Barking dogs can be very distressing for both owners and neighbours. As with all noise complaints, the best way to deal with this is through communication.
Dog owners are often unaware that their dog is causing a problem to others and will usually appreciate the opportunity to put things right before anyone else becomes involved.
The advice below could help dog owners to resolve the problem quickly.
Dog barking - advice for dog owners
It can be very upsetting if your dog is barking and disturbing your neighbours. Below is some advice on what you can do to resolve the situation
Complain about a barking dog
Fill in our simple online form.
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After you've reported it
- An officer will be assigned to deal with your complaint
- They will tell the owner of the dog(s) that a complaint has been made and give them advice about how best to resolve the problem
- They will write to you to confirm that they have spoken with the owner
- In most cases this first approach resolves the matter
If the problem continues
Report it again.
- The officer will now investigate the matter formally
- They will write to the owners to tell them they have received further complaints and that they are now investigating it formally
- You will need to gather evidence about the time and frequency of the dog barking and how it affects your use of your property.
- Fill in a Record of alleged dog barking nuisance and send it to us so we can determine the extent of the problem. Guide to completing the record of alleged dog barking form
- The officer will review your record sheet to decide the best way to assess the dog(s) barking
- Normally this is done from inside your property so we can determine how it is affecting you. We may visit or we may install sound monitoring equipment
If the barking is considered a statutory nuisance
We serve an Abatement Notice on the dog owner to stop the nuisance happening again.
We normally give the owner a reasonable period of time to achieve this so the notice will not come into force immediately.
If the barking doesn't stop after the notice has come into force and we witness it, we may consider formal action such as prosecuting the owner of the dog in the Magistrates' Court.
If the barking isn't considered a statutory nuisance
We can provide you with an information pack on how you may take your own action in the Magistrates' Court.