Barking dogs are the single largest
type of noise complaint we receive. We spend hundreds of hours each
year dealing with these complaints.
This page sets out what dog
owners can do if their dog is causing a problem, and if you are
suffering because of a dog barking, what you can do to sort it
Why do dogs
There are loads of reasons why dogs
- the dog guarding you and
- the dog is
- the dog can’t cope with
being left alone.
What you can do to stop your
There are a lots of solutions to this
problem. The Dogs Trust gives handy and practical advice on ways of
adapting your dog’s behaviour. They include a number
of leaflets on ways to control your dog’s barking depending on
the cause. Click on the image below to access their website
and the leaflets.
The Government also has information on
this problem (including a booklet on ways of preventing your dog
barking). Click on the image below to access their website and the
What to do if you are
disturbed by dogs barking
Dogs will always bark, but it only
becomes a problem when this behaviour goes on persistently for long
periods, or is happening at unreasonable times, such as in the
middle of the night.
In most cases, the best way to deal
with the problem is to go to the owner and make them aware of how
the dog barking is affecting you.Quite often, the dog will only
bark when its owners are out, so they might not be aware that when
they leave the house the dog starts barking.If approaching the
dog’s owners doesn’t resolve the matter, then contact us.
Remember, always keep a note of when
and how you’re affected by the barking. We can often make use of
this evidence if you can’t resolve the problem with the dog’s
We’ll get in touch with you to talk about the
problem in more detail.
If we think it’s needed, we’ll pay you
a visit to see the problem for ourselves.
We’ll also visit the dog’s owners to
discuss the problem (but don’t worry, at this stage we won’t tell
them who’s made the complaint). At this point we’ll make them aware
of their responsibilities not to make a statutory
- We’ll then let you know
about our findings.
We have produced a handy leaflet which
includes the information on this page as well as our contact
details, just click on the image (right) and it will open in a new
Should you have additional concerns
regarding animal welfare the following
link provides information on which
agencies will be able to help.
To report a noisy neighbour please complete our online reporting
If you have any specific concerns regarding noise pollution in
South Staffordshire, please contact a member of staff using the
Environmental Protection Services
South Staffordshire Council
To contact a member of staff by telephone or email, please see
the details below. You can also make a general complaint regarding
noise through the Pollution Complaint
We have adopted a set of standards for the provision of this
service. You can find out more about these service standards by
following the link below.
a Noisy Neighbour
Pollution Complaint Form
PDF Document: Barking Dogs
External Link: Dogs Trust
DEFRA Barking Dogs
External Link: Animal Welfare
There are no associated costs for requesting information or
making a complaint regarding noise pollution.
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