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    How to buy a puppy as a Christmas gift?

    Articlegeneral dog adviceMonday 17 October 2011

    Christmas is very busy period and frankly speaking one of the worst to introduce a new puppy to the family. The noise and busy atmosphere of the holidays may frighten the dog at a time in his life when he may be least able to deal with it. Young puppies, as well as other animals, go through a natural "fear period," which occurs between 7-12 weeks of age, the time when a pup is usually handed over to new owners. After the trauma of being taken away from mother and littermates, the hectic holidays may be too much and may even have a lifelong effect on the pet.


    When you wait before getting your pet, you may avoid the "new toy" syndrome: to be played with and then ignored when the excitement of being new is lost. Saving the thrill of a new pet until after the holidays means that the whole family will be involved in the responsibility a "new baby" brings. Successful housetraining needs a regular schedule. Most of us cannot provide this needed routine during the hustle and bustle of the holidays. And don't forget that you'll probably have guests coming in and out and you won't want (or have time) to clean up the little messes that comes with having a new pet around.

    Children, pets, and Christmas are a natural. If you have your heart set on giving a pet and watching your child's face light up, consider an after holiday pet. Wrap up a photo of the new puppy. The breeder or humane society will be happy to let you take one - some will even provide you with a photo. A special bonus: they'll be satisfied that you're a responsible pet owner! Make up a special baby pet pack which could include: size-appropriate food and water dishes, books on caring for dogs, puppy training, and breed-specific books, grooming supplies - brushes or combs appropriate for the breed, a toothbrush and toothpaste - it's never too young to get the baby started with good dental hygiene, training treats, bed - keep in mind how your pet will grow

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