What can council do about barking dogs?

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Barking dogs are the most common animal noise complaint Council receives. If your dog is barking excessively, you can try:

  • filling in gaps and cracks in the fence.
  • blocking the dog's view of people passing by.
  • keeping the dog inside or in an enclosed area if the dog barks at regular disturbances such as rubbish trucks.
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Dog barking can be a statutory nuisance, which is described as: "something that can affect a persons" health or disturbs them or their property'.

The Environmental Protection Act allows Local Authorities to deal with noise from fixed premises.

You can find more information in our Noise Nuisance booklet.

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Dogs bark naturally, but the constant barking or whining of a dog can be very disturbing or annoying for your neighbours.

In law, a barking dog can be a "statutory noise nuisance".

Under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 you (as the owner) could be taken to court if you do nothing to stop the nuisance.

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You can report noise from barking dogs to the Environmental Health department of your local council.

They will probably expect that you have first spoken to the owner and if that has not worked, tried mediation (where appropriate).

You will need to convince the council that the dog noise is a statutory nuisance.

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Here are the steps to take when you're losing patience (or sleep) over a neighbor's noisy dog:

  • Ask your neighbor to keep the dog quiet.
  • Try mediation.
  • Look up the law.
  • Ask animal control authorities to enforce local noise laws.
  • Call the police, if you think a criminal law is being violated.
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Once your dog can reliably bark on command, teach him the "quiet" command.

In a calm environment with no distractions, tell him to "speak." When he starts barking, say "quiet" and stick a treat in front of his nose.

Praise him for being quiet and give him the treat.

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exercise—an active dog barks less when it gets regular exercise. company. stimulation—a bored dog will bark to attract attention. fence design—restrict your dog's view to what's going on outside the fence.

Reasons for excessive barking include:

  • boredom.
  • separation anxiety.
  • fear.
  • territorial behaviour.
  • communication.
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Dogs bark naturally, but the constant barking or whining of a dog can be very disturbing or annoying for your neighbours.

In law, a barking dog can be a "statutory noise nuisance".

Under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 you (as the owner) could be taken to court if you do nothing to stop the nuisance.

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