When you are ready to welcome me back into your daily routine, I’ll be there! Here are a few steps I’ll be taking to ensure that all of my clients are protected during this time of uncertainty.
Services (as of June 15, 2020)
30, 45 or 60 minute walks are available. No overnight sitting yet (this is all dependent upon clearances or new benchmarks set forth by the CDC, WHO or other governing agencies with respect to COVID-19 protocols).
No one should not touch their face, mouth, or eyes with their hands (good for both dog owners & dog walkers).
I will be adorned with a washable and reusable face mask, and will continue to do so when in a client’s home and building (including elevators, hallways and lobbies).
If a face mask makes your pup reactive or apprehensive, the mask may be removed as a calming but temporary measure. The mask will be put back on as soon as it is safe.
Hand Sanitizer/Hand Washing
I will be walking with multiple forms of hand sanitizer in my backpack. As many of my clients have seen, I have an array of items that I carry on a daily basis (dog treats, water bowls, poop bags, paw balm), and sanitizing products are now part of my goody bag. I will use the hand sanitizer just prior to entering your home.
If you prefer that I wash my hands with soap and water instead of using hand sanitizer (and your sink is near the entrance), I will gladly wash my hands.
I can also remove my shoes, or use disposable slip-on shoe covers.
Handling of Equipment
I will begin to carry a 6 foot leash of my own to avoid needing to use your personal leash. If you would prefer that I continue to use your pup’s regular leash, I can do that instead.
I can also spray the leash or other equipment (harness/collar) with an aerosol sanitizer after each use, if that is provided to me.
I will make all best efforts to maintain a minimum of six feet between owners and other walkers that I encounter whenever possible. I am not using public transportation at this time, so appointments are going to be scheduled around geography and a first come, first served basis (until things return to “normal”).
At this time, I will assume that any client may be a carrier of COVID-19, and I will enact a “No Contact” Policy that will apply to owners that are home when I arrive for a walk. Please be sure to check with your building’s management to find out if there are any policies as they relate to dog walkers, as some still do not allow us to use elevators or go into public spaces within a building. When applicable, I will call for the dog and have the dog greet me at the door to begin their walk.
Sickness and Exposure
PLEASE READ: If anyone in your household has any overt symptoms of COVID-19, I will not return to your residence until everyone has been medically cleared.
If I been exposed to COVID-19, I will inform clients of their possible exposure but maintain confidentiality when possible as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Questions and Concerns
If you have specific COVID-19 safety precaution related requests or concerns, please know I am always here and you can reach me via text or email.