The first time we were out with the bite pillow (no barking), she would be distracted if I spoke or touched her. I will try patting her the next time she barks like that as I think she has the idea and won't react to me patting her up and talking to her more.
I was so excited about her bark - I think I forgot everything I had learned with Molly, lol.
Funny you should say that. When she is exposed to something new, she kind of just stands there looking, waiting like she is taking it all in, then boom, she explodes. She is so much different then my german show line that I have been training.