Dog Barking Nuisances

Usually, the last person to know that their dog is barking and causing a nuisance to other residents when left alone is the owner. If you have just got a dog or moved with your dog to a new area, or suspect that your dog may bark, it is worth asking your neighbours if it is barking in your absence and if so, monitor the noise.

Nuisance caused by dog barking

A continuously barking dog may be a problem as far as a neighbour is concerned.  Tackled early, it is an easier problem to resolve.  If an Environmental Health Officer is called upon to investigate a complaint it may lead to a Statutory Notice under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 being served on the owner.  This is a legal document which will allows a specific time, usually 21 days, in which to stop the nuisance caused by the barking dog.

The owner may incur financial penalties if they do not stop their dog barking and ultimately may be required to part with their dog.  That is why it is important to co-operate in making improvements at a very early stage.

To register a complaint

If you wish to register a complaint or are seeking advice on dog barking issues that are affecting you please complete our online complaint form.

Dogs normally bark because

  • they are insecure or anxious
  • they are left alone too long and are lonely, bored or frustrated
  • they are not receiving enough exercise and training
  • the space provided for them is too small
  • they hear people calling at the house
  • they have a medical problem

How to avoid sporadic or prolonged barking

Make sure your dog is happy to be left alone.  When you are on the premises build up the time your dog is left in an adjoining room, return to your dog before it starts barking.  Exercise your dog before you leave the house.  Make sure your dog is comfortable and has adequate facilities.  If necessary, draw the curtains to reduce outside stimuli.  Some dogs like having a radio left on low for company. Take your dog to training classes to keep him mentally stimulated, you should be rewarded with a happy, well-behaved pet.  Check with your vet that your dog does not have medical problems that may be causing distress.

For further information and advice, please read the 'Is Your Dog Barking Too Much?' leaflet.


Environmental Health
Tel: (01444) 477292