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Covid-19 FAQ’s for dog walkers: what you can and can’t do

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Faced with a UK lockdown amid the Coronavirus epidemic dog owners may consider themselves lucky to have company. But what's the rule when it comes to walkies?

By Nick Whittle , 26 Mar 2020

We've put together some FAQs to help owners who may still be puzzled by what is and is not acceptable outdoor activity.

How many times a day can I walk my dog?

The government has asked each and every one of us to go out just once for exercise. So, if you live by yourself then one walk a day is all you are permitted. But if there are other people in your household then each of them may take turns to walk the dog (and for some that could mean one lucky dog!).

Can I meet other dog walkers?

If you are out you MUST stay at least two metres away from everyone else. You can't stop to linger and chat unless you do so at a safe distance. Groups of people are being targeted by police patrols.

Can I walk my dog if I am sick?  

If you or someone in your household has a confirmed or suspected case of Covid-19 - or you belong to a high risk category - you must not go out. If you have a garden you may use this.

Can a couple from the same household walk the dog together?

Groups of two or more people are permitted outdoors as long as they are close family members, and have a good reason for being out together. So, yes, as a couple you may walk the dog together. However, the same rules of distancing apply when you encounter others.

How can I keep my dog busy indoors?

These are trying times for us all, and especially trying if we are looking after children and pets. In order to keep your dog busy, give him extra play and interaction. If your dog has you and some toys he will be as happy as ever.

For more tips, take a look at our advice about how to exercise a dog indoors