BorrowMyDoggy BlogPress and news16 March 2020COVID-19: An update about safe dog sharing

COVID-19: An update about safe dog sharing

LAST UPDATED: 25th June 2021

Here at BorrowMyDoggy, one of our aims is to keep our community as safe as possible. While restrictions are starting to ease we understand that members may have questions about using BorrowMyDoggy. Here are some helpful tips

Can my dog still be borrowed or can I still borrow dogs?

Yes, but please be as responsible as possible to minimise the spread of the virus and always ensure you follow the guidelines of your local government, which you can review here:





Northern Ireland

Each and every match on BorrowMyDoggy is different, so please try to be respectful of other members and their decision on meeting and greeting as each person's circumstances are not the same.

How can I remain safe if I am using BorrowMyDoggy?

Please stay safe by following the recommended advice from your local government guidelines. We recommend that you wear a mask when entering indoor places if you can and remember to keep good hygiene.

Remember to wash your hands before and after handling a dog, and keep dog leads and items as clean as possible with sanitising wipes or a hot wash - you can read further tips here.

Is my dog safe? Can they be affected by Coronavirus?

Our friends at My Family Vets have shared the following: “So far, there’s very little evidence to suggest that dogs can catch the disease. There’s also no evidence to suggest that dogs can transfer COVID-19 between humans. However, this is a new virus and a rare situation - it’s changing very quickly, so it’s very difficult for anyone to be 100% sure.”

You can read more here.

What if I’m an owner and clinically vulnerable, and need my dog walking?

If you’re in urgent need of a dog walker please update or create a BorrowMyDoggy owner profile here. Hundreds of borrowers have let us know they’re looking to help owners in need, so once you’ve created your profile you’ll be able to search for local borrowers.

If you’re struggling to find a borrower, we have some helpful tips here or please do contact our help team. We will do our best to find a suitable match in your area.

How can I help those that are most vulnerable or in need?

We’re so thankful for the amazing help our members give to one another on BorrowMyDoggy. If you feel you’re able to help please put a note on your profile and message members to show you’re available.

Do you have any further advice about leaving lockdown?

We have created a pawsome post lockdown guide for dogs that our members can utilize, with some helpful tips from dealing with separation anxiety after lockdown to how to get your dog used to the pub. You can take a look at our guide here.

Our team is doing their very best to answer and update our FAQs as frequently as possible. If there are any questions that aren’t answered in our FAQs please do not hesitate to contact us at

Thank you for your continued support we’re always here and happy to help if you need us. Stay safe and continue to be kind to each other.

Best woofs,
The BorrowMyDoggy Team

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