Dear Paws to Talk,
My humans have a friend coming to stay at our house for a week. Since I have been living with them, we haven’t had any guests stay overnight. Now I will have an extra human to look after and I am feeling overwhelmed. What are my duties when a guest comes to my home?
-Elle the Mixed Breed
Our humans are always having guests stay at our house. It ranges from baby humans to elderly humans. Sometimes we wonder if we are living in a hotel. We think our humans are just very social.
It is important to make the guest feel welcome but you don’t have to keep track of he or she like you would one of your humans. We monitor our humans very closely because they have the treats, kibble and car keys to take us fun places.
When the guest arrives at your house, be sure to wag your tail to say hello. It might be a nice touch to drop a toy at their feet. Maybe they will take you outside for some play? You’re human will show them where they will be sleeping (we hope none of your couches are turned into visitor beds). Be present to make sure the guest likes their accommodations. It is important to make sure they are comfortable.
Also, give your guest a bit of space. Don’t pester them to play or go on long walks all day. A guest is entitled to have their own plans.
Lastly, there is a nice gesture you can do to ensure the guest will feel special in your home. Save one of your treats and put it on the pillow which rests on their bed. Be sure to do this while they are not in their guest quarters. They will be so surprised and happy when they see a treat on the pillow. This is a five-star touch.
If you are kind and respectful you’ll make a great host and will have many return visitors.
Bella and DiDi
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