Lots of people consider buying a puppy for Christmas for a range of reasons.
Puppies are fun to play with and give you and your family unconditional love. A puppy should never become part of your family on an impulse purchase. A puppy should not be confused with a toy or any other material possession. It’s not something to be enjoyed or used when you want to, and then set aside until you want to play with it again.
The holiday season is an incredibly hectic time of year. For the majority of people, this time of year is far too busy to even consider the extra responsibility of purchasing a new puppy. Acquiring the right puppy should never be carried out with haste, emotion, or impulse. It will require time to evaluate precisely the type of puppy ideal for your family situation. Further time will be required to talk to breeders in order to discover more about their dogs’ characteristics, temperaments, and health clearances. Puppy purchasers are often required to wait months for the ideal puppy. The selection process is vital, because adding a dog to your family is a long term commitment. One of the worst decisions you could make is to buy a puppy for Christmas simply because it’s cute and on offer at the time.
Buying a puppy is much more than a simple purchase. You need to commit time, money and a lot of planning into ensuring that your puppy is cared for in the best possible way and all his needs are met. Otherwise you may end up selling or giving him away because you simply can’t cope with all the demands he puts on you.
There are lots of ramifications to owning your very own puppy. While it may be a great idea, the novelty can soon wear off if you don’t plan properly. Here are the pros and cons of buying a puppy and all that entails (no pun intended.)
We’ll start with the many cons. Whether you love small dogs, big dogs, Pomeranians, Labradors, Chihuahuas, Poodles, Terriers, Great Danes or any of the many other breeds available, you have to remember that a puppy won’t always stay the size he is when you first introduce him to your family home.
They get BIGGER!!! Obviously some breeds get bigger than others but you need to consider whether you have the space to care for a full grown dog. Do you have a decent size back yard or do you live in a high rise block of apartments? Your puppy may not need lots of open space but the adult dog will so he can run around all day and wear himself out.
Puppies must be house trained. If you have expensive carpet in your home, you may want to think twice because accidents will happen, especially in the early weeks or even months. They don’t mean it, but unless you train them well, they’ll simply do it wherever they want to, until the training kicks in.
Puppies bark…some more than others. Some bark for no reason and others bark whenever there’s a noise or just for attention. If you have a baby, this may not be the best fit for your home right now. Having a baby and then getting a new puppy is a bit like having two babies but each has to be cared for differently.
You have to puppy-proof your home because puppies will chew on anything within their reach. Socks, shoes, newspaper, the mail, kids’ toys, carpets and rugs, cushions on the couch, pillows, bedding, underwear and even things around your Christmas tree. So everything needs to be kept permanently out of puppy’s reach except for the toys you have to keep buying him because he’ll destroy them all quickly.
Now it’s time to think of your budget because your puppy is going to put a big dent in it. You need to register your puppy, get him desexed, buy him food, bowls for food and water, learn about dog nutrition to ensure you’re buying the right foods and pay vet bills whenever he gets sick or has a problem that needs attention.
He needs bedding and a set up for him to sleep in. This could be an outside small dog house or it could be a crate. It depends on the breed and if he will mainly be an outside or inside dog when he gets bigger.
Your puppy will need regular grooming to ensure he stays clean. Usually you have to pay a professional to do it properly but you may wash him yourself to save money. Puppies love to dig holes. They’ll try digging under fences or wherever they smell something interesting. A puppy’s sense of smell is much greater than that of a human’s sense.
You and your family will need to give your puppy lots of attention because he’ll be full of energy. Play with him, take him for walks (on a leash) and generally shower him with affection because he’ll certainly shower you with unconditional love and affection all day long. That’s one of the biggest pros about having a puppy.
A puppy is a great companion for anybody, whether you have a family or live alone. It doesn’t take much to keep him occupied and he’ll be loyal for his entire life, unlike many human friends. You decide what breed you want to get but do your research.
If you love small dogs, a Pomeranian is a great pet. He’s intelligent, loving, friendly and obedient and you can even enter Pomeranians in competitions when they’re old enough and have had sufficient training.
Of course, there are other breeds that can also do the same thing. If you prefer big dogs, a Labrador is a very intelligent, loving pet. That’s one reason why they’re used as Seeing Eye dogs.
It can be easier to love a puppy than a child at times. They don’t talk back. They don’t need the “latest gadgets and clothes.” They’ll love you unconditionally and even if you scold them for something they did wrong, they have such short memories that it won’t matter. They’ll find all sorts of ways to make you laugh and feel good, even if you’re stressed or depressed.
The pros list may be shorter than the cons list but it’s just as powerful. It’s up to you whether you do buy a puppy for Christmas or not. But you must weigh up all the long term ramifications before making that final decision. Do as much research as possible. Talk to breeders of the breed you intend buying before you actually buy it. That’s the best way to get the full picture, not from some pet shop or sales person eager to sell you any pet they have. To avoid many of the problems encountered by new puppy owners do not impulsively purchase that cute puppy in the window of your local pet shop.
Purchase your puppy from a reputable registered dog breeder. Ideally a breeder who is also an active dog show exhibitor.
If you’re considering buying a puppy for Christmas, you must weigh up all the pros and cons listed above as well as doing your own research to ensure that your Christmas gift isn’t going to be returned because you can’t cope.
You owe it to yourself and to your new family member to make the best choice. There’s a huge difference between visiting someone who has a puppy and taking full responsibility for raising one yourself.
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