May 21, 2020
Throughout COVID I have been reading about owner’s concerns regarding the virus and the spread from human to dog and vice versa as well as whether dogs can transmit the virus to other dogs.
680 News yesterday morning brought this up again so I thought it would be beneficial to provide everyone with what we are doing at Wag Awhile regarding this public concern.
To date there have been “a few” dogs that have contracted COVID-19 from their owners that had the virus but there have been no reported cases that I have read/heard about where a dog has transmitted the virus to humans.
Dogs fur however can act like a “vector” (the virus could be carried on your dog’s fur to another dog when playing or to a human if they pet a dogs fur as fur is not antiseptic). Pet fur could theoretically carry the virus for at least a short period of time. Example: A COVID positive owner sneezes on their dog….dog carries the “germs” on their fur similar to that of the virus being on metal, paper, cardboard, counters, your clothes etc. from the same source for a period of time.
What steps is Wag Awhile Doggie Daycare doing to handle this “potential”?
- Clients have been asked not to bring their dogs to Wag Awhile if they have had COVID-19 in the past 14 days.
- Clients have been asked not to bring their dogs to Wag Awhile if they have been in contact with anyone that has COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
- All dogs admitted to daycare are required to have their owners take home their dogs’ collars and leashes each day as we will use collars on your dogs that are cleaned each and every day. This reduces further “risk”.
- Our team will be wiping down your dog’s with “Alexanders’ Original Self Rinsing Shampoo” upon admit and go-home as we anticipate that “if” a dog was to have the virus on its’ fur that this would disinfect them for additional protection and peace of mind.
- For clients that do not like the “fragrance” of this please let us know (as we appreciate that many people have sensitivities to smells) and we will use a warm, damp towel on your dog instead to wipe any “potential” droplet particles off of their fur.
- The likelihood of a dog attending daycare when they have not been in contact with COVID for the 14 days limits this unlikely “potential” significantly if not completely.
It is important to remember that dogs need social interaction with their canine counterparts. For the past 2 months we have been keeping them away from their “furriends”. Daycare allows them the opportunity to socialize and “be dogs”. We are doing our best to ensure they do this in a safe and loving environment.
Please feel free to contact me directly at 905-836-9247 with any questions or concerns.
I hope this is beneficial and gives dogs owners coming to Wag Awhile some peace of mind.
Stay safe and healthy!
RVT, Owner of Wag Awhile Doggie Daycare
Team Wags are hoping that everyone is safe and healthy during this unprecedented time. As you may know I am a stickler for protocols and want to be sure we do everything we can to ensure your safety and that of the team. I apologize in advance as this is lengthy to read but I feel it’s very important right now.
It’s with happy hearts that we are able to offer doggie daycare again starting Thursday May 21st. We wanted to get grooming moving smoothly first before we entered into adding a second service as safety protocols are far more critical now.
I may re-direct you to this area from time to time if “new safety protocols” change throughout this pandemic to protect you, your dog, and Team Wags.
- For the safety of Team Wags we will be asking you regularly to confirm that you have not had COVID-19 in the past 14 days nor been with anyone that has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days.
- If any of our team contracts COVID-19 we will be forced to close for 2 weeks and our team put into self-quarantine.
- Each team member is to take their temperature each morning before work and report to me. They are not permitted to work if they have any symptoms of COVID-19.
- Our team is equipped with proper PPE and will be wearing masks if they must be within 2 meters of their colleagues and at all times around our clients.
If you have questions or concerns please direct them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the daycare at 905-836-9247. Thank you to everyone for all your support! We appreciate your patience and understanding as we travel through the phases of this pandemic in a safe manner!! 🐾❤️
New Daycare Protocols:
- As we have been closed for 2 months, we kindly ask that you ensure that we have your dog’s current vaccine status before coming to daycare. You can check with Kaylyn when you call or email to book your dogs’ daycare appointment to see if we have all up to date information. If you have recently had your dog vaccinated you can email us a copy of the certificate to email@example.com. You may need to call your veterinarian for this information.
- If we do not have up to date vaccine information before your appointment, we apologize but your dog will be turned away until it is all up to date. I am happy to take calls or emails if you are unsure of your dogs’ vaccine/fecal status so that you can contact your veterinarian if need be. Thank you for your understanding!
- Daycare/boarding dogs MUST be on flea prevention from June to November each year. Please send us a copy of your invoice or a photo of your prevention box for verification. We greatly appreciate your time taken to do this! No one wants fleas – we all have too many other things to worry about during these times.
- Owners of our daycare dogs will be required to call and pre-book all daycare days and if they are not coming to advise us as soon as possible as staffing will be brought back gradually based on daycare dog numbers. As you know we keep tight dog to staff ratios that are monitored throughout the day. If you still want your previously “set daycare schedule” please ensure you go over that with Kaylyn when you call or email to book your dog’s return. Thank you for taking the time to verify this with us!
- There is no penalty for having to cancel a daycare spot – just providing us the courtesy is appreciated. We hope that if you are cancelling it is not for illness (esp. COVID-19)!
- Drop-ins will not be accepted.
- For everyone’s safety we will be providing “contact-less” drop off and pick up.
- Each client will be reminded over the phone about our new protocols but please read all new signage.
- Entrance for DAYCARE will temporarily be through the back gate of the play area until further notice. DO NOT ENTER WITHOUT PERMISSION FOR UTMOST SAFETY.
- Please READ ALL SIGNS that are posted for everyone’s safety! There are signs posted on the outside of the back play area about entering protocols as well as on the inside with different protocols for when you return to pick up.
- We suggest you arrive a few minutes early if you are rushed in the morning as there will be some delays as each dog is brought in separately under strict protocol.
- We kindly ask that you take your dog to toilet on the grassy pad out front (ensuring that you pick up any excrement) and place it in the bin provided outside the back fence.
- Please don’t get out of your vehicle if another owner and their dog are outside. Social distancing is imperative and a lot tougher when you have a pup that is trying to drag you into the daycare for some fun with their furriends.
- Owners will be required to call and speak to a team member before entry upon each visit. Your patience is appreciated!
- Once you have the go ahead from our team to enter the back play area, please enter and close the gate securely behind you. You will see a slip lead attached to the fence. Place the slip lead around your dog so they are secure and remove his/her collar and leash and take them with you. One of our team members will be on the landing in the back play area.
- Only one dog will be allowed in the outdoor play area at drop off and pick up time to ensure safety. If you have two dogs, please bring one in at a time.
- Please leave any “lunch” or medication for your “pup” in a baggie with their name on it and as soon as you exit and have secured the gate our team member will come and take your dog and their lunch inside to see all their furriends!
- We will not be taking food bins at this time due to the extra disinfecting. Some clients have left some with us. We will return them to you (already disinfected) until we are able to take them again.
- During this time, we ask that you leave us with only your dog and a baggie of food for lunch if desired. No personal doggie belongings should be left as this only requires further disinfecting. Thank you for your understanding!
- Once you have exited the play area one of the Wags Team will put on another collar (as dogs must all wear collars to play). These collars and slip leads are washed each and every day and not used on other dogs until they are clean.
- Each dog will be wiped down upon entry and going home. There has been some discussion that dogs exposed to COVID-19 may carry it on their fur. As we are asking that no one bring in their dog if they have or have been exposed to COVID-19 and we are wiping dogs down upon entry and exit we are doing our best to minimize any possibilities for transfer.
- Daycare drop off and pick up hours will be during specific times so that we are able to allow the dogs free play outside in the play area without needing to relocate the dogs if an owner was to pick up at a different time.
- Our drop off and pick up hours will temporarily be:
- 7am to 9:30am
- 1pm to 2pm
- 4pm to 6:30pm
During the phases of COVID we will not be able to modify these times.
GOING HOME PROCEDURES:
- When you arrive to pick up please call from your car and let us know you have arrived.
- Payment for daycare can be made over the phone by M/C or VISA or you can pay by e-transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org
- For those that have their dogs come regularly you may opt for purchasing daycare packages for utmost convenience and cost savings. Please speak to me with any questions you may have.
- I will notify the daycare team that your dog is ready to go home and they will bring your dog out, taking off the collar that we have used during the day and secure them with a slip lead on the fence. The collar that was used will be washed so they are all fresh and clean for the next day.
- ONLY once the team member is back to the landing may you enter, close the gate and place his/her collar and leash that you have with you from the morning on your dog. Remove the slip leash and then leave the outdoor play area closing the gate securely behind you for utmost safety.
- Our team member will disinfect the handle to the gate on both sides in between each and every client for your safety.
- If you have two dogs, we will bring one out and then when he/she is in your car we will bring out your second dog. This is to ensure they are safe and secure and that we do not have any issues with dogs getting out of the play area.
- ***We kindly ask that you follow our instructions to keep everyone safe and secure***
- If you are unsure at any time, call me and I will go over things in detail with you. If you have any questions before you enter the play area speak from the other side of the fence to the Wags Team member so that you are social distancing.
We must all remember that the dogs are happy to arrive and happy to go home. As such we don’t want any dogs leaving the play area unless they are properly leashed.
Feel free to contact me via e-mail or call the daycare with any questions or concerns you many have.
Team Wags is striving to exceed your expectations for the safety of you, your dog and our team.
We look forward to seeing happy faces and wagging tails in the near future.
Stay safe and healthy!
Wag Awhile Doggie Daycare