When we moved to my sister’s townhome, we knew that the next door neighbor used to complain about her dogs so we figured Zach would receive the same treatment. For months we wondered when she was going to complain and one day, out of the blue, we realized why she hadn’t: they had been planning to adopt a dog and figured they didn’t have a right to complain anymore.
Their dog barks A LOT but not enough to bother us. The entire row of homes is dog owner occupied so adding one more dog to the mix wasn’t outrageous. Curiously though, Zach wasn’t concerned about the other barkers but having a peer to close to him gave him anxiety and got his wheels spinning. He used to lunge at the fence and make a scene until either he or the neighbors ‘ pet was put away. Their exchanges rallied up the rest of the canines which created a cacophony of woofs that could wake up the deepest sleeper. We feared someone would complain about this but after a few days, the pack settled and found their groove.
Now when he goes out Zach says hi to his buddy next door and made peace with not being able to see or smell them over the fence. He went from “Hey dog, stay away!” to “Oh hi, wanna play?”. We have not ventured to introduce them but Z is giving the impression he can handle being around dogs and not reacting through the fence. Baby steps. Hopefully he will continue to ignore dogs through the fence at the new place. I wonder if he will be missing his new friends once we move into the Château. 🤔
Zach runs to the door to go outside and listen to his pals play and bark. It is amazing how unphased he appears to be, even with the lower dose of Prozac. I am inclined to believe he knows the dogs won’t hurt him because the fence protects him. Hopefully he carries this belief with him into the future so we can build and improve on his quality of life. Who knows? If he does well, he may even be able to tolerate a fur sibling!