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    1. #1
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      Do you guys lock your dog up when people come over for dinner?

      I don't. Lol. Maybe I would just when we're eating, but otherwise the pup is out. I ask since I have some relatives who are like "Why is that "thing" out and about?" I'm like "Well it's her house too, so if her laying in that corner is bothering you, you can just ask her to move and sit there if ya want to." Okay, I don't say that, but I want to and I don't lock her up. Lol. I ask this because I'm having Thanksgiving at my house this year.

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      Dogs don't get locked up for holidays here but they are expected to behave and that means no dogs under the table begging for food. If they're good, they may get leftovers

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      We leave the girls out unless they they start to misbehave, which can happen if there's a lot of people/other visiting dogs or too many exciting stimulating things happening. We will put them away upstairs with a bone or antler to occupy them. Other than that they always stay with us, if someone is offended by my dogs sitting silently in their own house, then maybe they just shouldn't visit us
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      Teagan- Born August 20th, 2015
      and our angel Sadie- Nov 2007- August 2015

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      We do thanksgiving at someone else's house, but Bacon is always allowed to be out when we have company over. We have him hang out on his bed, and he doesn't bother anyone
      Julie & Jake, Bacon's Humans

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      Born: 9/02/13

      Gotcha: 11/08/13

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      Mine are not "locked up" for family. They might be confined with non-family, depends upon the age and dog liking-ness of the guests. I generally have them confined when guests (non-family) arrive. Once everyone settles in and the dogs are calmed down from the initial excitement, if the guests are good with it, they can come out. Yes, it's my dogs' house, but it's also primarily my house so if I've invited guests who aren't comfortable round the dogs, the dogs can chill in a bedroom or somewhere. They're certainly not neglected in their daily existences so a few hours by themselves won't hurt them.

      Chase 9/29/2006- 6/30/2017 Always in our hearts
      Lark 12/25/2012
      Henry 7/14/18

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      I don't lock mine up. My Emma would work herself in to a frenzy and Maxx would pout for 2 days, he is very social and LOVES people. They both are well behaved with company and after the first few minutes of excitement they just hang out. Maxx likes to spend the first few minutes showing you all his favorite toys and Emma gathers them back up so none disappear! Neither are jumpers or pests, thank goodness!
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      I never even thought about that... The dogs are part of the house! However - I have had some meetings at my house (I am a TEDx organizer) when I have put Barley out - because he was just a total pest - and would not leave people alone - but he has matured (a little) and is much better about guests now. Plus - he loves people so much that it seems mean... Everyone loved Moby - and he just pretty much hung out on the floor wherever I was. No begging allowed at the table....
      Also - I take my labs to my brother's for Thanksgiving - my parents and brother bring their labs to my house for Christmas and my friend Jonathan shares holidays with us - and he brings his two small dogs - so we usually have lots of dogs running about. (and yes - it can get a wee bit chaotic - but they are family.)
      Forever in my heart - Sweet gentle Moby - lover of belly rubs, bacon, and Barbara 9-10-2001 to 11-2-2015

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      "Well it's her house too, so if her laying in that corner is bothering you, you can just ask her to move and sit there if ya want to." Okay, I don't say that, but I want to and I don't lock her up.
      You should though. You absolutely should say that.

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      We let Kimber mingle with people but when it was time to sit down to eat, we would crate her when she was younger. She'd try to beg at the table- never with us, but strangers were fair game. No no. Now she's more mature and will challax in the corner with a kong, so it's all good.

      When we have big parties, I do crate her. I don't want to keep track of her and I'm scared to death she might sneak outside and go near the road, or- less scary and probably more likely- grab an entire cake off the table. As the party winds down, we let her out to greet people. There's a hardcore handful of Kimber fans who will hang out specifically for the "releasing of the hound."
      Miss Kimber, CGC, 6/15/2005-1/26/18

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      Once the initial excitement is over and Mardi and Archie get to greet, I do not lock them up. We are going through a period when littlest gran thinks it's fun to feed the dogs from the high chair. A correction gets Mardi under the table and usually Archie will come lay beside me. However, if he persists on sneaking over to the highchair, he gets to spend the rest of the meal in the living room behind the baby gate. Once I get the gran "trained" that will stop.
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