To the Powers That Be:
I love having Bristol. I don't mind that she's not 100% housebroken, and I really don't mind that she occasionally chews on shoes ... it's really more of an incentive to put my shoes out of her reach. But I do mind her out of control excessive barking if I step out of her sight. The citronella bark collar worked like a charm for a whopping 7 days, and now she's figured out that if she barks long enough: eventually the canister runs out of spray. She's also figured out how to turn her head away from the spray.
My current dog trainer hasn't provided me with any tools that works for her. I've tried treats, a TV/radio playing, articles of my clothing, toys ... running her until she's exhausted before I leave her. Nothing works. The excessive barking MUST stop.
She's made excellent strides with the crate ... at night, she goes in no problem, and waits very quietly until someone wakes up to take her out. It'd be great if she applied the same principles when I left the house. I'm coming back, Baby Bristol ... I promise.
Powers that be? Throw me a bone. My dog is wonderful ... she's smart, she's adjusting well, she plays gently with my cat. My neighbors would appreciate it if she didn't bark so much. I'd appreciate it if her barking didn't get me evicted.