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I have a 9month old springer/german shep cross. He is pretty placid but a bit nervy. He never barks except when super excited at footballs or v.occassionally at cats when they won't play.

however, he has suddenly started getting really barmy and barking when people come in the house.. he did it to my flatmate the other day and the dog walker this morning. But not to certain friends --the only link I can see is when I answer the door he doesn't do it but if they come in with a key and I am sat down or in another room he barks.

Is this him just being protective or should I be concerned>
 

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Sounds like normal dog behavior to me. Dogs grow into certain behaviors, you see them more and more the closer they get to maturity. Alert barking is one of those behaviors.
 

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the alert dog was probably the first dog living with humans. :)
Alert barking is a totally normal for a dog in general though. he just want's to tell you that there's someone coming in. just send him to his place and give him the feeling that everything is fine... it will become less with the dog becoming more experienced and settled, but it will probably not go away completely.
 
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