Barking Dogs

All dogs bark, but some barking dogs become a real neighbourhood nuisance – greatly reducing the quality of life for their neighbours and increasing neighbourhood tensions. Barking dogs is the most common animal behaviour problem Council is asked to deal with. Ongoing barking is often a symptom of another problem, and taking time to understand what makes dogs bark – especially your pet or other dogs in your neighbourhood – is the first step towards solving this problem, both for the dog involved and your neighbours.

Why Dogs Bark:

  • Often bark when they are lonely
  • Separation from an owner
  • Boredom and frustration
  • Seeking attention
  • Fear of people, objects or other dogs
  • Threat to territory
  • Some breeds have a reputation for barking

You Can Control Barking:

  • Walk your dog to relieve boredom
  • Provide stimulants such as balls and chew toys
  • Leave a radio on or leave one of your old shoes
  • Give your dog a bone when you leave the house
  • Construct a fence designed to restrict your dog’s vision
  • Obedience training and discipline

Excessive Barking:

  • 7am-10pm no more than six minutes of noise in any hour
  • 10pm-7am no more than three minutes of noise in any 30-minute period
  • Excessive barking is an offence and Council staff will respond to reported barking problems. Initially, the owner will receive an administrative letter.
  • If the problem continues and further complaints are reported, the Council will investigate.

My Neighbour’s dog barks – what can I do?

Talk to your neighbour as soon as the problem arises. They may not be aware that their dog is barking or that their dog’s barking is bothering you.

Give your neighbour information and if the barking persists after a week or two, speak with your neighbour again to provide feedback.

If your neighbour is unapproachable, or does not agree that a problem exists, you should contact Concil for further advice.

Council investigation

Excessive barking is an offence and Council staff suggest that if you believe a barking problem exists in your immediate neighbourhood and the above options have not worked out, Council can be called on to investigate a barking dog to see if the barking is excessive. Initially, the owner of the dog will receive an administrative letter and barking dog information sheet.

If the problem continues and further complaints are reported, the Council will investigate. The cooperation of the dog owner will be sought to stop the nuisance. If noise continues, you will be asked to keep a diary of dates and times when the dog barks. You must be able to confirm that it is that particular dog which is barking. If the barking persists, Council officers will conduct a survey of other homes in the area to gather additional evidence. People who are affected by the barking must be willing to testify under oath in an open court of the existence of a nuisance and be able to identify the animal causing the nuisance.

Council is responsible for ensuring the welfare of the general community and, if your dog’s barking is found to be creating an ongoing nuisance, you may have to remove your dog from the property. Irresponsible owners who fail to comply with Council recommendations will face significant penalties including infringements fines.

Council staff can help you with barking problems in the community so that you do not have to suffer the nuisance caused by dogs that make too much noise.

Further information

To report a barking dog…

Please contact the Customer Service Centre using the Online Contact Form.

You can also contact the Customer Service Centre using one of the following methods.

Customer Service Centre
Location145 Young Street,
Ayr QLD 4807
Postal AddressPO Box 974
Ayr QLD 4807
Opening hours8am – 5pm, Monday to Friday (except Public Holidays)
Phone(07) 4783 9800 – Business hours
(07) 4783 9800 – After hours (the same number)
Fax(07) 4783 9999
SMS0437 886 008
Email
OnlineUse the Online Contact Form
Building Certification and Plumbing Officers
Early OpeningPlease phone (07) 4783 9942 if you need access the Building and Plumbing Department between 7am – 8am, Monday to Friday.
Media Enquiries
For all media enquiries please email
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  • A Dog’s Bark Can Be Worse Than it’s Bite

    All dogs bark - it's natural. Unfortunately, it's also annoying for the surrounding community. Dogs bark because they are: Seeking attention; Bored; Lonely; Anxious; Protecting their property. Scolding your dog for barking will still answer its need for attention. This will teach the dog that the more it barks, the more attention it will receive, [...]

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    All dogs bark – it’s natural. Unfortunately, it’s also annoying for the surrounding community. Dogs bark because they are:

    1. Seeking attention;
    2. Bored;
    3. Lonely;
    4. Anxious;
    5. Protecting their property.

    Scolding your dog for barking will still answer its need for attention. This will teach the dog that the more it barks, the more attention it will receive, even if this is unpleasant. However, there is a range of simple, effective solutions which may stop your dog barking.

    When You’re At Home

    When you’re at home the ‘bad dog – good dog’ technique can be used.

    To train a puppy, place it in a comfortable room. When it barks, walk quietly to the closed door and sternly tell it to be quiet. Do not open the door. The pup will usually stop barking at the sound of your voice. Wait fifteen to twenty seconds and if it does not bark again, open the door and praise and cuddle the dog. This is not a reward for barking but for being quiet as a result of your command and still gives the dog the attention it wants. If you observe that your dog is on the verge of barking, a firm reprimand in a stern voice No- Bad Dog should prevent this. Now, using a friendly tone, you should command the dog to Come, Sit and Stay. Reward it for obeying. This contrast between reprimand and reward gives the dog a clear message about the effects of its good and bad behaviour.

    When You’re Not At Home

    When you’re not at home dogs often bark because of a combination of social isolation and boredom. The solution can be to make your dog happy and relaxed by confining it to a small, comfortable room – a ‘den’.

    Your laundry, bathroom or any small room would be suitable. You must make the dog happy about being confined to this room while you are out, but balance this with extra exercise when you return home.

    1. Make the room comfortable – not too hot, not in direct sun and with soft bedding provided.
    2. Place the dog’s water bowl inside its den and nowhere else – so that even when you are at home, it has to go to its den voluntarily for a drink.
    3. The most important step is to lock the dog in its den for 15 minutes whenever you feed it. The dog then will associate being confined with the happiness and contentment of being fed. Leave the dog in the den for 15 minutes, then release and praise it.
    4. When you leave for work, lock the dog in the den and give it food to make it happy. A large bone will help do this and keep the dog occupied for some time. The dog will remain quiet because it is happy.
  • Anti Barking Collars

    Anti-barking collars act as a deterrent for barking dogs.

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    Anti-barking collars act as a deterrent for barking dogs.

    Anti-barking collars are very sophisticated and deliver a very humane, even gentle, stimulation to the pet to eliminate unwanted barking behaviours.  As the name implies, these collars deliver a mild electrical stimulation which starts at a low level and automatically increases if the dog does not stop barking.  Once the dog stops barking, the collar automatically drops down a level.

    The stimulus is triggered by the vocal chords and is incredibly easy to use. Your dog quickly learns to avoid the nuisance barking and modifies his behaviour accordingly. Many customers and veterinarians have reported that dogs become more content with their surroundings. Bark control collars will assist you in training.

    Further Information

    Anti-barking collars are available for purchase at the following locations:-

    Online:-

    Locally:-

    For any other queries in relation to Anti-barking collars…

    Please contact the Customer Service Centre using the Online Contact Form.

    You can also contact the Customer Service Centre using one of the following methods.

    Customer Service Centre
    Location145 Young Street,
    Ayr QLD 4807
    Postal AddressPO Box 974
    Ayr QLD 4807
    Opening hours8am – 5pm, Monday to Friday (except Public Holidays)
    Phone(07) 4783 9800 – Business hours
    (07) 4783 9800 – After hours (the same number)
    Fax(07) 4783 9999
    SMS0437 886 008
    Email
    OnlineUse the Online Contact Form
    Building Certification and Plumbing Officers
    Early OpeningPlease phone (07) 4783 9942 if you need access the Building and Plumbing Department between 7am – 8am, Monday to Friday.
    Media Enquiries
    For all media enquiries please email
    Compliments and Complaints
    The Burdekin Shire Council is committed to an open and friendly relationship with members of our community.  Whether you’re telling us what we do well, or how we can improve, your feedback is important to us.

    If you would like to provide a compliment or complaint regarding actions or decisions made by Council, or by one of our councillors or officers, please visit the
    > Complaints, compliments and suggestions page.

    Privacy Notice

    We will only use personal information provided in your email to address the subject matter of your email. This may involve passing on your email to other areas within the council. We will not disclose your personal information to other government agencies, organisations or anyone else unless one of the following applies:

    • you consented to the disclosure
    • you would have a reasonable expectation that your personal information would be disclosed
    • it is required or authorised by law
    • it will prevent or lessen a serious threat to somebody’s life or health; and
    • the disclosure is reasonably necessary for a law enforcement activity.

    Your emal address details will not be added to a mailing list. Email messages may be monitored by our information technology staff for system trouble-shooting and maintenance purposes.

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