Time to teach 'pandemic puppies' new tricks, charity says

A woman feeds her small black puppy a treat

A reward for being a good dog at home alone - Credit: Supplied by Dogs Trust

A delay to Covid-19 restriction easing could give dogs a chance to learn new tricks, a charity has said.

Dogs Trust said 'pandemic puppies' have missed out on vital early-life experiences, but a change to the restriction easing date from June 21 to July 19 gives dogs a chance to adjust to life at home alone.

Dr Rachel Casey, Dogs Trust's Director of Canine Behaviour and Research, said: "The delay will be frustrating news for many of us.

"For dog owners, it provides an extra opportunity to prepare dogs for the resumption of normal life."

Nevile - Dogs Trust. Thornbury, South Gloucester, Engand. October-11-2019. photo: Clive Tagg

Nevile. Picture: Clive Tagg - Credit: Clive Tagg/Supplied by Dogs Trust

Before returning to the office or workplace, Rachel recommends factoring in time apart from your dog every day to prevent separation anxiety.

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"Stay calm and build up really slowly," she said.

According to Google, searches for "buy a puppy" increased by 190 percent in the UK between the first week of February and the first week of lockdown (March 24 to March 30, 2020).

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