Training is cancelled when:
- the temperature is 35oc or more at 6pm as per the Australian Bureau of Meteorology http://www.bom.gov.au/ or http://www.weatherzone.com.au/sa/adelaide/adelaide at Adelaide (Kent Town) and/or
- it is raining steadily or is stormy (thunder and lightning) at our training grounds.
The decision whether or not to cancel training is made no later than 6.00pm.
Our Facebook page will notify you of training cancellation. Wherever possible, we ask our instructors to text you of any cancellation and an email will also be sent regarding cancellation. Your most reliable information about the cancellation of training is on Facebook.
Please refer to our recommendations regarding caring for your dog during extreme weather.
Care for your dog during extreme weather
Some breeds of dog struggle in the heat.
Brachycephalic dogs (those with pushed in faces for example French Bulldogs, Brussels Griffons, British Bulldogs, Pugs, Pekinese, even Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and others) are particularly vulnerable in hot weather. Be very careful to ensure that your dog is breathing normally in the heat. Any sign of heavy breathing, with raspy sounds could mean your brachycephalic dog is struggling in the heat. If this is the case when you are in class, please let your instructor know that you need to leave class and cool down your dog. It is best to “put (your dog) into a cool shady area, wetted down with cool (not icy) water and fanned…offer cool (not cold) drinking water, but don’t allow it to gulp large amounts.” http://agriculture.vic.gov.au/pets/dogs/dog-health/heat-and-pets
Heatstroke is another problem of which you need to be aware. Signs of heatstroke can be rapid panting, listlessness, drooling, weakness, muscle tremors and then collapse. If your dog shows even the mildest of these symptoms, whether in class or at home, you should follow the same advice as above but also “Contact the nearest vet immediately but don’t transport animals in a hot car.” http://agriculture.vic.gov.au/pets/dogs/dog-health/heat-and-pets
Dogs being cold is also an animal welfare issue. If you are cold, it is quite likely that your dog will also feel cold. Dogs with thick, double coats will be better able to stand the cold than those with really short coats like a Staffy or a Hungarian Vizsla. Please remember to bring your dog’s coat with you in cold weather.