Ignore or correct?
Wondering the best way to handle barking.
Mostly, I'm thinking we should ignore most times.......like when we first put him in his crate, he barks for a few minutes. Then he settles down, usually. Ignore the initial complaints from him?
Or random barking when he is walking around b/c he hears something.....noise on tv, sees something outside, etc. The younger kids will go to him and say, "What's the matter, Krok?" But I told them, he will learn that barking gets him attention that way.....am I right in that?
A somewhat different issue is the outside cat, who loves to sit on the deck in full view of Krok. I think she enjoys taunting him! Krok paces around, barking. He is correctable, like I will tell him, "leave it" and put him in a sit stay, then lead him to the other room. He will do this....but is soon back in there, barking and pacing around at the cat. If I crate him at this time, his barking escalates.
So two different issues, I think. Minor, random, short lived barking.
And the outside cat.
How should I handle each situation?