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Lockdown Restrictions Dog Safety Guide, Graeme Hall ‘The DogFather’

Graeme Hall ‘The DogFather’ has been described by The Telegraph as ‘Britain’s best dog trainer’, Graeme criss-crosses the country helping dog and puppy owners with behaviour problems. 

Graeme is the presenter of hit Channel 5 show ‘Dogs Behaving (Very) Badly’ and is a Master Dog Trainer with the Guild Of Dog Trainers.

We are delighted that Graeme has been working with Laughing Dog to provide top tips for helping pet parents navigate lockdown restrictions with dogs.

  1. A change is as good as a rest. Don’t fall into the trap of going on the same walks day after day. Explore the area and you’re sure to find new places to keep you and your dog interested.

Tire your dog out with puzzles and brain games…

  1. Mental exercise. If you’re called to self-isolate and can’t get someone else to walk your dog, tire your dog out with puzzles and brain games instead. It’s not the same as a walk, but it’s not for long, and it keeps your dog happy and everyone safe.
  1. Better bonding. If you’re furloughed or stuck working from home, there is a bright side. The more time you spend with your dog, the better the bond between you. If you’re stuck at home, a good tip is to utilise at-home subscription services for dog food, such as Laughing Dog’s, where you can subscribe and save 15% off food and treats alike! We all need things to be cheerful for right now and to every cloud, there’s a silver lining …

When lockdown restrictions ease, some dogs struggle to cope on their own…

  1. Better bonding can lead to more separation anxiety, too. Our dogs get used to us being by their sides 24/7. When restrictions ease, some dogs struggle to cope on their own. Prepare them for the near future by creating daily ‘alone times’ in the house when you’re in a different room. Pop out for essential shopping trips without them too.
  1. Activity levels. If your dog’s activity levels have gone up or down because of lockdown, make sure you adjust their food accordingly. Quantity AND quality in their diets count! Laughing Dog’s Naturally Complete range contains the best naturally and carefully sourced ingredients, perfect for active dogs.
  1. It’s never too late to teach a dog a trick or two. Set aside a little time each day to train your dog to do something new. It’ll keep you both occupied and will strengthen the bond. Make sure you have tasty treats to reward him when he gets it right.

If you have a new puppy don’t allow the COVID-19 pandemic to stop you socialising them…

  1. If you have a new puppy don’t allow the pandemic to stop you socialising her. Obviously, you won’t be able to take her to the pub (although you could play videos with a pub soundtrack instead) but you can safely introduce her to all sorts of outdoor surfaces, sights, sounds and smells in the meantime.
  1. Make the effort, feel the benefit. Lockdowns are tough on people and dogs alike, so look after your mental wellbeing by getting outdoors with your pet if you can. Don’t let the cold and rain stop you: there’s no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing. Don’t forget your Laughing Dog treats!

Thank you to Graeme Hall, the ‘The Dog Father’ for taking the time to write this post for us.

For further advice on looking after your dog in lockdown:

To find out more about Graeme’s dog training programmes, including further tips for navigating lockdown with dogs, and to read further about his incredible dog training and behaviour work, visit

Looking for lockdown dog treats? Find our delicious range of Laughing Dog treats right here!

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