Happy yappy or upset pet?
March 24, 2014 5:22 AM Subscribe
My next-door neighbours bought a miniature dachshund puppy a couple of months ago. It is very cute and whenever we see it out with them on walks it looks very happy. However it yaps non-stop every day when they're at work (and quite a bit at the weekend when they are around). The noise doesn't bother us (there's plenty of other street noise in our area), but we are a bit worried the dog isn't happy. It's hard to tell if this is an excited yap or a plaintive lonely yap.
posted by tinkletown to Human Relations (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Do dachshunds generally yap a lot? Is this likely to be just excited little puppy yapping, or might it be lonely or unhappy? If it is unhappy, we feel we ought to say something to the owners to let them know, but what should we say? We don't want it to sound like we're complaining about the noise, because we really aren't! If the dog's happy, it can yap away! We also don't want it to sound like we're criticising their dog-owning skills, because again, if the dog's happy so are we, and if it isn't happy there's no way they'd know without somebody telling them since this happens when they're out at work.
TLDR: It makes me sad to think that the dog next door might be lonely, reassure me that this is normal for excitable little puppies. Sorry, no pictures, breaking into my neighbour's house for a photo is a step too far even for metafilter.