Puppy sales generally peak around Christmas every year, which is not very surprising. Christmas puppies are one of the most traditional presents that parents give to their children, who might or might not have badgered them nonstop throughout the year to buy them one.
Although the initial moments with the new family pet may be incredibly fun and thrilling for everyone, the glamour of owning a dog will soon wear off. Pets necessitate a lot of efforts. They are quite time, energy, and money consuming. Furthermore, they don't always remain teeny, fluffy pups. People who get pets as Christmas gifts usually are unaware of the responsibilities that come along with them. The already-busy parents are therefore left to shoulder this burden.
Challenges can also arise when adult family members or friends receive dogs as gifts. It's a good idea to get a pet that matches your needs and lifestyle. Giving someone a pet without knowing how much time or effort they can devote to it could result in a terrible decision being made on that person's behalf. Even when done with the best of intentions, gifting another person a pet could result in disaster.
Consider the following factors before making an impulsive decision to buy a puppy for your Christmas tree, and then decide if you are prepared.
Understand what you are getting into.
Several families are unaware that acquiring a dog ought to be a planned, gradual decision rather than an unexpected one. A dog, whether a puppy or an adult, requires some time to adjust to its new home, especially during the holiday season when everyone is busier than normal. When a dog joins a family, the environment everywhere in house changes. Your attention and spare time are required.
Some folks find themselves less motivated as puppies and kittens lose the cute baby-ness they exhibited on Christmas morning. Puppies are more likely to make messes and ruin as they grows older (peculiarly in the case of dogs of larger breeds). Children may perhaps want to be the major caregivers at first, however, their puppy mania may subside after a couple of weeks or months, and as such the major lifetime connection you're establishing is between yourself and the dog.
Also, potty training can be difficult for new puppy parents, and puppy training is certainly not the simplest task in the world. The new owner of the pet might not be prepared for the responsibilities it involves if they were not informed that they were getting a furry friend. Perhaps their only option would appear to give their Christmas surprise back to the shelter so that someone else can take proper care.
Explore your choices
There are several suitable options available if you and your household absolutely desire a dog. If you decide to work with a breeder, avoid puppy mills. Around this period of year, suppliers must meet an increasing demand for puppies, so some forgo using the right breeding practices to do so. These puppies, sadly, are usually inbred, inadequately socialized, and more susceptible to inherited health issues like allergies, terrible hips, or behavioral issues like excessive barking or chewing. A professional and moral breeder will ensure that a dog won't possess these issues and will inquire about you and your
needs to select the dog that will be the perfect suited for you and your household.
You ought to think about adopting a dog from reputable shelters and rescue organizations. In addition to sparing you the initial effort of parenting a puppy from a tender age, it also provides a loving home for a dog that might not have received the best care in the past.
You might be able to care for and housebreak a dog from a shelter with the money and time you might have otherwise spent on acquiring and nurturing a new puppy. A rescue dog will not only make you feel good about saving a life, but he will also make an appreciative, devoted, and unwaveringly loyal pal.
Get your home ready
If you've decided on a dog, be sure to give them the care and consideration they deserve when you take them home. Try in home training or group classes like Morgan's Pawsitive Pup Training if you or your household are preoccupied or your home is a mess during the holidays. Not only will this keep them occupied and enable them to interact with other dogs socially, but it will also provide them with the skills they need to be happy healthy and well mannered pup.
It’s never too early for training
Training is a pivotal part of owning a dog. They don’t come ready to live in your home the way we would like. They just do what comes naturally to them, being a dog! And dogs don’t always do things we enjoy. They love to run around, chew, jump, dig, and play until they drop. All of this can lead to an out of control dog that leaves you feeling overwhelmed and can end in rehoming or surrendering to a shelter. Have a trainer lined up so that way you can get started on teaching your new pup how to be the sweet well mannered friend you wanted! It’s never too early to start especially for in home dog training. So contact us when you’re thinking about adding to your family and we can help you have puppy owning
A puppy's first couple of weeks are tremendously stressful. It's almost like bringing home a newborn. You must puppy-proof your home, wake up during the middle of the night to take the puppies outside, and keep a watchful eye on them at all times. Although it might seem like a nice idea at first since you'll watch the recipient's face light up when they meet their new puppy, they aren't going to smile later when they realize they can';t cope with all the difficulties and messiness that come with becoming a new pet dog parent. So make sure it’s the right time for you to add a furry friend to your life, and get started early with training right away! Training at a young age not only helps with raising a puppy but also helps make sure problems don’t arise later on when they are bigger.