This may be a weird question, but I live in a city where it's very hard to find apartments that allow dogs, especially large dogs. So in my apartment complex basically there's one to three dogs in almost every apartment and it seems like millions of dogs in the immediate neighborhood. I obviously expect that there's going to be barking when you walk by individual apartments, my dog has a protective streak and will bark if there's a sudden noise or he hears other dogs outside or if someone knocking or passing close by outside. That's fine, he and most if the other dogs in the building run to the door, growl and bark a few times and stop. If I'm home and he doesn't stop quickly I either say leave it or call him over and he stops.
I don't train him not to do it at all because I like his barking being a potential deterrant if any potential robbers ever did break in.
My next door neighbor has had one small dachshund mix since she moved in about a year ago. That dog is friendly and quiet. Probably a month or more ago we all had to evacuate for some fire alarm and I saw her outside with a second tiny dachshund mix that wasn't friendly, he growled and snapped at my dog. She said she was just dogsitting him. Ever since this dog or her dog barks and growls literally nonstop all day long until she gets home. From 8am to 7pm. The walls are paper thin, our apartments are literally right next to each other and I can hear the little monster barking from two blocks away when I'm walking back from parking my car. My current job has me working from home and I guess I'm noise sensitive because it's driving me nuts! I can't concentrate at all.
Today when she got home I heard her telling the dog to be quiet then maybe there was a scuffle when she was feeding them because all of a sudden both dogs started fiercely yapping, barking and growling loudly. This set my dog off and he bolted to the door barking and growling. He quieted when I told him to and she quieted her dogs.
If I start working more out of the home or leave him, is he likely to start this obnoxious barking to in reaction? If I'm stressed by it, wouldn't he be stressed by the constant noise as well? My dog already has severe separation anxiety and I finally got him more stable and to stop howling and destroying the apartment with a behaviorist, medication and doggy daycare so that he could be home sometimes. Plus he's very noise sensitive, he can be asleep and any little sound makes him jump a foot in the air. He's also learned how to run at the fence and bark at passers by from seeing a gsd do it once and I've seen other dogs learn that behavior from him. He also learned fetch by watching other dogs in the park.
I've thought about leaving the neighbor a note telling her that the dog is driving me bonkers and to either put it in doggy daycare, see a behaviorist (I did both with my own dog, I didn't just keep torturing him and my neighbors) and get it on meds or get a bark collar, but I'm afraid she'll know it's me and be angry since I did tell her once that the dog barked non-stop. Not that she did anything about it!
I'm afraid to complain to the landlord because they might decide to ban all dogs.