A RISE in new dog owners during the pandemic has led to Dogs Trust Kenilworth seeing an ‘unprecedented’ demand for its puppy training classes.
The charity says during lockdown there was a surge in people buying puppies.
And between March and August Dogs Trust Dog School, which holds classes in Kenilworth, received more than 5,000 enquiries about training sessions.
Since classes have begun to reopen, more than 1,400 dogs have been booked in.
And to help new pet owners the school has released a number of tips to help pups cope with life after lockdown.
Kenilworth Dog School head coach Joshua Hayward said: “Dogs will have got used to having their favourite humans by their side day in day out during lockdown. While many puppies will have been happy to have their human family at home during the past few months, they may need help adjusting to life when their families go back to work and school. They may also need help getting used to car travel and support with feeling comfortable seeing people in facemasks.
“Keep in mind that whilst we’re easily able to slot back in to old routines, young puppies may find this a confusing time and a more difficult transition, which is why we have lots of top tips to help them find their paws in the ‘new normal’.
“The most common reason dogs are handed into Dogs Trust is due to behaviour-related issues, so we would urge owners of puppies bought during lockdown to act now to prevent these developing.”
Visit www.dogstrust.org.uk/help-advice for tips and more information on dog school.