Is there some technique to teach a dog to not react to unexpected noises, people, cars, etc?
We have 2 malinois puppies (6 months old) that are on the calm side of things (compared to other malinois we have seen). We live in a rural area, our closest neighbours are 100 meters from us and sometimes their kids scream, or their car passes in front of our yard, or our puppies hear something we don't... when this happens they start barking like the world is ending and run to the fence. Usually it lasts only a few seconds, they do not bark indefinitely. If it lasts longer I go out of the house, call them and most of the times they stop barking.
The only time they completely ignore me is when they see the neighbours' cow... but that is another story.
It's not that they are bored, or don't get enough exercise. We go about 2-3 hours EVERY day to some near field where they run and run until they are exhausted. They both play together, with us, and with the neighbour's border collie puppy, EVERY day.
Maybe we are wrong, but we figured out what is happening is that what triggers them is something unexpected.
Can you recommend us some way to train them no to react to unexpected events? Is that even possible?