This time of year is most often filled with merriment, visitors and visiting. We of course enjoy our pets and they are a big part of our lives, however not everyone feels that way. Some are afraid, some are a little too uptight, some are just not into pets; but this is our house and our celebration.
All this is true and yet we need to strike a happy medium. If we have been working diligently on good citizen manners with our pet all year this will not be a problem. Our pet can have free fun of the festivities, but will immediately come to us and lie down when asked. Should our pet be too young or perhaps we have not had the appropriate amount of follow through necessary, now is not the time to make all good manners come together in a day’s time.
This is one of those times when our pet should be out of the celebration, however next year or for the next family holiday our pet will have had the training and follow through to make them a pet everyone appreciates. Each of us loves our pet and wants our friends to love them also, however without good manners and well prepared discipline our pet will only leave a nasty impression and/or our guests will not really want to come back.
One last thought if we have the well manner pet and one of our guests takes it upon themselves to make the pet mind them; it is time to step in. With great control and with a smile tell the guest we will take care of our pet and they should just enjoy the festivities. Pets will not immediately obey someone new however they will become very confused. For our sanity and our pets well trained behavior, this is one time when it is O.K. to let our guest know that we will take care of our pet.