This is probably a question seen a hundred times before. I've had a read of the forums- but I'm already doing most of the given solutions. So I figure I'd explain my case and beg for feedback.
So I just moved house a month ago today.(From a very quiet neighbourhood to the heart of stkilda in Melbourne, which is VERY loud).
I have two Miniature Pinchers. One is 3 (Male) and the other is 9 months (female).
My female is very quiet.
My male is not.
I recieved a second letter in my mail box last night explaining that my dog has been barking all day again.
Currently, I get up 30 mins earlier every morning to take him for a big run. He gets a bone most days (or raw hide) to chew on while I'm at work. He has toys, another dog for company and is very excersised. When my partner gets home from work, he walks him again (with the puppy).
He's got plenty of fresh water,(and is fed two small meals a day, so he is not hungry).
I've been aprehensive to resort of a citronella collar- as I wanted to find the problem and solve that before I tried masking it with a collar.
He's ALWAYS itching to go out the back when I am home. He jumps at the door and cries to go out. I let him out (incase he needs the toilet) and he runs straight out, barking, spins in a circle and runs around the back yard barking. I try and tell him off by saying "NO!" at him, but half the time he ignores me. (I clearly need to establish myself as pack leader). My BF has suggested I smack him with rolled up newspaper- as it makes a loud noise but doesn't hurt. So I'm trying to catch him barking and smack him with the news paper.
What else can I be doing? They are locked inside at night time so it's not a problem until 8:30 in the mornign when my partner puts him out the back, until five or so in the afternoon when he comes home and lets them back in.
My housemate tells me the running him tired in the morning has made a massive difference (she works from home most days)- but this neighbour obviously thinks otherwise.
I'm not really sure what to do.