Neighbors yelling at my dogs - What do you do?
I have two dogs - both indoor dogs - that only go outside to potty or just to sniff around the yard on nice, sunny days. Generally speaking, one of my dogs is very quiet and my other dog will bark if other neighbor dogs are outside playing and barking. All of our immediate neighbors have dogs that bark, but our next door neighbors have four dogs (city limit is three) and they get free reign to come and go inside and out as they please since they have installed a dog door. Problem? As soon as I let my dogs outside (no matter if it's early morning, afternoon or evening), their dogs come running out and bark. My dog will bark at the noise, and his shepherd bark is always loudest. I personally don't have a problem with barking dogs throughout the day (I can't speak for everyone and don't want to be a rude neighbor) but it's frustrating that my dogs can never be outside without their dogs outside, too. Now, even though their dogs are continuously outside barking, my neighbor has started yelling at my dog to shut up. I'm not humanizing my dogs to the point that I think it hurts their feelings, but I feel that their yelling is a little misguided. My dogs don't incessantly bark just because they are outside, but only because their dogs are also barking and playing. My neighbors have always been stand-offish and unapproachable, so I'm not sure the best way to handle the situation. Unfortunately, a privacy fence just isn't in the budget until next year.