Holiday puppy buyers guide or Do you really want a puppy?
The holiday season is prime puppy buying season for many people. What can be better than sharing your home and your love with a brand spanking new, I can just eat’em up with a spoon puppy. Sadly sometimes this love is short-lived as soon as you start realizing the commitment an animal takes and the demand of your time and money.
Puppies are great, they are so sweet, so lovable and so adorable. But you must take into consideration that unless you buy a tiny breed puppy, within the first 12 to 16 weeks of you getting your new puppy it’s going to get very big and start looking like a dog instead of that cute fur ball you bought.
Even if you bought a tiny breed dog, many are still abandoned when the novelty of the new puppy wears off and the demand on your time starts wearing thin. ( Animal shelters in California seeing glut of Chihuahuas )
And the demand of time I’m taking about is housebreaking, taking the dog out often so you don’t have to continue housebreaking, feeding, grooming, trips to your veterinary office for routine health maintenance, the cleaning of pee and poop during the many, many, many months of that housebreaking thing, you’re going to go through destructive chewing phase or phases of just about all your stuff getting chewed up, if you want to go away for a weekend you have to find a boarding kennel and if it’s during the major holidays forget about boarding your dog somewhere unless you booked it months in advance.
Am I trying to dissuade you from buying a brand new puppy ? Well, yes and no. Puppies are cute and adorable that’s a given, but quite frankly the biggest problem they have going for them is they are absolutely irresistible. So many of us just can’t see past that cuteness when we are thinking about getting a puppy. You really have to take a more long term approach and look at it, before that little puppy becomes a dog that unfortunately nobodies going to adopt in the event you have to give him away.
So please think twice, hell think three and four times, before making your decision on whether or not you or your family really wants,needs or has the time for a puppy.
Thank you and Happy Holidays
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