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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.

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I have the same issue with my dog. My trainer told me to ignore her, and when she calmed, to reward her then. I didn't find that worked, though it's a technique.

What has been working better is I have treats with me, the second she starts barking I call her over, do some tricks with her (target is a great one), and make her lay down. When she's down, I treat her. Usually the stimulus is still ongoing so when she's down she hears the stimulus, but I treat her for not reacting. I'm not completely successful yet, but her 'fits' are much shorter in duration, and she's more responsive to me in those moments.
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