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  Puppies  Article:

7a. PUPPIES: So You Want a Puppy For Christmas?

Editorís Note: While this article was actually written for children, itís good for adults as well. Or perhaps you have children who want a dog for Christmas Ė here are some ideas to discuss with them.

Article and pictures obtained off www.loveyourdog.com website

Do you want a puppy more than anything else?

Do you promise to take care of it, train it, and love it forever? Thatís great!

Are you ready for a suggestion that will help you be a responsible, caring person? Okay.

Hereís what you do:

Donít ask for a puppy for Christmas.

If you want to start out the right way with your new pup, then wait until after Christmas. Thatís the best time. Or you can get your pup before the holidays arrive, say in November.

Can you do that?

Below are five really good reasons why itís best to wait just a little while for your new dog.

1. During the Christmas holidays everyone is very busy. Lots of people come over. A new puppy might be frightened by all of the new people, the noise, and even the smells. Just think about yourself. Are there places that scared you, the first time you went there?

2. You will probably visit relatives and friends more than usual during the holidays. Your new dog would be lonely when you are gone. Where will you put him? What will he do while youíre gone? Remember your home is a strange, new place for a young dog. This may be the first time he is away from his brothers and sisters.

3. When a puppy is very young, he learns every time something happens to him. Thatís why itís important that your dog experience good things in his new home. Stress and loneliness can lead to behavior problems that wonít be very easy to fix.

4. Your new puppy will need lots of extra care and attention no matter when you bring him home. Be sure you and your family have the time and energy to spend time with him for feeding, grooming, petting, walking, and training.

5. Your family should share the experience of choosing a new dog. Make sure everyone in your family feels comfortable with and likes the dog as much as everyone else. Donít surprise a family member with a puppy. Itís best to choose the dog you want with your whole family.


So you are willing to wait a little while for your new dog. Hereís a gift your parents can give you while you wait for your new dog. This would be good for your parents to read:

Instead of giving you a dog for Christmas, why not give you the dog supplies now that you will need later?

ē dog dishes

ē a leash

ē chew toys

ē a brush

ē books about dogs

ē gift certificates to pet supply stores

And hereís what you can do while waiting for your new pet:

Read books about dogs.

Find websites on the Internet about dogs and read them

Volunteer at a shelter or humane society.

Watch great movies about dogs.-

You can walk your neighbourís dog.

Get a stuffed animal

You can write a cool story about dogs

Draw pictures of the kind of dog you want


Twas the nite before Xmas when all thru the house

Not a creature was stirring not even a mouse

the stockings were hung by the chimney with care

In hopes that St. Nick soon would be there

The children all nestled all snug in their beds

With No thought of the dog filling their head

And mamma in her kerchief and I in my cap

Knew the dog was cold, but didnít care about that

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter

I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter

Away to the window I flew like a flash

Figuring the dog was free of his chain and into the trash

The moon on the breast of the new fallen snow

gave the luster of mid-day to objects below

When what to my wondering eyes should appear

But Santa Clause with eyes full of tears

He unchained the dog once so lively and quick

Last years Xmas present now painfully sick

More rapid than eagles he called the dogs name

and the dog ran to him despite all his pain

Now Dasher, now Dancer, now Prancer and Vixen

On Comet on Cupid on Donner and Blitzen

To the top of the porch to the top of the wall

Letís find this dog a home where he will be loved by all.

I knew in an instant there would be no gifts this year

For Santa had made one thing quite clear

The gift of a dog is not just for the season

We had gotten the dog for all the wrong reasons

In our haste to think of the kids a gift

There was one important thing we missed

A dog should be family, and cared for the same

You donít give a Gift, then put it on a chain

And I heard him explain as he rode out of site



7c. Puppy Socialization Classes:

All classes below are given by TTouch Practitioners or Practitioners in Training and incorporate TTouch in the Handling of puppies.

Bedfordview/ Edenvale/Linksfield/Orange Grove: Puppy Starter Session -One private session with comprehensive booklet; Contact Scotty on 011 882 2418 (h); 082 928 0102 or scotty@scottysdogs.co.za

Brixton / Auckland Park: Puppy classes; contact Candi Moon: furbabies.sanctuary@gmail.com, 079 490 3233, http://www.furbabiestraining.co.za/

Bryanston, Puppy 1&2, Classes Wednesday evening & Saturday afternoon. Private sessions on request. Niki Elliott 082 451 0433 or niki@thinkingpets.com

Cape Town, Bellville; Puppy Socialization Saturday afternoons, call Debbie on 083 992-8767 or email Debbie.conradie@telkomsa.net

Centurion: Puppy Socialising, Basic Obedience & Clicker Classes, 8-Week Course Weekdays and Weekends. Heather Whitfield 083 566 7009 or email heather4paws@gmail.com

Gordonís Bay: Puppy Classes for pups under 4 months. On-going: new every 6 weeks. Claire Grobbelaar 021 856 5886 or 082 784 7524 Claire.g@mweb.co.za

Heidelberg: Jordaanpark, Every Sunday; contact Ilze van der Walt:

zafira.ilze@webmail.co.za or 082 921 4448

Hermanus, Gordon’s Bay, Somerset West: Puppy l & ll. Tel 082 490 1650 and e-mail janina@krugerphotography.co.za

Lyndhurst, Gresswold, Bramley, Kew, Waverley Area: Puppy Socialising, 6 Week courses on Sundays. Nicky Lucka 083-408-1517 lucka@absamail.co.za

Oaklands, JHB: Puppy Socializing Sundays 9 & 10 a.m. Tersia Kock 082 828 0505 tkock@telkomsa.net

Parkwood: Puppy Classes, 6 Week courses on Saturday afternoons R480 Tersia Kock 082 828 0505 tkock@telkomsa.net

Pretoria Ė Lynnwood Glen, Puppy classes for pups until 16 weeks and Basic obedience classes (using clicker training) for dogs 16 weeks and older. Contact Manuela 076 427 9166

Cape West Coast - Langebaan/ Vredenburg, Puppy 1 Classes Tuesday & Thursday evenings. Adult classes in Langebaan. Private sessions on request. Wendy Wilson Ė overthemoon@iafrica.com 0833361761.

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