The most effective and successful way of managing a nuisance barking dog is for the person affected by the problem (the complainant) to communicate their concerns directly with the dog owner. There is a chance the dog owner may not be unaware their dog is excessively barking and causing a problem for neighbours. Many dogs will bark when their owners are not home, and this may be due to separation anxiety. Alternatively, the dog may be providing a Neighbourhood Watch service by alerting you and your neighbours to the presence of an intruder.
You should carefully consider all issues and possibilities before deciding on an appropriate course of action. However, once you have decided the barking is excessive and disrupting your way of life, please consider the following options to manage the situation.
Approach the dog’s owner as soon as the problem arises, and state your case clearly and politely. They may not be aware of the issue.If you are not comfortable approaching the dog owner, the below animal management Fact sheet can be placed in the dog owner's letterbox.
Provide sufficient time for the dog owner to rectify the problem.
If the barking continues to be an issue after this period of time, please contact 1300COUNCIL and the Animal Management Team will respond. To assist the process you can complete the below diary to record the barking frequency.