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Nuisance barking usually occurs due to boredom, provocation, separation anxiety or medical problems. Your local training club, vet or dog trainer may have more information on what to do about nuisance barking.
Some worthwhile strategies to help your dog stop barking include:
The Companion Animals Act 1998 describes a dog as a nuisance if the dog makes a noise, by barking or otherwise, that persistently occurs or continues to such a degree or extent that it unreasonably interferes with the peace, comfort or convenience of any person in any other premises.
If your neighbour’s dog is the causing a problem by barking:
Some suggestions on how to deal with conflict caused by barking dogs can be found on the Community Justice Centre website.
If talking with the person does not resolve the issue a complaint can be made to Council. The Neighbourhood Noise Complaints Fact Sheet below has information on what is required. All barking dog complaints to Council must be in writing on the Barking Dog Complaint Form below. After you submit your complaint you will be contacted to discuss the information.
Council can issue a Nuisance Order or consider other enforcement action where all of the above methods have failed and the complaint can be substantiated with evidence.
Barking Dogs Fact Sheet (263KB)
Barking Dog Complaint Form (373KB)