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Barking dogs

If you have a problem with noise from a neighbour's dog try to have a friendly word with the owner. If this doesn't help, you can:

Report anti-social noise

We will then investigate to see whether a statutory nuisance exists. You will be asked to keep a record of the noise so that officers can see how severe the problem is. You can also take your own legal action.

Advice to dog owners

There are many reasons why dogs bark including:

  • Loneliness (dogs are naturally gregarious animals and can become distressed when left alone)
  • Boredom and frustration
  • Attention seeking
  • Defending territory
  • Medical problems

Some simple measures that can help a dog adjust to being alone without making a nuisance: 

  • Leave a radio on at low volume
  • Leave the dog where it will not be disturbed by outside activities
  • Leave a light on at night
  • Arrange for someone to visit the dog if you are going to be away for a long period

Some dogs become totally dependant on their owners and find separation difficult. These dogs can become destructive, foul in the house or become noisy. To help a dog adjust to having less company: 

  • Shut the dog in a separate room or outside for short periods while you are in the house - this will help the dog accept separation when you need to be away
  • All family members should take turns to feed the dog
  • Don’t make a fuss when coming or going from the house
  • Dogs should always have their own bed and should not sleep with their owner

For further information and advice, read: Is your dog barking too much? leaflet - GOV.UK

If nothing seems to help

Consult your vet and make sure your dog is not ill. The vet maybe able to suggest some other remedies or perhaps give you the name and address of an animal behaviourist who is an expert and may be able to suggest some ways to help.