There are lots of reasons that dogs bark. They can bark because of separation anxiety, boredom, changes to lifestyle and health problems.
If you are a neighbour experiencing problems with a barking dog, there are ways to resolve issues.
Contact the dog owner
Often, dog owners are unaware that their dog is barking. A simple visit to your neighbour to inform them of the situation can be an easy fix. Face-to-face visits are most effective. But if you are uncomfortable, you can leave in a note in your neighbour's letterbox.
Involve the Council
If you don't reach a resolution, we can assist in two steps.
First, we'll contact the dog owner and highlight the complaint received. We work with the dog owner to ensure the dog's physical and mental welfare needs are being met.
Our Community Safety Officers make suggestions for strategies that can reduce barking. Please allow time for the dog owner to make changes to their backyard, house or lifestyle.
If the barking persists after several weeks, please contact the Council again. We'll undertake a more formal investigation.
We'll send you an information kit with a diary to record details of the barking behaviour for 14 days. When this is complete, return it to Council for investigation.
If the problem persists, and proof that excessive nuisance barking is found, an order may be served on the owner. This legally requires them to take all reasonable steps to reduce the noise.
For help with barking dogs, read our Barking Booklet.