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Yeah our fence unfortunately the dogs can see people who walk down our road. Not to many people walk on the road which is aligned to the side of our back yard except for a few neighbors. There is a big buffer between the fence and the road. With trees and bushes. I'm not crazy about the fact they can see the people walking by. There is woods and brush the dogs do run thorough to get to the fence line. So I'm thinking of put a deer fence in the brush/ woods so they can't get to the fence line for now. When I hear the dogs bark as they alwAys do when someone is walking by I call them in the house. I don't want them constantly barking or want their hyper focus at the neighbors who are walking by. Max has the biggest mouth of them all and gets easily hyped up. So I call them in right away when I hear barking to make sure no one is harassed.
 

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My issue with dogs who bark at the fence is when the fence comes right up to the sidewalk. I have so many issues with neighbors who think that, because their dogs can't physically connect with mine, that they can leave them to their own devices. We've had countless walks where dogs come running to the fence from behind a shrub or whatever and it scares the crap out of my dog and me.

A couple weekends ago we passed by a white picket fence with a big doodle behind it. This dog lost his mind and chased us up the length of the fence. Luckily we had crossed the street. The owner (middle aged man) stood behind a glass door and fiddled with his smartphone. Chandler is dog aggressive and these moments can be really tough.

We ended up passing by later that day and the dad, two kids,it s and doodle were out again. The dog lost his mind, the kids were freaking out and screaming, and the dad played with his phone. Again.

*Ahem* Sorry for venting....i guess my point is that you just have to be careful with this behavior. In certain contexts it's a minor source of irritation for you but in others (like suburbia) it's a big problem for everyone else.

But it sounds like you have plenty of space and I highly doubt you would be as ignorant as the Doodle Guy.
 

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I think it only becomes a problem for your dogs barking behind a barrier if it's frequent and creates frustration.They can become obsessed and determined to rush out and get to the person or animal.A similar concept when a dog is back tied and teased to amp them up?
Out in the boonies we don't get many passersby but we do get neighbor dogs frequently.So we've done meet n greets with all of the local pooches to try and keep the excitement/frustration to a minimum when my dogs are indoors or kenneled and a neighborhood dog drops by.They'll still bark and whine a bit but not frantically.
Just this morning the golden retriever across the field came ambling over when I had mine out first thing.They all had a calm sniff session before we went back inside and Jake the golden trotted back home.In our situation it's easy to manage.If we were in town the challenge would be to avoid practicing frustrated fence running and territorial barking.
 

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I let mine bark a warning, then stop them for safety reasons. I had a fence barker years ago. He was frustrated and didn't get enough exercise. He bothered the neighbors so much I almost had to get rid of him. I decided I would never have another fence barker again. Mine now bark to alert, but they don't run back and forth along one of the fences to bark. It's too obsessive. I have tried to teach them thoughtful behavior for a good reason, not mindless barking.
 

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I've lived two houses up from a house that had a fence barker in a busy neighborhood. What made it worse was the fence was chain link and right off the sidewalk. I swear the dog barked non stop all the time. It drove me INSANE. I don't know how the direct neighbors or even the owners could stand it! Thankfully, I don't live there anymore.
 

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I am a runner 9 half marathons and 2 full marathons in the last year. I run more than a hundred miles a month on the roads... I don't mind the dogs that bark (even aggressively) because it alerts me and my running buddy Rex (half lab half pit) that they are there. You never know when the gate will be open at the end of the fence. I live out in a more rural area so I come across dogs fenced and unrestrained all the time. I've only been bit twice and both times it was from a pup that never made a sound....and that dog was unrestrained by a fence or chain.

So from my point of view....I'd rather they bark like mad and give me a chance to make them happy then to just let me know with their bite that I am not where they want me to be. >:)
 
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