blindpup10, If not for this thread I wouldn't have thought about my expectations with pets/pet owners. IMO, Petiquette should be formed around the type of guest and the kind of pet one owns. I hope pets other than dogs and cats count here. For me, dogs and cats are adorable from a distance. Like distance*1000 or more. I will not step into a house that pets spiders, chameleons, lizards or anything weird. In case I do, I will quickly exit from the place. Hamsters are OK as long as they are in the cage. Goldfish is fine too. There was a time I was seriously considering getting a dog. But I came to know about gum disease in dogs and it turned me off completely. Same with fleas in cats. However groomed or vaccinated the pet is, I will not be OK with it licking me or expecting me to pet it. If I visit someone with pets, I will tell them that I am afraid of pets. What I can do is keep my visit short in the house, but will not make an effort in getting to know the pet. I am OK with listening to stories about the pet and host, but one on one interaction with the pet is a no. Its the host's responsibility to inform guests if they have a pet. It is shocking to encounter a pet when you are already in the house and you are unaware of its presence. It is extremely annoying when you see one pet uninformed and the owner just stands and smiles at your reaction. I will not bother talking to that person well again. Sharing something served to guests with pets is not ok. Its not ok for cats trying to take food/toys from kid's hands. Dogs barking at something that irk them should be calmed down immediately. Making jokes at that moment or trying to explain the pet's behaviour instead of correcting pets is unacceptable. Petting them and serving food without washing hands, letting them get on top of the tables or furniture when guests are around, even shaking hands after touching pets should be avoided. Untrained pets should be restricted. Say a pet is being trained and it poops in the house when guests are around, it kind of makes everyone uncomfy. Something a pet owner finds cute about the pet may be very fearful to the guest. Like a grumpy cat is so cute for the owner but the guest is scared if its going to jump on them angrily at any moment. My biggest pet peeve about pets is their lack/level of hygiene and their unpredictable behaviour. Everything is workable, as long as the pet owner understands the guest's feelings about the pet.