Many people get puppies on the spur of the moment.  It could be Christmas Season, they are walking by the pet store in the mall, see all the people fawning over the cute little bundles of fur, and decide that a puppy will be perfect for a family member or friend.  It will be a surprise.  It will be wonderful.  It will be the best gift ever.

No.  And, if you don’t understand what I am saying, I will try to make it a little clearer; NO!

Let me rewind a second and back up to you doing some shopping in the mall for a Christmas present for a family member or friend.  You were probably looking for a toaster oven, scarf, shirt, electronic device, or something similar.

A scarf is not a puppy.  If you are given a scarf, you can take it back.  A puppy is for life.  Well, there is a way to take the puppy back.  It is normally taking the puppy to a humane society location or a dog shelter.  These are not good places and the only reason that they end up at these places is because they are cute, and you are not thinking.

I am not saying that you can’t get a puppy at Christmas time.  You simply need to make sure that getting a puppy is right for the person or family that is going to receive it.  This involves a great deal of thought, planning, preparation, commitment, and understanding of costs.

When you get a puppy, you are changing your life forever.  You are no longer free to go and do what you want whenever you want.  There are places you might not be able to go anymore.  Everything down to your normal work habits will probably change because you have the responsibility of a living, breathing thing at home.

It sounds overwhelming. But, why do so many people have puppies and dogs. They planned for it. You can plan for it too.  In fact, you can plan for it as a get your new puppy or dog at Christmas.

Robin and I have a great dog training blog that will walk you through the planning and execution process of getting your puppy or dog. Please check out our dog training blog titled “Should I Buy a Puppy as a Christmas Present”.

Giving a puppy as a Christmas present