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Old 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!
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Older dogs can get separation anxiety. .y young dog does great with the human antidepressant Zoloft prescribed from a behaviorist since regular vets weren't comfortable prescibing specialized medication for separation anxiety.

My dog also loves PetSmart doggy daycare, which is just over $20 a day and every 11th day is free plus they feed him three cups of dry food included in the price. They even give him his special prescription food for IBD and food allergies no extra charge so I save money on dry food, at $50 a bag. I take him Tuesdays and Thursdays and he stays home Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. My commute is now an hour long so he stays home up to ten hours three days a week, and I just tell my boss I'll stay late on Tuesdays and Thursdays but not when he's home all day.
He used to howl and try to jump out the third floor window and knocked two window air conditioners out the third floor window, plus chewed up my whole ace and destroyed everything in the apartment, including doors, floors, all belongings, so I can definitely empathize.
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Behaviorist told me that music, food puzzles, Kong's, awesome high value treats that they only get when you leave and never when you're home so they associate amazing awesome things with you being gone, and the nature channel, especially dog shows are good to calm down anxious dogs.
My dog won't eat or drink anything when I'm not home. So doesn't work for me. My last dog wouldn't either. They are and were both super smart so I just figured they didn't want to have to go out for bathroom breaks when they weren't sure when I'd be home. Last dog didn't have separation anxiety at all. They also give short acting benzodiazepines to knock out and sedate the dog for when you're not home. Lasts 5-6 hours I think. My dog now got violent and too uninhibited twelve hours later and basically became an angry violent disinhibited drunk. I'd get home and bring him to the dog park to play. He'd start attacking other bigger dogs. Behaviorist said don't give him those meds, he's too uninhibited and violent, angry drunk for him.
So lots of options you can try.
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What about dropping your dog off at someone else's home for the day? Or maybe someone in the complex can walk him for you?



If doggie day care every day isn't an option...I hate to say it, but you probably need to get your dog a bark collar. It will only be a matter of time before your dog is reported as a nuisance if it is barking all day long. This is just a fact. When I lived in a two-story town home, both of my neighbors had dogs that would occasionally give a bark at squirrels out the window- and hey, none of us cared.



However, the neighbor to my right suddenly took in a very small dog. The dog would bark shrilly in the middle of the night, waking us up and keeping us up. It sounded like it was in the bedroom with us it was so loud. It would bark shrilly during the day if the family walked outside and wouldn't stop until they came home. Then, the dog began to bark for hours on end during the work days, disrupting my life since I often work from home.


I sadly waited a few months before I let the neighbors know their dog was barking incessantly. Once I told them, they fixed the issue immediately. I'm not sure what they did, but the dog is quiet now. I am guessing they got a bark collar at this point and I am so grateful because I was losing my mind over the barking.



For the most part you may be fine if most of your neighbors leave for the day for work, but if you have people who do work from home, they are definitely not going to be happy and will eventually either talk to you (if they are nice) or they will just go straight to management. Good luck! There are plenty of bark collars for small dogs that only have vibrations, not shocks if you are worried about that!
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