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    Hey there I have two purebred german shepherds that love each other to bits - except the neighbours next door. Whenever he is outside the eldest dog (lincoln) goes off his head barking and carrying on! I've tried yelling at him and he does stop for a few minutes until he sees the guy again and then he's growling and barking again!

    This morning he did this and my neighbour threw a rock at him and told my dog to 'f*ck off'. I have reason to believe that there has been and event when we haven't been home that has caused my dog to dislike the neighbour (hence I think he bought it on himself in many ways). I just want it to stop as my neighbour can get very violent!

    Our other german shepherd is just a pup still 9months (lucy) so she hasn't experienced the neighbour to the full extent as yet!

    He's not someone you can approach as everything is someone elses fault and never his! I just don't know what else to do?! My last resort will be to sell and move elsewhere.

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    Keep the dogs inside when you're not home for their safety. Make a report to the police, just go into the station and get the complaint recorded, start training the dogs to 'leave it' whenever the neighbour is there.

    Next go and talk to your neighbour - take someone with you - and ask that he refrain from yelling at your dog/s while you are retraining them. Even if you explain to him that by yelling at them he's actually encouraging them to bark more (something that you're doing yourself by yelling at them when they're barking).

    Teach them that by coming to you instead of barking at the fence they will get a reward, make it a fun game or some really yummy treats. There are threads on here about it as well that go into a lot more detail than I am.

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    You poor thing, my Neighbour is the opposite.

    The only thing I can think of is planting a huge shrub/palms something down the fence line. Either Pre established ($$$$) or quick growing.

    Also I'd be getting a cheap surveillance system from **** smith to see what's going on when you're not there.

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    I completely agree with angelanbatty! Exactly what I would suggest =)

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    I'm not defending the neighbor AT ALL, throwing rocks at someones dog is never ok, but you do have to understand how irritating it would be for him.

    How would you like it if the situation was reversed, and you neighbors dog was going mental at YOU?

    I would look into getting a bark collar for your dog. There are a few types available, citronella, vibration and electronic.

    I like the idea of planting shrubs against the fence as well, that provides a bit more of a barrier between the dog and the neighbor.

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    Lincoln knows the 'leave it' command and I can't lock the dogs away as the neighbour as already complained to the rSPCA and the council that we poorly treat our dogs by never feeding them and locking them in the garage! Which I will admit that yes at night we do lock them away for there safety - but not all day everyday.

    This guy also went as far as threatening my partners life and making complaints to workcover (when he was injured from a work injury) he stoops very low, he ended up getting what he wanted - my partners payments got axed because of him!

    We've tried the pollice and they wont do anything as he hasn't physically done anything! All we could do was serve him with a good behavior bond and that wont stop him, just make him more violent towards us!

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    Then to be blunt you need to move, unless he's renting and other neighbours are having the same issues?

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    Quote Originally Posted by german_shep View Post
    This morning he did this and my neighbour threw a rock at him and told my dog to 'f*ck off'. I have reason to believe that there has been and event when we haven't been home that has caused my dog to dislike the neighbour (hence I think he bought it on himself in many ways). I just want it to stop as my neighbour can get very violent!
    Maybe I am wrong but doesn't throwing a rock at an animal (especially when dog is on its own territory) count as a malicious act? And if your neighbor is known to get violent then I am guessing that you fear for you and your animals’ safety?

    I am no lawyer so I could be wrong, but I personally would call the cops and tell them about all of it. Also try to see if you can get video of him throwing rocks and being verbally abusive towards your dogs.
    Sorry but especially with everything else I would call this at the very least harassment. I understand he gets frustrated with dogs barking but that never gives anyone ANY right to maliciously try to hurt an animal. He should come to you politely to address the problem, in which case I definitely agree with Crested with the bark collar. But from the sounds of it he is choosing intimidation and emotional Blackmail to get what he wants with out having to sacrifice any of his life style.

    Like I said I could be wrong but I would go to the cops and report his threatening and malicious behavior. They will tell you either way what you have the right to do.

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    You can't bring them inside when you're not home??

    It isn't mistreating your dogs to have your them locked inside some of the time, providing they are still getting the exercise and fresh air the breed requires. You won't get in trouble for that.

    Maybe talk to the rspca about what to do and follow their advice, that way the neighbours can't report you to them.

    The surveillance/video idea may be the go. That way you have proof against them.

    Everyone has good ideas, just do what you think will be the most appropriate and effective.

    Defnitely keep the cops updated too,

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    If he has complained to the RSPCA did you talk to them? I always leave my dogs inside my house as do many other people, when I go out - no crime in that and the RSPCA would have no grounds to bother you if all their needs are being met.

    As to the workcover thing that is just plain weird as the words of one person, especially a neighbour with an axe to grind, who is not a medical person should not be able to get your payments stopped. Did you fight it?

    Throwing rocks into your yard is not acceptable and I would be talking to the police.

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