How to Help Your Dog Get Along with House Guests and Vise-Versa
So you are either throwing a big bash for all your friends and family or have relatives coming to stay for a bit. In either situation it is important for you to prepare your pet for the arrival of guests and the duration of their stay, whether for a few hours or a few days.
- Make sure your guests are aware that you have a dog, and specifically what kind. Some people are hypoallergenic and cannot be around certain types of animals or breeds.
- Provide your guests with any additional information they may need to know, whether that is asking your guests not to feed your dog human food or make sure they don’t leave their shoes within your dog’s reach.
- A little bit before your guests arrive, make sure that your dog is calm and in a good mood. Maybe if the guests are arriving in the afternoon, it would be beneficial to let your dog get out all his energy before, by going on a walk or playing in the backyard.
- When your guests are first introduced to your pets, keep in mind that while you love your dog, not everyone will – that means making sure they do not pounce or jump on your guests.
- If you have little ones who will be coming over, woofreport.com suggests making sure they know how to interact with your pets and vise-versa, so there is no miscommunication or mishaps. Also, be sure an adult is present when they are interacting, just in case.
- Additionally, woofreport.com suggests creating a guest-free zone for your dog. That way he has somewhere to go when he needs a break from the chaos a party or relative can cause, especially during the holidays.
These are just a few suggestions to create a greater experience for you, your pet and guests. While not all these suggestions may work in your particular situation, they can at least get you thinking ahead of time.