Apartment living can be tricky, and being that you're in close proximity to other people, it's an arrangement that's not without compromise. If you share a paper-thin wall with your neighbor, then noise is going to be a factor. Arguments, music, a blaring TV, they can all have the tendency to disrupt your sleeping patterns, or have you reaching to turn on the waterfall setting on the white noise machine. However, despite the fact there's always some curmudgeonly neighbor who wants to be able to hear a pin drop in their apartment, a certain amount of everyday noise is acceptable. Still, what can you do about noisy pets? While cats are known to tear up banisters and shred furniture, they're quiet pets. On the other hand, dogs bark, and barking can quickly become abrasive, especially if the neighbor's hound is howling at the moon in the middle of the night.
A pet-free apartment
While there are often restrictions on the size or breed of dog you can have in an apartment complex, many places allow pets. There are even designated common areas where people are allowed to walk their dogs. This is the bottom line: If you're worried about having to deal with a kennel-like apartment of noisy pets, then don't move into an apartment that allows pets in the first place. There are plenty of apartments out there that don't allow pets. Of course, instead of a yappy poodle, you might have to block out the noise from a bass-heavy stereo or a 2 a.m. argument. Who knows? When it comes to apartment living, neighbors are always a wild card.
Sit, talk, stay
When you're dealing with the ongoing noise of a neighbor's pet, the last thing you want to do is pack up and move. Before you lodge a complaint with the landlord or resort to the un-neighborly move of calling the police, try talking to your neighbor. In other words, explain the problem to them in a non-confrontational way. Is the neighbor even aware their pet is noisy, or are they at work during the time that Fido is making a ruckus? These are the types of things that need to be discussed at length. Some neighbors will be receptive to complaints, while others are bound to get combative and defensive. If your complaints don't register the first time around, try talking to them again. However, if a couple of conversations don't prove fruitful, then it's time to lodge a formal complaint with the landlord.
While carpets and curtains are known to be used to cut down on apartment noise, chances are unless you have a soundproof wall, the sound of a barking dog (or even the squawk of a tropical bird) is going to find its way into your apartment. However, once the landlord is made aware of the problem, your neighbor will probably do everything in their power to quiet their pet. Too many complaints from too many people can result in a resident being evicted.