Badly Behaving Animals

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Here's how to address concerns with barking dogs and other situations involving animal behaviour and safety.

Nuisance (barking) dogs

Barking dogs create more disputes between neighbours than any other issue, and they result in a large number of complaints to us every year.

We conduct investigations into nuisance (barking) dog complaints. These investigations are assessed and prioritised to ensure resources are efficiently allocated to deal with complaints.

We require specific and extensive evidence prior to initiating any enforcement action against the owner of a barking dog. The person lodging the complaint will be required to provide detailed information including completing an evidence form and noise diary over a 14 day period.

Anonymous complaints are not investigated.

Make a complaint about a nuisance (barking) dog
Understanding barking and nuisance behaviour
Stray dogs
Dog attacks
Dangerous dogs
Menacing dogs
Restricted dogs