For those of you planning on having a large holiday gathering at your home, please have a plan for your dog. Ask yourself the following questions:

1) Does my dog greet politely at the front door? If yes, great, not a problem. If not, you need a plan so your guests don’t get mugged at the door and your dog does not get reinforced for unwanted behaviour.

Will you: 
a) board him overnight elsewhere?
b) have a responsible adult in charge of the dog all evening?
c) set up his crate or prepare a different safe confinement space in a quiet part of the house?

2) Does my dog nab food off the table? In not, great. If yes, you need a plan so your guests can enjoy holiday nibbles safely ☺

Will you:
a) board him overnight elsewhere?
b) have a responsible adult in charge of the dog all evening?
c) set up his crate or prepare a different safe confinement space in a quiet part of the house?

3) Is my dog afraid of men or children and they will be dinner guests?
If not, great. If yes, you need a plan so your dog is not terrified the entire evening.

Will you:
a) board him overnight elsewhere?
b) have a responsible adult in charge of the dog all evening? 
c) set up his crate or prepare a different safe confinement space in a quiet part of the house?


4) Does your dog react with barking, lunging or even biting when people come over?
If not, great. If yes, you 100% need to have a plan in place which ensure the safety of both the dog and humans.

Will you:
a) board your dog overnight elsewhere?
b) set up a safe confinement area in a quiet part of the house with at least a double safety lock system so the dog cannot accidentally be released?
c) will you choose to not have people at your home but go out to someone else's home for a holiday celebration?


Are you starting to get the picture? A successful, enjoyable evening can be had by all members of the family with a little planning.