Dear Daisy Dog
From Christmas through New Year’s, we’re entertaining dozens of guests. Some of them don’t appreciate the attention of our golden retriever, Jake, who loves everyone.
Jake is a member of the family, so we refuse to kennel him or lock him in a back room while the guests are here. How can we keep him from bothering guests who don’t relish his affection?
My Irish wolfhound brother, Ollie, is the same way. He buries his head -– complete with a wet beard if he just visited the water bowl -– in guests’ laps, virtually forcing them to rub his ears.
Mom instructs guests who aren’t “dog people” to ignore him:
• Turn away from him.
• Don’t touch him.
• Don’t make eye contact.
• Don’t speak to him.
If you teach your dog-shy guests to ignore Jake, he’ll lose interest and find someone else who will pay attention to him.
Also, when Jake heads toward someone you know won’t appreciate his special brand of holiday cheer, tell him to “leave it.” If he didn’t learn that term in obedience school, call him to you instead, and ask him to sit for praise and a treat.
During this season of peace, I hope Jake -– and Ollie -– charm even the most reluctant guests, by showing them how good dogs behave.