It is normal and natural for dogs to bark and it is not unreasonable for neighbours to occasionally hear dog barking at various times during the day.
However, when barking or whining is constant, occurs over a long period or regularly at night, it may be disturbing, annoying and upsetting for neighbours.
What you can do
There are many reasons why dogs bark including loneliness, boredom, attention seeking, defending their territory and medical problems.
If you have to leave your dog for long periods:
- feed and exercise it before you go out and leave it some fresh water
- Leave a radio or television on
- make sure its bed or basket is comfortable and its favourite toys are around
- check that the room is not too hot or too cold and that there is adequate ventilation
- leave a light on if you are not coming back until after dark
Where a dog owner allows barking or whining to continue unchecked, the Environmental Protection Team can investigate your complaint.
Often dog owners are not aware of the noise problems being caused by their dog and so it is recommended that in the first instance you consider talking to your neighbour about the problems you are experiencing. Where a dog owner allows barking or whining to continue unchecked, the Environmental Protection Team can investigate your complaint.
- What action can you take to help resolve a problem
- RSPCA advice on excessive dog barking
- Report a dog related problem online now