With the holidays here, folks are shopping around for that very special gift for their loved ones and friends. And what better gift than the companionship a puppy can offerâ€¦but unfortunately, the timing just isnâ€™t right. With all the activity on the agenda, we donâ€™t always have time for a new roommate. Amongst the usual activities such as work and school, we are all occupied by festivities, shopping, and the family trips.
A life changer
A young puppy isnâ€™t a gift- itâ€™s a life changing partner that needs special attention and care. Consider what changes have to take place in a new home.
First, a person must reorganize their living style to accommodate a curious pup. That means that furniture may have to be moved. Dangerous items such as cleaners and electrical wires must be up and out of puppy reach, and theyâ€™ll also have to ensure the puppy has a good place to rest their paws.
The second step is going to be the most time consuming. Feeding and potty training arenâ€™t included (just like batteries). So a puppy addition to the home now requires the proper training in order to keep the carpet clean for new guests that arrive for the celebration. Alongside that, a puppy also needs the proper training to ensure good behavior or theyâ€™ll stay mischievous for the rest of their lives.
Finally, the fun, but most important part is puppy attention. A puppy isnâ€™t the kind of gift you get where you can say â€œOh, thanks,â€ and hide it in the closet with a few other odd gifts. A puppy is a living, breathing, lovable creature that needs attention to help them develop and bond with their owner. Playtime, walkies, and exercise are just the basics of ensuring that the puppy has a good, loving home where they can grow and mature alongside their companion.
A time of stress
Not only are we stressed about the holidays, a puppy is stressed, too. Not just about the holidays (they donâ€™t do much shopping of their own), but when you introduce a pup into a new home, everything is new and strange. It takes a lot of attention and nurturing to help a pup settle safely in their new home.
Also, with parties going on we donâ€™t have time to keep an eye on everything. You may end up with that clever little rascal running about in the kitchen or dining room as they try to sneak a piece of what you have cooking. A puppy is far more sensitive to human food than an adult dog, and you donâ€™t want them getting sick and ending up at the vet with an expensive emergency bill.
Puppies are not gifts
It is a sad thought, but most pups that are given as a holiday present donâ€™t get to stay in their first home. Most are given away or are sent to animal shelters where they await a future home with another family who will hopefully have time to spend with them.
Needless to say, if youâ€™re considering the option of a puppy as a gift- Donâ€™t do it. A puppy is not a gift- their friendship is the gift. So take the time to consider how a puppy will change you or your friendâ€™s life, and make sure that you are doing what is right for both your friend and the puppy.
If you really want to give somebody the companionship of a puppy, do it later when things have calmed down quite significantly. Take the time to plan things out. And after some thought, you might actually find out that they donâ€™t have time to take proper care of a puppy. But, if it turns out they would like a puppy, when the time is right, a four-legged friend might just make your friendâ€™s day. Your friend will be able to give that rascal the attention they deserve, and Iâ€™m sure the puppy will thank you for it, too.