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Barking barking barking for attention!

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Hello everyone,

I have a 55 pound Shepherd Blue Healer mix. When we go out and play he starts barking if I don’t throw the frisbee or ball fast enough. If I turn to talk to someone he starts barking barking barking. If I go over to the neighbors and he hears or sees me he starts barking barking barking. Sometimes if I’m busy and I don’t play with him he starts barking to get my attention. He also barks at every dog that goes by and I mean barks like he’s gonna rip your throat out. It’s so loud and shrill I scream at him. I know screaming is not a good thing but I jumped out of my skin at the sound of his bark. He does stop but I’m sure the whole neighborhood hears me. Yes I am reactive. I don’t know how to stop the barking. Anybody, suggestions, help, please. I feel horrible but I’m so reactive and I don’t know how to stop his barking or me being jolted by the shrill of his bark. I’m surprised my ears don’t start bleeding bc of the sound. Thanks for any suggestions.

Robin and Buddy the Bambino K9
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Once my dog sees another dog outside he doesn't know he goes wild. Barking, growling running to the next room for the window. I literally have to pull him out of the room of just keep the door shut. Apartment life is not for him (or me). We always had a house and this behavior was non existent. But...........that's a whole different story. He's actually very friendly. He likes a lot of dogs especially little dogs. There's only a few he doesn't like and we avoid them. Story for another day. At this point I want him to stop barking for attention so I can actually take him out and be around others.
Do you guys do much brain work at home? Could be just sniffing out treats hidden around the room. You could go deeper into scent work and things like that, but maybe if you could work out his brain, he will feel more satisfied and not seek to bark as much at the windows? Maybe simple training sessions? I try to teach my puppy at least one new thing a day. Could be easy like jumping up on the sofa and back down again? Or jumping over or under your legs, weaving through as you walk? I usually don't use treats for this, I just use toys and teach them as we 'play'.
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