Written by Colin Seal
Filing a noise complaint to your local shire or council office could be the first thing you may think. However, oftentimes they will advise you to talk to your neighbour first - which I also highly suggest. But… there are also other things that you can do to stop the barking dog next door.
As much as we want to maintain good relationships with our neighbours and keep the peace, a barking dog next door is a major interference to people's normal daily life.
You may not have any other option than to seek official help from the shire, but if you do, you will have to ensure you do the work they need you to do for them to assist. Hopefully, your neighbour will be a responsible dog owner and take action - you can even download some info about barking dog collars to give to them.
Keep it polite - keep it simple - be specific about why it's a problem and when the barking is an issue... Make some suggestions.
I have found that 95% of the time, your neighbour may not know that their dog is causing you this concern with nuisance barking - your neighbours may often be at work all day or just don't hear the barking in the same way that you do.
The best thing that you can do is let your neighbours know about it. Politely ask if they can do something about their dog to eliminate nuisance barking. You can recommend an outdoor bark deterrent if they don’t like using bark collars. As well as dog toys and chews to effectively stimulate their dog and help entertain them in order to reduce the barking.
You might start by implying or stating that you have already spoken to the shire, "Who recommended that you speak to them about the issue first."
For some people talking face-to-face is not their first choice… You can send an anonymous note or letter to your neighbour. Be friendly and polite and be specific about the details of times - how long and what the problem is.
Remember that being polite can really go a long way.
Note... Every dog owner I have spoken to (and has received a letter) said they would have far preferred a face-to-face chat - But... I know it puts you in an awkward situation if things do escalate past the point of talking or writing letters.
It is better to take note of the time that your neighbour’s dog often barks in the neighbourhood. In your letter, you can also suggest that your neighbour use harmless bark collars or an ultrasonic bark house.
Using the best dog bark deterrent is the next peaceful step if talking to your neighbour won’t work for you, and sending a letter did not work either.
I highly recommend the PetSafe Outdoor Bark Control to stop that barking dog next door from causing noise complaints in the neighbourhood. The PetSafe Outdoor Bark Deterrent has these amazing features:
• 3-year manufacturer’s warranty
• Weatherproof - leave it outside all year round
• Emits safe ultrasonic sound to distract and deter a barking dog.
• Discreet birdhouse design - that yappy dog won’t even know!
• Covers 15-metres of noise detection & emission of the ultrasonic deterrent
• Powered by a long-lasting 9v battery
• Designed with LED battery indicator
• Equipped with a sensitivity switch to reduce activations and conserve battery power
Trust me, a lot of people have found a significant reduction in the neighbour's dog barking after using this awesome little ultrasonic bark house technology.
Nope, no-bark collars needed. Check out these videos:
If all else fails - you don’t want to talk face-to-face, your neighbour ignored the letter and ok, there’s no way the PetSafe Outdoor Bark Control - Ultrasonic bark deterrent can be used...
You can file a formal noise complaint with your local council or to animal control, or to your
Now, filing a noise complaint about your neighbour’s dog follows a certain process which depends on your specific local council - they may require evidence of the nuisance barking. Generally, here are the steps that you may need to follow:
• Obtain written statements from other neighbours regarding how often and when the nuisance barking is disturbing them.
• Submit an intensive record of the occurrence of the dog’s nuisance barking - you can use a voice recorder or a video on your phone containing different dates and time.
• You should work with the dog owner first (talking face-to-face or sending a polite letter
Finally, having a dog is a commitment. Their barks come with it. So, help your neighbour and yourself and the entire neighbourhood to eliminate any dog’s nuisance barking habit by talking to the owner of the dog… or sending a kind letter… or using a very good outdoor bark control unit to deter a yappy dog… or consult with the shire to help you maintain the peace & quiet in the neighbourhood. Cool? Cool.