The survey revealed that 10% of owners who purchased a dog during the pandemic are concerned about whether they can sufficiently care for their pets after restrictions are lifted.
Around a fifth (22%) of respondents said that they are particularly worried about behavioural problems resulting from lack of training and socialisation.
Over a quarter (27%) are concerned about getting their dog used to “normal life” once lockdown ends.
Bill Lambert, spokesperson for The Kennel Club, said: “Training and socialisation are an essential part of a dog’s life from their puppyhood all the way through to their older years.
“Training doesn’t only ensure that a dog, owner as well as other dogs and humans are safe, it also strengthens the bond between dog and owner significantly.”
He added: “We would urge any owners who are worried about their dog’s behaviour, health or socialisation to make use of all of our Be Puppywise resources, including contacting a dog trainer or behaviourist if you’re struggling, to ensure you and your four-legged friend are ready to return to normal life together once restrictions are lifted.
“Dog ownership is a lifelong commitment and it’s your responsibility to give them the best foundation for a happy, healthy and confident life.”