One of the most common complaints is noise from barking dogs.

We all know that dogs bark, in fact that is why many owners have dogs, to provide security, reassurance and companionship.  Dogs often bark at visitors to their homes or from playful behaviour or excitement. The noise becomes a problem when it is not controlled and dogs are allowed to bark unchecked.

We often have complaints about dogs that are left alone all day, both inside and outside of properties.  They often bark or whine through boredom, distress and fear; left alone by owners who may not be aware of their pet's behaviour and how it is affecting the neighbours who have to listen to it. 

It is always an idea to alert the pet owners to the problem before contacting us. The reason why the dog barks could be easily addressed.

What can dog owners do to help?

The solution may be to ensure your dog is happy. Feed and exercise your dog before you go out and make sure it has water, a comfortable bed and toys.  It may help to leave a radio on low or a light on if you are not due back until dark. More information is given our barking dogs leaflet.

If the dog is outside, ensure it is happy and position the kennel away from neighbouring properties. Further help and advice can be sought from your vet or from a dog behaviourist.

If all else fails

If the barking continues and the owner/s appear unwilling to respond you can make a formal complaint.

However it is important to be aware that we cannot deal with an anonymous complaint and you also must know where the noise is coming from for us to take action. We also require detailed information to be able to action your complaint. Further information is providedin our noise complaint leaflet or Noise Complaint Policy

Please contact us on 0115 9072244 Ext. 3820 or email