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Barking Dogs

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.

Barking dog

 

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

·        If 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 out

·        If 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

 

Walking dog

For further advice on controlling your dogs barking please follow the link below:

http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20130402151656/http://archive.defra.gov.uk/environment/quality/noise/
neighbour/documents/barkingdog.pdf

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.

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