The sun is rising and so are the children, excitement fills the house, it's Christmas Morning. With children racing down the stairs to see what Santa brought, the squeals of delight break the silent night. Under the tree with a big red bow is what every child dreams of... a Puppy!
This is what every parent and child has dreamed of but this is a puppy nightmare when being introduced into a new home. Remember puppies are really babies and coming into the chaos of a Christmas morning is really NOT the best time for them. Here are some tips for introducing a puppy during the holiday season.
- Bring the puppy home at least a week before Christmas, if they are old enough.
- If not old enough before Christmas, ask the breeder to keep the puppy till a few days after Christmas.
- Put a picture of the puppy under the tree, or dog toys to be opened Christmas morning.
- If the puppy is there for Christmas dinner make sure it is in a safe place, a crate is ideal for this.
- Christmas decorations can be deadly, make sure you are aware of what the puppy is playing with.
- The best time to bring the puppy home is after all the decorations have been removed.
- You should establish a normal routine when the puppy first comes into your house.
- If company is coming to visit, ask the breeder to keep the puppy till they leave.
- The puppy needs rest, make sure they have quiet time away from all the commotion.
- Don't let the puppy eat any of the holiday treats, a change of diet could cause dietary upset (diarrhea and/or vomiting).
- Remember, the puppy needs you. It has been taken from its mother and siblings, and is feeling very lonely. It needs special time with its new family.
- Please don't give a surprise puppy! This is a living creature that should be wanted by all members of the family.