It is nice for our dogs to bark and let us know when people are near the property. This provides us with security and a feeling of being protected.

Dogs will bark for numerous reasons territory, protection, fear, for attention, a threat and often during play or on command.

If you have lost the ability to stop your dog barking with commands, or have found the intensity to worsen when trying to correct. Then this behaviour may have far more deeper triggers and psychology than you first thought,! Seeking the correct approach for re-modification is essential as to not make this behaviour worse.

But let us now consider that your barking dog is now using the bark at a intensity that is becoming a nuisance not only to you as the owner, but possibly to neighbours as well. Sound disturbance can be a matter for the local council and environmental agency to assess and determine which course of action will be needed, if complaints.

In brief what actions can be taken to a noise nuisance dog!

  • It is a form of statutory nuisance and is defined by section 79(1)(g) EPA as being “noise emitted from premises so as to be prejudicial to health or a nuisance”

You should take into account 

  • Volume
  • Duration
  • Time of day
  • A local authority is under a duty to investigate complaint of noise nuisance
  • If such a nuisance is found to exist the council must:-
  1. Serve an abatement notice, or
  2. take such other steps as it thinks appropriate to persuade the abatement of the nuisan