06-09-2018, 08:42 PM
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11 year old dog not adjusting to apartment
Hi! My wonderful dog 11 year old dog Oliver, a Miniature Schnauzer mix (not sure with what), is having trouble adjusting to living in a new apartment. I adopted him when he was three, and for the eight years we have had together I've been lucky to not be more than a five minute drive from home and have been able to live in a house and a fairly quiet duplex--so he is used to me coming home to walk him at lunch, and also use to relative quiet during the day. My job is now a 30 minute drive from home and we are on the top floor of a 7 story complex, which I thought would be quiet (and is except when people exit and return to their units), and I don't have time to go home at lunch to take him on a walk anymore. I fear he barks all day. I'm worried about him and also worried he is annoying the neighbors; I have talked to two of the neighbors who don't seem to mind him at all, but one of those neighbors said one person might report him because of a couple of days where he barked all day. He is not doing well with neighbors walking down the hall and hearing their doors close and open, and as I leave for the day my heart breaks when I sometimes hear him howl as I go to the elevator. I've tried leaving kongs and treats around the house, and the vet gave him a natural relaxant, but I don't know if it is doing any good. We take a 40-50 minute walk in the morning, and I take him out right before I leave and we hike up the 7 flights of stairs as I try to wear him out...but he is very energetic. I am hoping with time this will get better, but I'm worried about the one neighbor complaining and I'm worried about Oliver being so stressed! He goes to doggy daycare once or twice a week, and seems to love it--but I can't afford it every day! If I could I would take him every day but at $35 a day I just can't quite do that. He does not bark at all when I'm home, so this is separation anxiety I believe plus the new surroundings. I'm considering a variety of things from soothing music to food puzzles, but I'm looking for any advice for older dogs having to adjust to very new environments. Thanks!