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1 in every 4 new owner in the UK is considering abandoning their pandemic puppy

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With the UK slowly coming out of lockdown and returning to a normal(ish) lifestyle, many new pet owners are worried about how their dogs will adjust.

By Justine Seraphin

Published on the 26/04/2021, 18:00

Pre-lockdown, 9 million UK homes had a dog. Now, 12 million UK homes have a dog. Indeed, with lockdown, people desperately searched for a distraction and believed they had the time to properly raise a dog – considering the time spent at home.

But now that people are starting to return to the office, that kids are starting to return to school, and that places of leisure such as pubs and restaurants have started re-opening, many new dog owners feel they have bitten off more than they can chew. 

Lockdown pups to be abandoned

A survey carried out between the 6th and 9th of April on 2002 new pet owners has revealed that 25% of them are considering rehoming their new dogs.
A major contributing factor to this thought process is the fact that owners are worried about how their pets will react when the family returns to a new way of life.

Lockdown means that many pandemic puppies lack proper socialisation, and dog owners now worry that they may be aggressive towards people they don’t know.

Advice for new pet owners

Adjusting to the new way of life might be difficult, especially if you have skipped some crucial steps in your pet’s training. And while it is good to consider an alternative if you are no longer able to properly look after your pet, Wamiz advises you to put in the extra time and effort to train your dog during this transitory phase.

Puppies and young dogs especially can be a hand full, but once properly trained, dogs make delightful and loyal companions for life. If you have doubts, remember you can always reach out to a professional!