This is really stressing me....my dog barks...A LOT and very loud at just about anything! . since we live out of town and on 1.25 acres it doesn't bother anyone (that I know of) but now we are moving into town, on .16 acres! And with a bunch of neighboors all around us, plus a busy street and a little alley-way. My dog is around 3-4 years old. Yellow lab, german shepard, char-pei, and something else breeed LOL. He is friendly with lots of enegry. He will bark if someone knocks on the door, pulls up in the driveway, makes a weird noise somewhere other than in our yard, other dogs close by, barking at other dogs, people walking on the street, deer, etc. I don't want to get complaints or annoy people around our house with our dog barking all the time. It's not so bad out here now because you can only hear it when your upstairs and or outside. And the neighboorr have dogs, so they are fine. the other neighboors are way down the street, or a few acres away. So its hard to hear the dog. My ideas so far are a zapper collar (when he barks, he gets a zap. But I heard a sad story from my moms friend tonight, the collar on her friends dog or soemthing mal-functioned. So it kept zapping when the dog MOVED. So after a while it got a big burn around it's neck, then it was TERRIFIED to even move. Sad ) Also a muzzle thing, but thats kind of mean too. We'd have him inside as much as possible, and walk him regularly to keep him active and non-barking. But I don't know how we can prevent it otherwise. I don't know for sure, but I am predicting that when people walk by the alleyway, he may bark. I may just have to wait and see how it goes. We are going on holidays on the 13th for 3 weeks. And we still need to move all our stuff over, and build a fence (proabbyl hire someone my mom says) so he can't get out. He is a crafty little devil! We have 6' fence all the way around his "yard" right now, and logs along the bottom so he can't get our. I have always thought "what if" and again, I keep thinking "what if..." or what happens if..." etc. I want our neighboors to like us, not hate us and get annoyed. SO i'm done my book... Anyone have any ideas to keep him quiet? Just to recap, we will have him inside a lot, in the garage when its too hot inside (cold cement floor in the gargage), walk him frequently to let him get used to the sounds and noises near by, possible by a bark collar (i dont know though, dont want to hurt him) and thats all I can think of... HELP im scared!