Barking is a dog’s natural means of communication and often signifies its alertness to danger or intruders, however at times a dog's continuous barking can affect nearby properties. Here are some suggestions that may assist;
- Make sure you do not reward your dog for barking too much. Don't let the dog inside or give it attention when it barks. Instead, give the dog attention when it is quiet
- A radio playing softly may help to block any noises which the dog is barking at
- If the dog barks at regular disturbances such as children walking to school or rubbish trucks, keep the dog inside or in an enclosed area at these times
- If the dog races along a path or fence barking at passing distractions, put barriers or obstacles in the dog's way to slow it down
- Ensure that the dog has adequate exercise and obedience training
- Make sure that the dog has food, water and shelter from the weather
- Cover gaps in your fence
- An anti-barking collar may be useful for some ask your vet for details
- Teach the dog to stop barking on command. When the dog is barking give a firm command such as "Cease" and call the dog to you. Praise the dog when it stops barking
Nuisance Dog Complaints
It is desirable for residents to speak directly to the dog’s owner prior to making a complaint. Often the owners are not aware of the dog’s behaviour when they are absent. On many occasions the dog's owner is appreciative of the direct approach and this can help generate good relations between neighbours. If the problem persists please contact your friendly Ranger staff.
The Town encourages residents to approach their neighbours as it can often stop the barking problem quicker and without a negative impact on neighbour relationships. Often dog owners don’t realise the impact their dog is having and the best person to clearly articulate this for them is the person who is impacted. In some circumstances Rangers may be willing to investigate if you can demonstrate a good reason for not being willing to approach them yourself first.
Contact Ranger Services to inform them of your concerns and to seek advice.