Alarm­ing trend over dogs af­ter hol­i­days

Loughborough Echo - - LETTERS - Ce­line Di Crocco re­hom­ing cen­tre man­ager Dogs Trust Lough­bor­ough Hill Farm, Wide Lane, Le­ices­ter­shire

DOGS Trust has iden­ti­fied an alarm­ing trend which sees fam­i­lies hand their dogs into res­cue cen­tres as soon as their chil­dren go back to school.

In 2016 at the start of the new school year, the char­ity recorded one of the high­est num­ber of calls re­gard­ing hand­ing over a dog on any one day of the year, with dou­ble the av­er­age num­ber of calls we usu­ally re­ceive from strug­gling dog own­ers.

We sus­pect that some dog own­ers find the re­al­ity of re­turn­ing to the work­ing rou­tine and jug­gling the school run sets in af­ter the sum­mer hol­i­days, and feel they are no longer able to con­tend with an en­er­getic pooch so pass them to res­cue char­i­ties.

We hope that any­one find­ing their dog’s be­hav­iour chal­leng­ing af­ter the sum­mer hol­i­days will con­sider giv­ing them up as a last re­sort and in­stead sign up for one of the many lo­cal Dog School train­ing classes held through­out the re­gion at www.dogstrust­dogschool.org. uk

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