I have a 9 1/2 month old cattle dog x beagle and he has been fine up until about two weeks ago when i went away for two days he just started barking at night over nothing at around sunset and it's been getting worse with him waking up in the middle of the night/ early morning and through out the day and he is causing real problems for me between neighbours and my family ( who are totally not dog people and want him gone basically).
It seems the more i try to train him to stop the worse it gets. I have been running and taking him to the park even more ( 2 hours of a morning and 2 hours of an afternoon), the morning walk keeps him tired and asleep for most of the day but then come around 4 in the afternoon it just doesn't stop. He gets two good sized meals a day, his water bowl is always full, has a comfy sleeping area outside. Im just lost because nothing has changed since before he started barking so I don't know what it is. He literally just walks around the backyard and sides of the house barking at nothing it seems.
Is there anyone that can give me some advice? Is a shock collar the way to go? I am desperate because i've literally been handed a month to either train him out of it, move out or my dog goes
any advice would go a long way!