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The holidays are coming and what better gift for Christmas or Chanukah than a puppy…right? Wrong!
Wrong? How can that be?? A puppy is the quintessential gift! Edie, are you crazy?
The holidays are a very chaotic time of year. They often involve travel or houseguests. There are lots of distractions for the humans and bobbles that shouldn’t be eaten by puppies!
Activities in the home are, at the very least, different from the normal routine. A new puppy requires constant supervision and while the crate can be a wonderful training tool, it is critical that your puppy have a great deal of interaction with its new family. A new puppy needs a schedule and a routine. More importantly, they need a calm environment. We all know the holidays can be anything but calm!
Puppies put everything in their mouth! Socks, tinsel, dust bunnies, shoes, toys, you, your children….you get the picture! All puppies nip, bite and chew. It is how they interact with their pack and experience their world.
And there will be accidents. New puppies do not come potty trained. Despite your best efforts and vigilance, piddle on the floor is all but inevitable. There is a very good chance you will also need to contend with a little pile (or puddle) of poo or two.
Ask yourself, very honestly, are you willing to cope with all of this AND all of your holiday activities?
Now, before you dub me Edie the Grinch, I have a recommendation for you that I think you may like.
I recommend for people who would like to give the gift of a puppy is to get all your puppy gear and give that as the gift! Books on how to raise a puppy, collars and leashes, a kennel, a dog bed, nail clippers, brushes…. you get the idea! This makes it very easy to wrap things up and truly surprise your loved one without having to manage a scared wee puppy during the chaos of the holidays. Then make arrangements with your breeder to go and pick up the puppy after the New Year.
If fact, many breeders will not allow their puppies to go to their new homes during the holidays. Life will be more settled, the adrenaline rush of the holidays will be over, all of the bobbles and toys are put away and the puppy can come into a home that is back into its normal routine. This routine will make training the puppy MUCH easier!
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