A DOG FOR THE FAMILY
The chaos of Christmas can overwhelm an already stressed puppy and no ETHICAL BREEDER will sell a puppy to be given as a perhaps unwelcome gift.
A PUPPY FOR CHRISTMAS?
WHY IT’S NOT A GOOD IDEA
E. Katie Gammill, AKC Judge/Exhibition Editor
The stressful season can overtake the pleasure of having the puppy, causing it to suffer needlessly. The most vulnerable among all presents, it is best to wait until after the Holidays so a normal routine can be established.
There is a solution as to how to “give” a puppy at Christmas. Introduce the puppy once excitement has worn down and there is time to enjoy and accommodate its needs bearing in mind these points:
WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU FIND THE RIGHT PUPPY!
If you locate a puppy just for your family, visit the breeder and take a picture. Make a deposit (or pay for) your puppy. Take the picture, a leash and collar, puppy bowls, and toys and place them in a Holiday bag to present to them on Christmas day.
To avoid frustration, pick your puppy up after the Holiday and present it in person to its new owner. Both you and your puppy will be much happier.
Puppies normally aren’t sold until 8 weeks of age. Spending time with the littermates and their mother teaches them discipline and manners. By taking them sooner, they may fail to developed “bite inhibition.” Toy or extra small puppies need to remain with the litter until approximately 12 weeks of age due to frailness, possible hypoglycemia, and temperature regulation.
Inoculations should be current. Puppy should have been wormed. At 12 weeks visit the veterinarian to set up a vaccine and worming schedule. Many inoculations do NOT address all contagious diseases, so keep your puppy isolated from other dogs until it is fully vaccinated. Take a stool sample to your first appoint so the veterinarian can check for internal parasites.
Reputable breeders will furnish you with information regarding registration, house breaking, crate training, and give you a “leg up” on all the do’s and don’ts. By following these instructions, you will build a much better relationship with your pet. Your breeder will be there to answer all your questions and give you support during those puppy days. In fact, most breeders love to hear about the development and achievements of the dog they bred “just for you”. Remember, your special puppy will become your life long companion, so puppyhood is very important and is a positive step toward your future relationship.