged and recommended working at least 6ft from another dog/handler team. Our Nose Work, Barn Hunt, and Reactive Dog classes require even more space between teams.

Our classes have always had 9 or less students– so our classes fall within the recommended guidelines of the Federal/State Gov’t and CDC of “10 or less people for gatherings”.

Here is the protocol we will follow until further notice:

-We will hold classes and consultations outdoors when we can.
-We will use online learning to fill in gaps when needed.
-As a very last resort, we will postpone classes to a later date.
-Trainers and students will be wearing masks in a class setting and consultations.
-We will extend the expiration date(s) of private lesson packages if deemed necessary.

*It is the client’s responsibly to be in communication about their needs. Packages expire within 6 months of the purchase date.

At this point in time, all classes, private lessons, day-training, boarding and board/training are on schedule.

Canine PhD employs 5 full-time trainers and 8 part-time trainers and kennel assistants. If we shut our doors, it would be devastating to the people who work at Canine PhD. It would also be a disservice to our clients who rely on us for ongoing help with more serious behavior problems. It is important for us to continue to serve our community.

Please be aware that we are taking extra sanitizing precautions in addition to our regular cleaning(s) over the next several months. To date, CDC has not received any reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19. “At this time, there’s no evidence that companion animals including pets can spread COVID-19. However, since animals can spread other diseases to people, it’s always a good idea to wash your hands after being around animals.”

Lastly, if you are practicing social distancing and do not feel comfortable coming to the training facility or do not feel secure having a trainer come to your home, please let us know and we will work with you remotely.

If you feel as though you maybe sick or if you have come in contact with someone who is sick, please take the necessary precautions to not spread the flu and/or COVID-19.

For now, to ease your stress, turn off the news and social media and enjoy your dog! Spend extra time snuggling, take your dog on a casual “sniffing” walk, take time to train new skills each day, and give your pup a couple of extra treats just because you can!

posted on 3/3/2020