You’re thinking about getting a Christmas puppy and are reading up on it?
Good for you! I wish everyone was as thoughtful about this process as you are being.
On the plus side of adding a holiday puppy to your family is the kids thrill on Christmas day. You can picture that – their squeals of delight, their hugs of thanks, the pup in their arms.
What you may not be picturing is the over excitement of the pup, the difficultly in focusing on the pup’s many infant needs during the holiday season, the winter potty training, the months of cold when puppy socialization just cannot wait.
After decades of helping people with this, my recommendation is a Promise Puppy.
A Promise Puppy is:
- An adorable toy puppy.
- A training book that can be a family project between now and when your pup arrives and some age appropriate dog books for your kids.
- A cute collar with a fun personalized tag on it.
- A few puppy toys or personalized bowls.
- And a card outlining your plan: this is a family project, next few months are all about learning, the puppy will be added to the family at spring break or the summer or any other time that works for you.
This way, you and your family can have the excitement of the puppy on Christmas morning without trying to fit the pups needs into an already chaotic, often socially packed, frequently cold time of year.
I hope this helps you create the perfect win-win-win for you, your family and your newest family member – your puppy.