How can I train my dog to be friendly and polite to strangers?

My boyfriend and I are adopting a dog who is nervous around strangers and territorial of his current home. From what we’ve seen, this mostly manifests itself as either hiding and running away or excessive barking.

As he is coming to a new home and new owners (us) we feel this would be the best time to train him to be quiet and polite to strangers and not to bark at visitors in our home.

We plan to use positive reinforcement/clicker training, as I do not like the idea of negative training and punishments.

Does anyone have any ideas for positive ways to reduce the dog’s anxiety towards strangers and his territorial behavior?

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