In the realm of pet ownership, there’s a universal truth that we can all acknowledge: every dog, at some point or another, will exhibit less-than-ideal behavior, from incessant barking to antics at the dog park.
As responsible pet parents, it is our duty to ensure our beloved furry companions aren’t seen as troublemakers, especially when visiting a loved one’s home. Here are some do’s and don’ts’ we should keep in mind when visiting someone else’s space to ensure that our pets are known for all the right reasons:
1. When visiting friends or family with our pet, we must remember the golden rule: never show up unannounced. It’s usually best to wait for an invite rather than assuming.
2. Before packing up your pet for the visit, take a moment to consider whether the environment will be suitable for it. If it’s a gathering with a large crowd, contemplate how your pet might handle the influx of new faces and energies. This is especially important if children might be present. If your pet is not accustomed to bustling environments, it could stress them out.
3. Never bring an untrained or destructive pet into someone else’s home. Not only will you be held accountable for any damage, but it could also strain the relationship with the host.
4. It is also wise to prepare for accidents, even if your pet is house-trained. Bring along odor-and-stain removing spray, and be swift to address any mishaps. Always offer to have any affected areas professionally cleaned to maintain good relations.
5. Should your pet’s excitement lead to incessant barking, or any other noise, don’t let it slide. Take them to a quiet area to help them regain their composure.
6. Exercise extra vigilance if there are other animals present in the host’s home. If your pet causes harm to another person’s pet, take immediate responsibility, offer a heartfelt apology, and be prepared to cover any associated medical expenses.
In the realm of pet etiquette, visiting someone else’s home with your furry friend is no easy task. By adhering to these principles, we ensure that both the host and our pet will have an enjoyable and stress-free experience.