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One in ten new puppy owners worried about dog care post-lockdown

A survey by the Kennel Club revealed that 10% of owners who bought a puppy during the pandemic are concerned about whether they can sufficiently care for them after restrictions are lifted

One in ten new puppy owners are worried about caring for their dog post-lockdown, according to new data released by the Kennel Club.

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.

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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.”

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