Well I've received some excellent suggestions regarding this, always open to more.
Situation: I work from home and the Eskie is with me always. She's about two now and is very clever and trainable. There have really been minimal behaviourial issues with her - some weird aversions to elderly people and children but that seems to have been remedied with exposure.

Soon things will be changing with us. I'll be working far less from home and far more at work, want to bring the dog in with me. Problem: she barks at people entering the warehouse which we are converting into a retail store. Can't have her doing this but wow, she's an eskie. These alert barks seem to come from her soul. I can tell her to stop and she'll suppress but the odd bark will just bubble up on it's own accord. I've found some success with commanding her to a down but that won't always be an option as I'll be on the floor and she'll be in the office at times when people enter.

Is there a way to stop a dog from doing this when barking/alerting is in their nature? No shock/citronella collars need apply, it's not that I judge them, it's just not appropriate for this particular creature.

Thanks.
Jean
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Is there a way to stop a dog from doing this when barking/alerting is in their nature? No shock/citronella collars need apply, it's not that I judge them, it's just not appropriate for this particular creature.

I have a breed where barky/alerting is supposedly their nature. Some dogs come with that trait, but they never keep it long here, because they get ignored for being noisey and rewarded for being quiet. Since their whole purpose for being noisey was to attract attention (either to the situation or for themselves) they quickly find that by being quiet results in jackpots.
Usually a barky dog is actively bouncing around, give them something to do, such as a sit, or down, or even carrying a toy, and if you can get them to pick up a toy, hold it, and lie down, your battle is over. You might try stationary exercises
Is there a way to stop a dog from doing ... judge them, it's just not appropriate for this particular creature.

I have a breed where barky/alerting is supposedly their nature. Some dogs come with that trait, but they never keep ... them to pick up a toy, hold it, and lie down, your battle is over. You might try stationary exercises

I'm on the right track with the down, then!
When she starts barking and I give her the down command she's instantly in it and her eyes are all over me. My problem is, when I'm not there to give her the down - though I can easily pop in and lay a down on her. I'd just like to extinguish the barking, at least in this particular work environment.
Jean
in thread "Luna" (Email Removed) whittled the following words:
I'm on the right track with the down, then! When she starts barking and I give her the down command ... lay a down on her. I'd just like to extinguish the barking, at least in this particular work environment. Jean

Once you have allowed the problem to get started, it often takes some time to extinguish.