A New Puppy For Christmas

This is a post from a previous year, but is still relevant.  The good news is that Rockingham County, NC, where I lived at the time, has lowered the euthanasia rate drastically.  Only about 50% of the animals are now dying (down from almost 100% prior to the building of the new shelter).  That’s still only a 50/50 chance an unwanted pup would get out alive, but it’s better than nothing.  Please, if you are considering a puppy as a gift, be sure you consider everything.  Vet bills, training, damage done during the puppy phase, and the lifespan of your new pup.  They do not get less expensive as they age, and they need you until the day they die (perhaps more than a decade from now).

A New Puppy For Christmas.

About Dawn Gardner, CPDT-KA

I am a Certified Professional Dog Trainer through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, a professional member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT), an administrator of the Modern Dog Group, and a member of the Pet Professional Guild (PPG). I am also a freelance writer for dog related publications. I have been training dogs since 1997, promoting force-free, science based training methods, instructing group classes and providing private in-home dog training. I have worked extensively with dogs with behavioral issues, including those suffering from anxiety, aggression and other stress related disorders. I have dedicates much of my free time to rehabilitating and re-homing shelter dogs with a variety of rescue organizations. As part of my passion for advocating science based dog training methods, I have had the privilege to lecture at Virginia Tech’s School of Veterinary Medicine. In 2014 I returned to Arkansas after 12 years in rural North Carolina, where Happy Hound Pet Services began in 2007. I live in Rudy, Arkansas, with my nine dogs and occasional foster dogs.
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