You have people over to the house, whether for a party or just to cook out for Saturday night dinner. How can you make sure that your dog and your house guests get along? Here are a few tips to help insure that everyone has a good time:
* Teach your dog how to greet guests properly- have your dog sit when meeting a new guest and wait to be petted or released. This is also a helpful practice when walking your dog in the neighborhood too. And remember, no matter how small your dog is, they should not be allowed to jump up to greet someone.
* Give your pet a “safe” place in your house and away from the front door- it may be a bedroom, bathroom or crate, just make sure he has plenty of toys, water and a comfortable place to lie down.
* Keep your dog busy or occupied- lots of toys to play with will keep your dog busy and distracted while you entertain. Puzzle toys that can be filled with treats are great for keeping dogs occupied for a long time.
* Provide a little “background music” for your dog- play a radio or run a fan on low speed for “white noise” that blocks out noise from your guests or party.
* Only the guests get “people food”- remind your guests to please not share their tasty goodies with your dog. And keep an eye on your dog to make sure he’s not “table/counter surfing” for unattended goodies.
* Sometimes, a “time out” is needed- so you’ve let your dog hang out with your guests but now he’s a little too excited or stressed. Be sure to give him a “time out” in a safe place until things calm down.
Entertaining friends can be easy and trouble-free when you take the time to make sure the evening is comfortable for everyone- human and animal alike!