DP & I got a puppy last Dec for xmas for DS. Only recently we have been told by a note in out letterbox from an anonymous neighbor that our dog has been barking while we are out. I'm not out every day but I feel bad now when I go out of the house knowing that my dog will start barking while I'm gone.
We have him inside at night until we go to bed (thankfully he doesn't bark at night!). We walk him most nights (not every night now because of how cold it has gotten with DS). He gets new toys frequently, he has company when we are home, we let him inside quite a fair bit when we are home too. I'm guessing he barks because of loneliness when we are out, but how can I try and deter my dog from barking while we are out apart from what we are already trying. I thought of maybe putting him in the bathroom so block out the noise of the barking but I feel that's unfair and cruel on him? Any new ideas or advice would be great TIA