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Kennel Club launches post-lockdown guide for pet owners

The new guide offers advice and guidance for new and seasoned dog owners on navigating life with their pets after lockdown

The Kennel Club has launched its new “pay-by-paw” guide on life post-lockdown for new and seasoned dog owners.

The new guide offers advice and guidance for owners on navigating life with their pets after the Covid-19 pandemic.

It provides new information about travelling on ‘staycations’ with pets around the country and offers guidance on preparing dog-friendly holiday breaks.

It also includes expert advice on getting your dog used to being around other people, dogs and animals after more than a year of lockdown.

Bill Lambert, head of health and welfare at The Kennel Club, said: “Whether you have a well-balanced dog or a new puppy, a year of pandemic restrictions means that our pets have missed out on lots of socialisation opportunities, walks to new or further afield places, trips away and generally life as we knew it.

“In fact, many puppies may have only experienced life in lockdown, and we can’t expect them to immediately adapt to what ‘normal’ life is like; we need to ease them in and help them to learn about the wider world.”

He added: “Many puppies, and even older dogs, will have lost vital socialisation and training opportunities due to lockdown restrictions and need their owners to lead the way, recognising their responsibilities and preparing them as the world continues to open up.”

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