I was thinking that it might be time to give the corgis access to the inside world during the day when I am at my internship and school. They normally are outside in the balcony area with their outside toys, dog house, water, etc., but I have been getting complaints that they have been barking while I've been gone during the day. Which is funny, because they never bark when I'm home so I have not witnessed this behavior....
Anyway, I would like to ask for advice on what to do with having a dog (well, two dogs) stay on her (their) own indoors during the day. The balcony leads into my bedroom and I could theoretically close that door to restrict their access to the rest of the apartment. All of their toys are in their toybox in the bedroom anyway, so that wouldn't change location. Twinkie isn't a chewer, but Luna is potentially back in that stage (can they regress?). Please, any advice is helpful - I plan on starting tomorrow (Monday).
We do have a doggy door, but Twinkie is still learning how to use it. She's still unsure how to. Luna was taught by a neighbor dog, because they had one and I just had to re-tap that knowledge when we installed ours. She uses it just fine. I leave the girls in the kitchen when it's rainy and they've been fine in there, but .... this is just a new area for me so I'm unsure how to proceed.
With Potus inside - does he hold his bathroom breaks until you get home or does he have access to a potty area?
I leave Franklin inside all day while at school/internship. He does fine. Yesterday he had to stay home alone for 10 hours (not ideal, but he lived lol). He has never chewed anything or gotten himself into trouble. He has access to the balcony through a dog door but NEVER uses it, and won't go potty unless on command (SUPER ANNOYING by the way). So he will hold it for 10 hours if I end up having a long day and can't find anybody to walk him.
As a neighbor of an incessantly barking dog, I have to say IT IS SOOOOOOOOOO ANNOYING! If it has gotten to the point where your neighbors have approached you, remember that probably means they do it A LOT. Many people (myself included) won't say anything until it just goes on forever. My neighbor's dog never barks when they are home and it is inside with them, but when they are gone, I can't even go outside without it going CRAZY and it barks at any and every sound. It gets VERY annoying. So I"m thinking it'd probably be a good idea to keep them inside before you get into trouble with management (if you rent) or start ruining relationships with your neighbors.
Thank you all for your great advice. I think I'm going to go with the kitchen approach and leave a radio on as suggested. I hope in the future to just crate them, but for now I don't want to restrict their movement too much. I do not want to annoy my neighbors and hope that this solution is one that will work.
I believe that Twinkie is the barker - and I suspect Luna joins in after she gets going. She still startles easily and I can only guess at what it is outside that is getting her started. I like the suggestion that the radio may distract them from any outside distractions.
Any more advice is more than welcome.