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Keep Your Dog Safe During Hectic Holiday Season: Expert
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SATURDAY, Dec. 15 (HealthDay News) -- Christmas can be a stressful and dangerous time for dogs, according to the American Kennel Club.
The holidays are also not a good time to bring a puppy into your home. In fact, many responsible breeders do not breed litters with a Christmas delivery date, according to one expert.
"Bringing a puppy into your life in the 'off-season' is a safer alternative than exposing a new puppy to holiday dangers in the home. Consider gift wrapping dog toys or supplies such as a leash or food bowl to symbolize the gift of a puppy to come," AKC spokesperson Lisa Peterson said in a club news release.
She noted that puppies are a full-time responsibility and they require a great deal of time, attention and love during their first few weeks in their new home. People have disrupted and hectic schedules during the holidays, making it extremely difficult to set aside the time needed to properly care for a puppy.
The AKC offered some tips to keep your dogs safe and happy during the holidays:
-- Robert Preidt
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SOURCE: American Kennel Club, news release, December 2012