our older dog has just found her voice... and she is very vocal!
as soon as something walks past the yard, (dog, random person, kid on a bike, or the post man), she just runs backward and forward barking! by backward and forward i mean, she will run there and bark, then run to our door and squeek, then run away and bark again.
we have tried calling her to come, (which she will come halfway, squeek and run away again), catching her and putting her into the crate as time out. occasionally yelling for her to be quiet, and also trying to distract her with a fun game like fetch. she loves fetching!
she never growls while barking, and her hackles are rarely up. unless there is another dog at the fence and it has run up quickly.
its getting to be annoying, as our crated puppy cries at the first light of the morning, and doesn't settle so we have to let her out so the neighbours dont complain, and now, our older dog barks as soon as the guy next door starts heading off to work at 530am!
mind you, her bark is very loud!!
she is a german shepherd x kelpie if that helps!
any suggestions would be good, as i don't want to get one of them electrocute collers as i think its mean, and has also put lumps on my sister's dobermann's neck