Is there anyway - a mod or via console - to make the dog stop barking all the time? Maybe it is not annoying to other people but I play a stealthy character. I realize that the NPCs may not hear the dog bark but I find it annoying when I'm B&E in a home, sneaking past the sleeping occupants only to hear my dog bark like he's trying to tell someone Timmy is in the well. When I sneak, my follower sneaks, at the least, the dog could be quiet. The same for the summoned companion that howls.
Again, I do realize that this is probably a problem for only a small group of people, but it resulted in me being unable to use the dog. If I could even just turn the dog volume down, that would help.
I play with headphones and I play with a large stereo system. To me the sound of a game (when I'm playing a stealthy character) is almost as important as the video. Perhaps a mod could be made by the Skyrim Modder Gods in which other animals can be used and be used quietly.