All dogs bark, but some barking dogs become a real neighbourhood nuisance - greatly reducing the quality of life for their neighbours and increasing neighbourhood tensions.

Barking dogs is the most common animal behaviour problem Council is asked to deal with.

Ongoing barking is often a symptom of another problem, and taking time to understand what makes dogs bark - especially your pet or other dogs in your neighbourhood - is the first step towards solving this problem, both for the dog involved and your neighbours.

My neighbour's dog barks – what can I do?

Talk to your neighbour as soon as the problem arises.  They may not be aware that their dog is barking or that their dog's barking is bothering you.  Council has developed the below "Neighbour Notification" template that can be used for this purpose.

If you neighbour is unapproachable, or does not agree that a problem exists, you should contact Council for further advice.

You can also report a barking dog using Council's Customer Request form.

Barking Dog Fact Sheet (PDF, 167kb)

Neighbour Notification Template (PDF, 168kb)