Over the years, I have seen many video posts of surprise puppies. And while they are very sweet, that sweetness and positivity can often be short lived. Too often these “gifts” end up in a shelter. Here at the Animal Rescue Site, we all want to do our part in preventing what we think can be a huge holiday disaster.
We get so caught up in the excitement and the happiness that we often forget that these animals are not toys. They are a lot of responsibility and should be treated like potential family members. This list is a reminder to think things through, fully, before making a life-changing decision…or even a life-changing mistake.
Puppies are not born housebroken and housebreaking is a challenging process. Their little bodies are not fully developed so they will relieve themselves more often and where ever they need to. Keep this in mind, especially when a puppy is given to a child who is not yet responsible enough to train a dog. How can they be expected to take a dog out every 2 hours or clean up accidents? Also, long work hours and school hours should be a factor in this decision. Your recipient’s schedule isn’t always conducive to an animal’s schedule.
2. Affection and Attention
There is a lot of cuddle time that occurs in these early months as well as playtime and training. Bonding is an essential part of puppyhood. This requires patience, time and energy. Think to yourself, is your gift recipient ready to devote this amount of time and energy? Will the recipient be able to teach the dog to walk on a leash? Will he or she have time to make sure the dog gets fresh air? These are just a few examples. If you have any doubts about their capabilities, then getting a puppy is not a good idea.
3. Feeding Time And Costs
Puppies eat often. They grow at a rapid pace and their appetite can be ravenous. Typically a puppy will eat three times a day and while this may not seem like a big deal, it is if your gift recipient cannot be home to do this. Also many dogs can develop food sensitivities and their diet will need to be adjusted. It can be a daunting process and can cost a lot of money.
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