Question about pet assessment
We’ve requested a home visit to discuss adoption and I was wondering what they look for in terms of pets. We have a VERY friendly and bouncy lab who’s an overgrown puppy (literally...he’s officially still a pup but huge) we’ve worked really hard to try and stop him jumping up at visitors and mostly he’s good at it unless it’s someone new (which obviously a visiting SW would be) the problem is we ask people not to encourage it, we explain what to do (no eye contact, gently push him down and then a fuss when he settles) and people say yes okay and then make a big fuss of him when he jumps up at them; he is very cute, all wagging tail and smiley face so it’s hard to then challenge it and ask people to stop...or at least it makes me feel a bit awkward and after a couple of times saying ‘push him down please’ and it falling on deaf ears I give up. I’ve explained why as realised people thought I was saying it for their benefit and met with ‘oh I don’t mind at all, I love dogs’ but people still seem to do it. (I’d imagine this is a teeny tiny little taste of parenting an adopted child too! When you ask people to do something differently and being ignored!)
I know it’s all down to the SW on the day and how they view dogs and their personal tolerance for them but just wondered if this sounds like a deal breaker? At an open evening they mentioned a pet assessment so I wondered if that’s on the day of the initial visit or if that’s only done if we’re accepted. It’d be great to know what they look for on the assessment too.
We do seperate him from guests with a baby gate and he’s not allowed to say hello until he’s settled but as soon as they come through the gate he will try to jump up. If they let him and fuss him he keeps going back for more and gets more and more boisterous because he thinks he’s found a kindred spirit who loves playing as much as him. I’m pretty confident we’ll manage to train it out of him as he’s a quick learner and with people who do as we ask he gets it immediately. , it’s just if someone’s let him get away with it once (as a visiting colleague did this week) it takes a few days to retrain him again! I’m worried about this happening on our first visit and it making him look like he’d be a risk.