Volume 12 | Number 5
Luvk9s May monthly newsletter
Confirmed cases of canines diagnosed with a coronavirus have dog owners understandably concerned.
 
On April 28, the American Kennel Association noted that based on current information, “dogs can contract coronaviruses, most commonly the canine respiratory coronavirus. This specific novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is not believed to be a health threat to dogs, but dogs can test positive for the virus.”
 
The World Organisation for Animal Health states that “the risk of animals spreading COVID-19 to people is considered low” and that to date, “there is no evidence that companion animals play a significant role in spreading the disease.”
 
But as a concerned pet parent, what can you do to keep your dog safe? Read our next article for tips.
Keep your dog safe
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The CDC makes the following suggestions:
  
  • Do not let pets interact with people or other animals outside the household.
  • Practice social distancing while walking your dog.
  • Avoid dog parks or public places where large numbers of people and dogs gather.
  • Practice basic hygiene and wash your hands before and after contact with any animal.
 
If you tested positive for COVID-19 or have been exposed, have another family member take care of your dog. If this isn't possible, wear a mask and wash your hands before and after every interaction.
How to socialize your dog while practicing social distancing
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How can you socialize your puppy or continue socializing your adult dog if you are quarantining at home and practicing social distancing when you are out?

The socialization process uses classical conditioning to teach our dogs that “stuff” isn’t scary. By pairing sightings of people and dogs with food, for example, dogs learn when a human or dog appears, good things happen! It is best to start this process from a distance and gradually move closer over time.

Upcoming educational opportunities
Puppy zoom sessions
Luvk9s has been offering chat sessions for new puppy owners Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 11 am. If you are interested in participating, email us at luvk9s3972@att. net.

Virtual training opportunity
Looking for a live class to take from home? Luvk9s will be offering a virtual AKC Novice Trick Dog Title class. Click here for more info.

Luvk9s is hoping to restart classes in June.
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Visit our FB page for ideas to keep you
and your pup entertained!

Luvk9s has suspended in-home private consults but is offering virtual online sessions.
Contact us for more information.

Dogs love doing tricks!
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