ha ha another black.....I haven't found the right golden yet....
Thanks!I teach the "quiet" command. I used it quite a bit when I ran labs but so far only needed on one golden and it is very effective for her. When your dog barks(or whines), open up the dog box door put your strong hand around the muzzle and squeeze the top and bottom together(until they vocalize) while calmly saying(in your inside voice) "no-quiet". Close the door. Repeat as necessary. Yes, you will need to hang outside the dog box door for a bit and not do anything else. It requires a lot of patience but it works. Think of it as a bit of a drill in and of its own - be consistent. After some of the manual work is done you can collar condition this effectively - squeeze muzzle, "quiet", collar nick. For me, I must have an absolute silent dog while hunting migratory birds and sitting for long periods in a dog blind. That is the reason I say do this "calmly and in your inside voice" above.