8)Hahaha!!! I remember these from the 70s! Now, I'm showing my age!!! It's true. Everything comes back around. The triangle method is how we reincarnated our skinnier pants into these back in the day. Have fun!!!
Make a fake sign that says rotweiler, German shepard, or other dog with an undeserved rep puppies for sale. Then cross it out and post all sold, or something in that nature. Go to a friend with a dog, a vet, a humane society, etc. and record a similar dog's bark. Play this (not too loud) from time to time at home. Place a big dog food bowl, viciously chewed toy, and large chain attached to the rails to make it believable. If you know someone that has a large dog, borrow it to walk through the neighborhood.
A tip I read a while back for women that live alone: Get a very large pair of work boots and leave them out on the porch. They should look used, so get them at a thrift store,etc. and put a bit of dirt/mud,etc. on them.