Are you thinking of giving a pet as a Christmas present this year. Do you realise the cost of caring for a pet? Below are some tips to consider. Remember a pet is for life not just for Christmas.
Dogs take a while to settle into a new home and to also bond with the potential owners. So if you do want to get a dog then getting one at Christmas could mean that you would not have much spare time to helping them settle in. Christmas is not the ideal time. So why not want until a quite time such as the middle of January onwards?
When you bring a new dog home it will be a strange environment and your dog will need to get used to a routine and what is going on around him. Your dog could be scared of all the decorations, lights, presents etc. Dogs need a calming environment and you need to be patient. Your dog does not want to be taken to visit the relatives over Christmas where they will be meeting more people and different environments.
Dogs can be very expensive. The average cost for caring for not only a dog (but also cats) over their lifetime can be around £17.000. This cost includes all food, injections, neutered and also the vet bills.
Ask yourself the following questions
- Can you afford a dog
- Do you actually have the time to walk your dog at least twice a day?
- What hours do you work – it is recommended that you should not leave your dog along for more that four hours a day.
- Can you really find the time to give them everything they need
- Do you have a large house with a garden for them to run around or do you live in a small flat.
- Are you actually allowed dogs in your home
The Dogs Trust have listed the following reasons why people abandon their dogs and these include the following………
He looked different after we walked him in the rain
He was too loving and needed too much attention
I’m worried our toddler will copy him and poo in the garden
He’s too playful – we haven’t sat down since we got him
He barks every morning
Also The charity, which works on the basis that they will never put a healthy dog down, also took a shocking 1,000 calls in the period after last Christmas, from people saying they could not cope with their dog.
So Why not hire a dog instead?
BorrowMyDoggy is a trusted community of dog lovers, where borrowers help take care of dogs when the owners are busy for walks, sitting and holiday care.
When owners lend their dog to a trusted dog borrower, the benefits are multiple: the dog gets more love and exercise; the borrower gets companionship, and the owner gets the peace of mind that whilst they are busy, their dog is having fun. We call it a woof-woof (win-win) situation for everyone involved.
So remember a dog is for life not just for Christmas.