How To Become A Dog Breeder
How to Responsibly Give a Dog As a Gift
Dogs can be great gifts, but it’s important to make such a gift responsibly. Ensure that the person you’re gifting the dog to has time, energy, and resources available to care for it. Help the person you’re giving the dog to identify a breed that meets their personal requirements for what they want in a dog. Instead of giving a dog to the person directly, give them a doggie gift kit with all the goods they’ll need to care for the dog they will soon receive. Obtain the dog from a reputable shelter or humane society.
Exploring the Possibilities of Dog Ownership
Ensure the person who you give a dog to wants a dog.Dogs are big commitments, and foisting such a commitment on someone without their prior approval or knowledge could lead to the recipient rejecting the gift.Changing hands so many times in such a short time is stressful for the dog.
- To find out if the person you plan on gifting the dog to wants a dog, simply ask, “Do you want me to get you a dog?”
- Sometimes, even if someone wants a dog, it’s best if they don’t receive one.For instance, if you’re a parent considering gifting a dog to your young child, you should remember that you will be the one taking care of the dog most of its 10-15+ year life, not your child.
- Also consider whether the person is physically and mentally prepared to have a dog. Someone with health issues or a physical disability may not be ready to care for a dog.
Give an adoption kit.Instead of making a pet selection yourself and gifting it to someone, make a gift of dog paraphernalia like a dog bed, collar, leash, and dog bones.This will alert the recipient to the fact that you want to give the person a dog as a gift.After they receive this dog paraphernalia, you can travel with them to your local animal shelter and move forward with the adoption process.
- This will give the person you’re gifting the dog to time to decide what sort of dog they want.
- Along with the adoption kit, provide a gift certificate from your local pet shelter in an amount close to the expected cost of the dog the person you’re giving to will want. You might also choose to produce your own “Pet Promise Certificate” using Petfinder’s online template.
Think about the recipient’s lifestyle.People with limited time or mobility might not be appropriate caregivers for a dog. Dogs need to be walked, fed, let outside, and played with regularly. Making a gift of a dog to someone who works 10 or 12 hours daily is irresponsible unless that person has someone at home to participate in rearing and attending to the dog.
- Ensure that the person you’re giving the dog to thinks carefully about their schedule, energy levels, and lifestyle when making their choice.Dogs cannot be returned if later, the person who received the dog decides later that dog ownership is not something they are interested in.
- Also take into consideration whether the person lives in a house or rents an apartment. If they rent an apartment, their landlord may have strict restrictions on how big the dog can be or what breed it is. They may also require extra rent money each month and an additional deposit.
Factor in the dog’s needs.Puppies often need lots of attention and training. Older dogs, on the other hand, are often already trained and less rambunctious than younger dogs. Additionally, larger dogs will need more food and water than smaller dogs. Think carefully about the personality and needs of the dog you make a gift of, and match these needs to someone who can adequately meet them.
- Shots, spaying/neutering, and other veterinary expenses can add up quickly. Ensure the person you’re gifting the dog to can meet these and other, ongoing care needs.
- Keep in mind that it can cost over ,000 to own a dog during its first year of life, and over 0 dollars a year every year after that. Make sure the person you're gifting the dog to can handle this financial responsibility.
Know what dog the recipient wants.Once the person has thought long and hard about the needs of various breeds as well as their own lifestyle, they should have a better idea of exactly what type of dog they want. Ask them to settle on what breed of dog they want, how old they wish the dog to be, and what sex they want it to be.
- If the person who will receive the dog is still unsure as to which or what type of dog they want, instruct them to do some research. Information about dog ownership can be obtained through the internet and books at the local library. The recipient should investigate breed-specific profiles that offer information about the energy levels and general personalities of various types of dogs.
- Remind them that some breeds are known for health problems and that others need routine grooming. Have them factor in vet costs and grooming expenses when they're choosing a breed.
Be realistic when giving a dog to a child as a gift.Generally, kids will not be the primary caretakers of a dog that was received as a gift. Prepare yourself to spend a lot of money, energy, and time on any dog that you buy as a gift for a child. But at any age, your child should understand that a dog is a responsibility that they must also invest at least some time in.
Giving the Dog
Ensure the dog you’ll give as a gift has everything it needs.Assuming you’ve given dog paraphernalia to the person who will ultimately receive the dog as a gift, there should be no need to buy many more things in preparation of the dog’s arrival at its new home. Still, you and the person who will be bringing the dog home should take a final inventory to ensure that the dog and its new owner have:
- a collar
- water and food bowls
- a leash
- chew toys
- ID tags
- a crate or baby gate to confine the dog when necessary
Obtain the dog responsibly.The most responsible way you can obtain a dog you wish to make a gift of is by obtaining it via an animal shelter or humane society. These are nonprofits or organizations run by local government that house pets that are stray or otherwise unwanted. When the pet population in these shelters reaches maximum capacity, the pets are euthanized. Do the responsible thing when obtaining the dog you will turn into a gift and adopt from one of these shelters.
- To find out what humane societies or animal shelters are operating in your area, use The Shelter Pet Project’s searchable shelter database at .
- Find out how you and the person you’re gifting the dog to can visit the dogs at the shelter. When the person you’re gifting the dog to settles on a dog they want, ask shelter personnel what the next steps in the adoption process are. Follow the instructions of the shelter personnel.
- Do not buy your dog from a puppy mill or commercial pet store.
- You can also reach out to local veterinarian clinics to see if they know of any dogs that need a home.
Seal the deal.After the person who will own the dog fills out the appropriate paperwork, they will retain full legal responsibility for the dog you bought them as a gift. Ensure the person you’re buying the dog for retains the dog’s medical records, receipts for fee payments, care instructions, and related documentation regarding the dog.
- Pay adoption fees and related costs for the person you’re gifting the dog to.
Talk to your child if they are the recipient of the dog.In addition to making your dog loved and cared for, you should ensure your child participates in rearing the dog. For instance, if your child is five years old, you might say, “We must always love our dog and care for it.” If your child is a tween or teen, you might say “I expect you to pitch in and help take care of this animal.” Show your child how to do certain dog-related tasks so they can then do them on their own.
- Assign age-appropriate responsibilities to your child. For instance, if your child is younger than age five, they might be able to help brush the dog, put away dog toys, clean and put away dog bowls, and help fill the dog bowls with food and water.
- If your child is between five and ten, they might aid you with exercising the dog, cleaning up the pet’s poo from the yard, and – if the dog is small – bathing the pet.
- Older kids can take their dog to obedience classes so they bond and learn how to train the dog.
- Praise your child for contributing anything towards caring for the dog. As your child grows older, you can reduce the frequency of verbal praise, but should continue to make a point to your child intermittently when they demonstrate their commitment to dog care that they are a great pet owner.
Introducing a New Dog to a New Home
Allow the dog to explore the home.Instead of smothering the dog with affection and attention as soon as it arrives in its new home – which can be stressful for the dog – allow it to introduce itself to its new family naturally. The dog should be free to roam the house and meet other members of your family when they wish to.
- Set the dog down and allow it to walk around the home on its own. You should, however, monitor it and prevent it from hurting itself near stairs or any other possible danger zones that it cannot yet use.
- Don’t scream the dog’s name in a high-pitched voice or squeeze it in a tight embrace. Discourage your family members from doing likewise.
- For instance, you might say, “Please do not engage in boisterous behavior around the dog or smother it with affection. This could cause it undue stress.”
Show affection to the new dog.If the dog you received as a gift is relaxed and comfortable being touched, make a point of petting it often. Dogs love being rubbed behind the ears and patted on the head. Some dogs also enjoy rolling over and getting their belly rubbed. These actions can help you build a bond with the dog you received as a gift. You could also:
- Play with your dog
- Offer treats to your dog
- Give your dog a chew toy
- Give your dog a KONG toy that's filled with treats
- Get your dog a dog bone
- Tell your dog, “I love you, [dog’s name].”
Get to know the dog’s body language.Dogs send identifiable signals when they feel threatened, aggressive, or sad. For instance, if the dog lowers its head, bares its teeth, and has its hackles raised, it feels threatened and might attack. If it’s walking around with its tail between its legs, it might feel scared or ashamed.
- Encourage your family to respond appropriately to the dog you got as a pet. For instance, if the dog seems scared or threatened, instruct family members to speak in a calm, soothing way to it.
Separate the dog from other pets at first.Keep your new dog in one part of the house and your other pets in another part of the house. Allow the dog to explore and sniff areas of the house where your other pets already roamed freely. Then, confine the new dog in one room and allow the pets you already owned to sniff the areas where the dog you got as a gift was exploring. This will provide an initial, introduction via scent.
- Introduce the new dog to the other pets face to face. Keep the new dog on a leash. If the new dog and your other pets take a friendly interest in each other, allow them to edge closer and closer together. Finally, when they are sniffing one another face to face, release the new dog from the leash.
- If the pets you already own and your new dog seem hostile to each other, separate them and try to introduce them again some other day.
- If the dog you received as a gift was a puppy and your other dog is quite large, always supervise their interactions.
Reward good behavior in your new dog.If the dog you received as a gift comes when you call its name, reward it with a doggie treat and verbal praise. For instance, you might say, “Good dog.” If the dog scratches at the door when it needs to go out, do the same thing.
- You can also give your dog a treat and verbal praise when it obeys commands like “Sit,” “Lie down,” “Roll over,” “Play dead,” and “Speak.”
- If your dog sits quietly in the presence of visitors and guests, you can encourage them to continue doing so by offering a treat.
- If rewarding good behavior seems to do little to end bad behavior in your dog, consider taking it to a “puppy kindergarten” or obedience school. You can locate such an institution by looking one up in your yellow pages.
Be patient with your dog.Your new dog might need to be housebroken. It might bark noisily and jump on furniture. But with time and training, you can help your dog become a well-behaved member of the family.
- To reduce the likelihood of trouble, dog-proof your house by removing things stored in locations where dogs might get into them and cause trouble for themselves or others. For instance, don’t store sharp objects like scissors or knives on low shelves where the dog might get into them. Also, keep food and valuable objects off of counters or tables where the dog can reach them. You can also get dog-proof garbage cans to keep your dog out of the trash.
- If you have long-term behavioral issues, get professional help by taking your doggie to a puppy finishing school or obedience school. Locate one in your area by looking such an institution up in your yellow pages.
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