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    How oh how do i get Boss to stop? He is doing it for attention, i know this, but he choses his times very well and does it like when the kids are in bed. So i dont ant him to wake the kids.
    any ideas? or do i just ignore him and he will get the idea and sort the kids out later?
    I have tried clapping and saying enough, and ignoring him for a minute then doing the clapping.yea i have not tried much... lol

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    clapping, isn't that what you do when you want more?

    How much exercise does he get, like a good walk or bit of fetch before kiddies bed time so he's not so interested in attention. Or what about crate training, ie bed time for the kids is also bed time for the dog? Or if it's attention from the kids he wants that he's not getting then no kiddy attention for an hour before their bed time, that way you can sort him out without them being woken up.

    I usually work with recall ie call my dog in a happy way and give her something else to do that is incompatible with barking like tug or a chew toy or just a distraction and a pat.

    Maybe after you put kids to bed is a time for a bit of one on one with the dog, fetch or obedience or trick training or doggy dinner time?

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    I was told by a friend to clap to make him stop. Sorry i got it wrong.

    He wants attention from me or my husband. He isn't too fazed about the kids.

    Boss is 5 months, so he gets the recommended 5 minutes per month of age. I play fetch with him, tug, chasy etc 2 or 3 times per day aswell. He, barks at ANY time of day, my kids are aged from 8 months, so nap time or night time. While i make dinner (often in nap time), infact straight after he has a one on one play time its most common!

    Once the kids are in bed that is our training time, and doggy dinner time is while i tidy up the kitchen etc. Once we have done all that then he comes inside... bed time... and thats when he barks, i put him in bed and he comes and stands by the gate of what ever room i am in (normally bedroom) and barks, only 1 then waits, then another 1 or 2 then waits etc etc. He can see me but he cant sit on me. I think he is tired, but he just wants to cuddle with me. I want him to chill.

    I think i am going to try wearing him out more and i will tidy up our dumping ground (our bedroom) so he can come in here. (he is currently not allowed in there as im worried he will eat something that may hurt him, eg. toy, earring, etc)

    OH and his recall is very good...although i have not tested it around other dogs very much yet... he is normally on a lead at those times.

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    If my dog is in some other part of the house or in the back yard and she is barking at nothing I consider important, that's when I practice recall. But if she's within touching distance and starts barking, I give her other things to do, like sit, drop, sit, drop - but usually if I can reach her collar I just grab it and say "enough" in a normal voice and she stops and then I tell her what a clever dog she is and give her some calming pats and ear strokes and rubs.

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    Thank you for your reply.
    Boss doesn't really bark randomly at nothing. If he barks, generally it is for a reason. If he is in the garden ill either ignore him or go check out what he is barking at if he continues to bark. We have 2 dogs next door who bark a fair bit. So Boss on occasion will join in. So i ignore 1 or 2 barks. (this would happen once every 3 days or so?). This i dont see as a problem, dogs bark, no biggy
    But when he is inside and he can see me he barks, for attention. I want to stop the attention seeking. I think i have answered my own question. I need to ignore the attention seeking. If i can keep the baby calm then i think i can manage that, but the bub cries when he barks... its too loud for him.... this makes Boss bark too.
    i tell him to sit drop etc.. makes no difference.

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    Oh and tonight i ignored the bark (he only barked once) and he lay down on his bed and went to sleep. I have done nothing at all different today than yesterday.

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