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We have a one year old Golden Retriever which we brought home when he was an eight week old puppy.
He's a big softy who loves affection and being together.

At about 5 months old he started attention seeking barking. This was bad enough but that has for some months now "progressed" into barking at everything.

We have a large garden/yard (60ft x 40ft) which he has free run of. Every morning we let him out into the garden and after about five minutes I go out with him for a play session of about half an hour. I then come back into the house to get his breakfast ready, after which I call him to come eat. After he's finished eating he goes back into the garden. Then usually after several minutes have passed he come back into the house and starts his attention seeking barking. Eventually, I have no option than to go out and play more with him. I feel that this is giving in to his barking, but at least he stops.

His extended repertoire of barking consists of barking at just about anything as and when he feels like it. He will bark at anybody walking down the street, which is just adjacent to our garden. He's even mastered the art of barking while lying down.

The problem is really bad and is driving my wife and I crazy. It is only a matter of time before one or more of our neighbors complains. As you know, GR's have one of the loudest barks of all dogs.

Any help and advice will be much appreciated.

Neil J
 

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Joanne,

Thank you for your quick reply.

Yes, my wife and I take him for a walk once a a day. Which, he absolutely loves. I have not tried trick training or scent working yet. I'll need to find out how that works.

I agree the problem could be boredom. But, my wife and I are home all day, I am retired. It's not as if we are away a lot of the day.

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Does he bark a lot during the walk?

My first thought was that he probably needs more exercise. Walking him a couple of times a day, or for a much longer distance, might help. Cycling with him or jogging with him might help as well. If you aren't in a position to do that yourself for some reason, then hiring a walking service might be worth considering.
He does not bark at all during the walk. Also, he never barks in the night time (thank goodness)
His barking is predominantly attention seeking. He seeks a lot of attention. He wants to be together with either me of my wife all of the time. Unfortunately, this is not possible as we have things to get on with. Although, we are trying to give him more of our time.
 
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