Getting a new puppy for the holidays?

Getting a new puppy or dog is one of THE most exciting times in a person’s life

By Laura Pakis, cynologist and dog blogger

Getting a new puppy or dog is one of THE most exciting times in a person’s life and the beginning of a lifelong friendship between dog and person… just know that planning and thinking it over thoroughly is very important.   A dog is a lifestyle decision.  A new dog or puppy will need your constant attention, cash, and training for the next ten to fifteen years or more.   A new dog or puppy needs to adjust to its environment.  This may be especially difficult to provide when holiday festivities and presents take center stage.

If you’ve already made up your mind about taking on a furry new family member this holiday, rather than wrapping the pup up to place under the tree, consider these alternatives instead: Purchase a leash, a collar, a good book on raising a puppy, a gift certificate for a veterinary checkup, a gift certificate for puppy socialization classes from one of the local obedience instructors, a book or videotape on the topic of how to select the right dog for your family (there are several, including even a computer program that purports to help you do this), or a gift subscription to one of the dog-oriented magazines.

 “I promise you a dog” gift baskets

A puppy gift basket is a perfect way to welcome a new puppy into its new home.  To give a helping hand to the new dog owner, the new arrival basket includes many new puppy essentials which are a must for someone who just got their first puppy.

  •  – Puppy blanket
  • – Preparing for new puppy handout (available through Acme Canine)
  • – gift certificate towards socialization and training services
  • – Appropriate puppy chew toy
  • – Picture frame ornament

For those seeking a little more in a gift for that special new addition to the family, consider a deluxe edition of the new puppy/dog gift basket. First, include Announcement cards so your friends can tell everyone about the new arrival! Add dog biscuits for treat time and a Kong toy for hours of shared fun together, and you’re all set.

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