Thinking about the holiday season, it’s a fantastic time to see your family. You may have family coming in from different parts of the country or sharing your home with friends.

As part of the holiday get-together, one thing you may need to deal with is your pets. If you have a pet-friendly home, then you may have invited your friends or family members to bring their dogs with them.

If you have, it’s a good idea to remember that pets that haven’t met may get into fights. Introducing them correctly is the key to avoiding attacks and preventing people from getting caught up in the middle.

Introducing new pets? Remember these tips

If you have a pet in your home and a new pet is coming for a visit, it’s a good idea to introduce them slowly and in a neutral location. For example, you may want to take your pet on a walk and have the other party join you, so they can meet on their leases in a neutral space. Then, have the new dog enter your home behind you and your pet.

It’s also a good idea to set up safe spaces for your pet and the new guests. Whether that means having separate rooms where you can shut the doors or having kennels for each pet is up to you, but creating that safe area is a good way to calm pets and to have somewhere to separate them if they do start to show aggressive tendencies toward one another.

In a worst-case scenario, pets that attack each other could wound or kill each other. Additionally, people who try to step in could be bitten and hurt. Taking a few preemptive steps to separate and introduce your pets correctly will help prevent those issues.