Barking dogs

Excessive barking can be annoying for neighbours and nearby residents. Dogs often are bored or lonely due to a lack of exercise and mental stimulation.

If you are experiencing this with your dog, our suggestion would be to take some of the following actions:

  • regular walks
  • take your dog for a health check
  • obedience training

It is important to remember that barking is a normal behaviour for a dog. Expecting a dog to stop barking is not realistic.

What can I do if my neighbour’s dog is barking? 

  • We recommend speaking with your neighbour to resolve the issue in the first instance. In many cases they may not be aware of the issue.
  • Determine the exact location of the barking.
  • Document the barking as our Animal Management Officer may request you to complete a dog noise diary as accurately as possible.
  • Here is a useful guide for your information.

Lodging a complaint 

Our animal management team can investigate barking nuisance complaints. They will require you to actively participate in the process and keep a noise log or diary.

It is important that you document the barking in detail prior to you contacting us. This evidence is required before our team can get involved.

Minimum details that we will request upon initial investigation:

  • address the barking is coming from
  • time of day the barking is happening, and
  • how many times a week is it happening.

As part of our investigation, we may survey the surrounding residents to confirm if anyone else is affected by the barking.

If we do not receive the required information or your participation, we may not be able to pursue the investigation or take appropriate action.

Report a barking dog