I'm new to this forum but I need a bit of advice..
So I have four dogs - 1 Rhodesian Ridgeback, 1 Japanese Spitz, 1 Pomeranian and 1 Pomeranian X Maltese.
The problem I'm having is with the Japanese Spitz - she barks at our neighbours and doesn't stop barking no matter what we do. The others are quiet most of the time except when those neighbours go outside but when they do start to bark they stop when we sternly say "No!" to them.
Anyways it's really strange because she only ever barks at the neighbours on one side. I've seen the man out there holding a shovel over the fence and staring at them crazily and generally trying to tease her. They even have the nerve to have their son bring over his two dogs every week which make way more noise than any of our dogs but also sets our dogs off so we have to bring them inside.
Anyways a couple of months ago we've been getting complaints about her from those neighbours - saying she barks all night (even though we bring all the dogs in at night) and general lies. They're threatening to contact the council unless we stop the barking - we tried everything to get her to stop - from citronella collars to asking a dog behaviourlist to assess her (the dog behaviourlist said that she is a very anxious dog) and they're trying to hint to us that we either debark her or get rid of her .
I don't know what to do since they obviously have some vendetta against her and I think all the dogs sense it because they only bark at those neighbours.
If they tell the council they can order for her to get de-barked and will fine us and I don't want that to happen so I'm thinking of just rehoming her as keeping our dogs inside is not an option for us.
It's just awful that these neighbours want me to get rid of a dog I've had for 8 years and are sinking so low as to lie.
Have I exhausted all other options or are there still some out there?