It is to be hoped that the plaintive cry from your child has not been too difficult to resist and that you haven’t given in to an impulse buy. Getting a puppy for your child for Christmas might sound like a lovely idea, but in reality, Christmas is not a good time to introduce a puppy to your home.
But, by all means give the promise of a puppy, one that you can go and get some time after Christmas. Anyway, most reputable people wouldn’t allow you to take a puppy until after the Christmas period is over.
With all the festivities, the comings and goings, the house full of people and excited children, a puppy would be overwhelmed. Even though a puppy may be given as a gift, it isn’t a toy, it is a living being, and needs to be treated with respect. To give a puppy a better start it should be bought into your home at a time of year when perhaps the activity is less hectic.
Taking on a puppy is not to be taken lightly, after all it could be a ten to fifteen year commitment or more. Some considerable time should be taken, with discussion at length within the family. Talking over the pros and cons, and weighing up the responsibilities.
9 Questions You Must Answer Before Buying a Puppy
#1. Can you afford the upkeep of a dog?
Food, vets bills, inoculations, holiday boarding are all costs that should be taken in consideration when making your decision.
#2. Are any of the family allergic to fur?
If any of the family are asthmatic or allergic, it could result in the pup having to be rehomed, leading to distress for the pup and the family.
#3. Could there be complaints from neighbours?
Leaving a dog too long on their own is asking for trouble. They could bark and annoy the neighbours while also possibly cause damage through boredom.
#4. Will a dog be welcome by all of the family?
You should only have a dog to join the family if all of the family want it. Getting a puppy when there are some family members against it, is a recipe for disaster, where the dog could become another rehome. Upsetting for all concerned, especially the dog.
#5. Will there be someone at home for a large part of the day?
Leaving a dog for a few short hours is acceptable, but any longer can become distressing for a dog. Dogs need human company to break the boredom of the time alone, and also of course, require to relieve themselves.
#6. Do you have access to a garden?
The freedom to run in the garden, to stretch their legs and play is a necessity when you have a dog. Also it’s a convenience for yourself if they need to relieve themselves urgently, especially when you are toilet training your puppy.
#7. Would you be able to care for a dog for many years?
Dogs can live for many years, so that is a factor to consider when deciding to take a dog into your life.
#8. If there are young children, should you wait until they are older?
It is probably a wise decision to get a dog when the children are that bit older, so that they can learn how to treat the animal with respect. Then dog and child can form a loving bond.
#9. Will you be able to exercise a dog regularly?
A dog not only needs to be taken out at least twice a day for exercise, they also thoroughly enjoy the experience as well. Interacting and socialising with other dogs, people, and the world around them makes for a happy and contented dog.
If you can respond to these points with honesty, and acknowledge the dedication involved, then adding a dog to your family will provide you with many years of affection, loyalty, amusement and companionship.