Barking and Roaming Dogs
  • Last updated:
  • 23 Aug 2016

It is an offence to allow your dog to:

  • make excessive noise by barking or howling
  • roam outside of your property unattended.

Barking dogs

If a neighbour’s barking dog is bothering you, your first step should be to discuss the problem with the dog’s owner. Let the dog's owner know when it is a problem.

If you are unable to resolve the problem through discussion, you can report it to council. Contact council's customer service centre.

You may be required to collect sufficient evidence to establish the extent of the problem. This is done by completing and returning a barking dog log (diary).

Anti-bark collars

Council does not have citronella or barking collars for hire.

Citronella collars are the most effective solution for excess barking. These collars are a safe and humane way to try and prevent a dog from barking.

Each time the dog barks, a small mist of citronella is sprayed from the collar. As dogs do not like the smell, frequent use of the anti-barking collars can have desirable results. The citronella spray poses no threat to the dogs, humans or the environment.

You can find suppliers in the Yellow Pages, on the internet or through a local vet/pet store.

Alternative solutions for barking dogs

Animals with excessive barking problems should consult their veterinarian or an animal behaviourist.

The BarkBusters website offers solutions on how to prevent dogs from barking. You can find similar services listed in the Yellow Pages.

Ongoing barking is often a symptom of another problem, such as:

  • loneliness
  • separation from its owner
  • boredom
  • frustration
  • attention-seeking
  • fear
  • threat to territory.

Obedience training and discipline are very important. A dog can be trained to be alone and to bark only on command.

Dogs are social animals and require a certain amount of interaction on a daily basis. If your dog barks when you are away from home, it is probably due to loneliness. Try giving your pet stimulants such as balls and chew toys to keep them occupied while you are away.

You could also try giving your dog a bone when you leave the house. This gives the dog a positive association with your departure.

Behavioural changes can sometimes be achieved simply by walking your dog twice a day. This will help to relieve boredom.

Roaming dogs

Roaming, straying or wandering refers to a dog that is not kept under effective control (as defined in council's local laws).

If you have found a wandering dog, you may tie it up or contain it on your property and contact council's customer service centre to arrange collection.

For more information, please contact council's customer service centre.

Wild dogs

To report sightings and incidents caused by wild dogs, please complete the form below and return to council's customer service centre.