Educate Your Guests
The most popular guest at any holiday party? The dog, of course. Unfortunately, your pup may not enjoy being a celebrity. To avoid overwhelming him, ask guests to play it cool and observe some basic A-lister rules.
“When guests arrive, ask them to ignore your dog until he first approaches them,” says Gina DiNardo, executive secretary of the American Kennel Club. “Assure them that your dog may be a bit shy, so it’s best to give him time to warm up—and if he doesn’t, not to take it personally.”
Additionally, be sure to supervise any interactions between pets and children, she advises. No matter how gentle your pet usually is, little hands can be scary and unpredictable to a dog.