Barking Dogs

Barking dogs are one of the most common complaints received by Council, but it can be a very difficult issue for Council Rangers to deal with because:

  • There are different ideas about what constitutes too much barking.
  • Gathering evidence can be time consuming and difficult.
  • Rangers often need to ask other neighbours to see how much of a nuisance barking is.
  • Owners often don’t know that their dog is barking a lot.

Dealing with your neighbour's barking dog

If someone’s barking dog is bothering you, take the following steps.

  • Contact the owner of the dog. They might not know their dog is barking, especially if it only barks when they are away.
  • Be courteous and polite. Your neighbours might not know how to go about fixing the problem, so perhaps you can assist with some information or suggestions. Perhaps you could direct them to this site. Give them an opportunity to correct the problem.
  • Be specific and tell your neighbour if their dog is barking at certain times.
  • If you can't resolve the problem with the owner of the dog, contact Willoughby City Council on 9777 1000. 

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