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Pets as Christmas gifts not always the best idea

By Stephanie Montano, smontano@krcrtv.com
Published On: Dec 26 2013 08:59:42 PM CST
REDDING, Calif. -

The Haven Humane Society said they see a spike in pets being adopted before Christmas but a lot of times those pets end up coming back.

CEO of Haven Humane Society, Mark Storrey said it’s because people forget the responsibility that comes with having a pet.

“People will think it's a really great idea to get a puppy for the kid and they don't think about everything that a puppy entails," said Storrey. "They don't come house trained, you gotta house train them, they don't come with their own chew toy, you gotta provide these and if you don't then the couch is a chew toy."

Every year a few weeks after Christmas more dogs end up at the shelter.

Storrey said if you received a pet for Christmas there are a few things to remember that can make the experience less stressful.

One is to develop a relationship with your new pet. Get to know it. Spend time with it. Also make sure they have food, water and toys.

Storrey also said potty training can be hard, so stick with it and make sure you reward them for good behavior.

When correcting a behavior don't wait to do it, say no immediately.

Storrey said teaching your new pup new things can be stressful, but you have to be consistent.

"You need patience, patience, have a lot of patience," said Storrey.