Pet Dogs are for Life, not just for Christmas!

Every year, millions of people make the fatal mistake of thinking cute pet dogs are the ideal Christmas gift for their kids. Christmas day comes along and everyone is thrilled to have an adorable little puppy to play with. Then reality kicks in and within a few weeks, a whole host of dog problems begin: chewing the furniture, disobedience issues, barking all the time, and a distinct lack of toilet training.

So what happens next?

The typical ending to that festive story is that millions of dog puppies end up at the dog pound in the weeks after Christmas, unwanted and unloved. It is not a happy result for either the dog or the family.

If you are desperate for a dog to complete your family, the best way to go about it is to think long and hard about what owning a dog truly entails. Taking pet dogs into your home is a big decision and not one that should be taken lightly. Dog puppies are a serious commitment for any family and there are lots of issues you need to consider first.

Firstly, there are many different types of dog breeds to choose from. Larger dog breeds such as Labradors and German Shepherds require more food, exercise, and space, whereas toy dog breeds such as Pekinese and Chihuahuas need very little exercise and are happy to live in flats or apartments.

Some dog breeds need regular dog groomers to keep their coat in tip top condition, whereas others need very little hair care other than an occasional brush. Dog obedience classes are also an important issue to consider if you bring a puppy into your home. Unless you take the time to train dog puppies, you are likely to experience all kinds of dog problems once the puppy is older.

So with Christmas just around the corner, think twice before you dash off and buy a cute little puppy for your family. In a few short months, that cute little puppy might end up growing into a hulking, slavering beast of a hound that eats more red meat than you do!

Instead, consider what qualities you are looking for in man’s best friend. Once you have decided what kind of dog best suits you, then you can be more certain about whether you are in the best position to offer a dog a home for life—and not just for Christmas.