A dog's life after lockdown: The Kennel Club launches 'Paw-by-Paw' Guide to help owners take the lead

With Covid-19 restrictions easing further in England from today (29 March) and the Government’s ‘stay at home’ order lifting, The Kennel Club has launched an online resource to help dog owners ease their dog into post-pandemic life and go walkies further afield.

Designed to support responsible dog ownership as the UK begins to open up after more than a year of restrictions, The Kennel Club’s ‘Paw-by-Paw Guide out of Lockdown’ provides information, practical advice and tips on exploring further afield with your four-legged friend, negotiating the countryside, navigating dog-friendly pitstops and staycations (when restrictions allow), and keeping your dog safe from common spring dangers, like ticks or adders.

Mirroring the four nations' plan to ease lockdown, the guide aims to help the nation’s much-loved canine companions to adjust as normality begins to resume and prepare owners for discovering the wider world with their dog after months of staying at home.

“Whether you have a well-balanced dog or a new puppy, a year of pandemic restrictions means that our pets have missed out on lots of countryside walks, meet-ups with other dogs and humans, and generally life as we knew it,” commented Bill Lambert, Head of Health and Welfare at The Kennel Club. “In fact, many puppies may have only experienced life in lockdown, and we can’t expect them to immediately adapt to what ‘normal’ life is like; we need to ease them in and help them to learn about the wider world.

“Many puppies, and even dogs, will have lost vital socialisation and training opportunities due to lockdown restrictions and need their owners to lead the way, recognising their responsibilities and preparing them as the world slowly begins to open up.

“With some new-found freedoms, it’s great that we can start introducing, or re-introducing, our dogs to the wider world and discover it by their side again. Our new resource aims to help all dogs and owners to explore and adjust happily and safely – from travelling in the car to staying safe around livestock, or what to consider before heading out and about.”

The Kennel Club’s Paw-by-Paw Guide also includes expert advice on getting your dog used to being around other people, dogs and animals, navigating certain situations and environments, as well as how to find dog-friendly places to visit and holidays so owners can make future plans with their dogs, as the Government’s roadmaps unfolds.
To get support and advice on leaving the lockdown behind and enjoying new-found freedoms with your dog, visit our paw by paw post-lockdown guide.