Spirit is 6 months! Wow, we've survived
He's not a difficult dog to manage at all, I can't complain and I really do adore him. But two behaviors are continuing that I don't like.
First, when he's indoors and the door is open, he barks at people across the street coming and going. Sometimes he will bark when the door is closed but mostly when the door is open.
Second, when he's outside in the yard he barks at the neighbors who are in their yard. We have an invisible fence, he quite literally never breaks the boundary but he will run towards the boundary barking. I've checked this behavior carefully because at first it scared me. He even barks at the children. I've had the children come over into our yard for a meet and greet several times, and usually with treats handy. This is enough to stop him from barking at the time, but choose a different time of day, a new opportunity, and it's the same behavior. He doesn't bite, no indication of that at all. And the bark is not vicious, none of his barks are. Sometimes when I let him outside he'll go off into the center of the yard barking like someone is there when no one is there at all. It's like he's announding himself .... ruff, ruff, ruff, this is my yard!
Spirit is my first GSD. What is normal to expect and what should I be doing with respect to training or correction?
He really is a very good dog. I don't have any intuitive concerns about his temperament. Just not sure what to do about this barking. When he's fully grown, I fear he might just give someone a heart attack