I'm curious about something. Maybe some of the more experienced Dobe owners can chime in here. With a six month old puppy, how exactly is the best way to introduce new people who come to visit in your home? Our pup is much bigger now and I'm finding quite a few of our friends are starting to get intimidated when they come into our home to visit us. Its not like it was before when she was smaller and chubbby and squishy and everyone thought she was just "cute and harmless." Now shes looking like a mini adult version of her self and peoples initial reactions are starting to change when they come over. Especially with friends who never got to see her when she was much smaller. We have a gate that blocks our front entry that she is able to see through but not get through so we usually do our greetings there (hugs etc) then we walk them into our home and one of us usually holds her collar so she doesn't just jump on them ( we are still working on that one) and we then give her her time to come around. I noticed though something I didn't know if this is unique to her or common with the breed in general. When we walk through the gate with our company and go into our family room she just stands there and stares, doesn't wag her tail, just stares, ( it is kind of scary for anyone who doesnt know her and know how sweet she really is so I do understand our friends fears a little) then she'll usually let out a low growl I really think she does this just for effect. but that's as far as it goes. She has a great temperament so I know in my heart she would never hurt anyone but her initial greeting is very intimidating with that initial stare down she gives. After a while she warms up to people, no problems there, she loves being petted and fed snacks and all that good stuff. Its just the initial greeting I am concerned with. I'm just wondering if we are doing the right thing by initially holding her collar for a few minutes when we all walk through the gate to our family room with our company or if we are better off just walking through without coddling her so much about it. What do you do to introduce new people into your home? Its kind of different then when we are out on walks and she encounters someone new, its not like that, this is her home so she tends to be a bit more reserved here with new people I am finding. Also, when we have company, doesn't matter who it is, she is a totally different dog in that she is so well behaved and reserved and most of all CALM. Its like she becomes a different dog and not just for a few minutes, its like that the entire time our company is here, not sure if she is in "work" mode or not but it kind of appears to be that way. It almost makes me look like a liar when I tell these same friends how she is aging me by the minute with her puppy antics. lol. No one believes me and I can't say I blame them, I almost think I'm making it up when I see how she acts around company. Its crazy. She is sooooooooooo well behaved and reserved that I almost want to think about moving a friend into our home just to keep up the momentum. lol. Its like she is a totally different, exceptionally behaved, never in a million years would ever jump on you kind of a puppy if you can believe that. The second our company leaves, its like she makes up for lost time, back to the zoomies, back to jumping, play biting, just being a crazy hyper puppy. This is not a one time occurrence. I noticed it happens every single time we have company. Is this how the breed is in general or do I have a bi polar puppy? lol. And what is the best way to introduce new people into your home around your dog? I don't want to creat an issue thats not there by babying her around new people visiting us yet at the same time I don't want her to scare our friends. I guess I'm just looking for a little guidance on what is the best way to these types of introductions.