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Puppies in lockdown

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Socialisation is a crucial part of a puppy’s development. Through various activities, we can teach them how to relate appropriately to people, different situations and other animals. Usually, this would include meeting lots of different people, other dogs, going to regular puppy classes and exposure to a wide range of situations and environments. 

But coronavirus restrictions mean that we are unable to socialise puppies in all the ways we ordinarily would and, as a result, you may be worried about how you can still help your pet grow into a happy, confident dog. 

Despite the limitations we have right now, there is still a huge amount that you can do to socialise and support your puppy inside and outside of your home. In this advice, we’ve focussed on all the things that you can do to make the best of this challenging situation and prepare your puppy for life beyond lockdown.
 

Vlog: Puppies in Lockdown

Blue Cross Animal Behaviourist, Claire Haynes, is fostering puppy Akira while she works from home. Like all puppy parents, Claire's needing to socialise Akira under government lockdown restrictions, and she knows it's not easy. Follow Claire and Akira's vlog journey as they share their top tips for a harmonious household with you.

— Page last updated 19/05/2020

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