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a barking dog

Barking Dogs

Dogs that bark excessively can become a source of irritation for neighbours and others using the local environment. Some level of barking is deemed to be acceptable, however when a dog continues to bark it may be considered a nuisance and create friction between neighbours.

Our Community Laws Officers investigate thousands of barking dog complaints each year and there are some simple ways that may assist. Approaching the dog’s owner first in a neighbourly manner and discussing your concerns with them can sometimes easily resolve this type of complaint.

The dog’s owner may not realise that the barking is causing an annoyance to other people.

  • The dog may only bark excessively when the owner is not home.
  • The owner may not hear the barking from various areas within the house.
  • The owner may be a very sound sleeper and not woken when the dog barks.

Barking dog complaints


If you wish to lodge a barking dog complaint, you will need to read all the information contained in the Dealing with a barking dog booklet. Prior to Council investigating your barking dog complaint, you will need to submit a completed, signed copy of the barking dog diary contained in the booklet.

Please note that the diary will need to be completed by each person effected by the barking.

Barking Dog booklet

Simple tips to reduce your dog's barking

  • Make sure that 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.
  • If the dog is barking at people or noises on the other side of a fence, move the dog to another part of the yard, or put up a barrier to keep the dog away from that area.
  • 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.
  • If the dog is barking at gaps and cracks in the fence, fill them in.
  • If the dog is barking at people it can see passing by, try blocking the dog’s view.
  • 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.
  • Attend accredited dog obedience training.

If you are considering lodging a formal complaint about a barking dog, please read the attached 'Knox Barking Dog' pack which will provide you further information.

At a minimum you must be prepared to complete the log sheets over a minimum of seven continuous days in order for Council to investigate.

We are unable to resolve complaints about barking reported anonymously.

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