How to Keep Your Dog Calm at Family Events
The time of joys don’t end after December; January also brings another get-together event on the 26th with Australia Day. Sometimes, your lovely canine friend can be quite a handful when your guests are around on this national day. If you are hosting an event and are wondering how to manage your dog around visitors, we have some tips on how to keep your dog calm at family events.
Use a Fence or Playpen
The power of a dog’s senses enables them to know about the arrival of guests even if the front door is not in their sight. Your dog will be curious as to who is at the door so you can expect them to run to the front of the house to see who is there. To prevent this situation, you can use some type of a barrier or distraction that keeps them from sprinting towards the door whenever they hear the doorbell. A fence or a playpen could be of great help to keeping your canine fur ball away from your guests while they’re over at your place.
Exercise Them Before Hand
New guests and visitors can often cause dogs to become highly excited, leading to disruptive behaviour. Exercising them before guests come will tire them meaning they will have less energy to misbehave. It’s not difficult to excite dogs and they can get quite active within a matter of seconds. That’s why it’s a better idea to take your dog for a long walk and play with them before the party so a major part of their energy is already consumed ensuring they don’t go out of control during your guests’ visit.
Create a Space for Them to Be Alone
Not all dogs will be comfortable seeing a lot of new people in the household so it is helpful to create a space in your home where they can be by themselves around familiar scenery. Dogs have different personalities and while some love to socialise with your guests, some prefer few people around. This won’t only prevent any discomfort for your dog but will allow you and everyone to have a great time.
Get-togethers on Australia Day should be a fun and enjoyable time for all involved including our canine companions. It can be a great time when our guests interact with our pets but if your furry friend is a little too excited there are some steps you can take to keep your dog calm at family events.