Our dog howls in sadness when we leave(about 8am), for no more than two minutes. Then she sleeps for the rest of the day. Our neighbors, who sleep until 1pm, want silence. Are we being unreasonable in considering their request unreasonable?
We have a dog, a two-year-old bearded collie mix, Donut
. We live on the top floor of a dog-friendly, two-unit apartment building. We also have jobs. I currently work three days a week (home all day the other two days) and my wife works full time. I have only had my job for a month or so at this point. We moved into the place in August.
Our downstairs neighbors (who are generally nice folks) work second shift and sleep until around 1 pm. They have now left us two notes saying the Donut howls constantly and wakes them up. After the first (about a month ago) we set up a webcam (iCam) and watched her. It turned out that she would work on her food ball or whatever puzzle toy she was given, finish it, howl for 10 seconds to two minutes (between 8 and 9 am), and then sleep for the rest of the day. After two weeks of watching some of the most boring footage ever, we stopped setting up the camera, and decided this level of noise-making shouldn't really be an issue.
We take the dog and either run her at the dog park or take her for a run (40 min to an hour) each morning. She gets a puzzle toy (food ball, Kong, Bobs-a-lot) when we leave. A dog walker takes her for another 30 min walk in the early afternoon, and gives her another puzzle toy. I'm home all day on Tuesday and Thursday, and she gets a very long run those days.
The thing that bothers us is that they say that she howls 3-4 days a week, which we know is untrue, since she never howls when we are home, and she never has been home alone for 4 days in a week. And they say she howls for hours, when we have video evidence that the scale of howling is seconds to minutes. Also, isn't it unreasonable to require quiet until 1 pm?
What should we say to them?