I’m new to this forum and came here for some help. I’m at my wits end with my golden retrievers barking for attention. Mulligan is six years old and the perfect dog except for his barking. He only barks when he wants attention which is typically at the park in our morning/evening dog group and in the evening when I’m at home with him. The problem is his behaviour has been reinforced for the last couple of years. In our morning group (6 am) he will bark to get someone to throw his toy, he has all of us trained very well. Since it is so early in the morning and I live in an area with tons of high-rises overlooking the park, all of us are very conscience of waking the neighbours up so we run to get his ball and throw it. In the evenings I can be sitting and watching TV or have a friend over and he’ll bark until one of us gets up. I try my best to ignore him and not reinforce the behaviour but I live in an apartment building and don’t want to disturb my neighbours. I just got snubbed from my overnight dog care person recently who can’t take him anymore because of his barking. I live on my own in a city with no family so this is huge for me that I can’t use her anymore. I am very close to buying a zap collar, I hear they can work almost immediately and if this helps it will be a load off my shoulders. I am in a situation where I can’t ignore his barking because of the noise/neighbours and I’ve tried disciplining him but he ends up getting the attention he wants. Any and all advice welcomed.