Putting a cuddly puppy beneath the Christmas tree this year might be a tempting idea. After all, who doesn’t love puppies? Wouldn’t that be a charming surprise for the kids or for Granny?
The Better Business Bureau hates to seem Grinch-like but advises against that puppy present.
Many animal experts recommend against introducing a new pet during the holidays. That’s especially true of young pets like puppies. It can compound the stress of the holidays for your family and it can be a nerve-wracking thing for the animal as well. One better option: give a “gift voucher” for the dog and pick out the puppy of your choice after the holiday is over.
If you have thoroughly contemplated your plan to give a puppy, the BBB and the American Kennel Club offer these tips:
When it comes to gift giving this holiday season, consider simply giving your loved one the accessories that a puppy will require – a dog bed, feeding dish, a leash and collar, along with a voucher for the puppy of their choice to be used after the holidays.
Holiday stress and new puppies are not a joyful combination.