New neighbour causing major anxiety

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Hi,

I just recently moved into an apartment and 3 weeks in I already have a neighbour causing me major anxiety. I have a small dog we sometimes call 'medical dog'. I have anxiety and panic disorder as well as bipolar disorder and the dog became my best therapist and because of that I have a really strong bond with him.

When I leave the apartment the dog barks, the vet said he has separation anxiety and we have had a complaint from one neighbour who apparently is the type to complain about everything. I am trying to fix my dogs barking but its not a quick fix.

Everytime i leave the apartment i am full off anxiety and paranoia over the neighbour hearing him bark and requesting his removal, the thought of this terrifies me. I have written a letter to the neighbour explaining the situation but the anxiety is just getting worse and I fear it triggering my bipolar symptoms.

I know this probably sound silly but does anyone have any advice on controlling this anxiety? I'm scared to even walk up the stairs to get to my apartment in case they catch me.

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    Hi Leah, I'm so sorry that you're having problems in your new home. It's not silly, I love dogs and I know how much you love yours. They are the best therapy for anxiety related issues at least for me. I hope your neighbor is sensitive to your problem and leaves you alone. I'm sorry I don't have any tips on this, Just wanted to send you support, understanding and my prayers 🙏🏻

    Brian

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    The same thing happened to me which has added enormously to my anxiety. You have to find your way of coping strategy as you don't want it to take over. Get dog used to being left often ,I leave radio on and it settled down. Get animal advice to help you.sure it will work out as you need your canine freind.

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      Hi,

      Its nice to see someone else who has experienced this. I have contacted an animal behaviourist for help, which is really quite expensive but hopefully worth it!

      Thank you for the advice

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      Well worth having the dog trained. They also have pet sitters or someone who can drop in and entertain the dog and walk him for a bit.sometimes your vet has someine who does that or they know a trusted person. Im so sorry you have this added stress on you. There always seems to be that one neighbor who spreads grief and  stress out to others.
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