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A Puppy for Christmas or NOT

Posted by lgruen56 on December 20, 2014 at 2:20 PM

5 Reasons to NOT Get a Puppy For Christmas!

By Liz Gruen

The holiday season is a time that many parents decide to surprise their children with a new puppy. While it's wonderful to bring a new member into the family, the holidays are not usually the best time to do that. Liz Gruen, owner and Professional Trainer of Dog Training With Liz, offers a few reasons why this is not the best time to bring home a new puppy.

1. The holidays are too hectic. Puppies need time to adjust to their new home. The holidays are a time for visiting, guests coming over and for some homes, general chaos! Puppies require a set schedule for feeding, walking, exercising and sleeping. Since many of us are off schedule at this time, better to wait until after the holidays when schedules are back to normal and your puppy can easily acclimate to its new environment.

2. There are too many safety hazards. Ribbons, tinsel, decorations, electric cords, Christmas trees and chocolate all pose a threat to your puppy. With all of the activities going on, it is sometimes hard to pay attention to all of the safety hazards your curious new puppy could get into.

3. Picking up a new puppy should be a family decision. Your new puppy should be picked by the entire family to be sure he will be compatible with your family. While you may have done your research on which breed best suites your family, dogs, like people, are individuals with unique personalities. It's best for this decision to be a family decision.

4. Don't be fooled by the holiday movie trends. Movies have a huge influence on the choice of dog a child wants. 101Dalmatians brought a surge in Dalmatians sales as sure as the Hollywood Chihuahua movie will do for Chihuahua sales. Dogs in movies are well-trained, which helps them look so cute on screen. New puppies are not trained. Once again, it's a matter of understanding the breed and choosing the dog together before you bring one home.

5. Training Needs to Start Immediately. With so much going on, there probably won't be enough time to start a consistent training program with your new puppy and training should start sooner rather than later. Most often parents end up being the primary caregiver for the family pet but parents should discuss what responsibilities their kids will have before they even choose a pet.

Children should know how to feed, exercise, handle, care for and train their new puppy. The joys of having a family pet are many, but a well-trained dog brings even more happiness. Before you even bring home the puppy, consider enrolling your kids in a training class, or with a private professional trainer, so they can be ready as soon as their new dog arrives. If you are certain you're ready to add a pet to your family, be sure to check your local animal shelter first.

Many wonderful dogs are left there and most only require proper training to make them a loving addition to your family. Also know that most dogs sold at pet stores usually come from the deplorable conditions of a puppy mill. And, if you want a purebred dog, be sure to research the breeder to know for certain that they do not get their dogs from puppy mills.

If you have any questions or concerns about this, please feel free to contact professional Trainer, Liz Gruen at Dog Training With Liz by email at liz@dogtrainingwithliz.com or call 321-634-2003. You can also visit website dogtrainingwithliz.com.

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