So Do Party Manners
Christmas is a fun time to spend time with friends and family, but no one enjoys being bombarded with an out-of-control adolescent dog. Teaching your puppy to positively and appropriately engage with guests will make time spent together more enjoyable.
Westcott recommends practicing impulse control and appropriate interactions with people. This means rewarding your puppy for behaviors that you do want, like sitting when greeting guests, going to her bed when the doorbell rings, or napping in a crate with a safe chew during Christmas Eve dinner.
It’s equally important to ask your guests to not reinforce or encourage less-than-desirable behavior from your puppy like begging at the table, jumping or mouthing. And when visiting friends or family, remember not everyone is used to puppy proofing in the same ways that you are.
“Puppies are very curious of new people and what they bring into the house, like luggage.” Loenser says. “Not only will your guests likely not enjoy finding their luggage chewed up, many medications like, ibuprofen, naproxen and aspirin, and sleep aids and antidepressants are especially dangerous for dogs and can lead to overdoses.”
Lastly, be sure to give you puppy plenty of quiet time away from a ruckus party. Large gatherings can be overwhelming to puppies, so you want to keep those engagements as positive as possible.