Barking is a natural communication behaviour for dogs but excessive barking, whining or howling can be a nuisance to your neighbours.
Nuisance barking will only be resolved once the cause of the dog's barking has been addressed. A dog's persistent barking is a learnt behaviour and a result of an issue; therefore, it is very important to find out why your dog barks.
Persistent barking could mean your dog is trying to alert you that his/her needs are not being met. It could mean he/she wants some attention, needs exercise, is hungry, tired or in pain. Your dog may even be barking because he/she is feeling unsafe. Managing your dog's environment will assist in resolving the barking issue.
If you are concerned about the level of noise your dog is making, we suggest you speak with your neighbour(s) who may be affected by your dog's barking. Your neighbour(s) may be willing to assist you to identify when the barking starts, how long it lasts and what the cause might be. Taking a friendly approach by speaking to your neighbour(s) to let them know that you are taking steps to resolve the barking, may help you to address your dog's barking quickly and avoid an unnecessary dispute.
We provide neighbour-friendly post cards to place in your neighbour(s) letterbox(es) asking for their feedback. Contact us on 8384 0666 for a printed version or electronic postcards to view and print are available in the link below.
Dog owner "Dear Neighbour" postcard(PDF, 211KB)
Please remember that changing a learnt behaviour takes time and the amount of time will vary depending on your dog.
For helpful tips and suggestions to trial to resolve a barking issue, please click Barking dog behaviour guide.
If you are unable to resolve your dog's barking behaviour, we suggest you contact your local vet or dog behaviourist. We also provide resources on our website which can assist you to identify the cause of the barking and suggest the best approach to manage the barking. If you would like to discuss the issue with a community ranger please phone 8384 0666 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.