I apologize...I should have checked in to see if you responded (I will try to do better). * First, have they cut back on the barking when you are home? * Have you considered contacting an expert via phone, to ask why they think this may be happening, and what they can do to solve the issue? By this I mean "an expert". Just before we got our lab, I fell off my mark (my ultimate plan for a pedigree) and we got a rescue puppy. I paid the "Caesar (spelling?) of New Jersey $750 to rehabilitate the puppys aggression issues with being possessive with food and objects. This man was clearly, from the moment he entered our home "an expert". Unfortunately, the puppy felt that there was only room for 2 of us in our home, and I was voted out. He attacked me 3 times. * Earlier, this last November, I brought my boy (my Labrador) to a pet psychic. (I was highly impressed. without my prompting, he told her about his likes, his loves and his concerns) * We go to a holistic vet (that is where I received the recommendation for the psychic). I know they have calming and anxiety oils. We have lavendar oil which we do not use much (and honestly, at the moment I do not recall what we got it for. but we put it on his paws when they get sore from salt and cold weather. I am not an expert and I do not claim to be a know it all (I do not like know-it-alls) however, I continue to identify with your range of emotions. If you are a person who believes in prayer, that in itself can bring a sense of peace. We,... make that I, love my boy to such depth that I wanted him to have a brother. It didn't work. It was a very tough decision but I remained strong and I remained numb, kind of robotic in a way. We rehomed him in June. I am glad we brought him home. Had I not, i'd be sitting here now saying to myself "What if? If only we got a companion dog?, etc. What I never expected was that I would continue to think of him ever so briefly, every day. I try not to (or do I?) My point here...you are reading a response from a man who can identify with you and your range of human feelings and emotions. Your girls (they are girls?) are loved, truly loved and all four of you are new to this. There are bound to be mistakes made; life lessons learned. I feel everything will work out as it is meant to be if you remain open to the messages of the universe and the messages in your heart. Please keep me posted. You are in our thoughts. Bye, Bye.