Yup, gotta agree with this guy. A pup is not a good gift. It is a big commitment and no matter what your children say, you will be the one taking care of it. However, if you’ve thoroughly considered getting a dog, try right after new year or between Thanksgiving and Christmas. You don’t want to try to get your dog to adjust to your home when it’s filled with noise, chaos, and guests.

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Liam Crowe with DogBy: Liam Crowe

However appealing it may be to present your kids with an adorable puppy on Christmas morning, it is simply not a good idea for everyone concerned.

The fact is that far too many such gifts end up in animal shelters. A recent study of 12 U.S. animal shelters reported that 48% of dogs surrendered to their shelters were young—5 months to 3 years old—and that 37% of dogs had been owned for only 7 months to 1 year.

Giving a living creature (of any age or species) is a serious matter, and especially so for kids. A pet is not a battery-operated toy that can be played with, then put away on a shelf.

There are many factors to consider when deciding to bring a puppy into your home. Adding a puppy to your family is a 10- to 15-year commitment, and raising a happy, well-balanced dog…

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