As dog owners, we are responsbile for the care and wellbeing of our pets but sometimes we forget that our dogs can affect other peoples' lives as well as own own.
Complaints due to excessive baarking are amongst the most frequent received by Council. If your dog barks excessively, you may be guilty of an offence and you may be fined or have a Control (Barking Dog) Order placed on your dog under the Dog and Cat Management Act 1995.
Some causes of excessive barking are:-
- Children or others teasing them
- Hostile neighbours
- Separation anxiety
- Changes to a dog's life or lifestyle
- Possible health issues
Should you require assistance, Council has some excellent information on barking dogs. Contact the Council Office on 8721 0444 if you would like to access this information. Remember it is much easier to deal with the problem before it develops to a stage where a formal complaint is lodged with Council.