Barking and Nuisance Dogs

Excessive barking Excessive barking

Excessive barking

As a dog owner, you are responsible for ensuring that your dog is not creating a public nuisance by barking excessively. Nuisance barking also covers public places and adjoining premises.                                                                      

Dogs communicate naturally by barking. Barking may alert owners to danger or intruders, however if a dog continually barks there may be reasons like:

  • Loneliness/anxiety
  • Poor training
  • Ill health.

The City understands that barking can be disruptive, however the treatment and solution can be lengthy, complex and difficult to resolve.

Dog Nuisance Pack Dog Nuisance Pack

Dog nuisance pack

If you are affected by a barking dog, the City offers a Dog Nuisance Pack.

This pack contains a 'letter to your neighbour' template, to help you make your neighbour aware that their dog is creating a nuisance.

Included in the pack is a dog diary and other useful information.

The dog diary provides rangers with a record of the date, time and duration of the barking and is needed for a formal complaint.

After an investigation, if the dog is deemed to be a nuisance the owner will be issued with an order to prevent a dog being a nuisance. This order will be in effect for 6 months from the date of issue. 

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