Over the Christmas break, we had quite a few visitors, three who stayed overnight for a few days. It took us a little while to figure out the best way to handle this with Brody's reactivity to strangers. What worked best was to have him in an upstairs room when people first arrived, and let him get used to the fact that new people were in the house. He barked quite a bit, but once he settled down, I brought him downstairs and sat with him, with his Halti and leash on, in the living room while everyone was sitting in the kitchen eating area. I fed him treats for being calm, and after a short time, he was more focussed on the treats than the people. Once he was really relaxed, I took him closer to the table and had him lay down on the floor while I sat with him and scratched his ears, etc., still giving him treats as long as he was quiet. Occasionally he would give a short little bark, but nothing excessive. As long as people stayed seated, he was perfectly happy and relaxed. If anyone move around, I would take him further away. We were all really pleased at how this went. The problem comes up with the two people who stayed overnight. One person only stayed one night, and we didn't expect him to get too friendly with her in that short time. The other two stayed longer, but at different times. The first was a young woman with very long, very pink hair. I was worried about how Brody would react to her, but he didn't seem too worried. He did go up to her and take treats at one point, and even just went up and sniffed her feet and hands, but he would still bark at her whenever she walked into a room he was in. She went home on New Years' Day, and then a tall young man arrived, who stayed 5 nights. He is my oldest daughter's new boyfriend, and he really wanted Brody to love him. I felt so bad for poor Grant, but Brody would not warm up to him. I think we did everything right, but still, Brody was afraid of him. He would approach Grant very cautiously, neck stretched and ears flat, sniff his hand then turn and run away. Grant never moved toward Brody, but always stayed very still, not looking directly at him. I wonder if the fact that I kept Brody on leash the whole time made him feel there was something to fear. Grant lives in Minnesota, so we won't be having him over very often. He is planning to come back for spring break in March, and will stay with us for about 2 weeks. Are there any suggestions of things I can try next time to help these two become friends?