Why giving a pet as a gift can be a bad idea

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– We see it all the time in movies. Kids opening up a box with a puppy inside on Christmas morning. But giving a dog as a gift happens more often than you may think. And while the intentions may be good. It can often be a bad idea if it’s not thought out first.

That’s why people get them. They get so caught up in surprising their kids and getting them excited this time of year. But after all that fades and reality often sets in. For those of us who already have them, we know dogs are a big responsibility. It’s very rewarding — but a commitment nonetheless.

You have to train them which takes a lot of time and dedication. And then there’s the monetary responsibility. The vet visits, food, toys, medication and the list goes on.

Roughly 50% of the dogs that are given as gifts during the holidays are returned. That’s because people underestimate the impact it will have on their family and don’t think ahead.

“If a dog gets put into somebody’s house, no matter what age it is, you really want it to work because what people don’t realize is it’s just as a traumatic for a dog that gets sent back to a shelter or another facility as it is for the family that’s losing the dog,” said Vicki Horowitz, Bark Busters.

Also, never get a dog for another family member because you think they’ll enjoy it. They are the ones who will have to care for it, so it’s a personal decision they should be making. Don’t take it upon yourself to decide for them.

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