Barking dogs

All dogs bark, but some barking dogs become a real neighbourhood nuisance. 

Why dogs bark

Reasons for excessive barking include:

  • boredom
  • separation anxiety
  • fear
  • territorial behaviour
  • communication

Controlling the barking

The first step is to work out why your dog is barking. If your dog barks when you are away from the premises, it is probably due to loneliness.  Some simple tips to reduce excessive barking include:

  • exercise - an active dog barks less when it has regular exercise
  • company - provide balls and chew toys to keep them occupied while you are away
  • stimulation - a bored dog will bark to attract attention
  • fence design - restrict your dog's view outside the fence

My neighbour's dog barks - what can I do? 

  1. Talk to the dog's owner as soon as the problem arises. They may not be aware of the issue. 
  2. If you are not comfortable approaching the dog owner, the notification letter and fact sheet included in the "Barking Dog nuisance information pack" should be placed in the dog owner's letter box. 
  3. Allow sufficient time for the dog owner to rectify the problem. 
  4. If the barking continues to be a problem after this time, contact council to lodge an official complaint.