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How To Be Courteous With Your Dog At Someone Else’s House

For every dog parent, their pet is more than a pet and more like a loved family member. That is the reason why you would take him along anywhere you travel. But while visiting a family member or a friend, you must be thinking if you’re rude by bringing your dog along with you. It
completely depends on the house owner and whether they want a pet in their house and if your
dog is well mannered. You may not be aware of the situation or the factors in their home that
can or cannot allow pets.

How to Bring Your Dog to Someone’s House Without Seeming Rude

It would help if you considered many things before carrying your pet to your friends or family
member’s house. You may not be aware of many things such as the number of people present
there, their temperaments and age, or if they own a pet.
These situations can be difficult for some people to welcome your dog, or your pet can cause
some unintentional problems to these people. Whereas there might be situations where bringing
your pet along may not seem rude. You must always ask! Seek permission before bringing your
pet to someone else’s home. Your family and friends might not understand how much you love
and care about your pet. That is especially true in a scenario where the owner doesn’t own pets.
For them, it is just a pet that can be locked up in a cage or a kennel. For you, they are like a
member of your family whom you want to keep close.
Make sure you take some time and have a meaningful and direct conversation with the house
owner. Inform them, gently, about how much you care about your pet and how important it is for
you to bring him along. Do not make any assumption on your own that the individuals you might
be visiting will understand your situation, and they will be comfortable with your pet dog in their
house. Always ask before bringing your pet.

Plan Ahead

Before visiting, you must ask the owner certain questions so that you can easily understand the
rules and regulations of their home and plan your trip accordingly.
For example, find out whether pets are allowed in their homes or not. Can your dog sleep in the
bed, or should your dog sleep on the floor? Some families only allow dogs in specific rooms as
they have a justified reason for that. Ensure the room your dog stays in is dog-proofed,
especially if the house owner is not a pet parent. Make sure you check that there are small
items or electrical cords that can be easily swallowed, and also make sure that there are no
valuable items that your dog can damage or chew on.
If the host has pets, make sure you find out how those pets deal with other dogs. Carry
necessary items like food and other supplies that your pet might need, especially if you plan to
stay for a longer period. Food items, crate or bed, and toys can keep your pet feeling relaxed in
unfamiliar surroundings. Surf the internet for nearby dog parks and trails so that you can plan
your walk, playtime, and downtime.

Clean Up After Yourself

Houseguests who create mess are surprisingly common, but make sure you are not one of
them. Even if the owner owns a pet, make sure to keep your dog’s mess as minimum as
possible. Carry paper towels to wipe muddy paw stains, and also pay great attention to where
your dog strolls so you can clean his pet hair. And don’t forget to dump his poop from the yard.
If your dog destroys or damages something owned by the host, offer to repair or replace that
item. If the item is something valuable that you cannot replace, make sure you purchase a token


Every pet owner carries certain assumptions related to their pet, but the host might not. One
can’t simply assume that your pet is most welcome to stay with you when you arrive. These tips
should be helpful when you do bring your pet along with you on your travels. Always remember
to ask the homeowner before bringing your pet with you