Who doesn't love puppies? They are adorable, loveable and just so irresistable - all things that make them great presents... right? If you are thinking of gifting a puppy this year for the holidays, make sure you have considered all of these things before hand.
Does the person REALLY want a dog?
Some dogs can live up to 20+ years, making them a serious commitment. That's 20 years of food, pooper scoops, daily exercise, and vet visits. Although surprising someone with a puppy might seem like a great idea, make sure you've talked to them about it.
Can they really take care of a dog?
Many parents gift their children puppies for special occasions. And many don't quite understand the responsibility that comes along with it. Younger children often won't be able to take on the responsibility of feeding, walking and training until they are much older. While I love the idea of having puppies and kids grow up together, just know that these responsibilities will be the parents (along with the bills) until the kids are older.
Do you know where the puppy is coming from?
Since puppies are very popular during the holiday season, this can create an influx in puppy mill breeding. Many of these poorly bred dogs have health problems and aren't socialized - they also end up in pet stores and malls. The reputable breeders generally wouldn't be able (or willing) to keep up with the high demand during Christmas. When purchasing a puppy, consider the alternatives - there are thousands of good dogs sitting in shelters, waiting for their forever home.
If you've considered all of these things, and you're ready for a puppy - congratulations!
Search for a reputable breeder, rescue group or shelter and make sure to ask lots of questions. After all, this pet will be a family member for years (even decades) to come. Responsible animal organizations make it a priority to know who and where their animals are going to, so anticipate an adoption questionaire and even a home check.
Additionally, no need to gift wrap the puppy - they're cute enough as is. If you have the urge to wrap something, they'll need a food and water bowl, a collar, leash, food and even a dog bed. We can definitely help with the bed part - check out our website and take advantage or our Grand Opening Special while it lasts.