Pandemic puppy with extreme anxiety finds new home after owners ‘couldn’t cope’

A pandemic puppy with extreme anxiety which was given away by its owners due to its behaviour has now found its forever home.

Peggy – an 18-month-old poodle cross – was adopted early into the pandemic last year.

But the pooch was handed into animal charity, Blue Cross, after its owner couldn’t deal with the challenge, the Mirror reports.

Peggy has severe separation anxiety and aggressively guards objects around the house – something her owners could not live with.

Jenny Day, volunteer coordinator and animal welfare assistant at Blue Cross, had to step in and help the pup find somewhere else to live.

She said: "It took a lot of patience to help Peggy gain some confidence and find her feet.

"We took our time for her to settle in and start to trust us. We worked with her slowly until she started to show her true self – a fantastic little dog who is playful and very clever.

"We are delighted to have now found her an understanding home where she will continue to feel supported.

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"Peggy’s previous family did exactly the right thing by contacting us."

The unprecedented demand for puppies during the pandemic has had "serious" consequences for animal health and welfare, a study has revealed.

The Dogs Trust and RSPCA say they have seen a 182% increase in website traffic looking for information about giving up a dog.

They say they receive 39% more phone calls than before the pandemic about re-homing animals.

Operations director Adam Clowes said: "Demand for dogs reached an all-time high during the pandemic and the addition of a dog to the family has made a positive difference to many people’s lives.

"However, dog ownership is a big commitment and some people are now discovering, as life returns to normal, that sadly their new circumstances mean they simply can’t care for their dog anymore.

"One of the most common reasons why dogs are handed into Dogs Trust is behaviour-related issues that could have been prevented early on.

"A rise in problematic behaviours, exacerbated by changes in the dog’s routine as its owners return to work and life as it was before the pandemic, could mean families have no option but to give up their dog."

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