Advise needed on barking problem
Hi Everyone, I have a 5 year old German Shepherd barks intensely if anyone goes in or out of the house or walks by (I think he does this because of serperation anxiety and as for the passerbys im thinking its a warning for protection), this barking only lasts for a few minutes, but it's an intense bark where hes either standing in front of the door so we can't get by and then running to a window and destroying the blinds so he can see us outside. He doesn't bark throughout the day inside the house, unless he senses that one of us is getting ready to leave (he barks if he hears us get our keys, jacket, or even say certain trigger words). Anyway, it's become an increasing problem and we recently just moved into the neighborhood 8 months ago and there's a lady that works from home that has come to our house serveral times complaining about the barking. I agree that it has become annoying and am trying to do something about it. I started attaching a leash to his collar whenever he starts barking and pulling it until he is relaxed and submits.. This method obviously doesn't work though if im coming into the house or for the passerbys. Does anyone have any reccomendations with how I can correct this behavior quickly? I got approached this morning by the same neighbor and ended up getting into an argument with her because of how she was approcahing me and insisting that I get a bark collar (which i dont believe in ). I told her that I would do my best correcting his behavior but that I couldn't guarentee her that he would stop all together. And I think she is exagerating the situation seeing as though my dog never barks for more than a few minutes at a time and never at night. Regardless she threatened to call the police!! Does anyone have any recommendations for methods that i can try at home? or do you think I should take him to a trainer? MY dog seems to have gotten progressively worse since he's moved into the new house. Any help is much appreciated!