COVID-19 Guidelines for training
As a dog trainer I have to go by the guidance as set by the CFSG https://www.cfsg.org.uk/
This is for the safety of all parties and to make sure that I am working in alignment with my insurance.
Kent is currently in a Tier 4 restriction.
The guidance (from 24 December) as agreed by Defra states that:
'Training of dogs is an important element of their social development. Dog trainers may continue to provide advice on training using technology to connect the trainer and client. It may also be possible to run classes by video link. If a trainer can utilise a secure safe outside area to provide training, clients can meet the trainer there providing social distance can be maintained. There should be no physical contact between the trainer and client or dog and social distance should be maintained at all times.
Tier 4: Only one-to-one training outdoors is allowed with no indoor training. Social distance should be maintained and class sizes are limited to one-to-one (person or household bubble) to maintain social distance so there is no mixing between household bubbles (2m should be adhered to where possible). There should be no physical contact between the trainer and client or dog and social distance should be maintained at all times.
This means that I can meet one other person with the dog to carry out a session outside - this should be in a public place such as a local park (if dogs are allowed) as long as social distancing can be maintained.
This does unfortunately mean that in-person puppy sessions cannot take place if the puppy is very young or unvaccinated. This is due to the cold, wet weather and nature of the environment we can train in (a public space, not your garden).
If you are looking for puppy sessions, it is possible to carry these out online via Zoom until such a time as the restrictions change to allow me to conduct sessions in your house/garden.
Thank you for your understanding