Hi Richard, is there a “best” time to get a dog? If so when is it? I’m thinking of getting a dog over Christmas but have heard lots of bad things about this.
In most cases there is not a general “best” time of year to get a new dog – it depends on your own situation.
When your dog is a puppy it requires the most attention, so you should try to get it when you have the most free time to devote to it. This can help with establishing a training routine and building a bond with the puppy.
I’d advise against getting a puppy at Christmas or any other big holiday though. Although we all enjoy Christmas, it can be a more stressful time than we realise. This is definitely not the right state of mind to be in when you get a new dog.
Hope that helps!