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Obsessive barking... spraying with vinegar???

Curious on y'alls thoughts.. Titan is so intent on barking at people who come into the house. He's not aggressive, just doesn't stop when you say so.. he knows the word "enough" very well but for some reason when he is in bark mode ONLY in the house.. will he pay no mind. I say enough and gors feom alert bark to excited bark and he continues. I say go to bed and he goes to bed yipping excitedly the whole way, lays down and excitedly barks and barks. He will sit there yipping for about 15 minutes. He is only allowed out of his bed when he's quiet. Once he is released, he just sniffs the guests and goes about his business.. Anyways.. nothing I have tried has broken this habit.. We've done the ignore until he's quiet.. and still do. We have done OB with him when someone comes to the door and he still barks crazily at the door/guests in between actions. I've leashed him and attempted correction.. that doesn't work.. I'm at a loss on how to fix this. I don't want him not to alert me but I want to be able to say "enough" and him be quiet.

Well we went to our one on one trainer yesterday for various small issues and she was fantastic.. before you dig into her and chastise her for suggesting this next method, just know she has been highly recommended to me by MANY dog trainers including my SAR team lead. She comes with an insane amount of titles and certs and it all really speaks for itself. Anyways she was wonderful and gave us some great homework and ideas for fixing some issues. The ONLY thing she suggested that turned me sideways was using vinegar on Titan when he barks. Not diluted vinegar.. but straight distilled white vinegar. She said because he is so intense and nothing will break him.. he needs something to pull him out of the moment.. she said it may irritate him but it's not going to do any damage at all. we conveniently had someone n pop in unannounced to which he responded like I knew he would barking like crazy.. again excitement not aggressive.. she sprayed him with it and he stopped. So it's effective.. but I'm just not sure how I feel about using vinegar.. There are very mixed reviews on the subject when I researched.. so that's why I came to you guys just to gather thoughts.. maybe someone has an experience with barking and can direct me too.. what are the thoughts?

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