I have a foster dog that barks at any little noise. Some of this behavior may stem from being in a new house (but she has now been here a bit over 2 weeks).
I have informed a potential adopter about her behavior, and she is willing to work with the dog. She has asked for advice on how to deal with this behavior.
So far, when I am home, if she alert barks, I may try
1) getting up and going over to reassure her (she is standing and looking at where she heard the sound) and calling her to come back with me and then petting her
2) calling her to me and distracting her by giving her treats and/or asking her to do a couple of sits (and we are trying to work on a down) and then treating
3) when I am lazy, I may just say "hush" or "knock it off"
I would love to hear better suggestions since I know I can improve my technique and I would feel more informed to help the adopter.
Also, does anyone know if the dog is helped not to alert to small sounds when the owner is around, will it translate to when the owner is not at home?
I am also hoping once the dog is comfortable in a new home, she will not feel the need to alert so much.
Thanks in advance.