The Problem with Puppies for Christmas

The Problem with Puppies for ChristmasWhile giving your children a puppy for Christmas may seem like a dream come true, there are some considerations to be made before going out and getting your child, or even an adult, a furry friend. Dogs are a long term commitment and though it is a noble gesture to gift a loved one with a pet, the person receiving the dog may not understand the training and care involved for this purchase, during the next 12+ years. If not taken care of properly right from the beginning, a puppy can turn into a dog with behavior problems or health issues that cause them to act aggressively, increasing Canine Liability risks.

To most people, the having a child not love the dog immediately or the dog ending up in a shelter is unthinkable. However, as most young children cannot possibly take care of and train the dog alone, parents need to be aware that they are essentially taking on the responsibility. According to Dogster, the best way to ensure that a puppy has no future in a shelter is to properly train the dog, starting at an early age.

The next common issue that arises on this holiday is the puppy obtaining an injury. While this may seem far-fetched, with all the grabbing and excitement of a puppy on Christmas day, dogs are more likely to get hurt. Parents should supervise the children who are holding the puppy to ensure he doesn’t wiggle out of their arms and that they are being gentle.

The next scenario involves a dog biting or being aggressive toward the child. While puppies don’t always know the difference and might just be playing, bites and knockdowns are common among children. This can be reduced over time with proper training, but keep an eye on the kids when interacting with the puppy.

Lastly, with all the distractions the holidays can cause, it’s also important to be aware of the potential dangers that lie in the foods that we don’t think twice about having around this time of the year. Onions, chocolate, alcohol, and coffee are some staple ingredients of holiday food that can pose serious threats to puppies when consumed, especially in large doses.

In addition to ensuring that your pooch is taken care of over the holidays and all over times of the year, dog owners should bear in mind that there are many reasons a dog may bite, and it’s not always 100% preventable. In addition to financially protecting dog owners from dog bite claims, our Canine Liability Policy also covers other injuries to people, including scratches or causing them to fall. Injuries to other animals are also included. Please contact us today for more information at (855) 534-6495.

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