Barking Dogs

Dogs bark for reasons such as boredom, breeding, inappropriate confinement, passing distractions, isolation, guarding, anxiety, discomfort and attention seeking. Dogs that bark excessively usually do so when their owners are not home.

In accordance with Section 38 of the Dog Act 1976 owners are responsible for disturbances caused by their dog’s excessive barking.

Tips to stop your dog barking: 

  • Don’t let your dog inside or give it attention when it barks. Instead, give it attention when it’s quiet.
  • If your dog is barking at people or noises on the other side of a fence, move it to another part of the yard, or put up a barrier to keep the dog away from that area.
  • A radio playing softly may help block noises your dog is barking at.
  • If your dog barks at regular disturbances such as children walking to school or rubbish trucks, keep it inside or in an enclosed area at these times.
  • Make sure your dog has adequate exercise and obedience training.
  • Make sure it has food, water and shelter from the weather.
  • Make sure toys/activities are available to ensure your dog does not become bored while you are out
  • If the dog is barking at gaps and cracks in the fence, fill in the gaps.
  • If it is barking at passers-by, try blocking the dog’s view.
  • Teach the dog to stop barking on command.

For more advice and strategies on how to stop your dog barking, contact our Rangers on 9347 6000.

What to do if you're affected by a barking dog?

If you find your neighbour's dog is barking excessively, it's best to try and resolve the matter by talking to your neighbour first.  You can opt to do so in person or by leaving a polite note in the letterbox indicating the days, times, duration and frequency of the problem.

If, after consulting with your neighbour, the barking persists you may choose to lodge a formal nuisance dog complaint.  If you do, your details will be kept confidential.

To report a nuisance dog, you must complete a Dog Nuisance Report.

The Town may take action against the dog owner when a formal complaint has been received, and when an authorised person is satisfied the dog is creating a nuisance as alleged in the complaint.  The complainant may be required to give evidence in a Magistrate's Court if prosecution occurs as a result of the complaint.