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    Bentley has started to become *aloof* of strangers and strange dogs. With people he knows he is awesome with. Same with the dogs he knows. I have been doing a lot of training with him and he is becoming some what better. Still a long way to go though. I am having my b-day party this Saturday and am thinking about this being a training opportunity for him. Most people that are going to be there he knows. There are going to be a few people though that he will not know. A family member is bringing their two dogs. One is a puppy the other a two year old. They are both super dog friendly so I am hoping for Bentley to become okay with the dogs and if not my family member can just take them back home. Bentley has been to a lot of family cook outs where there is a lot of people but this is the first time he is showing his aloofness. He will be leashed at all times and if I see him becoming uncomfortable I will bring him in the house and shut him off to my parents room. The AC is in there and no one is allowed in there. If he doesn't show any signs of distress should I keep him out there or bring him in every hour or so? He will be leashed at all times and so will the other dogs. Everyone will also know my rule of no touch,no eye contact before they come. Even the people he knows.
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    I think you would be making a mistake to use a party with many people and strange dogs to "train" Bentley. It sounds like a disaster waiting to happen to me. I would start small, take baby steps with the issues you are having with him and maybe next year he can join in comfortably. It just sounds like too much on his "turf" at one time, especially if he has started to show "aloofness" with strangers and other dogs. I am not a professional, this is only my opinion but I would much rather be safe than sorry. I hope you enjoy your party and have a wonderful birthday!
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    Tammy has a very good point. Being on his turf & lately being aloof could be a disaster.

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    The reason I am using my "party" as a training time is because truthfully there is no other way I can really start to work with him. The only people that come over he knows. So he is fine with them. He will know a majority of the people there. The only people he won't know is about 3-4 people. He has met the 2yr. old Am.staff before but not the puppy. As I stated above if I see him becoming distressed he will go into his crate or my parents room and stay there. I have been working with him for a while now. So he is better but has a way to go,still.

    Oh, and with the people he don't know I will have them come into the house and we will just chill on the couch and let him come over to them.
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    I am not a trainer either, but I would prefer to enjoy my day without having to worry. All the dogs on leads may make them a bit twitchy. This might upset Bentley even more. You can bet your life no matter how many times you ask people not to do something, someone will.

    Both Tess and Erns weren't used to people due to not being socialised and previous owners. Erns is still aloof, and Tessa jumps on them nipping. I take her out to places like a cafe and sit realxed with a coffee while people and dogs walk by either talking to them or not. She is getting much better.

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    The problem I see is that if you are going to be watching over the dogs, then you won´t even enjoy your party. The best way to introduce them is to let them meet each other out of Bentley´s territory, then once they get along you can bring them in, but still problems could arise.

    I wouldn´t have a problem with the party and all the people (In my experience, they tend to behave better in parties with a lot of people because they don´t "focus" on trying to get the attention of just one person i.e. pestering a visitor), but I wouldn´t bring more dogs into the equation at the party

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    Okay, I know I won't enjoy it if I just focus on Bent so this is what my mom said to do. Keep the window open in the kitchen so he can still see us and let him just get used to noise ect.. He has been to many,many cook outs before but this is the first one he won't know some of the people and there might be more littler kids then usual. Then towards the end when most of the adults leave and it is just me and my friends take him on a walk and let him get used to some of them. One of them he knows really well but the other 2 he has never met before. Is that better than just bringing him out with everybody?
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    D if Bent is anything like all the dogs I have had lots of people equals lots of excitment which stirs the dogs up.
    Would it be better if he got to meet some of the people before the party instead of spending time with them after?
    Also if he has been to many how did he react to people he didn't know there? Has he done something that has made you think he won't handle it?
    You know him best so you are the best judge of what is best for him.

    ETA. I have been trying to thinkk what I did with Ernie when I first got him. First I never put him in a position he could react. I think the first time we had a lot of people he went to a friends. I built him up slowly. He is good now, but there are things like no one is allowed to sit on the floor with him in the room, and no excited play as these were a couple of his triggers.
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    I like your mom's idea and I'm really happy that she's offering alternative suggestions for Bent so that you can enjoy your own party. She's trying to work WITH you on this. That's cool.

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    The ones we have went to before he knew all the people. It was just a little family thing. So he did his rounds of "hi" and then came back to me. I guess I should have explained better on his aloofness with strangers,also. He doesn't growl but he is more like "hey, to fast". He backs up and hides behind me. When I took him camping he was a little unsure of some people but after the first night he was fine.So once he meets them on his own terms he thinks everyone is his best friend. I know with Tank I always kept him away because he was fear aggressive Bentley is not. So with Tank it had to be one person at a time. I could maybe have a few people come early. So far the only one I know that is coming early is a really good friend of mine and Bentley knows her. Every time she comes over his butt about falls off, since he is wagging his tail so hard! She was actually shocked when I told her what was going on because she only sees the crazy side of him. Not the shy scared side.
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