Dear Friends and Family,
We hear you’re coming over tomorrow. Some of you may already be here visiting and we have to tell you we’re already a little nervous. Well, actually our humans are a little nervous so we thought we’d step in and help. We’re all concerned because some of you may not know about dogs and how we act. Some of you may not know about our particular house rules and the things you have to watch out for because we can get into some pretty crazy things when left to our own antics.
So let’s get started:
- Normally we’re very quiet and relaxed around here (well most of the time), but holidays add stress and as you know, stress can bring on unexpected changes. We dogs, some of us, get confused about changes and new things. Don’t you?
- Therefore, we try to keep things as consistent as possible. When you come in, if we are not already in your face, (we mean, when we are sitting quietly, while we wait for attention) ask about us. We’re sure our humans would be happy to explain house rules.
- Let’s keep all doors closed and have all interactions with open doors happen quickly and efficiently. If we happen to be “Door Darters”, make sure someone is holding us or we are safely in our crates.
- When you come in, leave the main hall area as quickly, yet gently, as possible. In our house the main jumper jumps way more in the hallway, so coming right into the house and then having greetings and hugs in the family room helps. Of course, if we had a scared or shy dog, this scenario would be very different.
- When we’re in our crates especially with a food treat or bone, it’s probably better to just leave us be. It really scares some of us when you stare at us especially if we have high value treats. It’s a survival thing, ya know. We will however, most likely stare at your food (reluctantly from a distance). We know it’s a double standard, but sometimes it really is a dog’s life .
- And speaking of staring, did you know it’s not a cool thing to do in the dog world? As much as many humans may enjoy direct eye contact, it makes most of us very nervous when we don’t know you and you stare at us. Some of us even get nervous if you do know us.
- Also, while we’re in our crates, please don’t open them unless our humans have asked you to specifically. All of us dogs have our own different relationships with each other and sometimes some of us need to be alone with our treats.
- It’s best if you’re staying here or coming for dinner, to make sure what you bring is in a good safe place where we can’t eat, tear, tug, or drag it. Especially if it’s food. We like food a lot. Close your doors if you’re staying here, we may not be allowed in your room this weekend. When in doubt, put things up high. Purses, briefcases, computer bags are all better off away from puppies.
- We want the food. It’s that simple. We’re sure our human’s will tell you, but we’ve been asked to ask you not to feed us without permission from our humans. This one is really hard to ask (from a dog’s perspective), but some of us have allergies and all of us will eat almost anything and it’s often not very good for us. We will still eat it, so we’re bound to ask you not to feed us without permission. But go ahead and PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE ask for permission.
- If you’re not really savvy about dogs, here are some tips. Most of us do not like to have you lean over us, especially if we are small or shy. We don’t really like to be patted on top of our heads, it doesn’t really feel good. Hugs and squeezes aren’t really a dog thing, they’re more of a human thing. Please don’t chase us and use funny sounds.
These are some of the particulars in our house, but we hear most houses with dogs have the same or similar scenarios.
Have a wonderful holiday from the “dogs of kona’s touch”