Coronavirus (Covid-19) hub

During this period of uncertainty for us all, The Kennel Club is here for you and your dog. To help you both stay happy and healthy, we have devised FAQs, advice and support on our website. We also have a hub for resources, ideas and fun to keep both you and your dogs connected while you are at home, in any situation.
Updated 19 July 2021

Please regularly check the latest government advice across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and continually assess your own situation based on this information and where you are in the UK. The Kennel Club is in regular contact with Defra to keep up to date on developments.
Guidance for pet owners is available from the UK governmentWelsh GovernmentScottish Government and Northern Irish Government.

We continue to monitor the situation as it evolves, including the questions we receive from breeders and owners, and may amend or add to these FAQs, and the information, advice and guidance accordingly.
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Dog owners

Whether you're concerned about how to care for your dog during the pandemic, or worried about your dog catching the virus, we've got the latest advice and information for you.

Dog owners
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Dog breeders

If you're concerned about how to care for your dog during the pandemic whilst having or due a litter, we've got the latest advice and information here to help you.

Dog breeders
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Dog trainers

Unsure or worried about how you can stay on top of your training during the pandemic? We've got the latest advice and information on if you can attend or run a training session.

Dog training clubs

Health testing

Find up to date information on health testing and alternative options should a session be planned or cancelled.

Health testing FAQs

Resumption of events

Looking for advice on how to run your event? We have useful guidance for you to take a read and download.

Resumption of licensed events

Cancellation of events

Unable to run your event? Find out more on how to cancel your event and apply for a refund/new date.

Cancellation of events
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Dog training and games

From teaching your dog something new to giving them a new game. Find lots of ways to keep your dog busy.

Dog training and games
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Mental health

Find out more about how dogs can help you through the difficult days with their kindness and companionship.

Mental health
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Dog depression

It may surprise you that dogs can suffer from a type of depression. Learn more about dog depression.

Dog depression

Unable to care for your dog

Helping to reduce the spread of coronavirus has had a huge impact on all of our lives and for those with a four-legged friend. Find out more advice on what you can do if you are unable to care for your dog.

Unable to care for your dog

Protecting against dog theft

During the pandemic, there’s not only been an unprecedented rise in demand for puppies, but also a worrying increase in dog thefts reported by the media. Read our top tips for keeping your dog safe.

Protecting against dog theft

Young Kennel Club

The Young Kennel Club has been making sure all young people are being kept busy during the pandemic with lots of fun activities being run across their website and social channels. Not already a member or want to find out more? Take a look at the YKC website.

Young Kennel Club