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Bless your heart, I bet that is challenging! My Hav will, on very rare occasion, look me in the eye for a long time and then lunge at my face with her teeth bared. It is always when I am combing her beard or muzzle and she is sitting in my lap, and I am wearing glasses. It looks like she is serious to the point that my little mental alarms go off saying, "I'm about to get bitten...". It is disconcerting when your best friend seems to really want to attack you! (I think Mayzie is going after the reflection in my glasses BTW).
I have no great advice except to suggest maybe Arlo would benefit from a half day (or quarter day) at doggie daycare in the morning. My sister does that 3 times a week with her dogs (a labradoodle and a mixed breed lab type dog), and she swears by it. They expend so much energy there that they are much more docile in the evenings with her. She is able to get in training sessions with them without them being complete wildcats.
Another idea - which is not popular amongst the better trainers on this board - is to use a very mild punishment for the inappropriate barking. Either put pennies in a can to shake which is an unpleasant startling sound accompanied by the word "hush", or a squirt of water from a bottle with a very thin stream. The aim is not to hurt Arlo, but rather to make an association between the word hush and some unpleasant reaction. In my view, it is the same as spraying Bitter Apple spray on something to keep him from chewing - it's an unpleasant taste. Again, this is a frowned upon method, but I used it with Mayzie and it stopped her inappropriate barking in about 3 squirts.
Lastly, I would encourage you to strengthen your bond with Arlo by training him in short sessions a few times a day. He will learn to trust you, to look to you for instruction, and to expect to learn from you.
Good luck, and please keep us informed!
I spend my days chasing Mayzie 'n planting daisies! What a blessed life!