Pet Etiquette When Visiting Friends

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When visiting friends or family and they invite you to bring your dog here are some things to consider:

1) Your friends and family need to invite you to bring your dog. It is imposing to invite your dog when they may not really be up for that. If you know the person well and they know you well they will automatically consider your dog coming and make sure you know that. Other wise it is a difficult situation and you may be better off staying at a pet friendly hotel.

2) Bringing your dog with you any where is a big responsibility. You must first have a dog who is comfortable being in new places and with new or other people. Remember a dog is leaving their home and familiar environment just as you are. Not all dogs like change and not all dogs do well with this kind of change.

3) A dog who has received basic obedience training is a must. Training is a dogs right and a pet parents responsibility. Training helps our dogs to be comfortable in our human controlled world. Knowing the expectations and being able to perform them is essential for a dog. Expectations like leave it, sit, stay, come, etc. Bringing an untrained dog anywhere is putting the dog in a stressful situation as well as the people you are visiting.

4) Clear with the person you are visiting there preferences for where the dog can go to the bathroom and make sure you clean up behind your dog. What area of the home may be off limits to the dog and where can the dog safely be. Will there be small children. If so supervision of children and dogs by and adult is necessary at all times. Dogs and children can have a great deal of fun together but an adult needs to be there to make sure the fun does not escalate for either the dog or the child. I supervise my two grandchildren, who are 2 and 4 years of age, at all times. I don’t want anything to happen to either of them. Safety is primary for the dog and the children.

5) Bring food and even water for your dog. If the water is very different from what your dog is used to drinking it can be a problem for their tummy. Keeping the diet the same is also a transition of sameness for the dog’s comfort and digestion. 

6) Bring a crate, if your dog is crate trained. This will be a safe familiar space your dog can be in when he feels a need to feel calm and safe. When I can’t find my dogs in the house I always find them getting some alone or quiet time in their crates which are open at all times for them to come and go at their desire.

7) Bring toys and familiar articles for your dog to play with and give him something to do as well. 

8) Most of all don’t forget your dog is with you after you arrive. You have brought your dog so make sure he can participate is some of the activities with you and the people you are visiting. 

9) Respect canine and human needs and have fun!

Woofs & Smiles!