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Barking Dogs

Coffs Harbour City Council Rangers handle more than 2500 dog complaints each year and the majority are to do with barking dogs.

Dogs bark for a number of reasons but regardless of the cause the reality is that a barking dog can be a real nuisance in a neighbourhood.

The following guidelines are designed to help alleviate the problems associated with barking dogs. 



If you have not already done so you should discuss the problem with the owner of the problem dog.

He or she may not be aware that you have a problem with their barking dog.  (Many dog owners are not offended by the barking of their own dog or may be away when it barks.)  In most cases owners will want to do the right thing and will co-operate.

If this is not successful and the owner is unwilling to co-operate, you should contact Council who can make initial approaches on your behalf.

Second - WAIT

If the owner agrees to do something about the barking please wait a few weeks to see if they have been successful in their efforts. 
If several weeks have passed and the barking continues, you can make contact with Council's Rangers who will follow up the matter on your behalf.


Why does my dog bark?

Dogs that bark continually can be annoying for both you and your neighbours. If your dog is barking it may be because it:  

  • is bored
  • needs exercise
  • wants attention
  • may suffer from separation anxiety
  • lacks shelter, water, food
  • may need veterinary attention

The most common problem these days is that people go off to work and leave their dogs to their own devices all day and the only way they know how to complain about being left alone is to bark. Can you imagine sitting in your backyard on your own for eight hours a day with nothing to do?

What can I do about my barking dog?

We're not suggesting you should stay home and entertain the dog all day every day, however, there are a number of simple things you can do to stop your dog barking:

  • Walk your dog for at least 15 minutes each day;
  • Leave toys out for your dog to play with when you're not there;
  • Make sure your dog has plenty of water, food and shelter from both the sun and rain - and check them regularly;
  • Play with your dog when you are home; and
  • Make sure your dog is regularly wormed and receives veterinary attention when necessary.

If you are already doing all of the above and your dog is still barking you may need to seek advice from an animal behaviour specialist. There are a number of mechanical devices which can be used to train your dog, these can be discussed with your local vet or the following link may also help you find some answers.
Bark Busters  

There are also muzzles and collars that may assist in controlling nuisance barking, examples are  Husher muzzles and citronella collars.  Further information, stockists and prices regarding these can be found online.