Following the latest government guidelines, we are all currently still able to take our pet dogs out for a walk during this important time of social distancing. Social distancing (if you are not already staying home fully, or self isolating) is absolutely vital for all us to adhere to, in order to prevent the further spread of the virus unnecessarily and risking more lives.
Collectively, as a small village community and as a nation as a whole, we MUST all play our part, as people's lives and our NHS ability to cope all depends on this. I am grateful that presently I am able to still offer my pet care services to my local community by walking dogs in the safest and most responsible way possible. Due to the nature of my job, I work only in huge open, natural landscapes thus rarely interact with other people. Dogs still need to be exercised during this time and now with all schools closed, some parents are now trying to educate and entertain their children at home. If any households are struggling to juggle their dog walking alongside child care, do get in touch. Perhaps people busy now working from home are also finding it difficult to make time to get outside and exercise your dog, again let me know as would love to help you all where I can to keep your pets happy.
I continue to follow the very highest of safety measures during this period by wearing disposable gloves for each client, fully sanitising and making time to wash my hands thoroughly between every walk. My own lead is available for use and I always keep a safe minimum 2 meter distance from any other person at ALL times. Dogs can be collected and returned safely from alternative pick up locations such as a hallway area, or secure garden for extra precaution. As I specialise in offering mainly solo walks, with the occasional very small x3 size maximum group walk, I never transport multiple dogs around in my vehicle.
As a final reminder, the World Health Organisation advice is that there is no evidence that pets can be a source of infection or that they can become sick. Stay Safe Everyone! x