broom chasing, what fun. My boy likes to chase the vacuum. The machine is in the classic dog play pose and smells like the whole family and softly growls. No wonder he thinks it is a big toy. We had some luck with giving treats for waiting on one side of the room while we cleaned the floors. It would have worked like a charm IF i were consistent with it, but I got lazy.
For coming and going, the best thing to do is to not make it a thing. Crate a little while before you actually leave. When you pick up your keys, just walk out with no "be a good boy, we'll be back" talk. I know it is hard (well it is for me) but if coming and going is no big deal for you, it will become less of a deal for him.
by the way, this works for little kids too, just saying.
Have your neighbors said anything? We had our dogs visiting with my daughter last week and they did a bit of barking. When I asked my daughter and son-in-law if they heard us while they were outside, they said no. I do know many apartments do very little to buffer sound between units, though.
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