Dogs that bark excessively often become a major problem in our community. Barking dogs can become a nuisance and create conflict between neighbours.
If barking is becoming an issue, start by speaking with your neighbour.
Your neighbours may not be aware that it’s a problem (i.e. dog only barks when they’re at work etc.). This may resolve the issue without any further action. You could write a politely-worded note and put it in their mailbox, if you do not feel comfortable speaking with them.
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If you are unable to resolve the matter with your neighbour, you can contact Council by phone, email or write a letter to us including:
Once a concern has been received by Council, we will write to you and the dog owner, advising of the alleged nuisance and allowing a period of time for the dog owner to firstly assess the issue, and to take action where necessary to reduce the alleged nuisance.
Information will be included to the affected resident advising what further action can be taken if the matter is not resolved by this first communication by Council with the dog owner.
Dogs bark for many reasons. These include:
The Domestic Animal Act 1994 defines nuisance as a dog that creates a noise by barking or similar that persistently occurs or continues to such a degree or extent that it unreasonably interferes with the peace, comfort or convenience of any person in any other premises.
A dog owner must not allow their dog to create a nuisance. If a barking dog problem cannot be resolved, the matter may be referred to court to obtain a court order requiring the dog’s owner to remedy the problem.
Council’s definition of excessive barking that creates a nuisance is as follows:
“If a dog barking exceeds six (6) minutes of accumulated time in any hour between 7am and 10pm or, three (3) minutes accumulated time in any 30 minute period between the hours of 10pm and 7am is considered to be excessive”.
Council takes all allegations of dogs causing a nuisance very seriously, where a complaint is substantiated.
As the owner of a dog that may have received a barking nuisance complaint, you can contact Council's Community Laws Department to discuss the complaint and receive further information and advice.
As many dogs behave differently when their owners are away from home, you may also monitor your dog by using one of many recording applications that are available on the internet for smart phones and tablet devices. A search of the internet for barking dog monitor should provide a few choices.
Council also recommends that you consider obedience and socialisation training for your dog, and you could also consult your veterinarian to establish if the barking may be caused by a medical condition.
Council further recommends:
Resolving Barking Dogs Nuisance (196.20kB) Barking Dogs Information Department of Primary Industries (395.85kB)
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