March 2021Update


COVID Update for the dog training industry......

The CFSG have now released at update to the Covid guidelines for the industry, which is what the professional bodies and many insurance companies are looking to for what is acceptable practice at this time.

In summary, for training, it is as follows:

29th March - groups outside but wearing masks. ***This will mean that I can offer in person 1-2-1 again too.***

12th April - outdoors but not private dwellings (we are still not allowed to do training sessions in clients gardens at this point), still wearing masks.

17th May- indoor classes now allowed but not private dwellings (we are still not allowed to do training sessions in clients homes at this point), still wearing masks. 

I will be training in clients gardens from 17th May.

21st June - restrictions lifted, unless anything changes.

I will (hopefully) be training in clients homes from 21st June.


So, for me, this looks as though it will be the 29th March before I start seeing clients in person for 1-2-1 which is what I was planning anyway, based on what the government had released earlier.

I will not be able to do sessions in the home until late June (unless anything changes) so therefore, all initial sessions will continue via Zoom as these are mainly information gathering, discussion, and setting yourself and your dog up to succeed in the best possible way. Subsequent session can then be in person, outdoors.

We are planning for the Woodland Trust group workshops to begin from late May/June time. This all fits in perfectly with those dates anyway.

😷😷😷 Masks, when it comes to wearing a mask for group outdoor training, and requesting clients do also, hopefully this will lift by the time we start the Woodland Trust sessions.

Due to a health condition I do not plan on wearing a mask outdoors unless I have to come closer than 2m from clients for any reason, as over heating puts me at risk of passing out and damaging myself in some way, which is of extra concern as the weather gets warmer! 🤕


In order to keep clients, myself, and all of our friends and families safe during this Covid-19 pandemic, there are certain policies that need to be in place.  By booking any in person service, you will need to agree to keep to this policy.


Please do not attend in person training if you or anyone else in your household as Covid-19 symptoms or you have been told to self isolate.

Please also do not attend if you or someone else in your household has a temperature.

It is important to maintain a 2m distance and if this needs to be reduced for any reason, such as in an emergency, a mask should be worn.

As training sessions are all to be outdoors, masks are currently optional as long as the 2 meter distance is observed.  This may have to change, if government policy means they are required outdoors too, however, I think that the CFSG guidance is that masks are only required for group classes outdoors.  Please carry one with you, in case the 2 meter distance cannot be observed for any reason, such as emergencies. 

In a group situation, you are asked not to stroke other participants dogs, as they can act as a surface for a short period of time.  The dogs will also not be playing or interacting up close with one another.

When in group sessions (Woodland Trust) there are no toilet facilities, so please prepare for this accordingly. 

It is advised to avoid touching commonly used surfaces, however, if it is necessary, please use hand gel after and wash your hands thoroughly as soon as possible. 

We will not be sharing equipment, so please ensure that you bring all of your own equipment as per instructions for each session.  If working one to one, I may use some of my equipment as long as it is suitable for cleaning and disinfecting thoroughly between clients.

When 1-2-1 sessions can in your own garden again, access without walking through the house is preferred.  If I am required to walk through the house, I shall wear a mask and not touch any of the doors or surfaces.  This is likely to be after 21st June 2021.

Dogs should be on a lead or in a different room for my arrival and we can then set up in the garden according to your situation. 

I will only see a maximum of 3 different sets of clients, either 1-2-1 or groups, in person, during one day, allowing me plenty of time for cleaning or changing clothes if necessary. 

Your details may be required to be given for track and trace purposes as per government guidelines.

If the weather is dire, or you and/or your family are unwell - even with a cold, I would much prefer that you contact me to postpone than risk anyone becoming unwell.  You are not going to be in the right state of mind to be training your dog if feeling under the weather, or if cold and wet, either.  At least 24 hours notice is appreciated though. 

If I have to self isolate for any reason, I will offer the option of the session being carried out online instead or postponing it until the 14 days are over. 

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