What Do You Mean You Don’t Like My Dog? Holiday Pet Etiquette
Holiday pet etiquette is often overlooked despite unfortunate problems between guests and rambunctious pets. After all, it’s not uncommon, during the holiday mix of aunts, cousins, and significant others, to encounter the pet-adverse person. You know, the one who shifts uncomfortably when Fluffy tries to sit on his lap? Or, the person who recoils when little Patches jumps up on the nice slacks.
So, to keep the peace and pleasure in the holiday gathering, it’s important to plan ahead for everyone’s comfort (pets included).
Holiday Pet Planning When You are the Host
Just when you think there couldn’t possibly be one more thing to worry about before the holidays, your sister calls to say she’s bringing someone – someone allergic to dogs (and, you have two).
Realistically, when hosting a gathering it is possible someone will suffer from pet allergies or simply dislike pets. It is also possible that your pet doesn’t really enjoy a bunch of strangers congregating in his home.
In order to prevent discomfort for your guests or your pet, here are some suggestions from The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center.
Visiting Others with Your Pet
Just as if you are planning for guests in your home, traveling with your pet to the host’s home requires some forethought, too.
Not everyone appreciates pets in the home. To ensure your fur family member will be welcomed with open arms, ask the host for permission to bring your (well-behaved) pet along.
When staying overnight, make certain you have everything you need to be a polite pet owner. These items include food, food and water bowls, brush, bed (not everyone enjoys pets on furniture), medications, poop scoop and baggies (or litter box), leash, and ID tags affixed to collar.
It’s also a great idea to bring a crate, just in case your pet needs a cozy spot during mealtime.
In the event your pet becomes a distraction, simply excuse yourself for a 30 minute walk or other activity to help burn off some of that excess energy. And, remember to clean up after your pet – including fur left on furniture.
The holidays are full of details, we understand. But, by being a courteous pet owner, you are sure to keep the festivities light and your pet, protected and comfortable.