Dogs may bark for a number of reasons: as a
warning, because they are lonely, bored, frightened, aggressive,
excited, hungry or seeking attention. If their barking is loud
and/or persistent then it may become a nuisance for your neighbours
and those living nearby.
If your dog barking is causing an issue for
your neighbours then the solutions may be short term but
behavioural change may take a longer period. Inform your neighbours
of the actions that you take so can see that you are acting upon
their concerns. If you are unsure as to the extent or the cause of
the problem then try setting up a tape recorder, webcam, video
camera or similar while you are out.
Short term solutions could include:
Not leaving your dog by itself too long
you do need to go out for long periods do you know someone who can
pop in and see your dog
Take it on long walks
Make sure it doesn’t get hungry
Leaving the radio on a talking channel at low volume when you are
your dog is barking at people walking past then don’t allow it
unsupervised in the yard or don’t allow it to get to the window
For further advice on controlling your dogs
barking please follow the link below:
If you are been troubled by dog barking then
first try to talk to your neighbour, they may not even know it is
an issue if the dog barks when they are out. If this does not
resolve the issue then you can contact the Noise Coordinator
(within office hours: 8:45-17:15 Monday-Thursday, 8:45-16:45
Friday) on 01234 718099. They will need your details and the
address of where the dog lives before they can take any action.
The Noise Coordinator will first ask you to
complete some diary sheets for about 2 weeks of when the dog
disturbs you. Once these sheets have been returned the case will be
passed to an Environmental Health Officer.
The Officer will first try and solve the
matter informally. In the rare cases where it cannot be resolved in
this manner then formal action will be followed to create an
amicable solution for all parties involved.