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Ben also has issues because he is not used to company. He has knocked people down as they came in the door, and made a complete pest of himself trying to get a non-dog person to pet him. It's not easy. It does, however, get better as he gets more exposure to company.
A couple of ideas: 1) make sure your guests know before they arrive not to pay any attention to your puppy until she is completely calm: no eye contact, no touch, no talking. 2) Put her in a separate room before your guests arrive. Greet your guests and have them sit down without her in the room. When she is no longer barking and scratching at the door, let her out, but again, don't let the people acknowledge her until she is calm. When she does calm down, have the guests call her over and give her a treat, one at a time. Then have her sit or lie down nearby. But don't make her the focus of attention.
With Ben, he knows that once we start talking, he might as well zone out, so he does.
We're having grandchildren over for a few days after Christmas, and one of the big things I need to do is teach the kids not to get him excited. We've worked very hard to calm him down. We can play without him losing control. But kids high voices, waving arms, and excitement can push him over the edge. Teaching them how to behave is as big as teaching him.