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Hello everyone,
Please excuse the long message and thanks to those who will read it. I’m here looking for advice and also opinion on our issue.
after years of reflexion and thanks to some change in our life we were finally able to adopt our first dog. After some research and Contact with breeders we opted for a Weimaraner. We were fully aware of the exercice level needed and the tendency of the breed to suffer from separation anxiety. Even though our lease allows us and in an attempt to be transparent we informed our landlord about our plan to adopt a dog. In our complex they were no dog at the time but they were two when we first moved in so we didn’t think this would be a problem. At first they said they wouldn’t allow it saying that yes there have been dog in the complex but would rather not to have dog anymore… we were really disappointed but we weren’t going to argue with our landlord. Then a few weeks later they came back to us and said that they came back on their decision and would allow the dog.
Obviously we were really excited. our dog joined our family 5 month ago at 10 weeks old. We should have thought twice because that’s when our problem started…
he is a puppy so obviously needs to learn things. Since the first week we’ve been working with him, going to puppy class every week to teach him things and have him trained. Knowing the SA tendency we tried to work on that since the beginning. Sadly our boy really doesn’t like to be alone… we had a behaviorist come to our house to help us with the matter. It seems to me that we’ve made some progress and that it’s not true SA but he simply rather be with us. what makes me say that is that when we leave he tends to barks but has no destroying tendency. We also worked on counter condition the departure keys and it seems to me that he doesn’t react to those anymore.
when we leave this is how it usually goes: we will walked him on and off leash to have him burn his energy. Then we come home and have him come down, that’s when he usually passes out on the sofa. Then when we leave, we leave him with plenty of occupation (frozen kong, bully stick, kong wobbler). He will bark a few time but as soon as we are in the car he’s busy with the chewy things we left him (we’ve installed a camera to watch him). After finishing the chewy things he will sometimes bark a few time (3-5 times 3-5 barks) but then realizes we are gone and passes out on the sofa until we come back. Then it doesn’t matter if we are gone 50 minutes or an hour. He lives his life.
knowing that, we try to leave him alone the least number of time possible (3-4 times a week). We will place him in daycare if needed or we will be with him the rests of the time. Sadly it impossible for us to always be with him. Ideally I know that our dog would never bark but we’re not there yet.
my problem is that our landlords now threatens us because our dog barks too much according to them and asks us to get rid of the dog or else. I find this really unfair because it seems to me that we are doing every thing in our power to erase this unwanted behavior and to erase the nuisance for everyone. We’ve ask around the neighborhood, all of our neighbour say they don’t mind him because he’s still young and that they barely hear him.
I am not saying my dog is no nuisance and I fully understand that it’s not their dog and that they don’t have to hear him but i really think the amount of barking is somewhat tolerable. For me I think this comes with saying yes to us having a dog and I find it really unfair to now asks us to give up the dog or move… am I wrong? What I also have trouble with is that they say things like “your dog barked all morning” when we left him like 45 minutes and he did bark like a few time according to the camera. Again, I’m not minimizing the nuisance but it seems to me that on their end they are exaggerating…
Have anyone also had this problem? Do you have any tips on what we can do to minimise the barking?
It seems to me that the more we leave him alone, the easier it gets but then we will have him barks more for a period of time not arranging the relationship with the landlords… I’m a bit lost on what to do… we will likely move but it’s not easy to find somewhere that accepts a weim…
 

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No, 3-5 barks and then nothing more is not excessive. I would understand their frustration if your dog was barking continuously for an hour, but his barking lasts what, 5 minutes? Have you informed your landlord that you have the camera in your apartment and know exactly how long he barks? That might get them to back off a bit.

I'm not certain where you live or renter's rights in your region, but I would check into that, first, so you know what your rights are and what your landlord can and can't legally do. It may be that he can't do anything without proving that your dog is excessively barking, and with your video evidence of your dog that would be difficult. Make sure to keep those videos, and store backups!

But, personally, I would start looking for a new place to live if my landlord was like that. Even if you get them to back off, you'll be living every day walking on eggshells making sure your dog doesn't make noise, which is no fun.
 

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The barking can be trained out, but it's very hard to train a dog to NOT do something that comes natural while you are not there to enforce the rule. You go out the door , and the warden has left the jail. There are devices that claim to give an ultrasonic tone or something, people say they work. I don't know. There's the cruel practice of yanking vocal cords, there are options just none I condone or recommend. You can give it a very engaging chew toy, and exercise A LOT before you leave, it may help. But...
 

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A few barks now and then while you're training a new puppy is totally reasonable, especially since the other tenants don't have a problem with it. In addition to what Lillith suggested, I would also read over your lease very carefully to see what, if anything, it explicitly says about pets. When your landlord approved the dog, did you get it in writing? Even if it's an e-mail or a text? If so I'd get everything printed out and backed up, just in case you might need it. If your camera records, make sure you're saving those videos too in case you need to show evidence of how much barking is actually happening.
 

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Thanks for all of your reply. to answer a few of the questions:
  • they know we have the camera and when I tell them that yes he did bark but not « all morning » they seem to back off a bit but they seem to still try to use the same argument
  • I’ll make sure to record the dog, rightknow I only watch him live to make sure he is alright and have the alert comes if something move. It could become handy.
  • nothing on owning pet figures in our lease. in this case where I live it means we are allowed to have a dog (I checked when we everything seems to be ok to adopt one). Us going to them was more out of courtesy than a necessary step and to avoid to cause trouble (well…). From what I gathered they have no legal way of kicking us out but they still try to intimidate us into giving him up and it becomes tiring to have to defend yourself every time you bump into them…
it seems to me that we will be moving soon…
 
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