This weekend, I encountered an interesting situation a couple of times and thought I'd see what others thought. We are one of the first of our group to have a baby, so this is new territory for us. We went over to our frieds' house for dinner and brought our 4 month old. Our friends have two little dogs that usually are out and around us when we've been over before. The dogs were very interested in the baby; sniffing him and licking him all over. I brought a blanket to lay him down on during dinner but the dogs wouldn't leave him alone and he can't yet defend himself with them. The friends put the dogs in a bedroom and closed the door. Today, we went to my younger brother and his wife's house and baby got to meet their two huge dogs (100+ pounds). They are still puppyish and we had to keep the baby and dogs separated. I felt bad that the hosts either had to put their dogs in a bedroom, outside or we had to be in between baby and dogs while he was on the floor. But it was also tricky to hold our LO for that long, during dinner and talking. It was just hard to talk and concentrate on the convo and actively intervene. How do you handle visiting and other people's pets? Do you hold your JB? Do you impose and let them put the pet in another area? Do you bring something to put JB in?