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Pandemic pups poll: Just a numbers game?

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The Royal Veterinary College (RVC) has found that many people who acquired puppies during the Covid pandemic are now having trouble with their dogs’ behaviour.

Their recent study – which surveyed over 1,000 UK dog owners – has found that ‘pandemic puppies,’ are showing a range of behavioural problems and discovered that on average, each dog at 21 months old had five behavioural issues, with some owners reporting up to eight or more. 

However, the study does not clearly say if there’s been an actual percentage increase in young dogs with behavioural problems. GoFido has reached out to the RVC for clarification but in the meantime, we want to hear from you, the professionals, for your thoughts.

Dog care was one of the few industries that experienced an upturn in business as a result of the pandemic, with many doggy day cares and professional dog walkers reporting a surge in client numbers since late-2020. 

So, what do you think? Are we seeing more issues just because there are more puppies around, or are ‘pandemic puppies’ really more of a handful? 

In your professional experience, have you noticed an increase in behavioral problems in dogs since the pandemic?
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