TMDTC Coronavirus (COVID-19) Policy & Procedures

Effective Date:  June 25, 2020

  1. PURPOSE:  TMTDC is committed to the safety and well-being of its members, volunteer staff, clients, visitors, and four legged friends. We comply with all Federal, State, County, and City laws, regulations, directives, and ordinances while incorporating the “Best Practice” guidance into our policies and procedures. Our Coronavirus (COVID-19) policies & procedures are subject to change with the introduction of additional governmental guidelines and will be updated, as necessary.

  2. ​SCOPE:  This Coronavirus policy and procedures applies to all individuals who physically enter the TMTDC facility located at 1320 Freeport Boulevard, Suite 107, Sparks, Nevada 89432 or who participate in TMDTC events, training, meetings, etc., regardless of location.

  3. ​POLICY:

    1. Social distancing of at least six feet should be maintained between non-household members when possible, whether wearing a mask or not.

    2. Face coverings are mandatory in the TMDTC facility and in any indoor facility used by the club for events, training, meetings, etc.  Face coverings are also required in public spaces and some outdoor events.

    3. All vulnerable individuals should shelter at home and NOT enter the TMDTC facility, or attend in-person TMDTC events, training, meetings, etc.  Members of households with vulnerable residents should be aware that by entering this facility or any other environment where distancing is not practical could carry the virus back home.

    4. Individuals with, or in contact with, COVID-19:

      1. Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 should quarantine and stay at home for two weeks; they will not be permitted to enter the TMDTC facility attend in-person TMDTC events, training, meetings, etc.If a person tests positive for COVID-19, they can return to TMDTC facility only after they have fully recovered and have been cleared to do so by their health care provider. 

      2. If an individual has come in contact with any person who tested positive for COVID-19, they should self-quarantine and stay at home for two weeks and not return until cleared to do so by their health care provider

    5. Any individual with COVID-19 symptoms will not be allowed into the TMDTC facility or attend in-person TMDTC events, training, meetings, etc. and should contact their health care provider.  These symptoms include:

      1. Fever or chills, Cough, Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, Fatigue, Muscle or body aches, Headache, Sore throat, New loss of taste or smell, Congestion or runny nose, Nausea or vomiting, Diarrhea

      2. This list does not include all possible symptoms and was extracted directly from the Centers for Disease Control Website.

    6. Public and private gatherings TMDTC facility is limited to 50% capacity based on the “Fire Code Occupancy Rating” and social distancing limitations, however they may not to exceed a total of 50 individuals at any time.


    1. Parking: Leave one parking space between each vehicle when possible.

    2. Entering and leaving the facility: Do not cluster at the door, office, or kitchen area.  If you come early for a class, you must wait outside the facility until your class starts. You must leave immediately after your class is over.

    3. Visitors: No visitors or spectators are allowed at this time.  As an exception, Junior Handlers must still be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

    4. Eating and drinking (other than bottled water):  Eating and drinking is prohibited inside the facility. Do not use the refrigerator, coffee pot, or microwave oven.

    5. Dog treats and water bowls:  Treats and water bowls are permitted but cannot be shared.

    6. TMDTC property:  Avoid touching office equipment, common area surfaces, and training equipment unless directed to do so by an instructor.

    7. Personal equipment: Do not leave any personal training equipment at the facility including leashes, toys, crates, and X-pens. Do not touch other people’s property without their permission.

    8. Trash Receptacles: Trash receptacles will not be used except for the bathroom trash receptacle which must be emptied daily.   

    9. Pay attention to all signage and social distancing markers.

    10. Refunds: If a student contracts COVID-19 anytime during a class session, they will receive a prorated refund for their remaining classes after submitting verification from a health care provider to the TMDTC Training Director.  Do not return to class or the training facility until fully recovered; all refunds will be credited back to the credit card used to pay for the course.


    1. The TMDTC is professionally cleaned and disinfected every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday between 7:00 am and 9:00 am. No training is allowed during that time.

    2. In between professional cleanings it is everybody’s responsibility to clean as you go. Hand sanitizer and spray bottles of disinfectant are provided, and everyone is encouraged to use them.

    3. TMDTC does NOT clean the bathroom after each individual use, so use at your own risk. Wash your hands after using the toilet and clean up after yourself.

    4. If you are sick, stay at home. If you find yourself coughing or sneezing on a regular basis, leave the training facility. Cough or sneeze into your sleeve, preferably into your elbow. If you use a tissue, discard it properly and clean and sanitize your hands immediately. If you cough or sneeze into your hands (follow the 20-second hand-washing rule). You can also use the sanitizers you will find around the facility.

    5. Avoid touching your face, particularly eyes, nose, and mouth with your hands to prevent from getting infected.

  6. EXCEPTIONS:  Requests for exceptions to this policy must be submitted in writing to the TMDTC Corresponding Secretary for consideration by the Board. 

  7. CONCLUSION:  It is every member, guest, and visitor’s responsibility to maintain a safe and healthy environment in the facility and at TMDTC events, training, meetings, etc., so please respect the instructors, your fellow students, and visitors by adhering to the TMDTC’s policy and procedures. If you cannot abide by our rules, please refrain from attending TMDTC at this time. You are welcome to return to TMDTC when the policy and procedures are changed based on guidance from CDC, the State of Nevada, and the Washoe County Health District. 

Rally and Obedience Trial CANCELLED


It is with great sadness that Truckee Meadows Dog Training Club is canceling our Summer Obedience and Rally Trials.  With the current situation with the COVID-19 pandemic, State of Nevada Phase One Guidelines, and AKC Best Practices suggestions, we are unable to come up with a solution to maintain social distancing, provide for the safety and comfort of our exhibitors, and the safety of our volunteers.  The venue is still willing to have the event, however with AKC Best Practices suggestions and the current Phase One Guidelines in place, and no indication of when that make progress to the next phase, this would leave most all but the competitors actually in the ring with their dogs crated in their vehicles in the parking lot in the Summer in Reno.  This does not mean that we will not have our Obedience and Rally Trials.  We are diligently seeking alternative dates this Fall that would allow out competitors to crate comfortably in their vehicles.  Please know that we understand your frustration and disappointment at this cancelation, and know that we at Truckee Meadows Dog Training Club are working on a solution that would let us move forward with our Obedience and Rally Trials.


Mark Heddleston
President, Truckee Meadows Dog Training Club

Session 3 Cancellation Update


The TMDTC Board of Directors has elected to cancel Session 3 classes that were scheduled to begin May 10th.  Anyone who had registered for Session 2 and had their registration transferred to Session 3 will be receiving a refund.  Please be patient as the Treasurer will do them as soon as he can but it will take some time.  If you paid by cash or check, you will need to send an email to with a complete mailing address to send your refund to.
Those who paid by Pay Pal will have their Pay Pal account credited.

Thank you for patience.
Roberta Ramsey
Training Director
Truckee Meadows Dog Training Club

COVID-19 Temporary Club Closure Update - March 22, 2020


I hope that we are all doing as well as we may with the current state of emergency. With the current uncertainty of the situation, the board has voted to cancel the farm dog and scent work trials. We are proceeding with our plans for our Obedience and Rally trials for the time being. We will continue with our planning and our event unless there is a decision by the show chair, the board, or the venue to cancel the event. Session two classes have been canceled, with the intentions of rolling all of the students into session three, circumstances allowing.


Mark Heddleston President, Truckee Meadows Dog Training Club

COVID-19 Temporary Club Closure - March 17, 2020


Due to the current situation with the outbreak of COVID-19, Truckee Meadows Dog Training Club (TMDTC) is canceling classes for the remainder of the session.  All session 2 classes will be automatically moved to the session 3, which is scheduled to begin the week of May 10.  For those who are unable to move to Session 3, refunds will be available upon request. 

If you are requesting a refund, please email and provide the Pay Pal email address under which you enrolled so we can expedite your refund.  Please be patient as we will be processing refunds from the class enrollment sheets.   Please make your refund request no later than April 10, 2020. 

We ask that all members who have keys and make use of the facilities for private training and practice refrain from using the facilities during the declared state of emergency.

Thank-you for your support and understanding.
​Mark Heddleston President, Truckee Meadows Dog Training Club