Barking dogs

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If you are disturbed by a barking dog we recommend that you approach the offending dog's owner to make them aware of the issue. Ask them to take action to control their dog’s barking and try to reach an agreement.

If your neighbour has not acted to control their dog’s barking you can:

Investigating a barking dog

If you have reported a barking dog, we will investigate the complaint. If the barking is found to be a nuisance, the owner may be issued with formal notices to comply, or be prosecuted at Court where an order can be made against you.

Why dogs bark

Dogs bark for many reasons, including:

  • Lack of exercise or inadequate yard space
  • Boredom or lack of human companionship
  • Inadequate shelter from weather conditions
  • Hunger or thirst
  • Medical condition such as illness or discomfort
  • Provocation or disturbance – movement outside the dog's property
  • Changes to the family structure, routine or territory
  • Learned behaviour – dogs often bark more if they learn that their owner makes a fuss over them when they bark
  • Contact seeking – dogs are social animals, barking and howling are ways that dogs can communicate with each other over distance

To solve the problem of a barking dog you may need to:

  • Take the dog on more frequent walks
  • Find a designated off leash area to give your dog a free run
  • Make the backyard environment more interesting
  • Provide the dog with toys and a large raw marrowbone to chew
  • Take your dog to obedience classes
  • Block its view of movement outside the property with solid fencing, shade cloth or hedging
  • Make sure your dog is in good health, by taking it to the vet for a check up

For more information go to the Agriculture Victoria website: Barking dogs.

Contact us

For more information about getting help with a barking dog, please contact us on 03 5434 6000.


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Please note that requests logged online after 5pm Friday December 21, 2018 may not be acted on until our offices re-open on Wednesday January 2, 2019. For urgent assistance please phone 5434 6000.  

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