Think twice before getting a puppy during lockdown

Think twice before getting a puppy during lockdown

Published at 6:08am 4th May 2020.

4 minute read

The Dog's Trust Salisbury is urging people to weigh up if they are truly ready for the realities of dog ownership before taking the leap.

The charity fear an impending puppy crisis as searches to 'get a puppy' rise by 120% since we were all forced into lockdown because of coronavirus.

Many think a dog will give them companionship as the stay home alone, and some believe lockdown will give them more time at home to train a puppy.

But, there are concerns there may be a spike in people giving up their dog when normality resumes and reality sinks in. 

This is often the case after Christmas too,  when some get dogs on a whim.

So, instead of their famous slogan A Dog Is For Life Not Just For Christmas - they have now tweaked it to A Dog Is For Life Not Just For Lockdown.

It's hoped this will get people to think twice before buying a puppy.


The Dog's Trust is the UK's largest dog welfare charity, and it's now created an online quiz for potential new dog owners to test themselves to see if they really are ready to take on a dog for life.

Here are some of the questions it asks:
Are you ready..... 

  • To completely change your schedule (& give up lie ins!)? 
  • For more time spent at home or the expense of a dog sitter/walker?? 
  • For walks in all weather?? 
  • To devote time to training, games and fun with your furry friend? 
  • To spend £££s every month on food, treats, insurance & other doggy essentials? 
  • For furniture covered in fur? 
  • To think for two - a night out, a holiday or a weekend away all mean planning for your pooch too!? 
  • To be chief pooper scooper? 
  • To learn the language of your dog so you can give them everything they need? 

Dogs Trust's Chief Executive, Owen Sharp, said: 

"Like Christmas, when people are at home more, they might think now is the perfect time to get a dog. For some people this will be the case, but we're asking people to consider when the lockdown lifts how your life will need to change to accommodate your four-legged friend."

TV presenter Graham Norton owns a Labradoodle and is a Dogs Trust supporter - he said: 

"Whilst the thought of introducing a cute, fluffy pooch to your family right now might be appealing, I fully support Dogs Trust's important message that 'A Dog Is For Life, Not Just For Lockdown'. Don't forget that you still have to walk a dog on a rainy evening, and pick up their poo in the dark! 
"Please remember that life will go back to 'normal' at some point with people returning to work and school, and when this happens you need to think about whether you can still fit a dog into your life."

You can find the test on the Dogs Trust website.   


The local Dogs Trust rehoming centre is still trying to work as best it can during the coronavirus crisis, but it has had to make temporary changes because of Government advice limiting non-essential contact:

  • Dogs Trust Salisbury has moved to appointment-only system
  • The Newton Tony-based centre is closed to walk-in members of the public until further notice
  • Charity is no longer taking charity shop goods at rehoming centres or shops to limit unnecessary contact and will advise when receiving new stock again

The UK's largest dog welfare charity, which has 20 rehoming centres across the United Kingdom, has outlined plans to protect the health and wellbeing of its staff and visitors, whilst continuing to carry out the essential work of caring for and rehoming dogs.
The charity will also run appointments for people who wish to give up their dog for any reason.


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