Significant number of owners regret having pets during lockdown as ‘puppydemic’ continues
A SIGNIFICANT number of people are realizing they made a mistake in obtaining a pet during the pandemic.
When the UK was plunged into a nationwide lockdown in March 2020, the country ‘went wild’ over puppies because of the ‘perfect opportunity’.
Pet insurance company Pet plan surveyed more than 2,000 pet owners in the UK and found that a quarter of them have regrets or concerns about taking possession of a pet during the lockdown.
During the pandemic, a quarter of pet owners welcomed a new animal into their home, most often a dog (17%) and a cat (12%). Of those who have become homeowners, almost 47% have done so for the first time.
Of that number, 26% said they had regrets and concerns about their decision to take a locked pet.
One in seven pet owners are concerned that easing the lockdown will increase pet theft, and 11% fear that returning to work will lead to separation anxiety.
36% of all pet owners surveyed said the pandemic was somehow a factor in taking possession of a pet
Karen Boyce, of Beastly Thoughts Professional Dog Services in Llangollen, said her own puppy classes had their “best year yet” which was “just the tip of the ice burg”.
She said: ‘It seemed like every household in the UK had decided they needed a new dog, and preferably a puppy. And a large percentage of them were first-time dog owners.
“And also, it didn’t seem to matter at what cost. Puppies turned like gold dust, and within weeks the prices of the most popular puppy breeds exploded. ”
The Dog’s Trust reports they had a 62% year-over-year increase and the RSPCA recorded that between March and October 2020, 30 million unique views on their website’s Find A Pet service. ; against 18 million for the same period the previous year.
Karen added, “The number of rescued puppies imported from overseas has also increased dramatically, with a 94% increase in the legal importation of puppies – let’s not talk about the number of them who entered illegally.
So what’s the story now?
A year later, it seems a small but significant number of people realize they made a mistake, Karen said.
She said, “Some of these owners have tried to get their money back by advertising their now older puppies on popular ‘For Sale’ pet websites. But unfortunately, a puppy is a lot like a new car, and its dollar value drops dramatically once it leaves the breeder’s home.
“These young dogs, along with many others, are now offered to local and national dog rescue organizations. The Dog’s Trust itself received 114 calls in the two days following the Christmas holiday from people wanting to give up their dogs, and nearly 20% of them were under nine months old.
“It is not surprising that the puppies have found themselves in dire straits, with a third of owners being first-time dog owners, but also because, according to a recent Kennel Club survey, one owner on five states that he had not considered the long- term responsibilities of dog ownership.
In June alone, more than 90,000 pets were advertised on the Pets4Home website, double the figure recorded at the same time last year.
Currently, within 10 miles of the mold zone, over 300 pets are for sale on the website.
The chief previously indicated that it was a ‘Time for Brawl’ for animal lovers as the scale of pandemic pet fraud was sparked by Action Fraud.
Data from the National Fraud and Cybercrime Reporting Center reveals that £ 2,638,323 was lost to prospective pet owners in fiscal year 2020/21, after making down payments for animals that they saw it advertised online – an increase of over 20% over the previous year.
Capitalizing on the increase in the number of people with pets due to nationwide lockdowns caused by the coronavirus, criminals have posted bogus ads on social media, online marketplaces and specific pet sales platforms. company.
There is a whole list of things that of course owners have fallen into the trap of, besides being novice dog owners.
• The shock of having a puppy and kids at home full time
• Finding out that working from home doesn’t always mean you have a lot of free time for a new puppy.
• Home schooling and looking after a puppy
• Going from leave to dismissal, or having a bankrupt business and not having the means to pay the puppy
• Stress on relationships during a pandemic; leading to an increase in failed relationships and puppies becoming a burden
• The scenario of a return to work and a large number of puppies, having never been left alone, then become stressed and destructive
So what’s the answer?
Karen went on to say, “Well, there is a lot that can be done to help the owner and their puppy get back into a more harmonious relationship.
“The first thing I would do would be to seek professional help. It is quite possible that the owners and the puppy have gotten into a corner and just need an expert to guide them into the light.
“Just this week I had an owner with a new puppy who was having issues, including the puppy who was ‘aggressing’ the eight year old in the household. It turned out that everything was turned out to be. rather negative with a lot of “no” and “stop it”.
“So after a conversation this week the owner is much happier. She explained that she now recognized how the negativity was directed at the puppy. But now with the management a lot of distraction and just helping the puppy there were no more episodes. Everyone, human and canine, was much happier.
“Raising puppies, as they become teenagers, can often be a difficult time. But there is no reason why, given the advice and help, the majority of owners cannot go out to the other side and create an obedient and happy adult dog.