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Nuisance Barking

We understand that nuisance dog barking can be irritating and that everyone has different tolerance levels and sensativities to dog barking. If you are having problems with nuisance barking in your neighbourhood, we can work together to find a resolution.

Dogs bark for a variety of reasons and may appear to be barking for 'no reason' - but the dog is trying to communicate with anyone nearby. Sometimes the owner is quite unaware that their dog has been barking.

Why do dogs bark?

  • Lack of exercise
  • Inadequate yard space
  • Separation anxiety
  • Boredom or lack of stimulation, both mental and physical
  • Not enough human companionship
  • Inadequate shelter from weather conditions
  • Hunger or thirst
  • Medical condition such as an illness or discomfort
  • Provocation/Disturbances
  • Change to family structure/separation anxiety that can lead to destructiveness, howling or escaping.

Handling complaints regarding nuisance barking can be a sensitive issue. We work with residents and pet owners to investigate, substantiate and find a resolution that works for everyone.

Reporting nuisance barking

If a dog is making a noise (including barking) which is persistent and interferes with the peace, comfort and safe living environment of a person on other premises, a complaint may be lodged by

08 8930 0600

darwin@darwin.nt.gov.au

Complaint process for nuisance barking

We have an established process for dealing with complaints about nuisance barking.

Our process aims to work with "at fault" dog owners and help them with professional advice and guidance on dog behaviour patterns.

The procedure for dealing with nuisance barking is as follows:

  1. When you report a barking complaint, you will be asked to provide details about the nuisance that is being caused.
  2. We will provide you with a barking diary and you will be asked to keep a log of the dog's nuisance barking over the next seven days.
  3. A notice will be issued to the dog owner advising them of nuisance barking allegations against their dog.
  4. After substantiating the complaint, the Council Ranger and Animal Education Officer will provide the dog owner with self-help information and also offer the owner advice and assistance to help them reduce the nuisance.
  5. During the investigation our Ranger will contact you seeking updates on the nuisance barking. If the nuisance has ceased, the dog owner will be provided with feedback and encouraged to continue with the action they have taken.
  6. Should the nuisance barking complaint remain unresolved, the dog owner may be issued with an infringement notice or be prosecuted.

Enforcement

Should further barking complaints be received and found to be true, the dog owner may receive a 'show cause' letter on the dog's registration. A 'show cause' letter requests information from the owner on reasons why the dog's registration should not be cancelled.

If the dog's registration is cancelled, the dog owner will then have 24 hours to remove the dog from the Darwin municipality and if they fail to do so, we may acquire a warrant from the courts to remove the nuisance dog.

If we seize the dog with a warrant, it will be impounded and held for four days. If the owner makes no attempt to contact Council or find an alternate property outside the Darwin municipality, the dog will be rehomed or euthanised.

Nuisance Barking - information sheet

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