New guy with problem dog
Hi, I'm posting my question here as i am new and the software won't let me post the question in the proper place. This summer we got two dogs: a four year old pug/terrier mix, and one of her puppies. We were assured that the father was the same breed.
As the puppy grew a little older we looked at her developing head shape and realized we had been lied to; the dog is half chihuahua. Now, I will confess I've rarely had good experiences with chihuahuas and if i had known in advance we would NEVER have accepted this animal. Fortunately my biggest concern (distrust of strangers and aggression) has not materialized. She's a very friendly, playful dog and for the most part quite lovable.
However, over the past few weeks this beast has started barking. Constantly. Over everything. She loves to play and her mother rarely wants to... so she barks at mom. We have yak cheese for chews, and instead of taking whichever is still available she tries to get the one her mother has and barks when she can't. Alone in a room? Barking. Nothing seems to make her stop. It's driving everybody absolutely bananas. I personally have NO patience for high-pitched small dog yipping, and my wife even less. If my eldest daughter wasn't hopelessly attached to the animal we'd already be looking to re-home. I can't find anything online that does not involve months and months of intensive training with no real guarantee of results.
How do I make this animal be quiet?