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Dogs barking

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We can investigate dog barking issues and take action against the owner if it is considered a noise nuisance.

How to report an issue

To report a dog barking issue see noise nuisance.

Why dogs bark

Dogs often bark for the following reasons:

  • loneliness
  • boredom or frustration
  • seeking attention
  • defending territory
  • medical problems

Please note: this list is not exhaustive.

How to reduce dog barking

Don't punish your dog for barking, as it is likely to make the problem worse. The best way to solve the problem is to find the reason why the dog is barking and do something about it.

The following information offers advice on how you can help stop your dog from barking:

Training

  • Training can help control dog barking. Dogs should be taught not to bark at everything that moves. A well-trained dog should be able to tell the difference between people allowed in the house and people who are intruders

Loneliness

  • If your dog gets upset when you leave the house, try putting it alone in another room for a few minutes. Gradually build up the time you leave your dog alone. Do not return until it is quiet for a period. When you return, praise them
  • Leave a TV or radio on a low volume to help block out other noises and provide a calming distraction
  • If you are coming back after it gets dark, leave a light on

Boredom

  • If your dog gets bored on its own, try a food ball or a kong. These help to get rid of boredom as the dog is distracted by trying to get out the food you put inside them
  • Ask a friend or relative to check on your dog
  • Leave chews, toys and bones

General advice

  • Before going out, make sure your dog is well exercised and has fresh water to drink
  • make sure your dog has a comfortable sleeping area
  • If you keep your dog outside avoid putting the kennel close to a fence where it may be tempted to bark and cause a nuisance to your neighbours

Please note: You may wish to consult your vet as dogs may bark when they are ill or anxious. Your vet may refer your dog to an animal behaviourist who may suggest methods to improve your dog's behaviour.

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