By Janice A. Jones | Updated 02-06-2020
Giving Puppies as Gifts can be the most generous present a person can give to a loved one—a gift that will keep on giving for the next 10 to 15 years.
It is so hard to resist the cuddles and kisses that puppies show us, not to mention that aromatic puppy breath.
But is giving a puppy to someone as a surprise gift an excellent idea?
Some say absolutely no, but surprisingly, organizations such as the ASPCA encourage the practice.
In a scientific study conducted in 2014, the ASPCA found that a whopping 96% of people who had received pets as gifts reported that receiving the gift pet had no bearing or actually increased the bond they felt to the pet.
In the same study, 86% of gift pets were still in the recipient’s home, which is about the same percentage of adopted pets that were not received as pets.
Further, knowing in advance or being surprised by the gift, had little effect on the strength of attachment to the pet.
This last finding supports early studies conducted in the 1990s and 2000 which revealed that pets acquired as gifts were no less likely to be relinquished than pets adopted directly by the pet owner.
So, if you are considering giving puppies as gift, rest easy knowing that the puppy is likely to live a long life in the recipient’s home. But with that said, is there a right and wrong way to give a puppy as a gift?
As a breeder, I know first hand that many people do in fact purchase puppies as gifts to give to loved ones.
Just in the last year alone, we had four situations where people wanted to purchase a puppy for someone else. Each had a happy ending.
We had a husband who purchased a surprise puppy for his wife, a grown child who bought a puppy for her grandmother, a couple that purchase a puppy for their mother, and a sister who found the perfect puppy for her grieving sister.
We even had grown children who secretly purchased the exact dog that the mother had inquired about initially. Was that mother ever surprised when her dream puppy who she was told (by me) was no longer available, ended up on her lap.
So, giving puppies as gifts is more
prevalent than you might think. But before you decide to make that
purchase or fill out those adoption papers, ask yourself a couple of
The most common occasions when puppies are given as gifts is Christmas and Valentine's Day.
Most professionals agree that a new puppy under the Christmas tree may be cute, but it can spell disaster.
No little puppy should be subjected to that much excitement. If it is to be a Christmas gift, plan to get it early in December or wait till the new year when things settle down.
Valentine's Day and Anniversaries are the next most popular puppy giving occasion. Often, the buyer and the recipient have already discussed the possibility of getting a puppy.
It is likely that the person, you want to impress with a puppy, will adore your gift, but there are no guarantees, and a puppy is not an easy thing to return, especially emotionally. To make your puppy gift, the event of the century, you will need to do a little planning.
Puppies are wonderful, but to make it work, it must be the right puppy, at the right time, presented in the right way.
There are many ways to obtain a puppy, so do a little homework in advance. Determine the breed of dog through careful conversations with the person receiving your gift.
If you fall in love
with a Shih Tzu puppy, but the person you’re buying for hates to groom,
no matter how cute the puppy might be, the end result may not be good.
If you are unsure about a breed, research several breeds. Look at photographs of dogs together to get some idea what appeals to the person.
Visit friends with the type of dog you are considering and see what kind of reaction you get. Arrange to visit a dog park, a dog show, or another event where dogs are likely to be.
Timing is everything.
Maybe you want to give a puppy as a birthday gift. Great, but make sure that a person has the time to devote to a new puppy. Does the person work outside the home? Does the person enjoy traveling?
To be fair to the puppy, pick a time when homecoming will be calm and stress-free. In other words, don’t present a puppy at 9 PM to someone who must get up the next day to go to work. It is not fair to either the person or the pet.
It’s fun to plan a surprise and this is possible if you know the person well and believe a surprise would be the best way to present your gift.
You will need a little help from some professionals. If you are working with a breeder, ask them to conspire with you. They are usually more than glad to be included in the fun.
Here are six examples that I've participated in that had very favorable outcomes. I'm sure you can think of even more ideas.
To prevent future problems, we suggest that you:
The gift of a precious puppy will add love for years to come and when done right, make you a very popular person.
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