Yesterday we adopted a very hyper, 8-month old puppy from the shelter and were wondering how to integrate him into our dinner party next month. We’re expecting a hundred people, and the guests range from toddlers to the very elderly, so we want him to be well behaved when he’s wandering around. Any tips?
What you’re saying is that you have a new, hyper, adolescent puppy, and are wondering how to train him to accept not only the new home and new family that he’s with but also a hundred people that he’s never met before? I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but there’s a slim to none chance that you’ll be able to quick train this dog into the party ambassador that you so desire. Not only that, but I think that it’s asking far too much of a puppy to have to deal with that kind of excitement and potential stress. Probable disasters range from him jumping on and injuring a guest, stealing food (or having a guest feed him!) resulting in an upset stomach, or, the ever popular, failing to alert someone of his need to use the “facilities” and leaving an unwelcome surprise on the floor. In my opinion your dog – and you – would be happier if he were upstairs in a bedroom, preferably under the watchful eye of a neighborhood teen you hired for the evening whose sole purpose is to meet the puppy’s needs. After the party, dedicate yourself to obedience training him, and he can make his debut at next year’s event!