(DOGS/PET ADOPTION) It’s finally the holiday season, and for many, there’s no better gift than a new puppy. However, it’s important that pet parents understand the importance of adoption as well as how to properly care for their new pet.

Choosing to adopt a furry friend is a very important (and sometimes difficult) decision. If your children or loved ones are hoping for a pet puppy this holiday season, there are several things you can do to ensure an easy and successful transition.

Here are six tail-wagging tips that will help you find the perfect pup this holiday season! — Global Animal

There are many factors one should consider before choosing to adopt a dog. Photo credit: Getty Images
There are many factors one should consider before choosing to adopt a dog. Photo credit: Getty Images

Biscuits & Bath, Dr. Yasmine Mortsakis and Tito Rivera

It seems that every holiday season brings the “must-have” toys or gifts for kids, but there is one that tends to be a perpetual crowd-pleaser: a puppy. And if your kids want a pup this year, you may want to first consider the following six tips to help find the ideal pup to join your family. Dr. Yasmine Mortsakis, DVM, Director of Health & Wellness at NY Vet Practice, which offers full-service veterinary care at Biscuits & Bath, and Biscuits & Bath Behavior Counselor Tito Rivera advise:

Consider your child’s age.

Rottweiler causing a baby laugh attack
Dogs can be playful friends for children of all ages. Photo credit: Global Animal

Puppies are a lot of work, and families with small children should consider adopting an older dog, as these pooches are already trained and make great companions.

Be mindful of your child’s temperament.

Companion breeds are usually a better choice for small children or children with disabilities. Also, regardless of the breed, small children tend to do better with calmer dogs.

Supervise puppy play.

Before their first interaction with the new pup, children should be taught the proper way to handle and treat their new four-legged friend. Interactions between a dog and a young child (under 10 years) should always be supervised by a responsible adult.

Be prepared to train your new pup.

Adoption helps save the lives of animals in need. Photo Credit: OlgaKay
Adoption helps save the lives of animals in need. Photo Credit: OlgaKay

Keep in mind that there will be an adjustment period for your new dog while he/she gets acquainted with its new family, and most dogs will need some level of training upon entering a new home. The Biscuits & Bath Training and Behavior Department offers a complimentary phone consultation prior to getting your new pup. This is an important first step that can lead to many years of enjoying your dog successfully.

Visit a vet ASAP.

It’s important to the long-term health of your new dog to get him/her a veterinary exam early on. Then schedule annual checkups to maintain good health. NY Vet Practice offers a complimentary phone consultation prior to picking up your new dog.

Adopt from a shelter or pet rescue.

So many loveable dogs are abandoned, and they are in need of a good home and make great companions. Also, most of these dogs have already had their behavior evaluated, so you can more easily find the dog that’s the best fit for your family.

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