Barking Dogs

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Dogs are an important part of our local community but dogs that bark excessively can become a source of irritation for neighbours and others using the local environment. Our best friend can, if it barks continually, become an intrusion and create friction between neighbours.

City of Burnside receives numerous complaints regarding nuisance noise from barking dogs. Approaching the dog’s owner in a neighbourly manner and discussing your concerns with them sometimes easily resolves this type of complaint.

Understanding Why Dogs Bark(PDF, 462KB) is the first step in resolving a nuisance problem and the Council has provided some simple Tips for Barking Dog Owners(PDF, 429KB) which may be useful in preventing excessive barking. If these simple tips are ineffective then Council recommends contacting a professional behaviourist to assist.

The Delta Society Australia has a list of local trainers who are experienced in helping with behavioural problems in dogs. 

If you are experiencing a barking problem with a neighbour's dog please read the Barking Dog - How Can Council Help(PDF, 498KB) which provides information on how to approach your neighbours and how the Council can assist with your concern. Should neighbour communication or preliminary discussions from Council not resolve the barking, then please contact Ranger Services on 8366 4239 to obtain Complaint Forms for a formal investigation to commence. Please be aware the formal process requires you to keep a 14 day record of barking and is to be signed by a Justice of Peace. 

For further information please contact the City of Burnside on 8366 4239.