Kennel Club poll: Businesses urged to welcome dogs to avoid relocating them after lockdown puppy boom


Almost two-thirds of Scots are worried about what will happen to dogs purchased during the coronavirus pandemic, new research shows.

The Kennel Club study, which is part of its Open for Dogs campaign, suggests that 64% of Scots fear pets will be abandoned when ‘normal’ life resumes.

In the UK, nearly one in five respondents (17%) admitted to considering rehousing as an option after foreclosure.

The study also found that nearly half (49%) of Scots say there aren’t enough businesses welcoming four-legged friends despite their perks – especially as the country has faced at Covid-19.

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More than three in five (62%) agreed that more customers would visit places such as pubs and cafes that struggled during the lockdown if dogs were also allowed in.

Bill Lambert, Kennel Club spokesperson, said: “This new research worryingly shows that while dogs cannot get to places with their owners and adjust to their post-pandemic lifestyle, some will be left alone at home for too long, even unfortunately. relocated or abandoned.

“These consequences could be quite devastating for the nation’s dogs, who frankly don’t deserve to be left behind after being there for so many during the lockdown.

“Hospitality, businesses and workplaces can play a role in addressing the looming welfare crisis facing this generation of pandemic puppies by being open to dogs; help owners introduce or reintroduce their pets to “normal” without leaving them behind, and prevent a legacy of separation anxiety.

“After a year of foreclosure restrictions impacting businesses, dog-friendly policies can also generate economic benefits across the board – our research shows more than one in two owners say they would happily stay longer and would spend more if his dog was with him while socializing. in a pub, cafe or restaurant.

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“While there may have been short-sighted puppy buying decisions made during the pandemic, as a dog-loving nation we need to look at the big picture and encourage more places to. welcome the dogs, capitalize on the advantages and “get them back”, get our four-legged friends out of confinement, become more open to their return to a “normal” life and celebrate their positive place in our society.

“Dogs should be a part of our daily lives and routines as much as possible, and we hope to see the UK be as loyal to dogs as they are and have been to us.”

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