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Top 10 Ways Pet Owners Can Be Courteous Hosts

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With the holidays comes celebrations and parties, and since the warm weather is gone for many of us, that means these celebrations happen indoors. Some pets may not be used to crowded spaces and unfamiliar faces, but there are many ways to prepare both your pets and your guests for the soirée so that everyone enjoys themselves. Read on to learn how to be a good pet-loving host.

  1. Firstly, make your guests aware that you have a pet. That way, you can prepare by doing some extra cleaning and vacuuming if they have allergies.
  2. Don’t let pets sit on your guest’s lap (unless it is welcomed). It can be very uncomfortable for a guest if your pet climbs onto their lap and they are not sure what to do with it.
  3. No licking! Kisses are nice—when they are welcome, but nobody likes a big wet one to the face. Save your guest from having to wipe off pet saliva, don’t let your pet lick them.
  4. Down. Train your pet to keep four-on-the-floor (no jumping up). While it’s great to be greeted when we arrive somewhere, not everyone likes animal friends climbing up their legs.
  5. No bark! Keep your pets quiet as barking can be very loud and obnoxious and make someone uncomfortable in your home.
  6. Sniffing: while it’s alright to let your dog sniff your guest’s removed shoes, it may make your guest very uncomfortable to be sniffed all over.
  7. Make sure your pet is freshly bathed. As a guest, we might give your furry friend a pat on the head out of courtesy, but no one likes that grime left on their hands from an unwashed pet.
  8. Feed your pet before having company over. Some people can be easily sickened by the smell of fresh pet food.
  9. Guests must behave too! It is inappropriate for guests to feed your pet any food or snacks unless approved by you.
  10. Be sure that guests aren’t crowding your pet’s space, especially younger children as this can cause stress to your pet.

How do your pets behave around guests?

About Stacy @Trupanion

Stacy Kowalchuk is a dog mom to her rescued Whippet-mix, Ellie. During the week, you can find Stacy surfing (the internet, that is) and managing Trupanion's presence in the social media world. In her free time, Stacy likes to bake, especially cupcakes! To balance her culinary affinity, she also likes to stay active, especially with activities that include her dog such as hiking and going to dog parks.

One Response to Top 10 Ways Pet Owners Can Be Courteous Hosts

  1. Trixie says:

    I disagree with no barking! Barking is a way to communicate anxiety or fear or just alerting their owners. Instead of shushing your dog, LISTEN to them. Find out WHY they’re barking. If someone is doing something that is making your dog bark with nervousness, tell THEM to stop. These people are on your pet’s turf and with a lot of strangers, they may be on their guard. If my pet is barking for a reason or because she’s nervous with new strangers in HER house, she’s just doing her job. If anyone doesn’t like it, THEY can leave. This is MY home and my pet’s. Who knows, she may be barking at someone stealing your silverware or someone who’s drunk and makes them nervous.
    Years ago I was having a party and my dog started barking like crazy. I went to look and someone was on my porch trying to steal my friend’s bike. Good dog!

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