I have a question regarding fence "fighting"...in quotes because seems to be more playful excited barking. My lab is almost five, very well-socialized though she prefers people to other dogs but on walks and on-leash she is quite happy to greet and sniff. She is NOT a barker normally. We moved into a new home recently and there are two collies next door who are out in their yard the majority of the time (separated from ours by a typical wooden fence). My lab has started barking with & at these dogs when she is let out to potty (she does not spend time in the yard alone otherwise). This seems to be typical barking at a barrier when a dog can't get access to what they are glimpsing. So here is my question: Would it help at all to have all three dogs meet & greet (on-leash or off) in a neutral territory?
I should note here that she will come immediately if called, however I may be tending to something else so it may take me a few minutes to go out and call her...as we live in a residential neighborhood and this can sometimes occur early morning and later in the evening, would prefer it didn't occur at all! Also, the neighbors completely ignore the barking when it occurs and never call their dogs.