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Old 10-21-2010, 05:00 PM   #1
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Hi all,

So I am continuing to try to do research and learn as much as possible before its the right time to actually purchase a puppy.

However, I am wondering if anyone has any insight into this potential problem. I live in an apartment, with a neighbor (downstairs) who is home most of the day. I will be working 9-5 (hopefully will be able to come home during my lunch break to check in), but I am concerned about a puppy barking and whining all day when I'm gone.

I was thinking about puppy daycare a couple time a week, but that could get expensive. I also don't have anyone I would feel comfortable with coming in during the day (aside from myself during lunch). Do any of you have young puppies who never stopped barking? Or do they usually adjust after some time? Does anyone have experience addressing this problem? Unique ideas?

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Great question! I am curious about this too since I live in a condo. Granted I will be home most of the day except for my classes... I still worry about night time and disrupting my neighbors. (Who are very nice, btw ) I just want to be courteous to others. I hope you get some good advice!
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Not that I will be getting a furbutt anytime soon, but I am curious of the advice
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Get two! then they can play with each other. A bored baby will get into everything and not adjust very well. I hate it when I have to leave mine...but we got the second just so the one didn't have to be alone (well, we had another dog, but she was very old and slept all the time, so no company for our Yorkie) But two turns into three *sigh* Kendra
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When I first got London I lived in an apartment. She barked CONSTANTLY when I would leave. I got warnings from the rental office because other people were complaining. I really don't know why she did it. It didn't matter if i kept her in one room, gave her free roam of the apartment, crated her, walked her before, turned on music or anything it just didn't stop. After I moved out of there and into my grandmas house she whined and barked for a few minutes when I would leave but this eventually got better. Now I'm in my own house and she's ok. I personally don't think I could ever live in an apartment again now that I have her. It was so stressful. Sometimes a kong with a ziggie would help though!!! I still bring one with me whenever I take her to someones house. Kind of like a pacifier for a baby, lol. Even though I had all that drama with London I can't imagine not having her, she's my baby
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Hi all,

So I am continuing to try to do research and learn as much as possible before its the right time to actually purchase a puppy.

Mine didn't start barking until they got older. You could leave the TV on for him or her. Also, lots of toys are a must. Crate train or leave in a confined place like the bathroom or kitchen. She'll sleep most of the day...after her long early morning walk.
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Great question! I am curious about this too since I live in a condo. Granted I will be home most of the day except for my classes... I still worry about night time and disrupting my neighbors. (Who are very nice, btw ) I just want to be courteous to others. I hope you get some good advice!
If you get one small enough...you could bring her to class with you in a little puppy bag.

However, I am wondering if anyone has any insight into this potential problem. I live in an apartment, with a neighbor (downstairs) who is home most of the day. I will be working 9-5 (hopefully will be able to come home during my lunch break to check in), but I am concerned about a puppy barking and whining all day when I'm gone.

I was thinking about puppy daycare a couple time a week, but that could get expensive. I also don't have anyone I would feel comfortable with coming in during the day (aside from myself during lunch). Do any of you have young puppies who never stopped barking? Or do they usually adjust after some time? Does anyone have experience addressing this problem? Unique ideas?

Daycare is good, but not untill she's older...maybe close to a year old.
My two don't bark unless I'm home and they hear things. You can train them not to bark though.
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Get two! then they can play with each other. A bored baby will get into everything and not adjust very well. I hate it when I have to leave mine...but we got the second just so the one didn't have to be alone (well, we had another dog, but she was very old and slept all the time, so no company for our Yorkie) But two turns into three *sigh* Kendra
YES, GET TWO!! I did and it's the best thing ever.
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I know this post is going to be a little long but i do want to give you my input...
I have Rocco for a month and a half now. I got him at 8 weeks old. i live in an apt. in Manhattan. I keep Rocco in the kitchen (puppy proof) which is a nice size for him. His crate is in there open all the time and I have a gate in the doorway of the kitchen so he is contained. He has alot of toys to keep him busy. I come home at lunchtime and spend a half hour with him. (takes me 15 min back and forth). I spend about an hour in the morning playing with him in the house and then take him out for a walk. You have to tire them out. We have a routine before i leave the house, i pick up all his toys which make their way into the living room during playtime, as i am picking them up he goes into the kitchen and once the toys are in the kitchen and i reach for the gate he goes in his crate for his morning nap. i open all the blinds in the house for plenty of light, i leave the radio on. he cried for the first couple of days he was home but now he is a very good boy. I do notice that once he is in the kitchen all set up i MUST leave the apt. If he thinks i am home and he is gated he does start to cry. I spend alot of time with him one on one (remember you will be his mother father sister brother and best friend) and i also take him for playdates and he is very social.
It is a big commitment and will take some patience with training but it is so well worth the time and effort. I LOVE Rocco soooo much. He is a good boy. I wish you luck and if i can help out just let me know...
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Mine used to bark after I left (when in the crate, they were crate trained but my boyfriend leaves them out now b/c he feels bad for them) but stopped soon after I stepped away from the door. When I leave them out they are fine. They are 1.5 and 4 years old. Puppy I crate trained in fear of someone biting a cord, choking on a piece of paper and my string eater ... OH MY STRING EATER ... more of a string licker but eating is possible and sscary! I still worry about her.
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I strongly disagree with getting two as do most trainers. If one is a barker, he will teach the other one to bark and then you will have double the problem. Training two puppies is very challenging, especially if you work full time as they need lots of separate training.

Two Puppies or One? - VeterinaryPartner.com - a VIN company!

As far as one puppy, a lot will depend on her personality. Some dogs are barkers, some are not. Make sure you don't get a puppy until she is at least 12 weeks old and very well socialized.

How sound proof is your apartment? How is your downstairs neighbor? Does she like pets (hopefully have one of her own) or do you think she is a complainer? An animal lover will be more understanding of occasional barking in the beginning while your puppy adjusts. Of course, no one wants to listen to a dog bark all day long.

It's always risky to have a dog in an apartment as they are always conditional. If they disturb the neighbors, you will have to either move or rehome the dog.
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i just got brady last saturday and he has a bit of separation anxiety so he barks even when i leave the room. it's a good thing that puppy barks are not at loud but it can get to the point where i'm afraid of neighbors complaining. i def agree that you should tire them out as much as possible. other than that, just remember not to give in when they bark. have training sessions where you intentionally leave and return only when they stop barking. try to do this for only a few min at first and then increase the amount of time that you're out. the main thing is not to come back until they stop barking so they will know that barking will not get them what they want. of course you should also associate you leaving with positive things like treats and lots of fun toys for them to play with. if you are diligent about this, the barking should only last a week or so

if nothing else works, you could always try a snugglepuppie. it's a toy that's heated and has a real heartbeat so it reminds them of their mom or littermates

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As far as my apartment goes, it is NOT sound proof. While we cannot hear conversations in a bordering apartment, I can still hear the neighbor's baby cry. I know that my neighbor would be able to hear a puppy bark. In addition, she has told me that dog barking really annoys her -- not that I blame her -- it would annoy me too if it was constant. In addition, our complex is relatively quiet, but we do have an abundance of small barking dogs .

While I would eventually love to get two dogs, I do not see that as an option (financially or time wise) at this point. I have also read that if you are gone during the day this is not always a good idea as the puppies tend to bond more with each other than with the owner. Don't know if this is true but, before getting a second dog, I would like to have an established bond with my first one

I definitely think that some of this will relate to the dog's own traits and personality, which means when the time comes I will definitely have to make sure the (reputable) breeder helps me find a dog that is right for my personality & living situation.

I definitely like the idea about the music, toys, etc. and I will do something like that.

I also thought the posting about playing with the dog 1hr AND a walk was a great idea -- had no idea they would need that much exercise in the morning! lol....Guess I will be trying to go to bed earlier!!!

Thank you for your great responses so far! Please keep them coming
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As far as my apartment goes, it is NOT sound proof. While we cannot hear conversations in a bordering apartment, I can still hear the neighbor's baby cry. I know that my neighbor would be able to hear a puppy bark. In addition, she has told me that dog barking really annoys her -- not that I blame her -- it would annoy me too if it was constant. In addition, our complex is relatively quiet, but we do have an abundance of small barking dogs .

While I would eventually love to get two dogs, I do not see that as an option (financially or time wise) at this point. I have also read that if you are gone during the day this is not always a good idea as the puppies tend to bond more with each other than with the owner. Don't know if this is true but, before getting a second dog, I would like to have an established bond with my first one

I definitely think that some of this will relate to the dog's own traits and personality, which means when the time comes I will definitely have to make sure the (reputable) breeder helps me find a dog that is right for my personality & living situation.

I definitely like the idea about the music, toys, etc. and I will do something like that.

I also thought the posting about playing with the dog 1hr AND a walk was a great idea -- had no idea they would need that much exercise in the morning! lol....Guess I will be trying to go to bed earlier!!!

Thank you for your great responses so far! Please keep them coming

You are right. It's better for bonding and training to get just one puppy at a time.

Oh, dear. If you can hear a baby cry through the walls and have a neighbor who hates barking dogs, that could be a problem.

Do you have any plans to move in the future? If so, it might be a good idea to wait.
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I'm definitely waiting for a while. I won't be getting looking to buy for at least 6mo to a year. Just in the preliminary research phase now...

When I am ready, I may talk to my neighbor about it, and see if she could let the barking go for a couple weeks. If she is not very understanding, I may move into another apartment in the same complex before getting the dog -- maybe another unit would be more dog friendly
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I agree getting two dogs is especially this being your first (or first two) dog(s). I don't think its true though about pups bonding to each other. All the dogs I've had and I had 3 puppies at once from three different litters (two rescued), and they all bonded to me my older one and each other just fine. But all LOVED mommy time.
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Not sure what to say, but given enough time the puppy will settle down. When I first got Ruger he would bark whenever I left the room, even if I got behind the shower curtain. Now, he has settled down quite a bit, and usually sleeps on the bathroom floor or plays with a toy waiting for me to come out of the shower.

Ruger is one year old now, and things like barking in the car when I leave him for a minute or two has mostly stopped. While Yorkies have a reputation for being yappy little dogs, Ruger is pretty quiet and only barks if he wants something or hears/smells something outside. I just live with it as I don't want to break him of being a good watchdog, although if he knows the person at the door he won't do anything.

FYI, I live in a duplex, and my neighbors have never complained, except that they leave their door open a lot for the cat, and Ruger tends to go inside and eat the cat's food. They say they never hear him, so how well your place is constructed will make a difference. BTW, he never barks at the cat. They just kinda ignore each other.
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