Ho, ho, ho, the Holiday Season is here! And, you know what that means, it's time to think about getting gifts for your family and friends.
For some of you, one of your gifts under the tree just might be a new puppy. But before you visit your local shelter and fall in love with a dog, it is important to take a quick step back and ensure that you are able to find a dog that will be a fit for your family and your lifestyle.
Shelters around the country see huge surges of surrendered dogs during the holidays. According to the ASPCA’s National Rehoming Survey, pet problems are the most common reason that owners rehome their pet, accounting for 47% of rehomed dogs. Pet problems were defined as problematic behaviors, aggressive behaviors, grew larger than expected, or health problems owner couldn’t handle.
A large majority of these issues stem from a few common themes, which are not due to any sort of negligence or lack of foresight from new owners.
A few of these common challenges include:
Although there are certainly instances where a dog just isn't the right fit for a family, and unfortunately, tough choices need to be made, there are times where it can certainly be mitigated. By taking the correct steps to educate yourself on commons breeds and traits, you are much more likely to successfully incorporate a dog into your home. Pet adoption is a beautiful, wonderful thing, but it can lead to a lot of stress and sadness when things don't go as planned and is hard on both your family and your dog.
So, if you're still hanging in here after all this sad talk and still interested in getting a new dog this holiday season, we're here to help. Being in this business for 20 years, we have seen it all and want to make sure we are providing all dogs with their best chance of success.
Knowing that, we are kicking off our December series! Keep an eye out as we launch our blog series aimed at helping you to successfully choose a breed that will be a good fit for your family and your lifestyle. And, if along the way you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out!