Well readers, it seems I am entering a period of intense training.
I have now started attending a local Dog Club: http://www.k9connection.co.uk/k9krackers.htm
Following my second session, one of the trainers came around to our house to give me and 'mum' and 'dad' some top tips on how to behave when visitors come to stay over Christmas.
The trainer had already recommended me wearing a harness on walks - which fair enough, I do agree I am getting on well with.
AND THEN she suggested a dog gate!
For now I think I have to sit nicely and stop barking - which is difficult - but I can do it with practise!