|Barked: Sat Jul 14, '12 7:02pm PST |
|Oh dear, the neighbors sound awful and your landlords are not being nice either. I live on the third floor in a dog friendly complex, and I have a philosophy about barking: ignore it unless it goes longer than an hour, or if the dog is outside. Five minutes worth of barking is just a little bit of nothing. Long periods of barking makes me think something is wrong. We had a neighbor whose dog would bark for hours on end in the apartment and out on the back deck. Turns out he was not letting it out, he was lazy, just letting it poop and pee on the deck. These people abandoned him for 3 weeks over christmas in 2010 with a 20 lb open container of food, an open toilet, and the door open wide enough for him to poo out there. Off the 3rd floor. Oh and they left the heat on, so not only were they neglecting the dog, they were wasting resources. Yeah, I did cal the NEHS on them for that. The dog would howl for hours on end, and then they put a zap collar on it. What got the problem solved is I finally took pics of the dog standing on the porch surrounded by its feces in the -10 degree weather at midnight and I showed the pics to the manger which got their dog removed by the HS and them removed from the complex. THat is a reason to be concerned about dog noise.
Your neighbors, on the other hand, need to realize that they signed in to a lease at a dog friendly apartment and they need to get over themselves. You put up with their loud music, or their stomping around, or their kids tearing up the hallway, or excessive rhythmic thumping, or a myriad of thousands of different auditory annoyances. If people are bothered by it, they should get a single family dwelling. Puppies will grow up, and if you're a dedicated pet parent and work on your dog's training, the howling will stop.
So, what else have you tried? thindershirt? essential oils? music? something other than a zap collar or a spritz collar. With puppies, sometimes separation anxiety is something that will have to be trained out. they just sometimes need desensitized. there are quite a few methods.
Edited by author Sat Jul 14, '12 7:03pm PST
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