Australia had a rush of banana bread baking towards the beginning of the pandemic, as well as a lack of toilet paper.
We also observed a frenzy of puppy sales.
It was logical. People who previously were unable to own a dog due to irregular home attendance or extended work hours were now able to.
According to a report published in 2021 by Animal Medicines Australia (AMA), more than 1 million canines have been added to Australian households since 2019 as a result of the epidemic.
Today being International Dog Day, let’s examine whether the epidemic improved or harmed ties between pet owners and their animals.
What does Australia’s ‘typical dog’ look like?
According to the AMA analysis, in 2021, a young, medium-sized purebred dog purchased from a breeder would most likely be the typical Australian pet dog.
Labrador and golden retrievers, English and American Staffordshire terriers, German shepherds, and Jack Russell terriers were popular purebreds that were mentioned.
According to reports, 1 in 5 canines (19%) were purchased since the pandemic’s start in 2020.
The households with children in elementary school and those who reside in inner cities were more likely to have purchased a dog since the pandemic started.
Bringing home a new puppy sounded like the perfect remedy for people who felt confined at home during lockdowns to deal with a time of uncertainty and grief.
However, as more people start their regular job or school schedules, they could find that they are unable to take care of a dog.
A representative for RSPCA Queensland claimed that the adoption and return of the dogs for a variety of reasons had nothing to do with the pandemic.
According to them, there hasn’t been a spike in animals being returned after adoption. “We have a 14 day return policy, if for some reason the pet doesn’t work out in the adopter’s home,” they added.
Pet owners migrating, being homeless, or no longer being able to afford their pets are the most common reasons why pets are given up to the RSPCA.
According to RSPCA NSW, there is less of a need for their shelters in the state than there is in other states.
What should people consider when buying a dog?
When it comes to purchasing a dog, “doing homework” entails more than spending a few hours browsing Google, especially if you’ve never owned a pet before.
According to Ulla Greenwood, president of Canine Control Council Queensland (also known as Dogs Australia), people should take extra precautions when bringing a pet into the family.
Visit dog shows and meet several breeds in person, as well as online forums and social media groups for dog owners, she advised.
The most crucial step is to determine which dog breed would be ideal for your particular circumstance.