Dogs naturally bark to communicate. Excessive barking of a consistent nature can disturb neighbours and cause annoyance. Generally, there is an underlying reason for the excessive barking that can be resolved by talking with the dog owner.
If you come upon a dog barking excessively, follow the steps below to resolve the issue.
Talk to the dog owner.
On most occasions the dog is barking because the owner is not at home. Talk to the dog owner first as they may not be aware that their dog is barking or that their dog's barking is bothering you. Letting them know about the problem gives them the opportunity to fix it. If you feel uncomfortable with a face-to-face chat, try dropping a friendly letter in their letter box.
Report the issue.
If the dog barking hasn't improved, contact us and our rangers will investigate the issue. Council Rangers will ask you to complete a barking dog diary to record the times and dates of the barking behaviour. Before contacting council, you can complete the barking dog diary(PDF, 279KB) to streamline the process.
You may be asked to provide an official statement and be a witness in court should the dog owner dispute the claim.
You can report a barking dog by completing councils Report it form or by contacting Council's Customer Service.
If you are finding, there has been no resolution with the neighbour please Contact a Community Justice Centre (CJC) or take private civil action.