But you are don't have Covid, thank dog, because you are exercising good judgement. The alternative for you would be a disaster for Kodi. Doing new things differently are never easy, I am having more trouble than most because I am so stubborn and set in my ways. But doing things differently will soon become the new normal, if not already, and going back to the old ways will be the new "not easy." You are doing a good job Karen whether you want to accept it or not.
Oh, I know this is the way things have to be for a while, and I am REALLY glad we can do it in a way that keeps us safe, but more importantly the vets and staff safe, so that they are there when our animals need them!
My instructor contacted me last week to see if, when they reopen (even MA, as one of the last two states holding out on re-opening will have SOME amount of re-opening as of Tuesday) I want to set up lessons again on my old schedule. I normally have a private lesson every Friday, and gor years have taken two group classes, back to back, on Wed. evenings. (A Utility class with Kodi and Panda first, followed by Pixel’s Novice class) when I am there on Fridays, my instructor and I are often the only ones in the very large building. Occasionally, there are one or two people and their dogs in the other ring, so a good 50 feet away. I think that is a pretty reasonable risk if we are all wearing masks, as will be required in MA.
In our classes, there are 8 dogs per class, rarely more than one person per dog, and everyone sits with their crated dog in between them and the next person. But there is all the coming and going at the door, all the crate setting up and taking down, and I think of the “6’ rule” as a BARE MINIMUM. However, at that same time, in the other ring, there are puppy classes. I think there are 10 puppies allowed in those classes, and it seems to me that each puppy brings its whole family (though I think they plan to limit that now) that ring is FULL of people, all milling around, kids climbing the divider wall to watch us work our dogs... And while the building is large, the heat and AC system is blowers, that just blow air around within the building. It has all been perfectly adequate under “normal” circumstances, but seems wholely inadequate now.
I told her I just didn’t think that with my immune system issues, I could safely come back to group classes until we had a vaccine. She totally understood, and said she has a couple of other students with similar issues that are in the same situation. The thing is, there are times that I HAVE to take more risks than I am comfortable with... going in town to the hospital for my infusions. Shopping if Minerva can’t do it for me for some reason. (although that has only happened once)
Dog training and showing, as important as it is to me, is not a “necessity”. I am not willing to put my life on the line for it. As much as I miss the social parts of it, I hear about the modifications they are making for allowing trials to go forward, and think... “That’s still not enough to keep everyone safe; is a ribbon or a title REALLY worth that?”
Now CDSP is offering online video titles (separate program from the regular titles) and I may play around with doing some of those with Panda and Kodi. AKC is offering all their trick dog titles and also Rally Novice in online format, full, regular titles. I may do that with Pixel. (Kodi and Panda already have those). The AKC program is a test program, at this point offered through the first of the year. I think the CDSP one is permanent, meant to bring CDSP to parts of the world where they do not have live CDSP trials, even without the interference of Covid. Oh, and there are TONS of online classes. The super-awesome Lemonade Conference next weekend is closed now, but both Fenzi Academy and Susan Garrett’s School offer tons of on-going online classes of the highest quality. (This has nothing to do with Covid, this has been going on for years) So, from my perspective, there there’s plenty to do with my dogs without leaving home.
But teaching Kodi to WALK through cavallti?!?! THAT is a challenge!!! LOL!