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Meet the pandemic puppies!

Acquired during lockdown these four-legged furballs need rules as well as chicken soup

Brigit Grant is the Jewish News Supplements Editor

Ronnie Rufus
Ronnie Rufus

Without the sound of planes, trains and automobiles,  the patter of tiny paws was audible during lockdown.

They weren’t all Dalmatians, but 101 or more cava-, cocka- and maltipoos arrived in the silent suburbs at Jewish homes. How they got there we’ll never know, but the ‘Cummings’ and goings across the country were not for eye tests but collections. Ensconced in their new homes with Jewish surnames that belie their breeds, we want you to send more pics to share on our website.

With the kids back at school and some owners returning to the office, the pups need to adjust, and dog behaviour therapist Tracie Elmaleh of Waggingtons (020 8906-4905) can help or set up a visit.

Deeney Rose

Waggingtons’ woofs of wisdom 

1 For all the lockdown puppies who are now fully vaccinated… get out there and socialise.

2 Always have  ‘high value’ treats in a pocket or bag and start
recall training immediately by letting pup go with training lead
attached for easy and quick grabbing when needed.

3 Only reward calm and wanted behaviour.

Freddie Colton

4 Never use dog’s name when correcting behaviour, only use it as a reward.

5 Spend enough time with your puppy outside to ensure toilet training
is successful.

6 Do not overstimulate young pups with unnecessary chatter.
Stay calm and introduce new guidance with calm assertiveness.

7 Create a routine that works for all and be consistent.


For puppy training contact Barry at

We still have treat caddies to give away to those who send their pics with a name and address to me at

Treat caddies are available at



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