Get a Beagle, then whoever it is will really know what a dog that makes a lot of noise sounds like. My GF in college and I had a Shih Tzu. She still has the dog since I got it for her (she wanted it) and I still have my big dog. They are good little dogs if you want a small dog. In all seriousness though, the person is probably just an idiot. Max is probably just whining because he is sad that his people aren't home and he is lonely.