From the Editors of The Dog Daily
Charlotte Reed, aka Miss Fido Manners, suggests that being a pet owner and a party host can be challenging -- but it’s definitely doable. In her book The Miss Fido Manners Complete Book of Dog Etiquette, Reed offers suggestions for throwing a party that your friends -- and your dog -- will love.
First, ask houseguests if they suffer from pet allergies. Good grooming and air filters can help alleviate problems associated with airborne allergens, including dog dander and fur.
Next, consider your dog’s personality. Depending on the level of apprehension your dog experiences when it’s surrounded by new people, Reed says you can reinforce basic training commands like “Sit,” “Stay” and “No!” If you feel like your dog can tolerate some noise and commotion but would be overwhelmed by a party, then create a safe, quiet haven in your home with all of your dog’s creature comforts. This place should be off-limits for your guests. For severe cases, Reed mentions that veterinarians can prescribe anxiety-reducing medications. If it comes to that point, however, you should just plan on leaving your dog with a pet sitter away from home.
It’s good that you are concerned about this issue. As Reed suggests, some dogs seek peace and quiet by escaping from the front door and running away. The best way to avoid this nightmare is to plan ahead.