Our expert says:
Dude, if that was really easy to achieve, I'd be out of business ! It sometimes seems like we always end up with nasty neighbours, but that's probably an artefact, because nice neighbours we consider friends, and don't quite count them into the reckoning.
Is this a new dog, or a new reaction by the dog. Maybe he was expressing his dislike of that downstairs neighbour. Because it can be useful in any problem like this to ask not only What Happened, but Why NOW, and why here. Dog's usually don't like to soil where they live. Is there a dog version of kitty litter you could get to provide him with a safer place to exercise his watering skills >
I suppose I should say, have you tried an amicable chat with the neighbour --- apologising ( even if you don't really feel very sorry ) for the wee incident, and explaining how you've switched patios for the dog, to try to remedy the situation. And mentioning that by the way, you have a problem that when he has a braai, you tend to get smoked out, and does he have any suggestions for dealing with that problem ?
Smell and mood, yes, even taste. Proust wrote a lot about how the taste of a particular variety of French tea-cake brought a whole host of memories surging back to him. So smells can bring back pleasant or unpleasant memories ( like a pal of mine who had awful experiences back in the days of the border war, who feels wobbly when he smells deisel fumes. And clearly a lot of people prefer nice smells, hence the large and highly profitable sales of so many different deodorants, perfumes, fragrances, and all those household smell-remover and smell-adder products. At least the weather is probably better for leaving some windows open a while ( if security is OK where you are ) than it might have been in midwinter.
Regards to that wee dog. ( and now we know why he's called a wee dog ? )
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