You should only be walking someone else's dog if, due to their individual circumstances, they are unable to do so themselves. This includes people who are key workers (NHS staff or similar), shielded (at particular risk from Coronavirus (COVID-19)) or the vulnerable and over 70s or people from a self-isolating household confirmed or suspected of having coronavirus (COVID-19).
When walking someone else's dog:
There are no confirmed instances of transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19) from pets to people. However, the virus could be passed from person to person via a surface such as a dog's fur, collar and lead.
|Walking a shielded person's dog||Walking a dog from a household where someone has or is suspected or having coronavirus (COVID-19)|
|Avoid any contact with the occupants of the home - maintain at least two metres distance||✔||Avoid any contact with the occupants of the home - maintain at least two metres distance||✔|
|Keep the dog on a lead to avoid them coming into contact with anyone or other pets||✔||Wipe the dog with a disposable pet-safe wipe or clean, damp cloth before returning to reduce the risk of transmitting the virus to the owner||✔|
|Wipe the dog with a disposable pet-safe wipe or clean, damp cloth before returning to reduce the risk of transmitting the virus to the owner||✔||Keep the dog on a lead to avoid pets and other people touching them, in case the virus is on their fur.||✔|
|Take care when cleaning up after them; use a sturdy poo bag and dispose of it as soon as possible.||✔|