It seems that Christmas and puppies would go hand in hand. The children open a box with delighted squeals as a squirming puppy pops out, licking their faces and wagging its tail. However, this is not a good idea. It is quite exciting for the children, but what about the little puppy? He is away from his litter mates and mother for the first time, scared of the new surroundings and noise, and won’t receive the proper attention he would get if it wasn’t a holiday. All of the Christmas bustle can be very disturbing for a new puppy.
There are also many other things to consider. Will you be away from home, even for a short time? Where will your puppy be? In his crate, alone? This will cause the little puppy to suffer from loneliness, which will greatly affect his behavior later on. He will probably bark, whine, and chew things because he misses his mother and litter mates. Also, a new puppy won’t be potty trained. Are you willing to clean up his many accidents in the house on Christmas? And don’t forget, because puppies lack bladder control, he will need to go out very often, possibly every thirty minutes.
During Christmas, there are many dangers for a curious little puppy. Bobbling ornaments, wrapping paper and strings, toys littered on the floor, and wires are just a few. These pose threats to a new puppy, who will be eager to chew and play with them.
Puppies learn the most from their very first experiences with their new human family. It is very important to give your puppy a good “first impression,” and holiday stress and loneliness are definitely not good impressions. These bad experiences will trigger unwanted behaviors that will be very hard to fix later on.
Many people buy puppies for friends and family for Christmas on a whim. Hey, that pup in the pet shop is cute. Wouldn’t my sister just love it? Take my advice and don’t buy a surprise puppy for anyone. Buying a dog is a personal decision. Even if your friend or family member is always talking about getting a dog, leave the joy of choosing one to him/her.
Christmas is a very busy holiday, and a tiny puppy can easily be forgotten during the bustle. During Christmas, you cannot give your puppy the special care and attention he needs. So don’t get one for Christmas. If your kids want a pup, give them a book about dog care and a collar. Tell them that the puppy can’t come yet because he hasn’t been born but will be with them soon. Trust me, you’re doing your dog-to-be a favor by sparing him all of the holiday stress.