Originally Posted by borenson
I'll hold her, in a calm voice tell her its ok while on petting her.
Hey, lemme grab you, hold you and let strange people grope you. You cool with that?
Introduce dogs by letting them set their own pace, allow the dog free roam while the new folks are around and ask the new folks to not be the one to initiate contact. If the dog comes up to say hi or investigate, ask the new folks to offer a low hand to sniff and not move around to much or too quickly. GSDs are insanely curious and will eventually get the picture that guests are sources of good rubs and treats. Take it slow and take it easy.