I'm now auditioning your ideas to combat a neighbor who insists on ringing his bike bell when my dogs are in the yard. I believe his aim is to antagonize them.
When he rides by and if my dogs are outside he starts ringing his cha ching bell to announce he's there and rile them up.
I don't need him to rile up my mastiff, border collie, pointer-pit mix and chihuahua. Really. I can't believe he'd really dare them to jump the fence to check him out.
Honestly, I think the Rude Neighbor is antagonizing them so he can use their resulting incessant barking as an excuse to call animal control or something.
I'm not sure what house he lives in but aim to find out and leave him a note. When I've been home to hear it, I've chased after him and yelled down the street to demand he stop (twice) and asking him to come back to talk about it.
What would you do?