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Sancho acts similiar, even though we're training to get him relaxter when meeting new people inside the house (outside is fine).^^"
With him i think it is a mix of excitement, resource gruarding and a certain protective instinct.
Sawyer is an Aussie isn't he? I heard of them having a certain protective side sometimes.. does he show protective behaviour in other situations too?

Sancho is relatively wary of strangers when meeting them the first time, but generally people friendly after warmed up to them.
We send him to his place until we're done greeting and the people sat down and then he's allowed to greet them.
He can see them but he has to wait until it is a bit quieter so he doesn't scare the people...he also is not so keen about men hugging "his" girls or a overstep certain personal space to them, that he considers as normal.
He wouldn't bite, but he gets nervous and starts barking and shoving himself between them and this is pretty annoying when you alreade have over a dozen people hugging and laughing.
After he had greeted everyone and checked they're not there to murder anyone, he'd mostly be satisfied and either find someone to cuddle with or go on his place silently watching. ^^"

So yeah... seems like not being part of the initial greeting but being able to witness it from his place, as well as being able to greet the guests later is the way to go for us.
if he were locked in another room alone, he'd whine and bark and be distressed because he knows something's going on, so that's not good for him.
 
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