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Adopted A Dog During Lockdown?

Dog adoptions and rescues increased due to the lockdown and COVID-19. Have you adopted or rescued a dog recently? As people spend more time at home, they have taken comfort in their pets. Dogs are a wonderful joy, but welcoming home your newest member can have some bumps. This is not uncommon and can can be overcome with proper training.

Rescue animals are more prone to have separation anxiety based on their background. Learn as much as possible about the history of your new dog. This helps with understanding their behaviour and identifying potential issues. Establish good boundaries with your new dog and take it slow. Consistency and patience are key.

Identify your dog’s needs and how it fits with your lifestyle and living arrangements. Do you have a high energy dog, but live in a small flat with no garden? If so, frequent walks and exercise will be crucial. Do you like to exercise with your pet, yet you have a low energy dog that considers taking 10 steps an accomplishment? Understanding your dog’s needs helps with integrating them into your home and routine.

Understand your dog’s diet and what works for them. Make sure your adopted dog has the proper food, exercise and routine for their needs. Dogs are a lifelong commitment. Being in tune with their needs helps keep everything in balance.

If you are trying to train your dog to be more obedient, check out our quick list of common dog training mistakes. Our certified trainers work with all breeds, sizes and ages to help dog owners get the best out of their dogs. If you are struggling with recall, heel or the lead, contact us for help. You can see our transformations on our YouTube page. If you would like more information, contact us at 020 3890 3400 or email: info@olk9.co.uk.

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