Moose is 1yr/o now and NEVER barks. The only time he barks are when he hears a sound that he knows is someone at the front door or outside. Also when someone approaches the garage when he's out there he starts barking. I had some people over the other day 2 of which were new over here and 1 not.. Moose new the one and was having fun with him and getting pet but when another guy tried to pet him he snapped/barked and growled at him. So, to me this is good a stranger attempted to touch him I had no contact with this stranger he had never been over and was standing 10ft away then suddenly walked towards him tried to touch him. This acceptable to the rest of you? (Keep in mind this was at my house not in the park. In the park moose runs up to every stranger and plays with them. Also, I was right next to him and he could have thought it an attempt/attack on me.) I don't want to sound like I am justifying his barking or snapping at someone but in some cases it seems it would be acceptable no?Carlo and Sergio were both neutered at 16 weeks. Poodles are very territorial and generally will bark. I put one of the shock collars on before I used one and it hurt alot. (like a stun gun) so I bought the Citronella collar and it did not bother either one of them. The two Wiemeramers next door wear them and keep quiet but not Sergio and Carlo. I had to just train them by saying "Quiet" It is amazing how smart they are. When I do that they will softly say "wuff" and stop barking. I've learned to live with it because they are great guard dogs and even though they are gentle as lambs, they can scare someone with their barks. And they both have very deep and throaty barks.