06-11-2018, 07:24 PM
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What I would do is alert your neighbors that you know about the problem and are actively working on it. Ask them to please have patience and bring them some sort of little gift like fruit basket, or nice cheesecake as an added good will offering.
Next go out and buy some really good earplugs, you are going to need them, and charge your phone, get a nice book, whatever you need to pass some time because it will help you wait.
This is the hard part and why you need the ear plugs and something to pass the time, So long as he's barking you do not open the door, go towards him, look at him, or acknowledge his presence, his barking means he does not exist, and any acknowledgement of him by you will just encourage him to keep making noise. So what you do when you go in is put your hand on the door and start to turn the knob so long as he's quiet. If he barks, whines, screeches, etc. while you are turning the knob stop and wait for him to be quiet for 5 seconds before turning it some more. Every time he vocalizes restarts the countdown. It's basically a demented game of red light, green light. Vocalizing = red light and causes you to stop in your tracks. 5 seconds of quiet = green light and causes you to move again. You'll be doing that as you turn the knob, open the door, go towards him, etc. Every time he vocalizes freeze, ignore him completely, you can turn away from him if you like, and wait for those 5 seconds of quiet.
Do not, repeat, do not, let him out while he is vocalizing, or you will just teach him to vocalize louder, and longer, because it works. What he's learning now is that making noise is what works to get you to go to him and let him out. So do not give up and give in.
It'll take a few days but if you persist in only letting him out when he's quiet he'll learn that quiet is what gets you to give him attention, and let him out to be with you. Once he learns that he should stay quiet while you come into the house and go towards him.
It may also help to reward him throughout the day for just laying around and being quiet. When you catch him just laying around give him a bit of attention or toss him a treat.