I have a year old chihuahua and an 11 month old pom. My chi I have had since she was 11 weeks old and was doing really well on her potty training. My pom was 8 months old when I got her and she was neglected so really wasn't potty trained and has seperation anxiety. Due to some unfortunate events my babies have been living with my mom. She has a doggy door, but they don't use it. She isn't home much and they are kept behind a gate in her office, so they have room to run and go outside, but regardless they don't. Her other dogs bark constantly at people and noises, as a result of them being there they now bark a lot as well. My pom used to only bark when someone knocked on the door and now she barks at everything outside and when I leave. I have a squirt bottle I use with them and when im home, all I have to do is pick it up and they stop barking. It doesn't help much when I leave though. I have tried putting them in a kennel and my chi fusses a little but settles down, my pom on the other hand barks constantly and whines and freaks out. She was kept in a kennel all day when she was a puppy from the previous owners, so shes terrified of her kennel. Im wondering if I maybe buy a bigger kennel and put them both in it, she will calm down a little. I just can't have her barking all the time because I'm moving into an apartment and I dont want it to become an issue with my neighbors. I take both of them out outside every hour when im home and all I have to say is "go potty" and they will go. However even doing this they still manage to go potty in the house and if its raining forget about it they wont go. I thought maybe the grass bothered their paws and contemplated buying them booties lol Im sorry for rambling I just don't know what to do anymore and I don't want to keep them locked up and worrying about them peeing. so after my long ramble, I just need advice on how to stop the barking when I'm not home and them going potty in the house when I'm home
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