Impending dog behaviour crisis following Covid-19 lockdown

17 Oct 2020

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By Arabella Gray

Over a quarter of owners in the UK have said that their dog has developed a behavioural problem as a result of the Covid-19 lockdown, prompting fears of a surge in abandonments and euthanasia.

Dogs Trust has released the results from a survey they conducted in May this year – data was collected from more than 6000 dog owners who were asked about their dog’s routines, walks, enrichment and time spent alone (before and during lockdown) to determine the impact that the Covid-19 crisis has had on their dog.

The findings show that the majority of owners (55 per cent) reported that their dog’s routine had changed significantly – this was primarily due to a lack of walks as owners adhered to government exercise and social distancing guidance, but many stated that they were also less likely to let their dogs off the lead.

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