Try to bring something from his last home with you when you leave the shelter or breeder, a blank he was using in his kennel would be a great example. The scents attached to the fabric of the item you select will comfort the young pup on his way home. If you’re picking up your puppy from a shelter, bring a new blanket as a replacement for the one you’re taking. Most breeders will require an in person meeting before they allow you to take home your new puppy. At this time we suggest that you bring an item from the home of the person whom you are gifting the puppy to so that the puppy can accumulate to the smells of his new home faster and still have something that smells like his family after you leave with him.
The Next Few Days:
Another reason why getting a new puppy for Christmas might not be a good idea is that the holidays are a hectic time. With the holidays comes an endless stream of parties, holiday functions, and family reunions, and this hectic schedule isn’t very conducive to taking care of a puppy. It might be tempting to either bring your new puppy to all of your friends and family’s houses or to simply leave your puppy at home while you go out, but here are some of the realities of having a new puppy that makes both of these courses of action impractical.
- Puppies Need to Potty. A Lot
- When you bring home a puppy one of the first thing you’re going to realize is that puppies need to go potty; a lot. A good rule of thumb is that your puppy needs to go potty every number of hours that he is months old. Example: an 8-week old puppy needs to go out every 2 hours because he is 2 months old. Additionally, when you first bring your puppy home you won’t know his “potty” signals, meaning that you’re going to get some surprise showers and presents pretty frequently in the beginning. Your new puppy going tinkle on your in-law’s carpet probably isn’t the best way to get in the holiday spirit.
- Puppies Will Get Into Trouble
- If it’s on the ground, it will go in a puppy’s mouth. The holidays are an especially dangerous time for all pets, including puppies. Chocolate and holiday candy can be dangerous, even deadly to pets. You’ll need to keep your eyes on your puppy to ensure that he doesn’t get into anything he shouldn’t, like wrapping paper, decorations, electrical cords, food, or bones.
- Your Puppy Will Be Noisy at Night
- When you first bring your puppy home, he is likely to cry in his kennel at night because he’s lonely. Adding stuffies or a ticking alarm clock can help with his separation anxiety, but he’s likely to still cry for the first couple of nights. Also, your puppy isn’t liable to sleep through the entire night, meaning that he’ll still need to go out every couple of hours. Both of these things might wake up your family and friends in they’re sleeping over.
Are You Ready for a Puppy?
Bringing home a new puppy can be a wonderful and joyous occasion, but when everyone’s not on board things can deteriorate quickly. Some sources determined every that 1 in 5 puppies given as a gift for Christmas are abandoned in the weeks following the popular holiday. We urge you to think realistically about giving a living thing as a Christmas present. If you’re set on gifting someone a new furry family member we recommend you consider adopting an older dog from your local shelter as this more mature dog will be able to handle the holidays a little better. But don’t be fooled, they’ll still need lots of love and attention in their new home and might be scared just like a new puppy. If you’re not yet sold on the thought of giving your loved one a puppy, then consider donating to a local shelter in their name as a gift. Whether you decide to bring home a new puppy or not, we hope that you have a very merry Christmas and happy holiday season.