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Our 10 month old terrier pup is very well behaved when out in public - she ignores people for the most part and is totally quiet.
However, when people come to our farm, she is on high-alert - barking non-stop and getting very worked up. She runs up to them and stops 10-20 feet away and barks. If those people squat down and offer her a treat she will cautiously come over and accept the treat, sniff them, and then be ok with them for the remainder of the time they are here (unless they stare at her or do something weird). Obviously I would like her to be good with everyone, but I know that protection/alerting is an instinct and I don't want to eliminate it entirely (we're in a somewhat rural area).
If we have a bunch of people over, it's too much for her and she would have to spend a long time meeting everyone before she is ok.
I guess I'm wondering how to best manage her when we have people over (ie farm tours, when they're not coming in the house), if I don't have the time to introduce her and deal with the initial barking. I'm worried that if I always just keep her in the house or put her in the crate her behavior will get worse because then she can't see what's going on.
Any ideas?
Thanks!
 
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