You’re probably sick of hearing it- especially at this time of year- that a dog is for life, not just for Christmas.
While this is an incredibly important thing to remember, there will be people who genuinely want a furry friend for Christmas and who believe that they have the time and money to spend on giving their pooch the best quality of life within their family.
So, if you legitimately want a dog for Christmas, what are the thing that you should consider before even suggesting it to your loved one as a gift idea? Well, you’re in luck! As a leading dog trainer in Surrey, we have a pretty good idea of what owning and caring for a dog entails!
Here are 3 of the most important things to consider before committing yourself to a new dog.
How Old Are Your Family Members?
Although there’s no age limit on having a dog, it’s important to consider how old the people in your household are when getting a dog.
Small children and babies won’t be as aware of the dog’s presence as older children, so it might not be advisable to buy a small dog or a breed which isn’t known for being patient. Unintentional scratches or a boisterous puppy who constantly knocks your child down won’t do your little one much good as they will begin to fear the dog, rather than love it.
On the other hand, if you are older or have mobility issues, you may want to avoid dogs who require a vast amount of exercise or who are quite hyperactive and boisterous. You need to be able to keep up with your new family member, both mentally and physically.
Who Will Care for the Dog?
You should never buy someone a dog who cannot commit themselves fully to caring for their new friend. A dog is first and foremost a member of the family, fur or no fur.
Many people cave in and buy their children a puppy after thousands of promises from them that they will walk, feed and play with their new dog. However, the enjoyment is usually short lived, and mum and dad usually get left with the primary care of the dog and all its many needs.
It’s not fair to bring a dog into your home for it to be left to its own devices throughout the day because no one has time for it anymore.
Shelter or Breeder?
There are many dogs just waiting for homes in a local shelter, so do you really need to fork out a lot of money for a dog from a breeder or a pet store?
If you adopt a new friend from a shelter, you’ll be giving them a second chance at life- something that they may not have gotten otherwise, especially if they have been brought to the shelter after coming from a home where they were being neglected. We think you’ll agree that not only will it be the perfect gift for you, but it will be for them, too!
It will also save you more money- the majority of shelters will spay and neuter their animals and give them up-to-date vaccinations before they let are adopted!
Getting a new dog is an exciting experience and we can agree that there’s no better feeling than welcoming a new furry friend into your home. However, we also want to make sure that more people are aware of the care and attention a dog needs, no matter how old they are.