Paw-by-paw: The Kennel Club's post-lockdown guide

Following the past year of uncertainty and lockdown restrictions, more people are now heading out and about with their dogs. To help owners navigate the 'new normal', we have brought together the key information to help you enjoy the great outdoors and new experiences with your four-legged friend, whether it's in the countryside, along the beach or in public parks.

Walking your dog

Over the last year, you might not have been able to explore much of the great outdoors with your four-legged friend due to pandemic restrictions. It’s important that all owners play their part in protecting and preserving the natural environment and that you understand your responsibilities whilst out walking.

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Puppy and dog walking tips

Understanding how to be a responsible dog owner when out walking with your dog is hugely important, so we have pulled together some useful tips and guidance to help.

Puppy and dog walking tips
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Access for owners and dogs

A number of seasonal controls restricting areas you can access with your dog may be in effect over the summer months. Find out more about PSPOs and how they might affect you.

Access for owners and dogs

Walking dangers

Wherever you walk your dog, there’s always the possibility that they could be exposed to dangers such as poisonous plants and sharp grass seeds. Every season poses some potential risks to dogs of which owners should be aware.

Walking seasonal dangers

Cattle safety

Always be aware of cattle and the danger they could pose to both you and your dog before visiting the countryside. Find out how best to keep you and your four-legged friend safe here.

Cattle Safety
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Livestock worrying

Livestock worrying is a concerning animal welfare issue, which is why we have joined forces with the NFU to make countryside dog walks safer and more stress free for you, your dogs and farm animals.

Livestock worrying

Walking on MOD land

The Ministry of Defence’s #RespectTheRange campaign seeks to educate dog owners and other key groups on how to safely access land where our armed forces are practicing live-fire training.

Walking on MOD land

Going out with your dog

You may be thinking about how to navigate dog-friendly places – such as pubs and cafes – and make future plans with your dog. To ensure your dog is comfortable and happy and that you both enjoy the experience, we encourage you to carefully consider and plan your dog-friendly trip or holiday using our advice below.

Day trips

If you want to take your dog with you to cafes and pubs, it's important to plan ahead so that you know what to expect when visiting dog-friendly places.

Day trips
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Going away

When planning your holiday, make sure to research and choose a destination that is pet-friendly and near dog-friendly beaches, cafes and pubs.

Going away with your dog

Journeys

Whether travelling by car or public transport, we have compiled helpful information to ensure you are prepared for a safe journey with your dog.

Travelling with your dog
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Dogs die in hot cars

It's important to never leave your dog in a parked car on a warm day because they can quickly become dehydrated, develop heatstroke or even die. We’ve answered some commonly asked questions here.

Dogs die in hot cars

Travel rules

Following both Brexit and the Covid-19 pandemic, there are important considerations for dog owners and those involved in canine activities overseas before heading to Europe and beyond with their dog.

Overseas travel

Open for Dogs

Our ‘Open for Dogs’ campaign encourages businesses, workplaces and other public places to welcome our four-legged friends. For helpful information and advice, find out more here.

Open for Dogs

Useful resources

You are now ready to explore the great outdoors and navigate trips away from home with your four-legged friend! Check out our Covid-19 hub for updated information relevant to your area, make sure that you are always a responsible owner when out and about and that your dog is prepared for new experiences after a year of pandemic restrictions.

Coronavirus hub updates

Wherever you are in the UK, check out our Covid-19 hub and ensure you are fully briefed on the latest update for your area so that you and your dog are safe.

Coronavirus hub
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Caring for your new puppy

There’s a lot for puppy owners to consider and learn to ensure their four-legged friend gets the best care at home. Find out more here.

Caring for your new puppy
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Outdoor games

If you are self-isolating or don’t feel ready to venture out into the post-lockdown world just yet, find some fun ideas for outdoor games you can play with your dog in the garden.

Outdoor games