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My Golden Retriever + Great Pyrenees mix is now 8 months old and has become more aware of her surroundings. I noticed at night when we play at the field, she will bark at people (not every person that walks by). She won't bark while she is on the leash walking with me, just when she is free, off her leash. Sometimes she will bark, and run to me. One time she pushed me out of the way and stood in front of me and let out a bark to whoever or whatever she was warning.

If she hears anyone approaching my apartment door, she will also bark. Just so you know, it's not ongoing barking. She'll bark one to three times. She will also bark if she hears people fighting. Should I allow this? This only bothers me late at night when I am asleep, other than that she is a very good dog. Sometimes when she does this, I just ask her to go inside her crate. Sometimes she will let out a few barks, other times she'll just lay down, watching the door.

Any advice?
 

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its not out of nowhere, its genetics.

Great Pyrs are livestock guardian dogs, bred to howl and bark at night in order to scare away predators. You can't stop the night barking.

For day barking, dont send to crate. sending to crate in the state of arousal will cause frusteration, crates are for relaxing. Just make up cue, such as "quiet", When she is barking, distract her. Say "quiet" and praise when she stops barking.
 

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its not out of nowhere, its genetics.

Great Pyrs are livestock guardian dogs, bred to howl and bark at night in order to scare away predators. You can't stop the night barking.

For day barking, dont send to crate. sending to crate in the state of arousal will cause frusteration, crates are for relaxing. Just make up cue, such as "quiet", When she is barking, distract her. Say "quiet" and praise when she stops barking.
Than you :)
 
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