Terms and Conditions for Training at Oak Cottage, Middlemarsh 

Venue  Oak Cottage, Middlemarsh. (Directions will be sent out after booking). It is very important that you do not arrive more than 10 mins before your class begins and you must have left within 10 minutes of your class finishing as there is only space for the cars from one class at a time. 
Safety/Security 

The venue we are using has a gate between the training area and the road butit is not impossible for dogsto escape over or under the gate and get on to the road. There is also a substantial wooded area on the property, which your dog might want to explore. You should consider the venue no more or less secure than a public park near a road. Consequently, no dogs below Silver Good Citizen level should be working off-lead at any time. Owners or handlers of dogs in the Silver and Gold class may make their own assessment of risk but owners/handlers of dogs are entirely responsible for the safety of their own dogs. No instructor will tell you that you must work off-lead, it is always the responsibility of the owner/handler to decide. 

All owners/handlers may want to consider getting a long line. This is not a requirement, you can work on a standard lead but a long line is an excellent training tool, allowing you to safely and gradually increase the freedom your dog gets as their obedience skills improve, and these will be useful in many situations, not just for the classes. These are widely available on-line (Google ‘recall training lead’), a 5 or 6m line will be plenty. We will demonstrate their use but for safety they should always be attached to the back ring of a harness and never wrapped around the handler’s hand or arm. 

Who can attend? 

Because of the legal requirement to stick to a 6 person group only one person per dog can train at the moment. Junior handlers’ parents/guardians must remain in their car if they wish to wait on site. Because you won’t be able to directly supervise your junior handler only junior handlers 12 -16 (inclusive) can train with us at present. 

You must, of course, stay away if – 

  • you have any symptoms of coronavirus (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste) 
  • you’ve tested positive for coronavirus – this means you have coronavirus 
  • you live with someone who has symptoms or has tested positive 
  • someone in your support bubble has symptoms or has tested positive 

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-and-treatment/when-to-self-isolate-and-what-to-do/ 

Since all places are strictly limited and pre-booked it is important that you email us if you cannot come for any reason, so that we can offer your space to someone else. 

Social Distancing  A 2m social distancing rule is in place at all times. Please listen to your instructors carefully about where to park and where you should be during the class. Masks need to be worn in order to comply with CFSG guidelines. 
Contact  Avoid touching other people’s dogs (no matter how temptingly adorable!) and equipment. Instructors will have hand gel, disinfectant wipes and masks in case they need to exchange equipment with you. 
Equipment 

As well as the usual (treats, toys, etc) you will be working outside so you need to be responsible for your dog’s welfare in all conditions e.g. water and water bowls if hot, rainwear if you have a dog that might become chilled when wet. Please do not bring toys that roll, such as balls, as these are likely to be knocked by the dog into a neighbour’s work area and lead to a break down in social-distancing. 

Since we are working in the evening, normal hot weather should not be a problem, but if we have extreme weather, (either heat or severe rain) we may need to cancel a class. We will work in the rain unless it is severe so please dress accordingly. 

Toileting/hygiene 

As we are guests in someone’s private garden please do give your dog ample opportunity to toilet before they arrive. Dogs will be dogs, however, and inevitably toileting will still take place, so you will need poo bags and will have to take the waste away and dispose of it off-site. 

We do not have access to the house so there are no toilets available for humans. 

Hand sanitisers/disinfectant will be made available but we recommend you bring your own personal hand gel. 

Payment  We will invoice Bronze, Silver and Gold members at the end of each 6 week period (i.e. to keep payments in line with our Puppy courses) according to how many sessions you have attended. Payment by BACS is preferred (we will send the details after you book) or by cash/cheque in a sealed envelope with your name & your dog’s name written on it. 
Booking To make booking the limited spaces as fair as possible you must book here WEEKLY and no booking before this week’s classes have finished @ 8.30pm on Wednesday (for the following week) will be accepted. Follow this link to book Bronze, Silver and Gold booking form

Using the booking form at the bottom of the page is taken as confirmation that you have read and understood the Terms and Conditions below.

Terms and Conditions for Milborne Port Hall

Booking

As Covid19 severely limits class sizes all spaces in class MUST be booked on a WEEKLY basis. You can book for the following week from Friday at 6pm using the booking form provided. In order to give everyone a fair chance bookings sent earlier than Friday 6pm or not sent via the booking form can not be honoured.

If you are successful in gaining a place you will be emailed a confirmation. The venue rules state that the front doors must be locked during classes to prevent public access, so if you haven’t booked you will not be able access the building.

Similarly, latecomers may have difficulty accessing the building as we may not hear you arrive, so please try to be on time.

Parking and Outdoor Facilities

Milborne Port has excellent parking facilities and dogs can be exercised on the grounds. Please obey any signage restricting access to dogs and pick up after your dogs. There are several bins for dog waste.

 

Who can attend?

Because of the legal requirement to stick to a 6 person group only one person per dog can train at the moment. Junior handlers’ parents/guardians must remain in their car if they wish to wait on site. Because you won’t be able to directly supervise your junior handler only junior handlers 12 -16 (inclusive) can train with us at present.

You must, of course, stay away if –

  • you have any symptoms of coronavirus (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste)
  • you’ve tested positive for coronavirus – this means you have coronavirus
  • you live with someone who has symptoms or has tested positive
  • someone in your support bubble has symptoms or has tested positive

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-and-treatment/when-to-self-isolate-and-what-to-do/

Since all places are strictly limited and pre-booked it is important that you email us if you cannot come for any reason, so that we can offer your space to someone else.

 

Social Distancing and Covid19 rules

A 2m social distancing rule is in place at all times.

All attendees are required to wear face coverings in the building unless you have a medical exemption.

All attendees must sanitise their hands when entering the hall. Sanitiser stations are placed in the foyer but if you are allergic/sensitive to alcohol-based sanitisers, you will need to bring your own alternative.

Only two people are allowed in the toilets at any time.

Payment

We will be initiating an invoice system in the near future. This will run on a 6 week cycle (to tie in with the puppy courses) to make our payment systems more secure and easy to manage. We have a record of those who have  prepaid for lessons and we will take account of those in the first invoice.