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I can't offer advice based on extensive experience but I can relate to your struggle. I know it will require discipline and persistence on you part. From what I have read and understand, you will need to systematically desensitize and condition alternate behaviors. I don't feel confident expounding on the procedure but I can recommend this book:

https://www.amazon.com/Fired-Up-Frantic-Freaked-Out-ebook/dp/B00AX2Y8G2
 

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I think you must prevent him from rehearsing the behavior until you have an assistant who will follow your instructions and present an ideal situation to train in. Moving the mat behind the gate seems like the best idea. Are you rewarding him for remaining in place on the mat or feeding when you see a guest approaching? Is he defensive or territorial or sociable and over aroused when meeting people?
 
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