we wrote about renting apartments with bigger and pitbull-type dogs, and I think the second part of this is making sure that those of us that do have larger and pitbull-type dogs in shared-wall buildings make it a positive experience for everyone to encourage landlords and condo associations to allow bigger dogs in the building. Though we're not perfect ourselves, here are some things we've noticed and are working on to make living with dogs a positive experience for everyone in the building.
Having an Awareness & Soundproofing:
we wrote about here.
our trainer who helped us figure out some techniques. We would confuse Mr. B so he would never realize when we were leaving. We tried not to let him know our routine (putting on shoes, getting car keys) and we'd even be out of sight and open and shut the door a couple of times so he never knew if we were home or gone. If we started barking, we would say "quiet"...for some reason it worked. We also started distracting our dogs with kongs, so they'd be so busy eating the kongs they wouldn't realize we were gone. When we came home, we wouldn't greet them immediately and we'd wait 10 minutes before acknowledging him; even then we wouldn't be exciting so he wouldn't think it was a big deal.
We are still struggling with our pooches being a bit over-excited in the morning for breakfast (remember this video?) and hoping they're not too noisy downstairs.
We are always curious about other people's experiences: what are some tips you've learned for living peacefully with your neighbors and promoting positive ideas of bigger dogs in buildings and condos?
PS. Read here for renting with pitbull-type dogs.