- Keep track of your pets. Guests may leave a door or gate open allowing for accidental escapes or that unattended food on the counter could quickly become Fido's dinner These situations can usually be avoided by assigning one family member to be responsible for Fido. This way family members don't incorrectly assume someone else is watching the dog.
- Keep your dog on leash if he has not yet learned to remain calm in exciting situations.
- Plan in advance. Have food stuffed toys or chew bones ready to entertain your pet on a moment's notice. Also, have a safe quiet guest free area prepared for your dog - this way you aren't lugging crates around at the last minute.
- Not all pets are comfortable with a houseful of people. If your dog seems stressed or nervous do not hesitate to crate them in a safe place with a good chew toy. (Dog Blog: Talking without saying a word - Shy and Anxious dogs.)
- Do not allow children to hug, kiss, or overwhelm your pet. If you cannot supervise children/dog interactions, crate your dog for every one's safety.
- Make sure your dog gets plenty of exercise before, during and after the party. The more energy he uses up playing fetch in the backyard the more likely he is to remain calm during the celebration.
- Let your guest help you train. Ask them not to reward jumping and remind them that your dog should earn (by sitting) treats, petting, and any other interactions.
- For younger dogs, remember that activity will kick start their metabolism so be sure to work in a couple of extra potty breaks.
- If your dog is a chewer be sure to keep shoes, purses and other items safe and out of his reach.
Have any safety tips of your own to share? Feel free to let us know.
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