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Noisy dogs

Why dogs bark

Barking comes naturally to dogs, but constant barking or whining of a dog can be disturbing or annoying for your neighbours.

Complaints about barking often arise because dogs are left alone while their owners are out for most of the day. A dog will not usually bark while its owners are at home, but may start as soon as they leave. The owners are often unaware that a problem exists until someone makes a complaint.

Persistent barking means something is making the dog unhappy. It could be distressed, afraid or bored. There are many reasons why a dog may bark:

  • loneliness 
  • boredom or frustration 
  • attention seeking 
  • defending its territory 
  • medical problems - the dog could be ill

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What can you do if you are suffering a noise problem?

Often a direct, informal approach to the person responsible for the noise is all that is needed to solve the problem.

It is not unusual for them to be unaware that they are disturbing other people.

However, it may be unwise to make your complaint in the heat of the moment when you are tired, frustrated or angry; the situation could get out of hand. It is better to wait until later when the matter can be discussed calmly.

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How can the Councils help?

The Councils' Dog Wardens will contact the dog owner and discuss the issue and hopefully resolve the problem without litigation at the early stages. Should the problem persist legal action maybe instigated under the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

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Reporting a noisy dog

If you have a complaint about a noisy dog, please contact the Dogs Section:

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