Premier Doug Ford stated as of May 19th, 2020 we can resume dog walks. All private and group walks will resume. All dog training classes will remain online with only unique cases being done in-person where an outdoor environment that allows for social distancing to be maintained is present. Please keep reading to learn more about our new policies and our online training.
Online training is done through Zoom meeting calls. Where both the client and the trainer will be able to see and speak to each other via a screen. You can use a laptop, tablet, or cell phone.
The trainer has access to two dogs in her household and is able to give demonstrations with live dogs. Following the online sessions you will have access to the recording of the session, plus other instructional videos provided by the trainer. As well as a recap and follow up e-mail of each session.
To learn more about Online training click here.
Pick up & Drop off protocols
An Unleash Your Paws dog walker will arrive at your house. They will then send you a text to notify you they are there. You, the client, will either let your dog out into a safe yard, or walk your dog out on a leash to meet the Unleash Your Paws dog walker. The client will then back up to the end of the leash, the dog walker will attach their leash to the harness/collar. The dog walker will then back up to the end of their leash while the client removes their leash from the harness/collar. The client and dog walker will keep a minimum distance of two meters at all times. Drop offs will be done in the same manner in reverse.
Protocols to eliminate or minimize exposure
Protocols if a client or walker tests positive or shows any symptoms of coronavirus
An e-mail will be sent out to all individual clients through the usual newsletter format.All walks will be cancelled for a minimum of two weeks. All walkers and clients will be asked to self isolate for two weeks.
What Ottawa Public Health States
Ottawa public health states that Any Ottawa resident who has any of the following symptoms is recommended to go for testing at the COVID-19 Assessment Centre or COVID-19 Care Clinics.
What Ontario Veterinary Medical Association
The role of animals in transmission of SARS-CoV-2 is unclear. Zoonotic transmission, if it occurs, is presumably very rare. However, veterinarians are at the forefront of risk groups, particularly as they may have contact with animals owned by people with active COVID-19. While the risk is low, it is impossible to say that it is zero. Therefore, measures to minimize zoonotic transmission risks are indicated.