Barking is a dog’s natural means of communication and often signifies its alertness to danger or intruders.

However, a dog that persistently barks to a degree or extent not normally habitual in dogs constitutes a nuisance. Ask your neighbours to let you know if your dog is causing a nuisance when you are not at home.

The cause of nuisance barking may be:

  • lack of training
  • insufficient exercise
  • loneliness
  • inadequate shelter
  • ill health, or
  • deliberate or unintentional provocation by people or other dogs.

To lodge a formal complaint

If you are experiencing problems with nuisance dogs in your area:

If our Rangers consider a dog to be a nuisance, the dog owner may be issued with an infringement notice, abatement notice or court prosecution notice.

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