Hosting visitors is always a treat. Especially living in a different state than many of our friends and family members. We love it when guests come to visit.
But, it can often be a bit of an adjustment for dogs and guests. With three pugs, we have a full house. Even if our guests love dogs or have dogs of their own, as pug-lovers know--pugs are often...enthusiastic especially around new people.
So how can you help dogs and guests get along? What do you need to do, to ensure your guests have a pleasant stay?
Helping Dogs and Guests Get Along
There are several steps you can take to ensure pugs and visitors are happy during their stay. These are easy tip to follow that will keep all parties living in harmony and enjoying the time they spend together. Remember it’s important that pugs are good hosts too!
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1. Inform Your Guest Before the Visit
The most important tip for hosting guests, is to communicate before the visit. It’s important guests are aware that you have a pug, so you can address any concerns before the arrival. It’s no fun for anyone to discover dog allergies or other issues on their visit. Let guests know that you have a dog and give them the rundown on where the dog stays, house rules, and so on.
Surprising guests with bed-pugs isn’t always a great surprise. Like most pug-owners, you probably assume all your pals and relatives will be charmed by pugs. While they are very charming, it’s always nice to let guests know what to expect before they arrive.
2. Don’t Assume Everyone Loves Pugs
On a similar note, even though your guests may profess to love dogs, keep in mind that pugs can come on a bit strong at times. Give your guests time to acclimate and get to know your dogs before they’re bombarded with snuggles and licks.
Pugs are extremely easy going and love almost everyone, so it’s rare that a pug won’t warm up to visitors immediately. Still, give both your guest and your dog a chance to get acquainted. Put your pug in a separate room, their den, or dog crate while your guest gets settled. It’s typically preferable that your dog doesn’t jump up on guests (especially kids), so when you introduce your pug, encourage your guests to hold their hands down and out so your pug can give them a sniff. When arms go up, pugs tend to jump up (as they assume there’s a tasty treat hiding for them).
3. Meet Dog Guests on Neutral Ground