Communication between neighbours may assist with solving dog barking concerns before a complaint is required. Dog owners may not be aware their dog is creating a barking nuisance when they are away from home and may appreciate the opportunity to rectify the issue.
The Dog Act 1976 says that a barking dog diary is required from the affected resident. The diary covers a period of a minimum of seven days to a maximum of 14 days.
This information is required to:
- Support the claim
- Provide evidence of a dog barking issue.
Upon receipt of a completed diary, City Rangers will:
- Investigate the dog barking complaint
- Take the appropriate action based on that investigation.
Dogs bark for many reasons including:
- Separation anxiety – they become stressed when their owner leaves
- Fear – nervous or scared dogs bark out of fear
- Boredom – barking, digging and chewing can be signs of a bored dog
- Territorial – some dogs are protecting their territory
- Fence line distraction – some dogs behind a barrier may bark at passers by.
For further information or to request a barking dog diary pack contact City Rangers.