I am really glad that I found this forum which I hope will help with my dogs (and that maybe I can help others). We have an ongoing issue with two of our four dogs). They are all mini foxie crosses (rescue dogs) aged between four and seven.
We have hit a brick wall with our two older dogs (ages 6 and 7) who bark on and off all day when we go out. They had a history of so called separation anxiety after their owner passed away. We also heard that the previous owner kept them inside all the time, didn't train them and basically never left them.
Over the three years we have trained these two dogs to walk on a leash (they understand the heel command but one is a bit dominant and I have to constantly remind him - he responds to a verbal command). The dogs seem desensitised to our going out routine, where I leave toys, the tv on and music playing. Often they just lie in their bed and don't follow me.
However, about half the time when I go out, I hear that they started barking about five minutes after I leave, and do it on and off all day. Other times, they are almost silent. We have heavy curtains so they can't see out. Before I leave, I take the dog for an hour long walk and do games/ training with them (if I stay home after this they sleep all day, so it must wear them out).
I have done training with them including desentising them to me leaving, hiding under the house and hitting the floorboards when they bark, and have also tried medication, dog appeasement pheramone, burning lavender oil, and massage.
The dogs are all generally well behaved when I am home and do what I say, although one of the persistent barkers does get a little pushy.
We also have resource guarding issues so I can't leave bones out for them. I tried this once and they were fighting within seconds and I had to go back.
I don't know what else to do, this is becoming frustrating. Just when I think they are successful we have a setback.
Personally they are probably not that bad, only one neighbour complains about them. If they were really bad sure all three neighbours plus the people over the road would complain?
Thanks in advance,
Brutus and Belle's mum