Barking Dogs

Barking Dogs

As a dog owner, it is your responsibility to ensure that your dog does not create a nuisance by barking.

Why They do it and What to do About It...

Barking Means Different Things to Different People

  • to an intruder or burglar, a dog's bark is a warning.
  • to a family playing with it, a dog's bark is an expression of affection.
  • but to some people, barking is nothing but a nuisance!

Remember most people don't like to complain.  If they do, it's likely they have put up with the problem for a while, hoping it would resolve itself.  It's important to respect their complaint - YOUR dog is YOUR responsibility.  Don't risk a fine or possible prosecution over a continually barking dog!

Some Helpful Hints

If your dog barks because it misses you:

  • Look at the possibility of providing more exercise, socialisation, stimulation and company.
  • If your dog barks when anything moves near the yard, look at the possibility of a solid fence which cuts the dog's view of the 'outside world' or put up shade cloth.
  • If your dog barks because it is scared of other people or things, it may need obedience classes or familiarisation with certain items eg. a lawn mower.
  • If your dog barks because it is bored, you may need to take it for extended walks during the week.  That way it will appreciate the rest when it is by itself.
  • Citronella collars can be used to deter a dog from barking.  Citronella collars are available on line or from local retailers.

Dogs bark because they are:

  • seeking attention
  • bored
  • lonely
  • anxious
  • unhappy
  • excited; and/or
  • are protecting their (your) property

For further information please contact Council's Customer Service on (03) 5722 0888 or email

Last Updated: 19-07-2016

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