Our expert says:
Dog Behaviour Expert
Hi Mel, where the Peke is concerned it sounds like there is stress and frustration involved and every time you smack, shout etc, you are inadvertently reinforcing the behaviour. Firstly, I would suggest you use management and keep her away from the gate to break the habit and at the same time teach her to bard on cue, but work inside the house at first. I am putting a link to an article here for you, at the end.
Is she getting enough mental and physical stimulation by way of regular walks and chew toys etc? If not, this would contribute to the barking.
Where the other dogs are concerned what you need to do first is to clean the whole are with a mixture of 2/3 water to 1/3 white vinegar. Really allow it to soak in (careful, check carpers first that they dont damage)and sponge it up several times with paper towels. After that put down some drops of pure citronella oil in areas that have been soiled.
You will also have to start toilet training again and not allow dogs access to the house unsupervised while training is happening. I have also put in a link to a toilet training article at the bottom.
Your 14 year old may have a physical problem with elimination given the age, and it would be worth your while to watch how often the dog does eliminate and if it seems too frequent have a word with your vet. Thks S
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