OVER a quarter of dog owners would consider giving up their puppy for acting their age, a new poll shows.
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Twelve percent would return the puppy to the breeder, six percent would give them to a friend and 2.5 percent would even think about putting them to sleep.
The survey found 59 percent of dog owners believed weeing on the floor was a behavioural issue for pups aged eight weeks to three months.
Nipping and chewing possessions also ranked high on the list at 45 percent and 42 percent.
For puppies aged three to six months, 38 percent of owners considered barking a behavioural problem.Experts said the survey highlights the knowledge gap among dog owners over what is normal behaviour (Image: GETTY)
Some 42 percent said pulling on the lead was an issue for puppies aged six months to one year, while 37 percent said jumping up at strangers.
Lorna Winter, director of the UK Dog Behaviour and Training Charter and co-founder and head of training at Zigzag, described the research as "incredibly alarming".
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She said: “These behaviours are all completely normal and the stats highlight the misguided expectations we place on the dogs in our lives.
"Over 3 million of us are considering getting a puppy, however many have idealised views of companionship and simply aren’t prepared to put in the work when it comes to training or researching what is normal.”
INTERESTING FACT ABOUT YOUR PET: Nearly 80 million U.S. households have a pet, and 42 percent of those households have more than one, according to a 2015-2016 survey by the APPA. There are 77.8 million pet dogs in the U.S. and 85.8 million pet cats.
READ MORE: Rescue dog kept in locked bedroom receives no applicationsLorna Winter, co-founder and head of training at Zigzag, described the research as 'alarming' (Image: GETTY)
Carolyn Menteith, accredited dog trainer and behaviourist with over 20 years experience, added: “One of the questions I get asked constantly is, ’Is my puppy normal?’.
"In most cases, the answer is yes, but people often doubt themselves because they only see the good bits on social media and in movies.
"People rarely share how hard it can actually be, so many people’s expectations are completely out of whack with the reality.DON'T MISSHeartbreak for dog 'back at square one' after 2 homes fall throughThree 'small but mighty' chihuahuas looking for special home togetherRescue dog overlooked as adopters put off by age and health issues
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"Owning a puppy is a journey, but if you are raising them properly from day one, the rewards are definitely worth it and it builds a strong relationship and a lifelong bond which can reduce the number of puppies being put up for adoption or rehomed.
"Not only that, but it prevents far more serious behaviour problems from developing further down the line."
The poll of 2,000 UK adults was carried out online by 3Gem research from April 28 to May 3.
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