Noisy dogs

A dog that barks or howls a lot can be very annoying for neighbours. Owners may not know that their dog is making a noise, particularly if it happens when they are at work.

A dog may bark for a number of reasons:

  • It is not used to being left alone
  • Lack of exercise
  • Boredom
  • It sees people or other animals nearby
  • It has been encouraged to bark by its owner.

What does the law say?

Under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, it is against the law to cause a public nuisance.

If your dog’s barking is noisy and regular enough to be annoying for neighbours, it may be considered a public nuisance.

Our dog wardens or environmental team will investigate complaints and decide whether to take action.

What happens then?

You may be served with an abatement notice, which means you must stop the dog causing a nuisance within a set time period. If you don’t do this, you may be prosecuted and given a large fine.

Be a responsible dog owner

Ask your neighbours if your dog barks when you leave it. If your dog is causing a problem, ask for advice from our dog wardens.

To speak with our dog wardens or make a complaint, please contact us online or call the Environmental Health team on 01730 266551.