It’s that time of year… Christmas puppy time. With so many people participating in this classic family tradition, we thought we’d address some do’s and don’t of getting a puppy at Christmas time.  What better person to ask than the Orlando Dog Wizard!
So Patrick, It seems as if giving a Christmas puppy is taboo, why is that?
Giving a puppy, or any animal for that matter is taboo at the holidays for lots of reasons, but I would say the reason most people have a problem with it is because a good majority of those animals are going to end up at shelters  and rescues. Shelters and rescues are already stretched to capacity, and there always seems to be a surge of incoming pets before and after the holidays.
What’s so important about starting training right away?
Starting training early is important because you need to start building your relationship, and a way to communicate with your new puppy.  You set the boundaries and trust early. This is especially important if you are a first time dog owner.
What’s the best breed?
My opinion is that a mixed breed dog is the best kind of dog, and there are plenty to choose from at shelters and rescues.
What’s the best kind of food? Toys?
I use Nutrisource Heartland Select Bison Formula. I use the Chicken Formula when the Bison is not available. I think it’s a very good food, I get mine at Planet Pet on Fairbanks Ave. As far as toys I am a huge fan of the Chuckit, it’s an amazing toy to have if your dog enjoys fetch at all, and you can pick those up at most pet stores. I am also very impressed with the toys from West Paw Designs their website is
What does the Dog Wizard have that I need?
If you want to have a dog so well behaved you could take them with you everywhere you go if you wanted to, then you should call me. I can help you whether you have an 8 week old puppy, or an 8 year old dog.  If you are even considering training, just call and set up a free evaluation.
Getting a Christmas puppy doesn’t have to be taboo, the most important thing is to understand the commitment from the get-go.