As the holiday season draws closer, our emotions get heightened.
Not a bad thing, as the positive emotions of joy, peace, and the security of family can spread out and create a warm happy feeling of just being alive.
So let us add more love to the family, and bring a pet into our pack? But is this the right decision?
Perhaps it is. The love of a puppy's cute little face asking only to be loved. However be aware that emotions trump logic every time. So are you prepared for the extra work that this cute little critter will bring?
My advice is, before making that decision, watch a few episodes of one of Caesar Milan's TV shows. (Dog Whisperer and others) Dogs have a lot of needs, so try and shut off the love for a moment and walk through a week of your families life. Who will take responsibility for cleaning up the messes while potty training? Who will feed the dog at the right times. (if you just leave a bowl of food out all the time, you are not a great dog owner fyi)
And then there is the behavioral training. Especially if you get a more challenging breed. If not given the proper training they will become dominant i.e the pack leader of your house, and they will bite, especially guests but sometimes your children.
Do your research people and think it through, so you will not be returning that cute little ball of fur to an animal shelter, because your lifestyle dictates that you do not have the time or energy to be the pack leader and train your pet properly.
And btw you will not get this message from the "pet industry". Any companies whose mandate is to sell more pet food for example, want you to go out there and get a pet, why not two as he needs a companion!