Acting like a dog to manage endlessly barking dogs around the house…
We live in the ‘burbs, so there’s often something going on outside the front window, and the pointers will all run to the window and bark. They keep barking as long as they see or hear something out there.
One standard bit of advice is to step between them and the window, but this really doesn’t work. Neither does calling them away from the window.
They aren’t responding to a threat; they’re passing on information in the way that makes sense to them. So as long as they think I didn’t get the message, they want to keep sending it my way, by barking.
I found that if I step to the window, look out and bark two or three times, the dogs all stop barking, walk away and go back to whatever they were doing.
I’ve tested this a number of times, and so far it has worked every time. Apparently once I’ve walked up to the window and said, “Woof woof woof” they figure I know about whatever they were telling me about, and their job is done.
It might look silly to visitors, but it stops the endless barking easily, because I’m working with the dogs rather than trying to work against them.