While barking is a natural form of communication for dogs, it is the owner's responsibility to ensure their dogs are not affecting neighbourhood peace.
Dogs will bark to alert their owners of intruders on their property. This behaviour can become a neighbourhood nuisance if dogs are left to bark at regular occurrences such as noises from adjoining properties, possums, cats, birds or other dogs. Our Why Dogs Bark(PDF, 192KB) informational brochure can provide more information.
If your dog is barking too much, there are some things you can try.
- Obedience train your dog not to bark at regular neighbourhood occurrences.
- Get your dog used to periods of being alone.
- Try not to leave your dog alone for a long time and, if you have to, make sure your dog is comfortable, well-fed and watered and exercised before you go.
If a neighbourhood dog is becoming a nuisance to you, read our Dealing with a Barking Dog(PDF, 325KB) informational brochure. You can also contact Council's Local Laws Unit for advice on 5522 2208.