Dog barking is a dog's natural form of communication. However, when dog barking becomes persistent and repetitive, there may be an underlying issue. As an owner, it's important to address your dog's excessive barking with training or by seeking veterinary advice. If not addressed properly your dog may develop long-term health problems, and if barking persists it could have an impact on your mental health and wellbeing, as well as your neighbours.
When does barking become a problem?
Dog barking becomes a problem when the barking is excessive and persistent, and it's affecting the wellbeing of those around them.
Excessive dog barking can cause conflict between neighbours. If your neighbour’s dog barking is affecting you, consider a calm and respectful conversation or letter directly with your neighbour to work together to find an effective solution. In many circumstances, owners aren't even aware of their dogs behaviour as barking might only occur when they're not home.
If the problem persists after working together with your neighbour has failed, please get in touch with us on 8563 8444. We can provide you with helpful tools and advice suitable to your unique situation, such as a 'barking diary'. It's important to record dog barking occurrences, the frequency, and days and times in the form of a diary. This is to ensure we have the necessary information to help you further.
In extreme circumstances, we may initiate enforcement action against the dog owner following the collection of necessary evidence.
Steps to managing dog barking
If you're having trouble with a barking dog, these steps might help you resolve the issue quickly and respectfully:
- have a respectful chat with your neighbour or write a letter to them explaining the situation, how often the dogs barking and how the barking is effecting you
- download and print the dog nuisance flyer that we have created to assist in notifying the dog's owner of the dog's behaviour
- if the excessive barking continues, or if you feel uncomfortable approaching your neighbour, contact us on 8563 8444 for further advice
- write a 'barking diary' and include when barking occurs, the frequency and days and times
- in extreme cases, if all other options have been exhausted, contact us on 8563 8444 we may take action with necessary evidence.
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