Dogs Trust has temporarily changed its famous strapline to: ‘A Dog Is For Life, Not Just For Lockdown’ after searches for 'buy a puppy' went up by 120% in March. 

According to data from Propellernet, there was an even bigger rise in searches for the term 'Adopt a puppy'.

Whether people are getting a dog for companionship or because they’re around more to train them, the charity says it is concerned there may be a spike in people giving up their dog when normality resumes and reality sinks in. 

In order to try and prevent that, the charity has created an online quiz for potential new dog owners to test themselves on whether they are really ready to: 

  • completely change your schedule (& give up lie ins!)
  • spend more time at home or pay for a dog sitter/walker
  • go walking in all weather
  • devote time to training, games and fun
  • spend £££s every month on food, treats, insurance & other doggy essentials
  • have furniture covered in fur
  • think for two - a night out, a holiday or a weekend away
  • To be chief pooper scooper
  • To give the dog everything they need 

Owen Sharp, Dogs Trust’s Chief Executive said: "We’re encouraging potential dog owners to carry out our new test to see if you’re Dog Ready. Are you ready to be chief pooper scooper? Are you ready to forego a lie in ever again? As well as more serious questions around vet treatment and preparing for emergencies.” 

Graham Norton, owner of Labradoodle Bailey, TV presenter and Dogs Trust supporter is supporting the campaign. He said: "As a dog owner myself, I know how much joy four-legged friends bring to our lives. I’ve certainly found that my gorgeous dog, Bailey, has taken the boredom out of lockdown for me, and I’ve really enjoyed spending even more time with him than usual.  

"However, 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!"

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