Posted 11 December 2018 - 03:13 PM
Good suggestions. I would also, if possible, try to broker a peace between the dog and the neighbor. Introduce them, try to get them to be friends. Give the neighbor some treats to give the dog, etc. The dog will look to how you and your GF for clues about how you feel about the neighbor. If there is tension or dislike there, the dog is likely picking up on it, so make nice.
The other side of it is don't ignore threats. You never know if they will be carried out. Some people are real psychos when they think they can get away with it.
An uncle's German Shepard who had similar behaviors was shot in his back yard. Two of my dogs were fed rat poison when I was a kid, one was just a you pup. They took days to die before the vet figured it out. It was horrible. A friend had a young black lab that used to bark a bit - nothing bad, just puppy stuff. One day it was in a bad state. Turns out a neighbor who had been bitching about the dog had put out some antifreeze. The dog survived but with major kidney damage and is on a special diet for the rest of his life. The neighbor was generally thought to be the culprit, but no proof. I can recall two other poisoning incidents, one was a dog the other was a cat. Neither made it. Nobody ever gets caught because proof and witnesses are hard to come by. Security cameras may help. Make sure they can be seen and there are no blind spots.
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