Your house is decked out for the holidays and you're continually throwing open the doors and welcoming in the guests. Friends and family mill about and make life and the holidays happy and fun, right? For the humans in the house, that is probably true, for the pets in your house maybe not so much.
I know in our house, two of our cats are very social and will greet every visitor as will Spenser. Henrietta and the other two cats are not fond of strangers or noises so for them a houseful of people is a stressful situation. What can you do? Well regardless of how much the animals love visitors, they are never permitted by the door to greet them because the risk of one of them slipping out the door makes me a nervous wreck. As for the three that are not fond of visitors, I make sure I crack a door in a room that no one else is allowed into and offer them a place where they can get away from the hustle and bustle.
As any animal owner is aware, if you have a small dog, she could run the risk of being stepped on or the big dogs could get a bit anxious about having toddlers in the house who are face-level with them. too many people milling about a pet's food dish could lead to stress and even snappy behavior.