Can I walk my dog during coronavirus lockdown? – The Sun

PRIME minister Boris Johnson announced on Monday night that all UK residents must stay at home to slow the spread of coronavirus.

People are only allowed out of their homes for a list of essential reasons and dog walkers will be happy to know that exercise is permitted.

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Can I still walk my dog during coronavirus lockdown?

Prime minister Johnson has permitted one form of exercise a day such as a run, a walk or a cycle.

That means dog owners will be allowed to leave their home once a day to walk their pet as part of these exercising guidelines.

Households with two or more adults can take it in turns to walk their dog if it usually goes more than once a day.

But anyone who is self-isolating because they have coronavirus symptoms should not leave their home at all.

The RSPCA have said there are ways around this, such as arranging for another person to care for your pet or by playing with them in your garden.

How long will these lockdown measures be in place?

Johnson announced that these measures are in place for three weeks and they will be reviewed afterwards.

The length of the lockdown will depend on how the UK responds to the measures.

If coronavirus cases and deaths drop, the lockdown measures could be lifted when next reviewed.

What should I do if I have to keep my dog in the house?

Not to despair, there are many ways to keep you and your dog entertained in the house if you have to self-isolate.

In its official guideline, the RSPCA says mental stimulation games while your indoors should do the trick and keep you and your pet occupied.

This includes ditching the food bowl at dinner time and feeding your pet with a food puzzle to get them thinking-or teaching them a new trick, which is great simulation for a dog.

Spotify have also come to pet owners aid by launching, 'My Dog's Favourite Podcast' which has a range of carefully selected spoken word, sound and original music designed to encourage relaxation.

Can dogs and pets get coronavirus?

Owners will be happy to know that pets cannot catch coronavirus.

Despite this, the RSPCA has said that pets maybe impacted if you or any members of your family test positive for the virus or are asked to stay at home and self-isolate.

To what capacity they will be impacted is unknown, so to be on the safe side you should, 'avoid kissing, licking or sharing food with your pet', and make sure you have 'extra supplies of pet food and medication in case you have to self-isolate.'

Also, if you do need to interact with your pet-wash your hands before you do and try to wear a face mask if possible.

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