The Persuaded Pooch Covid-19 Policies

Effective June 15th, 2020 until further notice


  • The Persuaded Pooch is offering private, one-on-one training services ONLY at this time. Group classes are not available at this time, due to the closure/restrictions of our host facilities.
  • One-on-one training sessions and Free Initial Behavior Consultations will take place outside at your home or in an appropriate outdoor location with social distancing of a minimum of 6 feet.
    • We will make case-by-case exceptions to meeting outdoors where the dog's behavior is specific to inside the home, or in weather-dependent situations (extreme heat or rain, with mutual consent). We ask that the number of those present is limited to only what is necessary, and that all attendees wear appropriate masks or facial coverings that cover both nose and mouth when inside. Attendees must social distance to the best of their ability at 6 feet or greater.
  • Employees will wear masks to cover both nose and mouth.
  • Employees will hand wash with soap and water in between sessions, or sanitize if soap and water are not available.
  • Treats used by trainer will be pre-bagged in disposable bags for each session. Any treats remaining will be discarded at the end of the session.
  • Disposable, single-use masks, single-use Nitrile gloves and hand sanitizer (70% alcohol minimum) will be made available to clients free of charge, provided that the supply is available. Clients are also encouraged to provide their own.

We will attempt to operate as contactless-ly as possible. This means:

    • Limiting financial transactions to online invoicing and payments
    • Using our own leashes for Day Training sessions (“We Train You” and “Puppy Daycare Pack”) sessions
    • Limiting leash handling during Coaching sessions (“We Coach for You,” weekly day training Transfer Sessions, Express Sessions and New Puppy Consultations and packages)
    • Avoid touching dogs outside of delivering treats, unless the training calls for desensitization of a specific body part or general body handling desensitization (typical training for young puppies)
    • Where possible in coaching sessions, we may ask the client to use their own smartphone to record video of pertinent training demonstrations for their review, or to document specific training techniques
    • Other forms of communication may be suggested or utilized to safely improve communication between trainer and client including, but not limited to, the use of phone conversations aided by hands-free communication devices
  • Please do not participate in training if you are sick, have symptoms or have knowingly been in contact with an infected person or persons within the last 14 days. Please contact your trainer if your session is less than 48 hours away.
  • Phone or Online Consultations via Zoom will continue to be available, should clients wish to take advantage of a safe, effective, contactless training alternative.
  • Please consider following all the guidelines for individuals according to your respective entity’s ordinances, so that you may best protect yourself and those around you: