3 reasons not to give a puppy for Christmas
Why not give a puppy for Christmas? Because having a puppy is difficult, and it doesn't get easier until she is 2 years old. Having a puppy shouldn't be a plan decides a month or two before getting one. It can be wonderful having a new furry family member, but it can also be a very stressful time. There are 3 big reasons why we shouldn't have dogs.
A dog does dog things
A dog barks, it drools, it jumps, it runs, it growls, it squeaks, it licks, it hollows, it jumps on furniture, it does its needs anywhere and so on. Yes you have to work on it (we are here for that), but if you are not ready to put the time (really a lot of time!), The effort and the money to work with your dog, you will end up with a very… dog. We often hear people talk about their dog as if it is the worst animal in the world because it reproduces the behaviors mentioned above. Yet he is not a bad dog, but simply an animal that has not learned the behaviors that are expected of him and the self-control necessary to coexist in our human way of life.
Don't have time to take care of yourself? To take an hour of walking a day as an adult? To take 10 hours a week at the start to educate your puppy? Getting up in the middle of the night to take your dog out? So, adopt an animal that requires less responsibility! The dog asks for a lot. It will give it back to you in triplicate, but you have to have that energy to give it, especially at the beginning.
I also want to add that a dog is difficult to train. So you don't buy a dog FOR your children. You buy a dog for the family (everyone in the family must agree), but the responsibility of the dog is for the adults.
A dog is VERY expensive!
A shelter puppy is around $ 500, and a dog from an ethical breeder can cost between $ 1,500 and $ 3,500. An ethical breeder is a breeder who performs the health tests necessary for the breed, who competes to ensure that his breeders are breed-compliant and who offers a stimulating environment to his breeding dogs as well as to his puppies. . If you are heading to breeders rather than shelters, do your research diligently. The money invested and the time patient for a good breeder can save you a lot in the long run in health care and dog training - half the problem is genetics!
So, in addition to the costs of your basic puppy, now all that remains is to pay for this doggy's food, bowls, cage, bed, leash, harness, bones, toys, vaccines, microchip, dewormers, emergency veterinary care, your city's taxes and much more! An article from De Main de Maître written by veterinarian Valérie Ouellette estimates the cost of a dog per year at $ 2,760 and the first year would cost between $ 3,110 and $ 4,960. And I'll put it here, but that's not counting your couch and battered floors, chipped door frames if your dog has separation anxiety, stained clothes, and remodeled indoor and outdoor plants.
A dog often lives longer than 2 years
A dog lives on average 10-13 years. So you need to plan what will happen to your dog for at least 15 years. Is your lifestyle likely to change during this period of time? If you don't have the time to walk it that much, who will? If you go on a trip, who will keep it? Do you want to have children eventually? How will your dog be with this child? What if you make a life partner who is allergic to dogs, what will happen to your dog?
I look intense, but a lot of dogs are abandoned every year - over 500,000 in Quebec only! While it is difficult to predict the arrival of an allergic partner, a majority of dogs are abandoned before their 2 years. If we talk about Covid-19, already several dogs adopted since March have been abandoned because people no longer have time since say are back to work. Course changes do happen, but it is our responsibility to make sure to the best of our knowledge that we can ensure the proper development of our dog throughout his life.