Dog Behaviorist Tom Gunlicks (also the manager of the Precious Pets Country Resort) offered his final tip for us this month; what to do with a barking dog.
He says if you yell at them to stop, they think you are joining in. You need to calmly remove them from the situation. If the doorbell rings and you have a barker you need to put them in a timeout and then answer the door. When they have stopped barking, let them out. Tom says dogs will always bark to send out the alarm that there is danger, but if you let them know that YOU are in charge and will take care of the "danger" they will stop barking.
If you are outside and the dog barks at a person walking across the street, get in between the dog and the distraction. Once they know they know you will take care of the problem, they will stop. Reward them.
It takes constant repetition to break a bad habit or teach a new one. Tom says be patient and keep working.