Not Today, Covid-19

Jennifer Thornburg

First and foremost, we freaked out. Because, DUDE, PANDEMIC.
After strategically eating our feelings, while researching victory gardens, how to make bootleg hand sanitizer, and the whimsical Google search for “toilet paper alternatives”, we pulled out big girl bloomers and embraced the roots of our training methods, SCIENCE!

We implemented new training methods like virtual sessions and online training. We simplified pricing and packages because no one has time for all that. Most importantly, we listen to the CDC, WHO, and local officials.

Here is what we’re doing to keep us all safe.

  • When at all possible, we prefer virtual sessions, however when in-person sessions are necessary, we require all parties to maintain a distance of at least six feet and wear a mask or face shield.When possible meetings should be conducted outdoors.
  • All trainers will sanitize vehicles before and after the visit, along with hand-washing and using hand sanitizer.
  • Handoffs of pets will be done at the end of a six-foot leash. Whenever possible, we will use our equipment for walks and training sessions.
  • Conduct daily health checks (e.g., symptom and/or temperature screening) at the start and end of each day
  • If Good Human is notified of any potential exposure to Covid-19, we will cancel all in-person sessions for a minimum of 15 days.
  • Training sessions are limited to the immediate family
  • We request clients who’re exhibiting symptom of Covid-19, or have been exposed, to reschedule until they’ve been symptom-free for at least 15 days.

What about our dogs?

Is there a risk of exposing pets to Covid-19?
According to the CDC, “a small number of animals, including pets, have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, usually after having close contact with people with COVID-19. Based on the limited information available to date, the risk of animals spreading SARS-CoV-2 to people is considered to be low”. Also according to the CDC, “There is no evidence that the virus can spread to people from the skin, fur, or hair of pets.” Based on this information, and the fact that we do not promote muzzle to face in contact, human to dog transmission is not a concern for us. We do recommend you review CDC guidelines and decide for yourself.
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