Dogs Trust has revealed some of the most bizarre reasons pet owners use when they hand over their pets to shelters.

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Among the dozen most extreme excuses the welfare group had heard was an owner who handed in his pet because it “looked different after we walked him in the rain“.

Another excuse for ditching a newly acquired pet came from one worried parent who handed in her dog, saying she was concerned her toddler would copy the pet and try to go to the toilet in the garden.

To convey the charity’s iconic slogan “A dog is for life, not just for Christmas”, artworks reflecting the 12 random reasons given to stunned Dogs Trust staff have been launched in London. The charity state the campaign is a bid to persuade people not to buy a puppy this festive season.

Giles Webber, from Dogs Trust, said: “With more and more puppies flooding the Christmas market, all available at the click of a button, it is more essential than ever our iconic message is ingrained in people’s minds.

“We hope this campaign will encourage people to think twice about the commitment of dog ownership before impulsively buying a puppy.”

The charity highlighted the 12 most extreme reasons owners have given for handing back a dog, these were:

  • he kept chasing frogs
  • he looked different after we walked him in the rain
  • he was too loving and needed too much attention
  • I’m worried our toddler will copy him and poo in the garden
  • he’s too playful – we haven’t sat down since we got him
  • my dog is old and going to die soon
  • he was scared of the cat next door
  • he barks every morning
  • he wags his tail too much
  • she seems hungry all the time and follows me round the house
  • he kept coughing in the night and woke me up
  • all the puppy did was sleep and we wanted a dog we could play with
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