My 13month old dog has been so well behaved up until we lost our older dog about 3 months ago. He now has started barking at visitors (uncontrollably to some) and just barking at us and at random things in the backyard or house.
We understand he is playing the 'protector' card now that he is big dog and has lost his mate but still need to know how to control this as we are moving place soon and already finding it hard to find somewhere pet friendly.
At the moment i am not babying him like i used to so he doesnt feel the need to 'protect' me and we have set up a area to isolate him when he barks. He usually stops once in his 'naughty corner' and once he settle we let him out but i feel like the onset of the barking is getting more frequent.
I love the little guy but i am finding this really stressful as i dont want him to be an annoying little dog to everyone else and want him to be pleasant to be around and to be able to take him to my mums for visits etc. Whilst he is like this in his own home he is twice as anxious and barky when we take him anywhere else.
He gets 2 big 1hr walks a day, plenty of attention - please help! I am confused and need a plan to stick to to curb this behaviour while he is still young.
Thanks for your help in advance.