In addition to reviewing the information at this link https://www.rspca.org.uk/coronavirus/dogwalking, here are additional guidelines:

  • Before you accept to walk the dog of someone else, you might wish to check the following:
    • The dog breed: some volunteers might be happy to walk one breed of dogs but not another. You could simply let your Ward Champion know if you do not wish to carry out the task
    • Whether the microchip details are up to date: if not, these could be updated at https://www.petlog.org.uk or by calling 01296 336579. If you are unsure if the microchip details are up to date, you could call Darlington Borough Council dog warden who can check for you. They are available on 01325 406999 / 01325 405111 - note that this service is only available until 8pm
    • Any behavioural issues that the walker should know about
  • If you come across any issues during your dog walk you can ring the Darlington Borough Council Dog Warden on 01325 406999 / 01325 405111 – note this service is only available until 8pm so we strongly advise all dog walks are undertaken before this time
  • If you do not have disposable gloves please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to arrange for these to be provided
  • Do not undertake the task beyond your own physical capability and avoid manually handling dogs (e.g. lifting, carrying)
  • For dogs that persistently pull, it may be necessary to keep the duration of the walk to a minimum or cut short the walk if there is a continuous risk to you or the dog is not under control
  • Be sure to wear appropriate footwear
  • Keep aware of your surroundings
  • Keep the dog lead to reasonable length to avoid trips
  • Ensure you have a plentiful supply of suitable dog faeces bags at all times and that you use these correctly i.e. place the hand inside, pick up the faeces, turn inside out avoiding contact and tie. Once used dispose in the nearest dog waste bin
  • Ensure your Ward Champion is aware of the time of the walk, and that you notify them by text or call when the task has been completed, along with any issues. 
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