Bodie is turning out to be as much a nuisance barker as the shelties!?!?! But he sounds so much more intimidating! Our sweet puppy sounds vicious and horribly aggressive when he barks. Even when he is just playing with his toy! My last German Shepherd, Willie, barked so seldom that it was a shock when he did. We can seldom let Bodie have free rein of the backyard because it abuts up against a trail system and there are too many people going back and forth.
Another problem is when we take Bodie with us in the car. We have finally got him to stop barking when we are driving. We are even able to take him through the drive-thru at McDonald's without having him sound like he wants to take out the entire restaurant. We just haven't figured out how to control his barking when he is left in the car. So we just park as far away as we can and let him bark.
RB was coming out of CostCo the other day. Glancing towards our car she saw people startle and give our car a really wide berth. But that was nothing compared to Friday! RB and I had lunch and she walked in with me when I went back to work. She was still in the office when my boss walked in. He had parked two slots away from us and as he walked by our car, Bodie started barking. It scared my boss so much that he spilled his coffee! He said that with Bodie in the car, we don't need a car alarm - we don't even need to lock it! He thought that Bodie sounded like he wanted to take his face off! Yet when we bring Bodie in the office, he is as sweet as he can be and my boss feeds him cookies!