Not just for the holidays. It should go without saying, but owning a dog is a big responsibility. Puppies grow up quickly and the novelty of a new pet will not last for long. Don’t forget to take into account the financial impacts of paying for food, toys, vet bills, training and kenneling, and make sure that you are committed to caring for a dog for life and not just for the holidays.
Who is left holding the baby? Have a plan in place to settle in your new addition among the holiday madness. Consider whether your property will be secure or if guests are likely to leave doors and gates open for a dog to escape through. See if you can provide your pet with a quiet place that they can retreat to when the new sights and sounds become a bit too much. If you think you will struggle to find time to settle your dog into their new environment or if you are planning to go away over the holidays, you are probably better off waiting until things have quieted down to bring a dog into your home.
“…if you are planning to go away over the holidays, you are probably better off waiting until things have quieted down to bring a dog into your home.”
A gift for the both of you. If you are still intent on bringing home a dog before New Year’s, make your gift do double duty by doing something wonderful for your new friend as well. By bypassing the breeders and adopting from a shelter instead, you can give an abandoned dog the best present imaginable: a second chance.
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