Dog Grooming and Dog Training Update – March 26th 2021
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Quick up date re dog training and dog grooming.
In line with the government guidelines under level 5 covid restrictions, we are able to offer both dog grooming and 121 dog training at the Positive Dog Training centre by veterinary referral on welfare grounds.
We are aware that many of our regular dog grooming clients has gone well over the recommended time frame for having their grooms done, and we have been working with the amazing vets in the area who are happy to help and write a letter of referral for your dogs to come in. Please do email us on firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
In regards to training, we can allow 2 people from the one household to attend the `121 session, we are not in a position yet to offer home visits or group training classes. We are offering remote/online training options as well.
For those who want more information on the guidelines that all groomers and trainers are operating on now, please see below or visit gov.ie where both dog grooming and dog training is specifically listed now as non essential except for veterinary referrals.
Thanks as always for all your support during this very strange time. We can not wait at this stage to get back to normal and see all our amazing doggy friends back at Positive Dog Training.
Liz x<p>Dear Ms. McDonagh,
Chief Veterinary Officer Martin Blake has asked me to thank you for your recent email, and to reply on his behalf.
While it is regrettable that like many service providers countrywide, dog groomers and trainers are suffering significant business disruption, the fact remains that under Level 5 COVID-19 restrictions, the Government has advised that people should stay at home except where absolutely necessary, for example where travelling to and from work where the work is considered an essential service as outlined in the Government guidelines.
Animal health or welfare concerns in this context would include those provided for in the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013, and do not extend to routine grooming or puppy training classes.
While Level 5 restrictions remain in place, grooming and behavioural consultations should remain limited to cases of absolute necessity. If a veterinary practitioner has welfare concerns about an individual animal, they may refer the pet to a groomer or animal behaviour specialist under the usual, strict COVID-19 guidelines for working safely – I understand from your mail that you are already working in this way.
The full text of the national COVID-19 Resilience and Recovery 2021:The Path Ahead is available at: gov.ie - COVID-19 Resilience and Recovery 2021 - The Path Ahead (www.gov.ie)
With best regards,
Head of Division, Animal Welfare
An Roinn Talmhaíochta, Bia agus Mara
Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
An Teach Talmhaíochta, Sráid Chill Dara, Baile Átha Cliath 2, D02 WK12
Agriculture House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2, D02 WK12