So we had a major fight with 2 of our best friends lastnight (who are also our house mates for the past 3 weeks) and I will explain what happened.
One of them, let's say her name is Lauren, is a vet nurse and she left a block of Cadbury Peppermint chocolate sitting on her bedside table with the bedroom door open. My little 2 year old Pomeranian sniffed out the chocolate, jumped on her bed, took the chocolate and ate ALL of it. A while later, Lauren found the empty wrapper and flipped because she knows how bad chocolate is for dogs. She explained what happened in a pissed off way. We told her she shouldn't keep chocolate in her bedroom but if she insists, then keep your bedroom door closed so the dogs can't get in. Simple as that! She knew when she moved in with us that we had 2 small dogs and that we needed to be careful with leaving doors open so they didn't escape. My Pom ended up vomiting through the house and was acting very lethargic. We rushed her to the emergency vet and she was left on a drip overnight and is now home and back to normal. However, we had a massive argument with Lauren and her boyfriend. She argued that it's their room and they can have chocolate in their room if they want and leave the door open if they want and that our dog should be trained to not steal chocolate. Our argument was that we will try to train her the best we can, but to please leave the door shut to avoid it ever happening again. They don't agree with having to leave their door shut. This also happened last week when Lauren left a box of chocolate coated cookies on her bedside table. Same thing happened - our Pom got into it but luckily only had a few and was fine. You think Lauren would learn from that and shut the door and not keep food in the room and yet she does it again!
Anyway, I just want to know what you guys think? Are they right by saying that our dog should be trained well enough to not eat food when it is right in front of them? Or are we right by saying to just keep the door shut (when it's our rental house to begin with and they are paying us rent to share the house so we should have a right to say to keep the door shut if we want).