Giving dogs as a present is not a good idea

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Giving dogs as a present is not a good idea | Dogalize

You think you have found the perfect gift: a new puppy in a big red bow for your children or your girlfriend. Well, it may not always be a good idea. Here, several reason why you should think twice before giving a pet as a gift.

First of all, examine yourself: do you really know what it means to take care of a dog? A dog is a delightful joy, a loyal friend, a true love, but also a big committment with plenty of responsibilities. Can you really be sure that this person even wants a dog? If so, is the receiver actually ready for a dog? If you know this person is a dog lover, but does not already have a dog, there's probably a good reason why. If he or she already owns a dog, make sure it is the appropriate time to add another dog to the family.

The gift of a new dog or puppy is something many kids dream about. Unfortunately, most of these little ones do not realize that with dog ownership comes responsibility. Soon enough, the care of the dog will fall into the hands of mom or dad. If you are not the child's parent, talk to the parents before presenting him a new dog. If you are a parent of the child, then getting a dog is a family decision. Discuss with your child about the responsibilities involved. Examine your household situation so you can choose the right dog for your family.

Dogs given as gifts on birthdays and holidays can get caught up in all the hustle and bustle of the events. Sadly, they may be soon forgotten like new toys and games - particularly where kids are concerned.

Last thing to say, if you are still sure about giving a dog as a gift, opt for a rescue one: you will give a wonderful gift and save a life at the same time.

Federica Lauda

source: dogs.about.com
Photo: coldnosecollege

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