It is natural for dogs to bark - it is part of how they communicate. However, persistent barking on a frequent basis can be a nuisance.
Problems often occur when a dog is left alone for long periods as they are not by nature solitary animals. They may bark because:-
- they are lonely
- they are bored or frustrated
- they are seeking attention (in the wild, dogs bark to draw to alert other members of the pack to danger or a food source)
- they are defending their territory
- there is an underlying medical problem, perhaps causing pain
Taking steps to prevent the underlying causes of the barking will not only prevent complaints being made about your dog but also make your dog happier. You can prevent excessive barking by:
- Ensuring that your dog is trained so that he/she learns not to bark at anything that moves and trusts things you put in place for him/her.
- Getting your dog checked by the vet to ensure there are no medical problems.
- Feeding and exercising your dog before he/she is left alone so that he/she eats and rests while you are away.
- Making sure that he/she has a comfortable bed, some toys and also something with your scent on when left alone.
- Leaving a radio on at a low level tuned to a station with plenty of talk (e.g. Radio 4) to reduce the loneliness of your dog when left alone.
- Closing the curtains and placing your letter box at the end of the drive to avoid outside stimuli.
If you would like to complain about a barking dog please report the matter to the Council.
If you want further advice on problems with your dog, please contact our Animal Welfare Officer.
Alternatively, if you have a noise issue with a neighbour's dog, please contact:
The Environment Protection Team
Telephone: 01264 368000