My dog is beginning to howl excessively… and as the days go by, his howls become louder and more sustained. What makes matters worse is that I live in a quiet area (on the rooftop) so his howls are amplified and echoes like crazy… He’ll start just after I bail and not return [within a few minutes]… or when he hears me fire up my bike downstairs… he’s so loud that I can hear him from a block away with my helmet on.
What makes matters even worse is that my landlord lives just below me who I had to beg to keep my dog when I first took him in. He’s a pretty laid back fella – retired and practices his golf putt all day long at home… (unfortunately tho, he gets to hear the dog all day long too… which I’m sure doesn’t help his putt cause a bit. I’m sure the neighbors aren’t too happy bout it either.
Although my landlord has been ultra cool about it… it’s definitely wearing thin… Now, I’ll get calls from him in the middle of my work day calmly telling me that my dog is howling [once again]… and when I say calm, I mean sorta in a scary calm kind of way… he’s been very cool about it so far, and I’d hate for it get any worse than it already is… or for him to think that I’ not trying to do anything about it.
My landlord has already suggested chaining the dog up to the far end (away from his windows) – obviously not a solution… and I think he knows that, but I think his point is not so much the chain but his underlying message…
The frustrating thing about all this is that the dog is pretty smart and knows better (I think)… I mean, I don’t have to train him much to get him to behave – he won’t go into rooms that he knows he’s not supposed to be in, he does his business only in the designated areas, he doesn’t beg for food (most of the time), etc… – all this never really took much effort to get him to learn… BUT I can’t get him to stop howling.
I don’t want to give him up. I’d really hate to do that to him, specially since he’s already been abandoned once.
So that’s the situation anyway… my question is what can I do to keep my dog from howling while I’m gone?