Barking dogs

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Nuisance barking investigations can be very subjective investigations. It needs to be noted by all parties that a dog will bark at times, which is acceptable however barking incidents cannot escalate to what is considered nuisance barking. When dealing with nuisance barking issues it is important that all parties concerned work together to assist in an amicable resolution. Some dog owners find it hard to believe that their dog is causing a nuisance through barking because they are either not home to hear it or the dog is not barking when they arrive home. 

It is important that neighbours provide dog owners with accurate information on when their dog is causing a nuisance such as:

  • Date, time & duration of dog barking
  • Reason for dog barking (if known e.g. cat on fence, children teasing) noting what is happening in the area when the dog is barking
  • Where the dog is barking (front, back or side of property) and
  •  Any other relevant information to assist the dog owner in dealing with the issue.

Neighbours should be aware that they don’t unintentionally cause the nuisance to increase by:

  • Hitting the dog or fence
  • Verbally abusing the dog in an aggressive manner
  • Teasing the dog through the fence (normally children)
  • Hosing or throwing objects at the dog.

Early action means treatment is more likely to be effective and sufficient time should be given to the dog owner to allow treatment to take place. 

Should the nuisance barking persist after the dog owner has been advised, you should contact the City on 9267 9267 or swan@swan.wa.gov.au requesting they investigate the nuisance. The City will notify the dog owner and advise a formal complaint has been lodged. You will be requested to keep written evidence in the form of diaries to substantiate the barking nuisance. Once diaries are received, the City may issue a Control Order, which requires the dog owner to control the nuisance for a period of 6 months. You will be requested to keep additional evidence to substantiate the barking nuisance. If episodes of barking nuisance occur when a Control Order is in place, infringement notices may be issued. Should offences continue to occur against the Control Order, the matter may be lodged with the Courts.

Take early action and print the Dear Neighbour Letter(PDF, 24KB).