ers love their pets as much as — and sometimes more — than their houses. Pet guardians frequently treat their dogs as part of the family; for a lot of people, dogs are truly man’s best friend.
But not all homes welcome pooches and other critters, and hosts can be set in a difficult position when someone brings a dog to a party or arrives unannounced with a fur ball tucked inside a handbag. Some individuals can’t risk infection from animals; a few have furniture that’s too delicate for a rambunctious, chew-happy creature. There are allergies to take into account, or maybe there’s another creature in the house that seems aggressive or fearful around outside pets.
No matter the motive, the Emily Post Institute’s position is apparent about the”no dogs allowed” rule: You should remain upfront with your guests until they arrive. But if you are caught off guard by a furry friend on your doorstep, then know there are ways to honor your home and those inside without offending your guest and their four-legged friend.
The Brick House
Provide a chair. If your guest isn’t staying for an extended quantity of time and the dog poses no health or safety risks to anyone in the house, it really wouldn’t hurt to offer the pet a warm, comfortable seat in the house –preferably one that you are prepared to receive a little bit of dog hair on or one that’s simple to clean…
Kerrie L. Kelly
… like this particular leather bench. If Fido has a collision and you catch it early, just wipe off the mess with a couple paper towels and mild soap.
Permit some researching . Dogs are territorial and may want to explore the new terrain that is your residence. Let them. The sooner they sniff out every nook and cranny, the sooner they’ll calm down and feel comfortable in their environment.
This polished concrete floor would make both host and pooch pleased: Their paws can slip and slide on the surface, and scrape marks are easily lost in the design.
Dewson Construction Company
Those with mild wood floors may be warier of dog scrapes than those with darker floors; consumer appytrails says within this floor ideabook her pooch’s scrape marks blend well with dark oak floors, whereas scrape marks on her light maple floor showed from day one.
BROWN DAVIS INTERIORS, INC..
Provide outdoor access. Unless your four-legged guest is a lethargic dog like an English bulldog or a readily winded pug, he or she may prefer to stay outside, especially if it’s cooler or much more breezy than the inside.
Be ready for some digging around several hedges and bushes — it is just dirt. But if the dog leaves a smelly gift, it is absolutely fine to ask the guardian to scoop up the poop in a plastic bag. The Emily Post Institute says that as long as you ask politely, the guardian most likely won’t mind in any way.
Phil Kean Designs
Request the guardian to keep the dog leashed outside (weather permitting). As with all things, it is your house. If the dog is barking too much or for too long, then maybe it is ideal to move on the get-together to a neutral setting beyond your home.
Remember that if it is your furniture, then it is your call. This sectional probably looks like a large, inviting marshmallow mattress to your dog. It is up to you to allow the dog’s guardian know if you’re not comfortable with having dogs around the furniture or rugs. Though pet hairs will lift off easily in the cowhide rug in the image above, dog urine stains are an entirely different issue. Best to roll up the carpet until the dog leaves if you are not willing to hazard cleaning up following an crash.
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Crypton-treated furniture …
… and stain-resistant microfiber on some thing like this Ligne Roset Togo sectional make excellent options for homes that are expecting all sorts of company. Crypton and microfiber stop moisture, stains and germs from entering the fibers, allow for easy stain removal and come with cleansers that eliminate pet odors easily.
Martha O’Hara Interiors
Provide a cure. Interior designer Martha O’Hara says this fantastic Dane was combined for the entire photo shoot as long as snacks kept coming his way. Just as you’d provide young children and their parents a beverage or a bite, why not provide Fido a couple treats so he’ll be cooperative?
Tell us: What can you do when guests come back with pets? When family and friends come for an extended period, do you allow them bring their pets insist on a dog sitter?
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