As Christmas approaches, many people and families are searching for that perfect gift. For some, it will come in the form of a puppy. We would all agree a puppy is one of the cutest things ever, and it’s so awesome to receive one at Christmas. But the fact is, so many of these “gifts” wind up being taken to the shelter, left outside, or sometimes worse just abandoned, when that cuteness wears off and is replaced with reality.
Puppies are a lot of work. They will chew, whine, bark, nip, pee and poop. They are inquisitive and curious which gets them into trouble. If you are not prepared, if you do not have the proper time to care for a puppy, then do the puppy, your family and even the shelters a favor and do NOT get one.
To choose giving the gift of a puppy requires a big commitment for everyone involved. You will need to commit to proper care and feeding, exercise, interaction and (hopefully) even training. You need to weigh the pros and cons, (including financial) and make sure you are making the best choice for ALL involved, not just basing it upon the cuteness of a little puppy.
Also take into account the size of dog it will grow up to be. If you live in a confined apartment with little room for proper exercise and you choose a large breed dog, is this going to be fair to the dog when it gets older? Will the dog receive the proper attention to keep it from getting bored and anxious which typically leads to destructive behaviors?
With the proper research, planning and careful decision making a puppy can be a great tool for teaching younger children. They can learn some great life skills such as patience, responsibility, sharing and love. A puppy is oh so cute and is a great gift, but only if chosen with care and knowledge of exactly what it takes to bring that cuteness into your life!
I wish you a very Merry Christmas, happy gifting!