When I have a guest in my home, I check ahead of time if they like animals and whether or not they have allergies.
If they don't care for dogs, then the dogs are crated until the guest leaves. They are dogs, they will get over it.
My mother used to do this even with her children. We would be trotted out to shake hands and be introduced and then went back to our own rooms to play out of the way. There were adults, of course, who knew us and enjoyed us and we were then allowed to be part of the gathering.
Even when I have dog-loving friends over, the dogs are expected to behave. They have been taught "no", "stop that", "leave it", and my personal favorite: "Say you're sorry" at which point the dog falls at the feet of the offended person and rolls on his back until that person says "okay."
It makes gatherings and visits so much more pleasant if both my friends and my dogs can get along and not annoy each other.
I know that some people say that the dogs live in the house and the guests do not, but really, if you invite someone over, don't you want them to have a good time? If you went to visit a friend, surely you wouldn't expect THE HUSBAND to jump on you with muddy feet, slurp your soda or steal food off your plate? So if the husband is not allowed to do these things to guests, why should the dog be allowed to?
My dogs are part of my family. I never made my children go to play in their rooms while having company. I don't do this with my dogs either. Their are a few exceptions-but they are based on the fact that my dogs do find some people offensive. Then, I have no choice but to remove them from the room to avoid someone getting bit. But, I don't really care about people finding my pets offensive. They get over it, and they still come over. I don't however allow my dogs to pester anyone.
I don't put my family 'up' when others come over. They know that i have dogs and they know the breed so also know the size and temperment. I do not let my dogs jump all over and run amok(sp) but at the same time i don't force them into their pens to stay caged whilest i am entertaining. It's not fair. After all, this is their house and you are a guest so either you can accept my pups and have a good time or you can't and you remove yourself from the situation.
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You scared me there for a minute when you said your mother did the same with the kids, I thought y'all were crated too. lol!! Schnauzers are yippers and I don't know about Kayla,(yorkie) she loves everybody. What I usually do is put Mandy and Tina out in the laundry room until company is in and settled, then they will come in and not bark. If I don't do this they will bark the whole time someone is there. They will hush for alittle while but if someone gets up to go to the bathroom or whatever, they start barking all over. I don't want guests to be annoyed either, so for some reason it works better after company is there for alittle while. Then the dogs can come in.
All my friends know I'm a crazy cat/dog lady, and fully expect to be met by a pack of both. My dogs are very well behaved, once the company is actually in the door, don't jump up, and dont pester people. There is one who really likes petting, and I sometimes have to get stern with him, otherwise it's business as usual. A couple of my friends can't stand dogs, and I just tell them to ignore them. If they want to visit me, they have to put up with the animals too.I never put any of them away.
We always leave our dog out when guests are over. Everyone we know well enough to invite to our home knows that we have a dog. Some of our co-workers from India and China are terrified of dogs, including Bode. For work events that include those truly afraid, I won't volunteer to host.
I just won't lock him up. We make a point of including him as much as possible on our weekend activities since we work all week. Anyways most of our guests enjoy seeing him.
Often when we get together, our friends bring their pets too, or we bring Bode to people's houses. Bode is not so well behaved--at first he jumps, and he is all over people's laps the whole time. But our friends' dogs are worse, so it's OK :-P
If someone was very afraid of dogs I would put them in the crate. My guest isn't going to enjoy spending time at my house if he or she is terrified of the dog, no matter how irrational it may seem to me. Mine happen to have really good manners, but if they didn't, and were annoying my guests with bad manners such as snatching food, begging, jumping up, or incessant barking, to the crate they would go!
That said, we have been lucky enough that most people who come over ENJOY the dogs.
***Edited By: shinyblackpit on 12/20/2007 7:58:12 PM*** Reason: asdfsadf
"Be who you are and say what you feel. Because those that matter, don't mind...And those that mind....don't matter."
I play it by ear. If the dog behaves himself, he stays. If he makes a nuisance of himself (and he does, with certain people, don't know why), he goes to his indoor kennel or I leash him and he stays by my side.
My dog (whatever dog I've had at the time, as they do change over time) is always out for company. If there are a LOT of people - say Thanksgiving dinner - then the dog is outside most of the time - like when we eat. Otherwise, he's inside. If there is someone new coming to the house, I keep him enclosed until the person is settle, then I'll bring him out. My kids are also "out" - with everyone else - when we have company...
I've got four shih-tzus and two terriers and never thought to put them up because someone didn't like dogs. It's not there fault that they aren't liked. But they're my kids...so I don't feel the need to shut them out and lock them up because of this. Everyone knows that I have dogs and that they're out and about ( I do crate ) and that they'll be noticed by my dogs...so if they don't really care for them...maybe they shouldn't come over? A phone call is just as nice!! ;)
I personally agree. Some people i have heard say they let their dogs pretty much run the house and do whatever they please because the owners feel bad crating them up while they have fun. BS! That just make the dogs think they can get everything they want. If they want to jump up on someones plate and eat they can because they feel they are the alpha dog. I beleive in dicipline* and showing my dogs who is boss and if people dont like it they can get over it. When guests come over i automatically crate/put my dogs in the backyard so they can not jump on my guests. Then if they ask something like 'where are the dogs', i will bring them out but if it is not al right and no one says anything then they will stay away where they are. I feel you should make a good impression on people and having people come over to dogs jumping and destroying their clothes isnt a very good one.
It depends on how many guests. If there are only a few, I do nothing. If there are MANY, as in the 18 or so joining the 7 of us for Christmas dinner, I give them the choice of being outside on the porch & in the run (which is a good size) or let them stay in one of the bedrooms.
It's far safer for the furkids this way. Otherwise, they'll have tails stepped on or worse, since they tend to lie on the middle of the walkways.
"Don't accept your dog's admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful".
we pen the dogs depending on the guests. if there are kids around, i don't leave the dogs out. i don't want to chance someone getting nipped or jumped on. but if it's just a group of my friends, the dogs stay out.
Indifference turns clarity into denial. ~Quan Tracy Cherry