I seem to be posting with questions every few days now! I hope that is alright
Anyway, today's question is about Brooklyn's new bark...it seems like she has just found it! But she does not bark at the door, doorbell, people, dogs (unless she is play bowing and play barking)...she just barks at inanimate objects, like the vaccume (when its not even on), the air, the TV, rain, a balcony the overlooks our backyard (I check, no one is on it, they have no animals, it is very strange). Sometimes she just barks at the air in the backyard.
Now, she is not barking all the time. These are one offs, like one (maybe two) little "sessions" a day. But I do find it very strange, and it just started out of no where
As a reminder she is 19 weeks.
Oh, and I do not go to her, I do not give her attention, I practice the no talk, no touch, no eye contact (or even just ignore and walk away) when she barks or whines. If she is outside, I just leave her until she is quiet for 3-4 minutes and then go to her. However, I worry when she is going on an on at something that she will bug people and I also wonder why she is scared or pissed at these things. I would love to help her and I would also like to know how to stop her without giving into attention giving mode.
This morning I sat with the Vacuum cleaner for about 30 min (I took it out before she barked and did all this before she barked) and put treats all over it so she would have to come get them off...i.e. vacuum equals treats a yummy happy stuff. It worked for a few minutes, but she is not that food motivated and if a treat fell off she would get startled and bark. Then go back, but like stretching her paw out and crouched really low to the ground! So, this plan might work for the things I can do it with...but air? Rain? A balcony?
Any tips and tricks? Did you puppy go through this? I want to be able to get her to stop, but just not sure how to without engaging.