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Good News!! - Training Restarting

A Update From Our Chairman

Just in case anyone was wondering we are still planning to start training on Monday as the new rules have not prevented us meeting so long as we maintain strict groups of 6. We have covid plans in place and documented and will certainly be more socially distanced than any pub/restaurant etc. As its a group of 6 I just wanted to thank the members who have kindly agreed to switch groups to even up the class sizes.

All I ask in addition to the requirements already listed is that you remain in your cars until called in by your trainer. We have the normal door and the newly renovated double doors so can work a one way system to avoid contact.

A Messsage From Our Chairman

As previously advised, training will start Monday 14th. Thanks to those who helped clean the equipment last week in readiness. We have come up with some simple Covid requirements so please take a look and come prepared. At the end is a fairly lengthy KC set of guidelines which covers more than just training venues.

As its been so long may I please ask all members to confirm to Angela Parry (Enquires@southdownsagility.co.uk.), our Class Co-ordinator, that they will be returning to training as we will need to adjust the groups slightly to balance the numbers at each end of the arena.

The good news is the venue has been resurfaced and has it new lights so we might actually be able to keep a bit cleaner and see what we are doing.

Southdowns Agility Club Training Venue Covid Requirements

> Sanitise hands on entry and after handling equipment. (Members to bring their own sanitiser)

> Members to remain in car park until previous class exits.

> Adhere to class times, particularly end times:

6:30 to 7:30

7:40 to 8:40

8:50 to 9:50

> Group list to be given to trainers.Trainers to email Una a list of members who attended for track and trace purposes. Email will ensure a digital record is kept

> If we can open them I suggest large double doors are used to exit and the usual ones for entry

> Only the trainer to touch equipment during the lesson

> Dogs to remain on leads unless running

> Do not touch other dogs or toys unless required as part of training and with owners permission. Sanitise immediately afterwards

> No unnecessary spectators. Please remain outside venue

> Do not socialise in venue, do so when well away from venue and not blocking pathways

> Social distance at all times. No requirement to wear gloves or mask, personal choice

> Adhere to any specific requirements set by stable yard owner - currently there are none but they will be posted at the yard entrance if any set.



How to stay safe when you go back to training

(KC Guidelines- For Information)

If you are going back to training with others you must keep yourself and others safe. Taking the government guidance to work at home if you can is perfect for dog training. Make sure you are covering all the foundations to your training before you go elsewhere – this will help keep your dog under control and remind them what to do. Then you will arrive with your dog who is in tune with you.

Preparing to go

1) Make sure you have checked where and when you are meeting and what the access and exit procedures will be – it may have changed since you were there last.

2) Go in clean clothes.

3) Clean your handling equipment: collar, lead, grooming equipment, settle mat, titbit container etc.

4) Wash your hands before handling your dog and have wipes or gel close by.

5) If you or anyone in your household has symptoms of ill health, stay at home.

When you get there

6) Make sure you follow parking and entry rules.

7) Take your time to ensure you don’t cause a distance issue.

8) Clean your hands (and arms if they are exposed) before starting.

9) Follow social distancing guidelines and keep an appropriate distance apart from the next person – of course, you may need more than this depending on the training stage and temperament of your dog.

10) Don’t let others pet your dog – there is no evidence that dogs can get Covid-19 but it is feasible that it could be passed from another person onto your dog’s coat (like any other surface) and on to you or anyone else that touches your dog.

During class

11) Make sure you keep to social distancing guidelines – it is easy to get carried away when you meet up with your friends for the first time in a while.

12) Make sure you do not accept drinks or food from others – use only your own.

13) Don’t allow your dog to share toys, water or blankets with other dogs.

14) Sanitise or wash your hands before and after you touch any communal areas e.g. toilets, gates, fences.

15) If you are accustomed to getting handouts or written homework – it is likely that the instructors will be guiding you via email or social media.

16) Any certificates earned are likely to be sent by email for you to print out at home.

17) Be aware that there may be a limit of how many people can attend the class, so you may have to go alone with no other family members.

18) Consider spending a penny before you go! Some facilities may have changed from indoor to outdoor facilities and may not have a toilet available. You will need to leave your dog in the car if facilities are available, no one else can handle you dog either prior to, during or after the class has concluded.

When you exit

19) Carefully follow any exit rules that the organisation has set down.

20) Ensure safe distances are maintained.

21) Allow others who may be exiting or entering plenty of time and space.

22) Be mindful that some people may have more problems with their dog than you do so be vigilant and respectful.

When you get home

23) Clean your lead and any other equipment you have used.

24) Change your clothes.

25) Wash your hands and arms if they are exposed after handling your dog.

According to the government ‘There is no evidence that you need to wash your pets to control the spread of coronavirus. Never use household or commercial cleaning products, disinfectants or antibacterial wipes on pets.’