“A dog is for life, not just for Christmas” – Are you thinking of getting your family or a loved one a dog for Christmas?
As Christmas draws closer, many of you may still be wondering what to get your loved ones for a gift. Getting a family member or friend a dog for Christmas is a popular idea, you only need to look on YouTube or TikTok to see reaction videos of surprise doggy presents being opened!
But there is a lot to think about when it comes to getting someone a pet or Christmas. Are they going to be happy to get a puppy for Christmas? Do they have the means to care for them? Will they be happy to keep the dog for it’s lifetime? So here are some important things to mull over if you’re thinking of gifting a dog for Christmas.
Are they able to care for a dog? – Caring for a dog is not something to half-heartedly commit to. Dogs need a lot resources and time in order to be cared for properly and have a happy, stress-free life. Before you decide on getting someone a dog for Christmas, make sure you know 100% that they have the time to care for them, the money to be able to buy food, beds, treats, toys, vets bills etc. They also need to have the space in their home for a dog to live comfortably. If they don’t have these means, it’s definitely not a good idea to gift them a new family member.
Will the novelty wear off? – Opening up a surprise gift can make for a wonderful hour or two, a new puppy can be exciting, very cute and a really treat on Christmas day. But what about afterwards? Some dogs breeds can live up to 20 years! That’s a long time to care, love and provide for another living thing – you need to know for absolute sure that the person receiving the new dog will not get bored of the animal soon after getting it. There’s a reason that pet abandonment numbers soar after Christmas and the New Year, which is utterly heart-breaking. Please, make sure that your loved one isn’t going to be adding to those shocking numbers.
Is the timing right? – Christmas is a very busy time of year and, if already own dogs (or read our previous blog post), you know there are things around your home at Christmas that can be a hazard to pets. From breakable decorations to toxic plants and food, there are more things you need to think about and keep out of reach if you have a dog. Gifting someone a surprise dog means that their home may not be the best environment for a new furry friend. Especially if it’s a boisterous puppy, things can be overlooked within their new home. If you are certain of getting someone a new pet for Christmas, maybe gift them a card that promises a trip to a shelter in the New Year. This not only means they’ll have time to think about wanting a dog but ensures all the dangerous Christmas things are removed.
Adopt don’t shop – So, you’ve considered all of the above and still want to get someone a dog for Christmas? Consider getting your loved ones new pup from a shelter, stead of a breeder. As mentioned above, abandonment numbers for dogs and cats peaks after the festive period. Why not help a shelter out and re-home a doggy in need? You’ll be offering a pup in need a second chance at a happy home! You’ll also know that they’re likely up to date with boosters and the shelter will continue to help their new owners after adoption. What could be better?
So, there we have it, important things to think about if you’re thinking of getting someone you know a pup for Christmas! Getting a new pet, at any time of the year, is a huge undertaking and not a decision to make lightly. Make sure you do your homework, have the means and space to care for an animal and can afford to provide for them – not just at Christmas!
Please do bear in mind that everything in this post is strictly advisory and has been gathered from various reputable sources from the internet. We’re not vets, and you should always seek professional advice if you ever have concerns.
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