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Barking Dogs

Dogs bark for a variety of reasons including separation anxiety, boredom, changes to lifestyle and health problems.

Barking Booklet - What's the Barking Deal

If you are a neighbour experiencing problems with a barking dog there are a few this you can undertake in working towards a solution.

1. Contact the dog owner

In most cases the dog owner is unaware their dog is barking and the solutions may simply be a visit to your neighbour to inform them of the situation. A face to face visit is usually most effective yet if you are uncomfortable you can simply leave a note in your neighbours letterbox making them aware of the situation.

The Council has created the attached note you can utilise to advise your neighbour of the problem:

Barking dog example letter Barking%20dog%20example%20letter (23 kb) 

2. Involving the Council

The Council assists in barking complaints in two steps.

Initially they will contact the dog owner, highlight that a complaint has been received and work with the dog owner to ensure the dog’s physical and mental welfare needs are being met. The Community Safety Officers will make some suggestions of common strategies that can reduce barking. Please allow the dog owner time to make changes to their backyard, housing or lifestyle to help reduce the barking.

If the barking persists after several weeks, please contact the Council again and the Officers will undertake a more formal investigation. You will be sent an information kit with a diary for recording details of the barking behaviour for 14 days. Once your completed diary is supplied to the Council, one of the Officers will complete their own investigation of barking.

If the problem persists and proof of excessive nuisance barking is found, an order may be served on the owner, legally requiring them to take all reasonable steps to reduce the noise.

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