Barking Dogs

Council is required to follow up complaints about barking dogs and action may be taken in some cases which may include fines.

Reporting barking dogs

  • Reports can only be investigated if we receive a complaint in writing (by post or email).
  • You will need to let us know the exact address of the problem dog.
  • We will notify the dog’s owner if we have received a complaint and require the owner to take measures to alleviate the barking problem.
  • If the problem persists we will only conduct further investigations if we receive 2 more written complaints from neighbouring residents.

Do you own a dog that is barking too much?

Some of these options might help:

  • Consult with your vet to make sure a health problem is not the cause.  They can also offer advice on how to deal with excessive barking. 
  • Ensure your dog gets plenty of exercise.  While exercise alone will not stop a dog from barking, it may provide an active release for its energy.
  • Obedience training also allows the opportunity to socialise with other dogs and people.

Animal welfare concerns

If you suspect the dog is barking because of neglect or abandonment your concerns should be reported to the RSPCA

Report an animal welfare concern to the RSPCA

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