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LATEST COVID UPDATE

Tuesday 6 April 2021 – Dog Training Roadmap

The Government has confirmed that the lockdown easing scheduled for 12 April will take place and therefore dog training sessions will resume at 3pm on 18 April as planned, subject to continuing Covid-19 safety measures as detailed below and initially will be for new members only.

As the Club has been closed to new members since lockdown restrictions first came into force last year, there is a large number of people who, during the pandemic, have become first time dog owners but have been unable to access the training offered by the Club. The Club exists to promote and support good dog behaviour and ownership and, as such, has decided that the first intake in April should be exclusively new members to try and address the needs of the growing population of owners without any training.

Existing members can utilise the knowledge and experience they have accumulated over their time as a member of the Club to continue ‘home training’ until we can accommodate more people at training sessions and welcome both new and existing members. As long as the lockdown restrictions continue to be lifted in accordance with the Government’s Roadmap, the Club expects to invite existing members to return to training from the beginning of June.

We hope existing members understand the difficult decision the Club has taken to restrict training to new members only at this time.

Further information on joining the Club is available via the ‘Join us’ button at the foot of this page.

We will update this page should there be any change or update to the club’s plans to restart training, the renewal and new member procedures or our Covid-19 safety measures. Please ensure that you come back and check this webpage before heading to the training ground.
 

PREVIOUS COVID UPDATES

Wednesday 10 March 2021 – Dog training to resume from 18 April 2021
In accordance with England’s Roadmap to Recovery, training is scheduled to restart on Sunday 18 April 2021. Training will be subject to continuing Covid-19 safety measures as detailed below and initially will be for new members only.
We hope existing members understand the difficult decision the Club has taken to restrict training to new members only at this time. Renewing members will be invited to return to training as soon as it is safe to do so.

Thursday 31 December 2020 – Dog training temporarily suspended in 2021. Training was scheduled to resume on 10th January for existing members only. Due to the West Midlands being placed into Tier 4 today, training will not be able to restart in 2021 as planned. Training will resume as soon as restrictions allow. We will update this page should there be any change or update to this. Please ensure that you come back and check this webpage before heading to the training ground. Please note, once training recommences memberships will need to be renewed before owners will be allowed to participate in training sessions.

Monday 21 December 2020Dog training to resume in January 2021. Training is scheduled to resume on 10th January for existing members only. This is subject to no additional COVID restrictions. We will update this page should there be any change or update to this. Please ensure that you come back and check this webpage before heading to the training ground. Please note, memberships will need to be renewed before owners will be allowed to participate in training sessions.

Friday 6 November 2020 – Dog training is cancelled for the remainder of 2020. Due to the lack of clarity in the lockdown rules we have decided to cancel dog training for the remainder of the year to ensure that we comply with the law. We have done all that we can to continue, including consulting the police. We would like to thank all of our members for their support and understanding throughout this year. We will update this page when we have more information, so please ensure that you come back and check. Kind Regards, Mark (Head Trainer)

Sunday 1 November 2020 – Following the announcement of an English lockdown by the Government, the club is assessing whether training can continue. While we hope to be able to continue training, a final decision will be made once the details of the lockdown have been reviewed and a full risk assessment has been undertaken. The outcome will be published as soon as possible.

1 July 2020 – Due to the current restrictions in place during the pandemic, we have sadly had to temporarily stop accepting new members. If you are interested in joining the club, please do send us a message and we will add you to the waiting list. Once we are able to welcome new members again, the following will apply and we will be in touch.

For as long as pandemic restrictions are in effect, training is being undertaken on a limited basis in accordance with Kennel Club guidelines.

Attendance at classes is by invitation only. If you have not yet been contacted by our team, the Head Trainer or Membership Secretary will be in touch once a place is available for you.

We are currently operating a limited number of classes with a reduced number of 5 members per class. Consequently not all members can currently be accommodated every week.

Invited members who accept a place at training will be allocated a class in advance of their return.

Training will take place in accordance with the following temporary rules:

  • Only members with an allocated class will be allowed to train.
  • Members must register with the Head Trainer in front of the clubhouse  before entering the field.
  • All members and instructors must always socially distance and must follow route signage when on the field.
  • No equipment or water will be supplied by the club. Members must supply their own.
  • No refreshments, handouts or facilities will be supplied.
  • Only exercises that can be carried whilst social distancing will be taught.
  • Good citizen dog scheme tests will be suspended.
  • Dogs must always remain on a lead whilst at the training ground.
  • Only training members may attend. No spectators will be allowed.
  • Persons under the age of 16 are not allowed to participate in training sessions.
  • There will be a marked route to/from the classes which must be used.
  • If a member misses two training sessions without informing the instructor, they will lose their place and it will be offered to another member.
  • No new memberships will be accepted until further notice.

Although we are taking every precaution possible, training will be at the member’s risk.