Should I bring Home a Puppy for Christmas?

 

A puppy for Christmas… what a delightful scene! Just close your eyes and imagine the lively, young, furry pup adorned in red ribbon and as cute as can be, prancing about from person to person happy to be accepted into a new family. It is sure to win the hearts of your family members, but in the back of your mind you may be wondering, “Is a puppy for Christmas really a good idea?”

The answer is simple but not easy.That initial delight could turn out to be a burden if the recipient is not prepared or willing to handle the demanding responsibilities of a new pet. If you take the time to weigh the pros and cons of this important decision then you will be able to eat, drink, and be merry long after the holidays have passed without any regrets.

PROS

A puppy is one of the most precious and joyous gifts that one could receive…..as long as you already know that it is on their wish list. It is sure to make a big impression for those who want to WOW their loved ones. It is the gift that keeps on giving, as puppies grow up and will become a part of your family bringing companionship for years to come.

A lot of breeders time their pups to be born right in time for Christmas. This can result in a wide variety of breeds to choose from and competitive prices as many breeders want to see the pups find a home during this window of opportunity.

CONS

Holidays are busy times and it can be difficult to give the attention needed to properly potty train the new addition to your home. Your delight may turn to dismay as you find that your new gift has left gifts of his own for you around the house.  Besides potty training, they also need to be supervised to prevent chewing and choking on objects that are not puppy proof.

Along with the business, you may be entertaining lots of guests or be a guest yourself. In either case, your puppy may not handle the excitement well and quickly tire of the attention and excitement causing him to nip as he seeks relief. If you are visiting at another residence, you won’t be able to leave your puppy unattended long as they need frequent bathroom breaks. You may be tempted to bring them along but you may not fully enjoy your time knowing that your pup needs your constant attention.

It is worth mentioning that depending on your location and the climate at this time of year, you may have to face the bitter cold and snow multiple times a day as you teach your young yelper to do his duty outdoors.

Sadly, many puppies are returned to pet shops or given to shelters a few weeks after the holidays as the realities of raising a pup are revealed. To prevent this, take the time to consider what is best for the new born babe as well as your loved ones.

 

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