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:
• Do not support puppy mills. When you have a puppy shipped from another area, and especially from another state, you don’t know how the puppy was treated, how healthy it is, its age or even whether the puppy exists at all. States have varying laws regulating breeders. Some have practically no laws. Federal law does not regulate Internet sales of puppies. To check on the puppy mill laws state-by-state, visit the Humane Society’s website at www.humanesociety.org.
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.