Watertown— The holiday season can be an exciting time of the year. It is a time to spend with loved ones, go Christmas shopping, and go caroling. There might even be a new puppy under the Christmas tree.
According to Pet Zone located at the Watertown, Salmon Run Mall- there is an increase in puppy sales during the holidays. Puppies come in to the store every Monday and are sold within a couple of weeks.
However, a puppy is more than a present. The holidays, while a joyous time of the year, can equally be hectic. According to certified dog trainer, Patrick Danforth of Click to Zen, “We feel that it is not a good idea to purchase dogs around the holidays, because it is usually an impulse buy.” Mr. Danforth and partner Alyson Rice have been training and adopting dogs from the SPCA for 15 years.
Mr. Danforth went on to explain that purchasing a new puppy needs to be a well thought out plan. The entire family needs to be involved in the decision and understand the responsibilities that come with taking care of a new puppy. Families or individuals who are successful with their new puppy are those that planned in advance and have the time to care for their new pet.
Approximately 2 to 3 months after the holidays, the SPCA sees a large number of dogs being dropped off. These individuals tend to usually be folks that didn’t properly plan or understand the amount of attention and work a new puppy requires. Mr. Danforth suggested if people are looking to make a four-legged pup their new family member, equally consider the SPCA. Training a new puppy can be very time consuming and often more work than people expect. Adopting an adult dog from a local shelter is one option for those wanting to purchase a dog during the holidays. Adult dogs are easier to maintain and can be trained if necessary.
Mr. Danforth suggested that if someone wants to purchase a dog around the holidays from a breeder, make sure to research the breeder. If you and your family are looking to buy a new puppy during the holidays, a pre-planned decision is better than an impulse buy.