Cats and dogs are generally well-behaved when it's just you and the family at home, but it's a completely different story when you're having guests over. Whether you're hosting a fancy dinner party or a casual backyard barbecue, pets can stir things up and stress out everyone involved. Read on for tips on how to wrangle your furry friend when you're entertaining guests.

What to do with your pets when you are entertaining

1. Advise guests ahead of time.

Advise guests ahead of time

Close friends and family may know about your pets, but for those who are visiting your home for the first time, a heads-up is appreciated. They'll probably find a poodle adorable, but some people are afraid of larger dogs. If you let them know in advance that you have a boisterous pup (and assure them that he's affectionate), they'll know what to expect.

2. Exercise them beforehand to tire them out.

Exercise them beforehand to tire them out

Play with your pets before the party so they can release all of their pent-up energy. Take the dogs out for a round of fetch and let the kitties chase that toy mouse around. By the time the guests arrive, your pets will be calmer and will probably be more interested in sleeping.

3. Consider putting them on a leash.

Consider putting them on a leash

If you know that your dog will make a run for the door as soon as it opens, consider putting him on a leash. This will keep him safe, even with the door constantly opening and closing as people start coming in. It also prevents him from jumping around and becoming too boisterous as you greet your guests.

 4. Pet-proof your party space.

Pet-Proof your party space

If your pets are allowed to roam, make sure that toxic food such as chocolate and nuts are out of their reach. Candles, tinsel, and ribbons can be harmful and potentially fatal when ingested, so take extra precaution when using these items for decoration. Keep breakable items like glasses and vases out of reach so that they don't accidentally knock them over.

5. Prepare a room where they can retreat into.

Prepare a room where they can retreat into

If your pets are used to other people and trained in basic commands (like "sit," "stay," and "heel"), then it's business as usual. But if they get nervous around strangers, it's better to have a room where they can stay during the party. Leave them some food and water, as well as their favorite toys. Check on them every now and then to make sure they're okay. This is also helpful in case you have guests who are afraid of dogs.

 

Pets are part of the family and you don't want to make them feel left out in their home, however, you also want to make your guests comfortable and at ease. Try these tips when you have a party so that everyone - you, your pets, and your guests - have a great time.

 

Jennifer LutzJennifer Lutz writes about home décor at blog.christmastreemarket.com. For more tips on throwing a successful party, check out her BBQ tips here.

 

By Natalie Hennessy 4 days ago at 2:00 pm 0 Comments

Being an adorable pug can be tough,ok who I am kidding since last week I got to visit the Big Apple for the NY NOW Gift Show. 

Momo take on the Big Apple

Products featured: Garden Fresh Apple Toy & Skulls & Roses Lounge Bed

Landed in New York City! A black car picked me up to take me to my accommodations – this is how I do it. These little legs are more for show and I wasn’t about to test them on the subway.

Black Car Service

Product featured: Pumpkin Chill Pad

As Chief Pug Officer I am always on the job whether its product testing, modeling our newest award-winning lounge beds or greeting potential clients with lots of snuggles and kisses. 

Momo on Tower of Lounge Beds with Toys

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The city streets are full of interesting smells and yummy treats, but I could tell my human was dog tired so we took a break. Can you tell which photo was taken after I ate my tasty Bocce's Bakery treats?

Break Time in NYCTreat time from Bocce's Bakery

Back to work and sometimes even I need to get some beauty rest. My Bamboo Lounge Bed is comfy and its elevated sides keeps everything in the right places if you know what I mean (I’ve got some love rolls from all those treats). Tongue out, don't care!

Momo passed out in Bamboo Lounge Bed

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I asked my team for a pumpkin latte and they gave me a Garden Fresh Pumpkin Plush Toy – not amused.

Momo & the Garden Fresh Pumpkin Toy

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I made an appearance at BarkBox Headquarters for a meeting. Checking that one off my pug bucket list! I found my space in this big office and the perfect vantage point to locate their treats ;)

Momo at BarkBox

Momo at BarkBox

I made some new friends - so many pups so little time - watch out humans this pug is on a mission!

Momo makes friends at BarkBox

I held a meeting to discuss my upcoming products coming to BarkBoxs soon. My human got us lost and we ended up in the wrong conference room. I bet these things don't happen to my friend Hamliton the Pug

Momo in BarkBox Conference Room

Hey where are all the P.L.A.Y. beds at? I am going to need to talk to their Canine Resources Department ASAP these pups deserve to lounge and snooze in luxury.

P.L.A.Y. Beds

New York you are perfect, oh paw-lese don’t change a thing! Until we meet again because New York is always a good idea…

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By Natalie Hennessy 7 days ago at 12:06 pm 0 Comments

Pet owners worry about their pets during the chaos of a move. There are some steps to take before, during and after that can make the transition safer and more comfortable for your pet.

5 Tips for Pet Owners When Moving
Vet Visit
Before moving day, it is a good idea to talk to your veterinarian. Make sure the pet is up to date on its rabies shot and other important inoculations. Get shot documentation and vet records to take with you. Ask for advice about motion sickness. Get a microchip, if you don't already have one. If the animal does run away during the move, you should be able to quickly locate it.

Travel Preparations
An appropriate kennel is your best friend, even on local moves. If the animal will be flying, make sure the kennel matches current airline requirements. For overnight car travel, find out which hotels on your route will let you bring your animal into the room with you. Make sure you have all necessary supplies, including a harness and leash for each animal, even your cats.

Hiring a Moving Company
When you are hiring a moving company, be sure to talk with your moving company about your pets. Professionals like BC Alberta Movers can pack your things, leaving you free to keep an eye on your cat or dog. Your movers should be consulted about the best place for your pet during packing and moving out. Suggestions include its kennel, a locked bathroom or even the neighbor's house.

Traveling
Don't feed your pets for about two hours before leaving. On the road, cut their feedings to one a day. Water is the only priority. Often animals will stop eating due to stress, anyway. Still, resist giving them table food. Stomach troubles might be your reward for this kindness. Hold back treats, unless they need coaxing into their kennels. For health and safety, the humane society recommends that you limit their time alone in a car to ten-minute intervals.

Adjustment
Once their routine is re-established, dogs generally calm down and adjust very quickly to their new surroundings. Unfortunately, most cats will run away if allowed outside. Try walking it on a leash several times a day for about a month before allowing it more freedom outside. Indoor cats may take a month or more to adjust. Love, kind words and routine will go a long way toward a successful adjustment.

With a little preparation, moving can be less stressful for you and for your pet.

 

Lizzie WeakleyMy name is Lizzie Weakley and I am a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. I went to college at The Ohio State University where I studied communications. I enjoy the outdoors and long walks in the park with my 3-year-old husky Snowball.

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By Natalie Hennessy 12 days ago at 12:06 pm 0 Comments