COVID-19 and Ruff House Dog Training

Q: Are you still training dogs in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic?
A: Yes we are.

  • We are following the guidance of the CDC and our state authorities
  • We are limiting classes to no more than 10 people including our trainer
  • We are practicing social distancing while training (group classes and private sessions)
  • We are practicing good hygiene to include:
    • Washing our hands, especially after touching any frequently used item or surface
    • Avoiding touching our faces
    • Sneezing or coughing into a tissue, or the inside of our elbows
    • Disinfecting frequently used items and surfaces as much as possible
      NOTE: In additional to all of these measures we have moved all of our group classes to outdoor settings, and we are providing online, live broadcasts of our group class sessions to any of our clients who would rather attend their group classes in a virtual setting.

Q: Are you still meeting with clients for private training sessions?
A: Yes. One of the nice things about companion-animal training is that it can be done at the length of a 6-foot leash. Additionally, if a private-session client would like to participate in training virtually we are more than happy to set that up with you in advance.

Q: Can I catch or give Coronavirus to my or someone else’s dog?
A: The CDC does not have evidence that companion animals, including pets, can spread COVID-19. Furthermore, the CDC has not received any reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19.

Q: I thought all non-essential businesses in the State of Arizona had to close until April 30th?
A: While that is true, according to the Governor’s Executive Order dated March 22nd, essential businesses include but are not lim-ited to: businesses that provide food, shelter and other necessities for life, for animals, including kennels. By this definition, Ruff House Dog Training is an essential business as it provides shelter/kennel services for our board and train client’s dogs as well as other necessities for the life of companion animals.

Q: But didn’t the so-called stay at home order say that all individuals must stay at home and limit their time away from their home or property?
A: Yes it does. In fact, according to the Governor’s Executive Order dated March 30th, individuals should limit their time away from their place of residence or property except for essential activities which includes obtaining necessary services for and engaging in activities essential to the health and safety of family, household members and pets.

References:
Prohibiting the Closure of Essential Services
State of AZ Executive Order 2020-12 on March 23rd, 2020
https://azgovernor.gov/executive-orders

Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected
State of AZ Executive Order 2020-18 on March 30th, 2020
https://azgovernor.gov/executive-orders