Puppies aren’t presents

More puppies are abandoned after Christmas than at any other time of the year. Why? Puppies make cute, adorable Christmas presents, but in the days and weeks that follow reality usually sets in. Overcome with the responsibility that it takes to own a puppy and have it become a part of the family will force many people to give up their puppies to a shelter, or in some cases just turn it out on the streets.

Puppies chew things. They chew up furniture and children’s toys. They eat Mom’s good shoes, and shred Dad’s newspapers. Many families find that they don’t have the patience for this kind of behavior. After the holiday has past, they begin to wonder what they were thinking, when they got a puppy.

Puppies bark a lot. They may get on your nerves, if you’re the type who likes peace and quiet. Many puppies will even whine and cry all night long, during the first few weeks after being separated from the mother, and the rest of the litter. Working parents who have to get up early find they are angry, stressed, and frustrated shortly after the puppies arrival. Kids who have to get up early for school suddenly realize the reality of a puppy is not quite like the fantasy they once envisioned.

Puppies have potty training issues. This is one thing many people aren’t prepared to deal with. They will ruin carpets, furniture, even bedspreads and mattresses. Anyone who thinks that they will potty train a puppy “in a hurry” would do best to think again. Potty training takes time and effort. It needs to happen when you are stressed out, when you are tired, and when you have other things to do.

Adopting a puppy should be done, not on the spur of the moment, but only after a great deal of thought, and reflection. You have to make sure that it is the right choice for your family because a dog needs love and attention. They deserve a family that has the time and energy to give them that love.

Read more at Suite101: Puppies for Christmas: Is This a Good Choice for Your Family?