You have my sympathy about the barking. I live in a thoroughly overlooked house and at least one of the houses next to me has a mini-kennel thing going. Well, there's several runs, but I've never seen more that a couple of staffies, although I sometimes think I hear puppies. So there is some reason for Amber to bark... between dogs and people, it's always busy, and she's usually quiet in the house. Since she only really barks outside, I've started dealing with it by monitoring their yard time and closing the back door when they do go out. I find that locking them out makes them anxious to get back in again, so there's less barking! Not that this helps you any. I did try the ignoring trick (being deaf, this is extremely easy for me!) and distractions with limited success. Although 'sweeties' usually brings her running, and thus stops the barking... but it may seem I'm rewarding her for barking when I'm actually rewarding her for coming! Agh.
Holly - 7years
Amber- 3 years