After your guests have arrived, consider putting your pet in another room if they start exhibiting unacceptable behavior such as jumping, repeated barking or displaying aggressive behavior.
Dogs in carts
When "Tired" mentioned dogs in carts, I assumed she was referring to animal strollers. I was not familiar with such strollers until once I peeked into one, expecting to see a small baby, only to find a furry ball, with long ears and a tail, peering back. While the dog inside was adorable, it took me a while to recover.
Strollers are not just for babies anymore. Owners of these strollers love the ease in which they can take their pet different places without harm. However, with the exception of a service animal, any pet entering a place that serves or sells food may be violating a city ordinance, regardless of being in a stroller, cart or any other carrier.
To help with your pet's manners, consider the following:
The Ten Pet Commandments
1. Thou shall clean up pet's poo that occurs on a neighbor's property.
2. Thou shall not take pet uninvited to the home of others.
3. Thou shall not take pet (unless it is a service animal) into eating establishments.
4. Thou shall not let pet urinate on neighbors' plants or shrubs.
5. Thou shall not let pet jump on, chew or tear furniture of the host.
6. Thou shall not let pet get into neighbors' trash.
7. Thou shall not let pet jump on others.
8. Thou shall not let dog bark incessantly.
9. Thou shall have up-to-date vaccines for all pets.
10. Thou shall not let aggressive (or vicious) dogs loose in the neighborhood.
Pam Harvit, M.S., is a certified corporate etiquette and protocol consultant. Email her at phar...@suddenlink.net.