Barking dogs

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Can I make a complaint about a barking dog?

Constant barking or whining of a dog can irritate and disturb neighbours. Many owners do not realise that the problem is occurring, as it often occurs only when the dog is left alone. Barking dogs may be considered a statutory nuisance and can be investigated by the council.

How can the problem be reduced?

If you have had a complaint made against you or are suffering from dog noise, then this information may help you or your neighbour.

Dog can be trained to not bark excessively and should not be left alone for long periods of time. There are a number of reasons why a dog barks, including:

  • Loneliness
  • Boredom or frustration
  • Attention seeking
  • Defending its territory
  • Medical problems

The importance of training cannot be overstated, as barking can soon become an uncontrollable habit. These tips may reduce a dog barking:

  • Feed and exercise the dog before leaving it alone
  • Ensure the dog's bed or basket is comfortable
  • Leave it with its favourite toys when you go out
  • Check that the room is not too hot or too cold and that there is adequate ventilation
  • Leave a radio on at a reasonable sound level
  • Leave a light on if you are coming back after dark

There are many dog training and behaviour experts available to work with owners and dogs to overcome the problem. These can be found by searching the internet or looking through directories like the Yellow Pages or the Thompson Directory.

How do I make a complaint?

If you feel the problem may be classed as a statutory nuisance, have spoken to the person whose dog is causing the noise (or do not feel you are able to) and the noise continues, please contact us with the details.