The study found that 27% of dog owners would consider giving up their puppy if they displayed behaviours considered as problematic for their age.
Of this 27%, 10% would give their puppy up for adoption, 12% would take them back to the breeder, and 6% would give them to a friend. An alarming 2.5% would even consider euthanasia.
Owners asking too much out of their pups
The awful thing is - the behaviours seen as ‘problematic’ by dog owners are actually completely normal for puppies, which means that hundreds of people would be willing to give up their dog…for no good reason at all!
For example, 59% of dog owners thought that peeing on the floor was a problematic behaviour for puppies between 8 and 12 weeks old! 38% of owners also considered barking a behavioural problem for puppies between 3 to 6 months old!
As any experienced dog owner will know, these behaviours are perfectly normal for puppies, but can be avoided in the dog’s adulthood with proper training early on.
Lorna Winter, Director of the UK Dog Behaviour and Training Charter and co-founder and head of training at Zigzag, said:
A lot of this is because of the ‘perfect’ dogs people see on social media and in the movies, which creates a lot of unrealistic expectations. But you can't have a Lassie without lots of training happening behhind the scenes!
Zigzag app to the rescue
This research is truly disheartening. Anyone considering getting a puppy should know that it’s a huge responsibility and a lot of work - it’s not smooth sailing all the time! Training a puppy takes time and commitment, but it’s a journey worth taking. Through training, you can build an incredible lifelong bond with your dog!
Zigzag is now on a mission to prevent unnecessary abandonments. They've launched a new campaign, 'Is my puppy normal?' - to show owners that they're not alone when it comes to the challenges of puppyhood! And through their app, Zigzag will help people provide their puppies with the right training at the right time, teaching them valuable life skills along the way.