Hi - just wondering if I can pick your experienced brains on the best way to deal with Brodie's newly discovered tendency to bark at visitors who come to the house. She is probably a little less confident than other labs I've met and over the months since she joined us has occasionally barked at the odd thing - children being the most common (which now seems to be improving thanks to my amazing dog walker and his very well behaved kids), but also people or things that are out of place - a runner using a bench to stretch, an unusual looking log or a bin in the middle of the beach, all being examples. Her attention can generally be re-gained through food and we successfully walked calmly past a load of school kids today with a lot of praise, biscuits and not a single bark, despite her interest in them. The problem I now have is that in the past fortnight she has started to bark at visitors to the house - not in an excitable jumping up and welcoming way, but pretty consistently, and it seems to becoming more common. The worst occasion has been when my son's girlfriend came round - Brodie started to bark after she came in and then continued throughout the evening whenever she saw her. She could be distracted by a kong or similar but would then go back to barking as soon as she saw the girl again and it seemed to be exasperated by the girlfriend being nervous and hiding behind my son. Brodie would get close enough to sniff her and then continue barking. Sending the girlfriend into a different room worked but isn't a long term practical solution if this is something Brodie continues with and expands to more guests. She has also barked at other visitors but they've been more confident with her and she has stopped relatively quickly. In addition to guests, last night she started to bark at a large mask we have on the wall - it's been there since she joined us at 2 months old but last night (and today) it has morphed into something to be feared. I took it down to show it to her and she had a good sniff and lick and I put it back - but she's repeated the barking a couple of times since. It tends to be me and Brodie in the house for most of the week as kids are grown up and husband works away, so I realise this could be down to a lack of repetitive socialisation. My problem now is how to best address it - I don't want the fearsome hound to put off the few visitors I do have!! Any advice would be very gratefully received - many thanks!