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Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by Paul Cole, Mar 24, 2020.
Can anyone tell me me can people pick up there puppies during covid 19 ?
We would like to know this too as were due to pick up a pup next week.
It is not essential travel however leaving the breeder to manage all of the pups for an indeterminate amount of time seems silly when one of us can drive there and make the pick up contactless (we will leave a carry case in the doorway, breeder pops him in, we get the case in the car and wipe down the zip etc and even use gentle soap to wash the pooch as soon as we get in)
I was wondering this too as I am due to collect my toy poodle puppy on Sunday 5th April.
Talk to your breeders. If they are willing and able to make this a contactless collection (presuming money has already changed hands via bank transfer) and feel that this is appropriate for their puppies then to me it would seem possible. You may have to plan your journeys well, as stop offs to break the journey will not be possible.
I had not thought of this one. Technically it would not be allowed but for animal welfare surely it should be. There are so many individual things that just have not been covered. I am sure if you got stopped by the police you would be stopped though.
I would imagine that so long as you, anyone in your household or in the breeder's household are not in actual isolation because of the virus or because you are at exceptional risk, then as long as you took all appropriate precautions it should be okay.
The problem with that is it is being transferred to everything. I want to do that so it will be ok. Well it just is not ok. All the things for sale on facebook pages, how the heck are people going to get them, it is hardly essential travel is it. I have huge sympathy over the puppy business and tbh I probably would go ahead but it still really is not all right!
At Hearing Dogs they have stopped the placement of new pups with socialisers. I was due to get my second one at the beginning of next month.
There are actually five large litters (Labradors, Cocker Spaniels and Cockapoos) that were due to go out from the brood holders between next week and the end of April. We don’t know when or if they can move to the headquarters.
One brood holder will be looking after 11, 8 week old Labs next week ... imagine having that many in your home for at least another month or more ... all those crocodile teeth!
This question was asked on the BBC when they answer questions related to the coronavirus new rules and they said it isn't a necessary journey but that people might find it a little heartbreaking to leave the puppy so to go pick it up (obviously only if you are well with zero symptoms) but keep distance from the breeder.
Oh I suspect the pups will be practicing the crocodile teeth on each other - they are horrible together at that age - much nicer than learning bite inhibition on us though And the mums are very strict by this age - beware of testing your teeth on her dear puppies!
It wouldn't be the teeth that worried me so much as the daunting thought that I may have to begin the outdoor socialisation on 11 fast growing Labrador puppies!
Sounds like solid advice to me.
Apparently Defra has said that dogs are not to be transported in cars except if attending a vet appt.
KC are trying to get clarification from Defra over the transportation of a puppy to a new home. Currently pet transporters have had their licenses revoked.
This is post from Facebook that I found about this
Latest advice from the Kennel Club released today. They are seeking clarification about collection of puppies, but an animal courier has posted on one of the professional sites that he has consulted with DEFRA and they have said absolutely no pet transportation allowed. I had to drive 15 miles to my vet today for an urgent appointment, but am fully aware I could be stopped.
So it is really walk your dog/s from home, which I think the majority of us have understood this and are doing.
Might be helpful to post on the thread on Covid-19 too just to clarify for people as there are a few that seem to think there is less risk going somewhere isolated, then walking in their local neighbour hood. I know it's hard but it has to be done
It makes a lot of sense to avoid driving if you can, if for no other reason than to cut the risk of vehicle breakdown or accidents.
I couldn't find it on the DEFRA website though.
Neither could I, this was just from a phone call made to Defra. I do know they have revoked licenses on professional pet carrier businesses.
there was a rescue on fb asking the same
should they still be collecting pound dogs, when their 7 days are up, or not
guess who was the only one to say no, it was too dangerous, not just to the deliverer/ rescuer
but to everyone else they may have contact with, and so on
shall we just say, my post wasnt well recieved
I can only wish them good luck, and, hope they dont end up regretting their decision
Good question, I'm also due to collect our puppy on April 10th. I was also thinking about how he would be vaccinated/health checked since vets are only open for emergencies? As well as being able to properly socialise the pup when this could go on for months?!
But taking your dog in your car has nothing at all to do with DEFRA so I think they must be talking about pet couriers not pet owners. My dogs go shopping with me etc , it breaks the time up for them.
We are due to pick up our puppy on the 10th of April, and wondered the same.
I just don't think the police,
if they stop you,
will think it's an essential journey
Even if you do
They can hand out warnings or go straight to a fine,
Which,from what I'm reading, starts at £60
Can double each time your stopped for non essential travel
If you've got to travel far,
just look at all the nhs and gov notices on social media,
that are pointing out all the pitfalls,
Asking you not to stretch their services even further
A puppy will be safe,
if left with the breeder, presuming it's a good one, not some byb from the local pet pages/gumtree etc
for another 3 weeks,
according to BJ,
When the next review is due