Dogs bark. It's natural and it’s how they communicate. Dogs bark for many reasons. Some barking is acceptable and normal (e.g. the dog barks to let you know someone is at your front door). Barking becomes a nuisance when the barking is persistent, continuous or repetitive. If your dog is barking excessively, it's important to find out why.
Dogs bark for many reasons. These include boredom, loneliness, excitement, lack of food or water and neighbourhood disturbances. Dog barking is considered excessive when a dog barks:
- for 6 minutes in an hour between 7.00am and 10.00pm, or
- for 3 minutes in half an hour between 10.00pm and 7.00am.
Nuisance barking is also excessive when it occurs repeatedly during the day or night.
Many owners don't know their dogs bark when they're not home. We encourage you to speak with the dog's owner first to let them know what is happening and how it is affecting you. If you don't feel comfortable talking with the owner, why not download our Friendly barking dog form for neighbours (PDF 231 KB) and put it in their letterbox?
If you can't resolve the problem yourself, you can contact us and make a Barking Dog request. When we receive a barking dog request, we:
- write to the owner of the dog to tell them we have received a barking dog request. We provide information to the owner to help them reduce any nuisance barking.
- write to you to confirm we have received your request and provide you with a Barking Dog Record log. We need you to complete the log for a nominated period of time, then return it to us.
- review the information received on the log. We may start to monitor the property for nuisance barking.
- will work with the dog's owner to identify why the dog may be barking and help find a solution. This will only occur if monitoring confirms nuisance barking.
If the barking nuisance can't be resolved, we may:
- put in place a Barking Management Plan tailored to the specific needs of the dog. This may include dog training by an accredited trainer at the owners cost, or
- take further enforcement action.
We may not be able to solve every barking complaint, as the evidence we collect may not reflect a breach in the law.
Reporting nuisance barking
To report nuisance barking, please call us on 07 3412 3412 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You will need to give us the following information:
- your name, address and phone number
- the address of the property where the dog lives
- a description of the barking dog.
- the days/times the dog barks and for how long.