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We've had good and bad experiences taking Kodi to get-togethers. Now that he's fully mature, we really can take him anywhere with us. As long as we bring his crate along, he will socialize as long as he wants to, then retire to his crate to sleep.
But when he was about 18 months old, we took him to a family Christmas party. My SIL gave him a toy when we arrived, and he was happy with that for a bit. But there were also many other toys around that were HER dog's "Christmas presents". Of course, Kodi didn't understand the difference beteen his toy and Sammy's toys, and wanted to play with those too. Two of my (grown) nieces took exception to Kodi "taking" Sammy's toys (Sammy couldn't have cared less) and cornered Kodi to try to take the toy away.
I heard the most HORRIBLE screechy growling and snarling coming from the corner with these two girls, who he didn't know well at all, bent over him. Fortunately, I was able to get them to back off, at which point, he ran into another room with the toy. I went in with a piece of turkey and NO ONE else, and was able to calm him down and get him to trade the toy for the food.
Thank heavens I saw what was going on, because I am quite sure that one of these girls would have gotten bitten by my normally sweet, quiet, well mannered pup. He was just toally over-stimulated, felt completely cornered, and certainly couldn't understand why one toy was OK for him to play with, and not the other. I put him in his crate for the rest of the evening, where he was MUCH happier, and I haven't taken him back to a party there. I love them all, but they clearly don't understand how dogs think, or how they almost caused a very bad scene.
OTOH, at the moment, we are at a campground in Maine. We spent the day with my two brothers and their wives, and each of their dogs. All three dogs ran in the woods together (with us, of course) and had a great time. Tonight, there was a concert, and we took the dogs with us when we walked up to watch. Even with all the noise and running children, and other dogs, Kodi was completely relaxed, happily greeting other friendly dogs who came over to say "hi". But he's a lot older now, and has had a lot more life experiences than he had with that early Christmas party.
Karen, Kodi, Pixel and Panda
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