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FOSTBC Covid-19 precautions

When we will be able to make appointments to adopt, Tips for your own dogs in isolation

ADOPTION APPOINTMENTS
From March 24th for three weeks we will not be making appointments for potential adopters, we will then review the situation and hopefully be able to make appointments as per our original guidelines.
Our dogs still need homes and we still have an ever expanding waiting list and in three weeks time we will have more of our dogs ready for visitors so please keep an eye on our site and our updates.

Thank you for your patience and for working with us to help our dogs

SUPPLIES, DONATIONS

We thank you all for you support its really appreciated please could you leave donations and dog items by the small gate and we will collect it. In case of wet weather let us know you are coming and we will collect asap.

Thank you.

YOUR OWN DOGS AND SOME SAFETY TIPS

A few tips and suggestions to help you to keep your dogs happy.
Dogs are not at risk from hand sanitizers they would have to drink a bottle of it to be at risk so keep it out of the way and all will be fine. Also if you wash your hands in hot water and soap you won't need to worry if you have a shadow of doubt about the sanitizer you are using.

If you live out in the country you may still be able to exercise your dog as usual but if you are in a built up area or in isolation then your dog will be getting less exercise.

DON'T WORRY, they don't need to have all that walking and running, a dog on garden exercise only will be fine, you just need to make a few adjustments
If you are letting your dog go out with a dog walker safeguard yourself as the walker will probably have taken out other dogs and met other people. Keep your 6ft distance when handing over and taking back but more importantly have gloves on when your dog returns and either spray or wash your dog lead. It might sound drastic but should your dog walker have symptoms then the lead is the one way it can be transmitted. Don't let precautions get out of hand but do be aware of the simple things that can protect you. If you are a dog walker even if the person you are walking the dog for is clear it would still be best to wear gloves and to spray the lead.

Check your dog's diet as with reduced exercise which they are used to they need an energy reduced even if only for a short while to help them to re-adjust. Try not to play games that will wind your dog up or get him excited as it will take some time to calm down again and if they are not out on a walk they donít have the return home walk to wind down.

If you have a garden your dog will be fine on garden exercise, and probably love it. Use this time to spend with your dogs inside and invent interesting calming games. negatives to positive here as even the perfect relationship can often do with a bit more bonding so enjoy.

While spending more time with your dogs don't get them so used to it that when normal hours are resumed they object. So if normally they spend some time alone - and some of you may not even be going out to the shops now but will later- make sure that the routine still happens. It might mean you spend a couple of hours on your bed away from your dog (or watching tele while he or she spends a couple of hours on the bed!!). Facetime a friend who may be going thro a bad patch and leave your dog in another room.


Finally stay safe guys, enjoy your dogs and I can be contacted by info@fostbc.org.uk if needed

Barbara