Christmas is on its way now, and you might be starting to think about presents. You might even be considering bringing a pup home for Christmas. Every year thousands of puppies are bought as Christmas gifts and sometimes it can be a wonderful decision. Other times, not so much.
Still, if you have a little one begging you or even Santa to bring them a fluffy friend this Christmas, it can be difficult to say no. So, here’s what you need to ask yourself before you go out and get one.
Do You Know It’s Not Just For Christmas?
It’s been said before, but this is certainly a point worth repeating. Pets like this aren’t just for Christmas. It’s not fair to buy one to have through the holiday season and then give it up a few weeks later. You are making a commitment to a little life and bringing it into the family. A dog or any pet is not a toy you can just return. It will quickly become part of the family, and at that point, it can be cruel to let it go.
As such, it’s important to make sure that you want the dog in your home and that your kid really does want one long-term. There are various ways to ensure this such as asking them whether they know the responsibilities that come with getting a pet.
Are You Prepared For The Commitment?
Financially and emotionally a dog is a brand new life in your home. It needs protection, and if you visit website on pet safety, you’ll see that dogs need flea treatment, worming and regular checkups with the vet. You also need to get insurance to make sure that if they do develop any serious medical issues, you can afford to treat them.
Remember, your child won’t be able to pay for the cost of owning a bet. That responsibility will fall on your shoulders so you do need to make sure you can fit the costs into your monthly budget.
Do You Have The Time?
Around the Christmas season, there will typically be plenty of people around the house and of on holiday from work. This can give you the false sense that there will always be people to look after and care for the new little life. But after the holiday season ends everyone goes back to work. What happens then?
You can’t have a dog alone in the home all day. It will become depressed and may even become destructive. Either way, it’s not a good life for a new pet. If you are going to get a dog, make sure that you do have the time to play with it, look after it and just keep it company.
Finally, when you get a dog, you’ll find your life is restricted. You may not be able to go abroad anymore. Yes, some dogs will go in kennels and dog holiday homes, but others hate it to the point where it terrifies them. It’s cruel to do this to an animal, and as such, you have to make sure that you are prepared for the possibility of your lifestyle being restricted after you get this pet.
So do you still think you should bring a dog home for Christmas? If you do consider getting a rescue dog. These animals have had homes before but never found the love they needed. This is a great chance to do something wonderful this holiday season.