Your post is very timely. I have 2 dogs that love people. They also like to say hi to every Tom, Dick, and Hairy (intended) that walks in front of the house.
I make it clear in the listing that I have 2 dogs. And they love people but we’ll try to keep them away from you.
Typically, I let the dogs free roam the house. After all, the guests have been warned.
But there is still the chance that Butterball Zacky will bark at night - after all, some burglar might approach the house, and also after all, patrol is their duty as they see it.
And I’ve now been told that they bark every minute we’re gone until we get back again. I’m not sure which I hate more right now, being a host or my dogs or my 15 year old daughter lol. So many! (Temper tantrum here).
So here are my suggestions:
chamomile tea - either brew or mix up the raw tea with peanut butter to make ‘special peanut butter’. No it doesn’t drug them, just helps them stay calm.
vibration collar to train them to not bark. It increases the level of vibration the more that they bark. No this is not an electric shock. I’ve ordered 2 and they arrive Friday from Amazon. About $20 a piece. Not tried yet, but recommended by other hosts.
keep them with you at all times. Only way to completely control them.
If only they had vibration collars for teens, that would be great.
And I’d probably avoid instant book. My current guest’s profile is all about quiet this, quiet that, and ‘I don’t want the dogs in my space’. No problem with the dogs in your space bit. And folks usually understate their expectations. So it was apparent that he probably expected even more quiet than he said. I got him through instant book, so the die was cast already. Were I not on instant book, I’d have declined, because I know I’d be stressed beyond belief. Which is what has happened.
Still, I put myself out there on instant book and accepted the reservation, and so I have to do what I have to do.
Also if the guests will have access to the backyard, make sure any poop is picked up, because they’re going to be picky about that too.