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Idea for puppy socialising during pandemic

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by LotsaDots, Nov 19, 2020.


  1. LotsaDots

    LotsaDots PetForums Senior

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    Just wanted to share an accidental exercise I discovered the other day! Happened to be walking the dogs at 3pm as I'm furloughed at the moment. My walk took me past the local primary school.. Bingo! Ideal opportunity for my pup to see lots of new people and even better, new little people as we don't have any of those in the house but lots in our family.. Who he has only met twice. Its hard socialising pups during this pandemic so thought this might help.
     
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    tabelmabel PetForums VIP

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    Great idea if we weren't in the midsts of a global pandemic. Isnt the whole of England supposed to be on lockdown til dec 2nd?

    That means keeping to your own home and popping out only for essentials. Schools will not want anyone extra there with no good reason to be. i.e. collecting or dropping off a child.
     
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    Lurcherlad PetForums VIP

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    I suspect the op is keeping at a safe distance and she is allowed out to exercise more than once a day this time round.
     
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    Absolutely. Why is it ok to mix with children or anyone else in a pandemic whether or not there is a lockdown. But then from what I can make out it is not really a lockdown. Everyone seems to be doing exactly what they want to do with no repercussions. Even charities are doing collections in shops.
     
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  5. LotsaDots

    LotsaDots PetForums Senior

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    You can still go for a walk! It won't make any difference to the spread of covid if I happen to have a route past the school. It's spread by close contact not walking at a safe distance past other people. Maybe I should have clarified I wasnt suggesting letting people up close.
     
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    Jason25 PetForums VIP

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    The last time I checked the government website it says you are allowed out for exercise, walking your dog/seeing to the needs of your pets and driving to an open area if needed. This is in England, I’m not sure about Wales or Scotland.
     
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    In England we are allowed out for exercise so long as social distancing is adhered to.
    Personally I wear a mask or buff (because I don't trust people) but so long as the OP was at a safe distance and didn't have contact with any of the children then they were sticking to our guidelines :)
     
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  8. tabelmabel

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    Probs i was not the best to comment on this as i dont even live in england! I am a cheeky cow, really am!


    To me, heading to a place where a lot of people gather at school drop off and pick up times doesnt seem to be the most sensible place to head out for on a walk during a pandemic.

    But then of course i have no business commenting as i dont know how english schools are set up.

    Here, i do need to go to our local primary (for kids) and it is a strict one way in and out system, masks on and times staggered. One one adult carer permitted so extra folks would definitely not be appreciated here.

    And im not even in a lockdown area!!!



    Very different approaches. I will need to learn to keep my gob shut and my neb right out of how england are handling things.


    Please forgive and excuse me:p
     
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  9. LotsaDots

    LotsaDots PetForums Senior

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    My intention wasn't to spark a debate on what we should and shouldn't do during lockdown. It's not my place to tell anyone else what to do we all make our own decisions based on our own individual circumstances and opinions. It was a suggestion to help people who may be struggling to socialise their puppy during this difficult time. I will continue to walk my dog twice a week past the school we won't be within 2 metres of anyone but he will get to see lots of different people which is better than nothing. We hang out in a supermarket car park aswell sometimes.
     
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    Bless it! I was just about to say poor you, you just posted about puppy socialization and got a lockdown lecture instead. Ah forums :Hilarious:Hilarious

    Actually safely social distanced is probably ideal for socialization. Puppy can see, hear, and smell the kids but not be overwhelmed by them up in his face. Perfect way to expose pup to new things without accidentally sensitizing him.
     
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  11. tabelmabel

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    No worries @LotsaDots - like i said i never stopped to think (do i ever?!!) that things in scotland and england can be so different.

    Here we have scary nicola (backed up by the fabulous janey godley) telling us straight to 'stay in the hoose and not to go gethering the gether'

    Which translates as stay home and dont gather together!!

    I think nicola would take a dim view of anyone heading to any populated area to socialise a puppy . And i can almost imagine what kind of sketch we'd get from janey godley if she found folk heading to their local primary schools for this very purpose:D


    Check her out on you tube - janey godley. Hilarious but too sweary for this forum:p
     
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    Sox loves going for a walk at pick up time and flaunting his body. (Socially distanced of course @tabelmabel :D) I avoid it like the plague with Loki though.
     
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    Ha ha @Boxer123 tills would have loved to have flaunted her fishy flesh round your school today for sure:D

    Far too much body flaunting she has done today. I think she is actually very pleased with this new perfume!
     
  14. LotsaDots

    LotsaDots PetForums Senior

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    @tabelmabel haha half of my family are Scottish and we spent 2 weeks there on holiday this year I am fully fluent in the lingo! Pretty sure even scary Nicola can't stop you walking your dog mind!
     
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