There are many things to consider if you plan to allow pets to interact with guests. Some guests are not animal lovers and others don’t know how to approach animals appropriately. A responsible adult needs to provide direct supervision to children. Dogs lacking manners may jump up on people and could injure a guest. The noise level from guests, especially young children, may be too stressful for some pets. Shy or sound-sensitive pets should never be forced to interact with company because it increases their stress level and may result in a fear-biting response. Owners need to recognize their dog’s body language signals that indicate they are stressed: trembling, drooling, panting, hyperactivity, hunched appearance, sweaty paws (paw prints visible on flooring), clingy behavior toward owners, avoiding eye contact, yawning, stiff movement, teeth chattering, low tail position and flattened ears. Fearful cats make themselves look smaller and may scratch or bite to defend themselves if they are cornered or picked up and unable to escape.