Ballarat dog trainer Jamie Huggett says demand is high for training classes | The mail

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There has been a surge in demand for dog training classes following the easing of coronavirus restrictions. Southern Cross K9 trainer Jamie Huggett said there has been a huge increase in residents signing up their four-legged friend for training classes since coronavirus restrictions were lifted in 2021. “The “The other part is we couldn’t run classes during COVID restrictions, so when you can run them, there’s been a bit of a boom for a while,” Huggett said. “We call them COVID puppies. who haven’t had that exposure to socialization because people couldn’t go anywhere, so we have a lot of dogs that haven’t had that exposure to socialization that are signing up for classes.” Huggett said said that one of Southern Cross K9’s most popular training programs, a crash course for beginners, was currently 10 classes per week, involving 30 to 40 dogs.He said these beginner classes were for dogs older than 16 weeks had never been trained before. “It’s this typical COVID pup as they were born in early 2021 and are now a year old, so they come into our beginner class,” Huggett said. “There’s definitely been an increase in dogs struggling a bit with the world because they didn’t have that socialization to begin with for one of the main reasons, COVID.” Some “COVID puppies” used to having their owner work from home have to adjust when their owner returns to work in the office or has to go out for the day, Huggett says. “Dogs like routine and structure, so as soon as that routine and structure suddenly changes, it can take them a while to adjust,” he said. “That’s probably one thing we’ve noticed is a slight increase in separation anxiety behaviors because they’re probably so used to having a human in the house with them.” Southern Cross K9 offers dog daycare at its Wendouree and Canada facilities, which Huggett said was in constant demand even before the coronavirus pandemic. “Before the COVID restrictions we were approaching capacity, then when the COVID restrictions came in we could only have essential worker dogs, so it was a bit quieter,” he said. “There are more dog owners in and around Ballarat at the moment so I guess there’s just a bigger pool of potential audience so it’s been quite busy.” If you see this message, you are a loyal digital subscriber to The Courier, as we have made this story available only to subscribers. Thank you so much for your support and for allowing us to continue to tell Ballarat’s story. We appreciate your support for journalism in our great city.


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