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Worried about getting your pet groomed? Considering getting a puppy but not sure of the rules? Wondering if you can start puppy training soon? Following the Government’s updates to lockdown regulations, we have summarised the new pet guidelines on how other pet services have been affected, suspended or changed.
Grooming services should be delayed if possible to avoid necessary human contact and protect public health. Many groomers can maintain contact with clients remotely and offer to them about their pet’s coat. If visiting the groomer is necessary, you must book an appointment to ensure that social distancing can be accommodated.
Mobile and home groomers will continue to operate providing that they can maintain social distancing and follow the most up to date government guidance.
Most boarding establishments will be prioritising pets of people hospitalised from coronavirus, key workers and vulnerable people who may not be able to care for their pets. Before you take or collect your pet from the boarding establishment, make sure to:
Dog daycare and dog walking services continue to operate and priority will be given for key workers, and shielded and vulnerable people who are unable to make alternative safe arrangements for their dog.
Although the ban on third party sales of puppies and kittens came into effect on 6th April 2020 in England, in some cases, it may be necessary to allow the breeder to take the puppy or kitten to their new home. If that’s the case, then the puppy/kitten:
Animal rescue and rehoming establishments can continue to re-home pets by offering transport to their new home. Social distancing must be maintained and the pet should be bathed or wiped down prior to leaving and upon arrival to their new home. Animals should not be re-homed to coronavirus infected or self-isolating households.
Pet shops have continued to provide pet food and other essential supplies during the lockdown. If you need to go to a pet shop, please remember to maintain social distancing and health precautions.
Dog training classes are not allowed because it is difficult to maintain social distancing. However training of dogs is an important element of their social development. Dog trainers continue to provide advice on training on a one-to-one basis using technology to connect with their clients. Some dog trainers may also offer training classes via video.