Dogs may bark for reasons such as breeding, inappropriate confinement, passing distractions, isolation, guarding, anxiety, discomfort and attention seeking. Dogs that bark excessively usually do so when their owners are not home.
Owners are responsible for disturbances caused by their dog’s excessive barking. It is important to work out why the dog is barking so the problem can be solved.
Tips to stop your dog barking:
- Don’t reward your dog for barking too much
- Don’t let your dog inside or give it attention when it barks. Instead, give it attention when it’s quiet
- If your dog is barking at people or noises on the other side of a fence, move it to another part of the yard, or put up a barrier to keep the dog away from that area
- A radio playing softly may help to block any noises your dog is barking at
- If your dog barks at regular disturbances such as children walking to school or rubbish trucks, keep it inside or in an enclosed area at these times
- Ensure it has adequate exercise and obedience training
- Make sure it has food, water and shelter from the weather
- If the dog is barking at gaps and cracks in the fence, fill in the gaps
- If it is barking at passers-by, try blocking the dog’s view
- Teach the dog to stop barking on command.
For more information, contact your vet or an animal behaviourist.
What should I do if I'm affected by a barking dog?
Contact the owner of the dog either directly or with a polite letter. If you are unable to approach the owner, please report the issue to the City using Report It!