I Need Some Advice, Please.
Seriously. I have no idea for the proper ettiquette for this business and am hoping some of you out there can pony up a suggestion OR just tell me I'm being too much of a fussypants and to let it go.
We live in a house. The house has a fenced-in backyard, and has done for 7.25 of the 7.5 years we've lived here.
We just got new people next door, whom I have not yet met. When they first moved in they contacted us about building their own fence. They wanted to abut our fence on one side to save them money. Which makes sense. Judging by the cost of ours, it probably saved them at least $500 to use one side of our fence instead of replicating that wall. It also gives them (by default) about 6 inches of our property, as we built our fence within our property line.
They have at least one dog. We have two.
Their house is slighly uphill from ours, so from their yard you can see over our fence into our yard, but from ours you can see nothing in theirs.
Their dog sees our dog and pees on the mutual section of fence to mark it. This fence has "belonged" to my dog for his entire life. He can't see the other dog, but he can smell it so he barks at the fence whenever he goes out there. it's been nice over the weekend and he's been out there a lot. I don't want to tick off the entire neighbourhood with my dog's barking but I also don't want to punish him for guarding his own property against a perceived intruder.
Do I keep my dog inside so he doesn't bark?
Do I say something to the neighbors and ask them to let their dog meet my dogs to remove some of the mystery?
Shouldn't our new neighbours have at least offered us a gift certificate or SOMETHING as a thank you for saving them hundreds of dollars? Should we have asked for money?
Anyway, whatever thoughts you have, let me know.