Re: peoplePosted by: Leslie Hemsing
Posted on: November 29, 2002 at 19:12:12
In Reply to: people
: We have a seven month old male JRT. Next month we have family coming to stay with us for a few weeks for the holidays. What would the best way to introduce are puppy to the family? He usually does pretty well with other people. Any advice would be great.
GREAT question -- especially at this time of the year!
I recommend that your pup be in a crate, or at least a dog-safe room, when your family first arrives. The excitement will be a bit much for him to handle so it's best he's not part of the greeting. After everyone is inside and settled down, put your little guy on a leash (with a holiday motif, of course!) and allow him to sniff his extended family members. It's okay if he leads you around a little; the important thing is you have control. Ask your family to keep their greetings low-key; your pup will be calmer and more accepting if no one makes a big fuss over him initially.
Some additional thoughts:
(1) If you haven't already, consider crate training your pup. He will benefit from having a place that is soley his own to escape the chaos -- I mean change -- in his environment. LOL! The more secure he feels, the more likely he will be able to go with the flow. And since a crate can be moved to any part of the house, he can be "with" his family without being in everyone's face. Plus, you'll feel more relaxed if you don't need to keep an eye on him every second. :-)
(2) Lock all of your doors that lead outside and post signs on them (eye level) that say "Where's the dog?" or "Look down." People who are not used to living with a small dog (much less a JRT!) are not used to looking around to see where the dog is before they open a door.
(3) Maintain your pup's normal routine and lifestyle as much as possible; at this age, he needs the security and discipline that comes from knowing what is expected. Do not relax the rules; tell your family what they are and ask that they respect them. For example, since they will want to give him a treat for being so cute (!), show them where his treats are and what he must do (sit, down, etc) to earn it.
The bottom line, Delia, is that he's your dog and it's your house. After the holidays, your family will leave and you guys will clean up and put things back in place. Don't let your little guy be "one of those things" you need to get back to normal. :-)