The holiday season has finally arrived, and you’re probably starting to think about what gifts you’ll give to your loved ones this year. Has that special someone in your life always wanted a cuddly pup to love on?
While a new purebred puppy might look cute under the tree with a bright red bow tied to its collar, a reputable dog breeder would actually advise against giving puppies as gifts.
Read on to discover why puppies are better left off your holiday shopping list this year.
Puppies Are a Lifelong Commitment
This is by far the most important point we want to stress – puppies are a lifelong commitment. They require so much work, care and attention – have you ever cared for a newborn baby? You’ll find that a new puppy is much the same!
People who receive puppies as gifts often aren’t ready to take on the responsibilities that dog ownership involves. From socializing your puppy to house training and keeping a watchful eye to save them from danger (puppies get into everything!), it’s a LOT of work.
We can all agree that puppies are full of joy and can bring so much love and light into your home, but it’s a decision can’t be made lightly, and should never be made on someone else’s behalf.
The Holidays Are Chaotic
Getting a new puppy around the holiday season is also extremely troubling because of the timing. Bringing a new furry friend into your family can be stressful enough as it is, but the holidays tend to be a chaotic time where routines and schedules go out the window.
Puppies require order and predictability to help them find their footing as the newest member in your family. If you can’t be 100% dedicated to helping a puppy comfortably settle into your home, become house trained and socialized, it’s not the right timing!
Puppies Deserve the Very Best!
And that includes the love and care of someone who’s thoroughly weighed all the options and considered the lengthy commitment they entail. Puppies need consistency, which means love, attention and care year-round… Not just around the holidays until the “new puppy” excitement has run out.
Improper care or training can lead to lifelong problems for a pup, especially behavioural issues – that’s why it’s so important to do all the research you can, find a respected, reputable breeder, and only commit if you have the time, desire and funds required to take the best possible care of a dog over the entire course of its lifetime.
Unlike other gifts, a new puppy can’t be returned or exchanged if it’s not a good fit – keep this in mind as you do your holiday shopping this year.