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Dealing with Barking Dogs

By: Jeff Durham - Updated: 24 May 2018 | comments*Discuss
 
Dog Barking Problem Neighbours Constant

It’s important to realise that barking is a dog’s means of communication. You might be surprised to know that the vast majority of people will tolerate a dog’s barking up to a point. Not only do they understand that it’s completely natural for a dog to bark, but some people gain a sense of security in knowing that a particular dog might be trying to alert their owners (and consequently – the neighbours) to something that is out of the ordinary or potentially dangerous, such as an intruder may have entered the garden or back yard.

Incessant and Nuisance Barking

However, problems arise in a neighbourhood where a dog is either barking incessantly and/or the constant barking is causing a nuisance at inappropriate times of the day. This will usually be at night where the dog may be kept outside and you cannot get to sleep, or perhaps you have young children and they can’t get to sleep. The problem is what to do about it if you find yourself in this situation.

Basically you have 3 possible course of action:

  1. Direct contact with the neighbour to find a solution
  2. Report the matter to your local Environmental Health Department
  3. Court action

Below is some good advice on how to proceed with each of the above options:

1. Contact the Neighbour

If a dog is constantly barking in your street and is causing a nuisance, there are laws to address this issue. However, few people take pleasure in upsetting their neighbours wherever possible and most would wish to take a ‘diplomatic’ approach to the problem first without Resorting To Legal Action.

The ways in which you could try to get a resolution to the problem might vary. It could all depend on how you feel about directly confronting a neighbour by knocking on their door and speaking to them about it. Others might feel that the neighbour in question might not be reasonable and that they could be hostile towards them. If you choose to speak directly to your neighbour, the best way to go about it would be to go round and see them and say that you’re just checking that everything is OK.

Your approach might be along the lines of

“I just popped round because your dog’s been barking for the last 2 hours and I thought there might be something wrong?”

In taking that approach, you’re avoiding direct confrontation which could irk a neighbour and cause them to become hostile towards you, while still getting your point across. On the other hand, if you’ve been down that road before and the problem persists, you might decide you want to tell the neighbour that you’re having difficulty getting to sleep as a direct result of the dog barking.

If you're not confident to do this, try popping an informal note through their door. You can follow this up with a more formal letter saying that you will consider reporting them. We have put together an informal note and formal letter here which might help.

2. If that Doesn’t Work? Contact your Environmental Health Department

Dont' call the police or the RSPCA - If you need to take things further, don’t call the police or RSPCA, unless you have an otherwise valid reason to do so. Instead, get in touch with the Environment Health Department of your local authority.

They will investigate the matter and deal with it. Sometimes, even the owner of the dog might not be aware of the problem. For example, a dog might just persistently bark when the owner leaves the house and the dog cannot cope with being left on its own.

Initially, an environmental health officer will try to advise the dog owner of ways of overcoming the problem. The owner, for example, might be highly embarrassed about the problem themselves, yet have no idea how to resolve it, and the officer will be able to suggest methods for training the dog not to bark in an incessant manner.

3. Legal Action: Environmental Protection Act 1990

However, if this doesn’t work, then it can lead to a Statutory Notice under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 being served upon the owner. This is a legal procedure which gives the owner around 21 days in which to resolve the issue. The Environmental Health Officer will do this on your behalf. If the problem hasn’t been resolved after that point, the owner can incur financial penalties and, as a last resort, the Act does have a provision whereby it can take away the dog from the owner.

In most cases, problem barking is caused by either neglect or, more commonly, because of insufficient training, so if you keep a dog yourself, be sure that it is trained properly in order not to become a nuisance. There is plenty of advice on the internet to help you with that, or you could get your dog enrolled in proper training and obedience classes.

Dangerous as Well as Noisy?

If you think your or your neighbours' dogs may be a danger to those in the vicinity, take a look at the 'Dangerous Dogs' feature.

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My neighbours dogs are driving me absolutely cray to the point I actually used to like them now can't stand them 1, loud barking can be heard with doors and windows in my house closed when her dogs are in the garden. 2, when I've been on the phone others have heard the dog and thought it was mine, that's how loud he is! 3, I've had to cancel extra work night shifts due to be woken up anywhere from 5.37 to 6.15 this seems to have now become an everyday thing. I feel exhausted from it. 4, the late night barking doesn't bother me so much but it's the mornings sounds like they are next to my head. They got a second dog a while back so once she is as big as the pest of the big one it is only going to gt worse. I only hear her occasionally recently shouting his na me when he barks. This doesn't stop him he carry on. What can I do as I've had enough now of waiting thinking it would get better. I have a 5 month old puppy and would take action if she behaved that way. It's just so shocking. I've recorded him on my phone and it's very loud. Even now writing this I've just heard him in their house he's already been out woke me up now continues in the house. Thanks
Mummy8828 - 24-May-18 @ 6:52 AM
caspermaesteg - Your Question:
Help please we have an on going problem with neighbours dogs which constantly bark even if no one there the problem is the owners work and hav a dog flap fitted on door so they come and go when they want it now friday night its 1115pm and still these dogs bark I have young children trying to sleep ita not just us affected quite a few neigbours here it also its that bad even with all windows closed and tv on you can still here it.we have tried speaking to owner who is aggressive and he just swears at you and says mind your buisness etc or even threats are made we have also spoke to council who took a look at problem in the DAY MIND the problem is more night time even though we have reported these matters nothing is done. o myself owns dogs and mine do not bark mine bark if there a problem but these just bark cauz of boardam etc I reallg dont know what to do and any help addvice appreciated

Our Response:
Please follow the steps advised in the above article, We don't really know what we can add to that information unfortunately apart from private legal action.. Our letter template might help?
ProblemNeighbours - 3-Apr-18 @ 3:35 PM
help please we have an on going problem with neighbours dogs which constantly bark even if no one there the problem is the owners work and hav a dog flap fitted on door so they come and go when they want it now friday night its 1115pm and still these dogs bark i have young children trying to sleep ita not just us affected quite a few neigbours here it also its that bad even with all windows closed and tv on you can still here it.we have tried speaking to owner who is aggressive and he just swears at you and says mind your buisness etc or even threats are made we have also spoke to council who took a look at problem in the DAY MIND the problem is more night time even though we have reported these matters nothing is done. o myself owns dogs and mine do not bark mine bark if there a problem but these just bark cauz of boardam etc i reallg dont know what to do and any help addvice appreciated
caspermaesteg - 30-Mar-18 @ 11:19 PM
I am getting incessant barking from 2 dogs at my next door neighbour's house.The poor dogs hardly ever get taken out for a walk. One is stuck in the conservatory area majority of the time and the other one is shut in the kitchen when the people go out.When the neighbours go out the dogs whimper, whine and bark loudly and is driving us up the wall. This has been ongoing for over a year now, and I am getting fed up with it all.I've made numerous complaints to my local Environmental Officer who has said that the neighbours have been approached about the nuisance and they've said that they would resolve the problem. But that's all lies because the dogs are still barking.I went in my garden the other day and recorded very loud barking comingfrom the dog in the conservatory on my mobile phone and it went off the scale.He also was going berserk and trying to bite at the back door handle with his jaws. The man next door is being aggressive towards myself and my mother.We've endured loud, thumping bangs on the door continually for over a week now.He's also used a drill against our wall during the day & night in the past couple of days just to let us know how angry he is that another complaint has been made against them..I've had him use his hand like a gun pointing at me too.I had to contact the police last night as we are at our wits end now and it's making my anxiety worse.So unhappy with it all.
AtWitsEnd - 4-Feb-18 @ 3:05 PM
Ive just had an anonymous letter posted through my letter box complaining about my dogs barking all day from 6.30 in the morning now the thing is ive got cameras on my house and can see it is the woman from a different street about 200yards from our house and shes at work in the day as well so how can she hear my dogs barking all day,my mrs works 3 days a week and neither of us work weekends im normally home for around 3 which is always before the woman who complained, one of the dogs may bark for a couple of minutes when we put them out in the morning and as soon as I/we get home the dogs come in and out as they please and hardly ever bark this woman has only lived in the area for about 6 months (weve lived in the same house for 35 years and have always had dogs with no complaints before this) as well. none of our neighbours next door, next door but one, across the roadhave ever complained about our dogs therefore i reckon this woman has no grounds for complaint considering your easy to advise the complainants to get onto environmental health what action do you suggest we take as this is tantamount to her accusing us of mistreating our dogs which is clearly incorrect as they are walked daily always have food and water have their own shed living space for the time they are outside are free to wonder in a 15 foot by 30 foot paved cleaned and disinfected daily area (which is probably why the one dog barks if a bird lands on the fence or a cat teases him) can anyone honestly say the dogs would be happier closed in a house while we were at work I dont think so
busybody - 30-Jan-18 @ 3:12 PM
I have just complained to environmental health about my neighbour. She keeps two dogs in the back garden and they are driving me mad. But the law is an ass. As an experienced dog owner myself - it just isn’t their fault -it’s the irresponsible woman who thinks a German Shepherd and a Heinz 57 terrier will be happy living their lives in a small back garden. It’s cruel. They are totally and utterly bored - they bark at cars pulling up, cars turning round, people walking past (with or without dogs), the postman, the window cleaner, her mother who sometimes comes to feed them, visitors to their house, visitors to mine and anyone other neighbours round and about. She goes out and turns up in the early hours in a taxi, they bark. At no point have I ever heard her tell them to be quiet or anything. It has got worse - they have lived next door 4 years. Let’s just say there has been a demise in interest. Welfare is not just about food and water or shelter. These dogs have no mental or social stimulation-in this case that is why they bark.
Mitch - 7-Jan-18 @ 10:35 PM
We have a neighbour whose dog barks throughout the night. We have been to environment health twice. The first time we recorded for about 6 weeks and were told that we had supplied them with enough evidence for them to act upon.It did then go quiet for a little while but Only to start up again. The second time we approached environmental health they were extremely unhelpful and were made to feel as if we were the unreasonable ones as the then one dog was a guard dog. We were told that we would have to do the recordings again, which entails getting up to press the record button on every occasion the dog barks. I work full time and am exhausted. They also told us that we would be cross examined in court if it got that far and it would make our house very difficult to sell in the future. We have since spent £600 on acoustic glass in the bedroom windows but the barking still wakes us up. Don't know where to go from here,the system seems to be set up to help the ones committing the crime instead of the victims. HELP.
Tired - 24-Dec-17 @ 8:56 AM
When is the law going to be enforced over owners who neglect their dogs. Leaving them outside til 10.45 in all weathers barking every night. Not only is is cruel, the dog is physically and mentally neglected. The law needs to change because this neighbors dog is suffering and neighbor getting no sleep
Crazymolly - 16-Dec-17 @ 10:32 PM
Jen - Your Question:
We have just moved into a new house and while we have been renovating have heard nothing but dogs bark. When we looked out the bedroom window, next door have kennels built in there garden. With about 10 dogs plus dogs in the house. They get fed once a day but never get walked or interacted with. They bark al day and al night. I have a puppy and 2 children. My kids are scared to go in the garden and are being woke up al hours. And the puppy has been nearly attacked by one of the dogs and is starting to bark when they do. Its ruining our new home.

Our Response:
Firstly your neighbour's dogs should be kept in their own property by secure fencing ( the Dangerous Dogs act requires this). The environmental health department should be able to investigate the noise of the dogs barking. If you think the dogs are being neglected it might be worth reporting to RSPCA.
ProblemNeighbours - 10-Nov-17 @ 2:51 PM
We have just moved into a new house and while we have been renovating have heard nothing but dogs bark. When we looked out the bedroom window, next door have kennels built in there garden. With about 10 dogs plus dogs in the house. They get fed once a day but never get walked or interacted with. They bark al day and al night. I have a puppy and 2 children. My kids are scared to go in the garden and are being woke up al hours. And the puppy has been nearly attacked by one of the dogsand is starting to bark when they do. Its ruining our new home.
Jen - 8-Nov-17 @ 6:25 PM
I need help I've tried everything their is a man that lives a couple of houses down from me and he leaves his dog outside day and night although in the day I can put up with the barking when night time comes it's a different story I have 2 young children that constantly have broken sleep and still have to get up early in the morning for school it makes my dog whimper in the night but he is an old man and whimpers for about 5 seconds and goes back to sleep i am at my wits end i cant cope anymore I'm constantly tired because I too get broken sleep I just feel like their is nothing I can do to stop the constant barking any advice would be much appreciated
louise - 15-Oct-17 @ 9:07 PM
Nervous Wreck - Your Question:
Constant dog barking,whimpering since November 2016 through the day and early hours of the morning, sometimes for periods between 2hrs through till 7 hours at a time. Kept Dairy sheets and contact the Enviromental Health on numerous times and have handed over many dairy sheetseven had visited from staff members. They never come back to update your on the progress of yourcomplaints. Arrived home after a holiday at just before 8 pm today and its now 11.00 and it is still barking, If the Enviromental Health do not follow this through. Can anyone advise me on my next move to hopefully get some satisfaction on this matter

Our Response:
Have you been back to Environmental Health to ask what action will be taken or whether it's not considered a noise nuisance etc? They will be able to explain to you what the options are.
ProblemNeighbours - 4-Sep-17 @ 11:26 AM
Constant dog barking,whimpering since November 2016 through the day and early hours of the morning, sometimes for periods between 2hrs through till 7 hours at a time. Kept Dairy sheets and contactthe Enviromental Health on numerous times and have handed over many dairy sheets even had visited from staff members. They never come back to update your on the progress of your complaints. Arrived home after a holiday at just before 8 pm today and its now 11.00 and it is still barking, If the Enviromental Health do not follow this through. Can anyone advise me on my next move to hopefully get some satisfaction on this matter
Nervous Wreck - 28-Aug-17 @ 10:51 PM
partyboy- Your Question:
Hello I living in street with noisy dog everyday. She age 80 witter letter too her. And Tel her off 2 times.Not listen upset people. Need help

Our Response:
Environmental health might be able to help. See numbers 2 and 3 in the article above.
ProblemNeighbours - 22-Aug-17 @ 11:08 AM
Hello I living in street with noisy dog everyday. She age 80 witter letter too her. And Tel her off 2 times .Not listen upset people. Need help
partyboy - 19-Aug-17 @ 4:42 PM
Tim - Your Question:
We have a ongoing problem with next door. 1st Noise wise : We work long shifts and late nights so early morning are not always possible yet next door have two dogs who are let out some times as early as 7am into a area of about 6ft x 6ft to do there business then left to bark and scratch until let back in. (not ever timed it but I would guess at times upto a hour). Hardly ever walked seen them taken out twice in the three years we have lived here. They bark and howl for some time. We have at times entered are back garden and had to shout at them to stop.2nd smell : there business area is right outside next doors patio doors and with one 6ft fence panel divide right outside are doors too. We struggle to enjoy are garden due to the smell and just this morning witnessed the dog piss running through the fence panel on are side as the dog relieved its self. We both have be dog owners in the pass and respected the life of the dogs we owned. Exercise and companionship. We won't have a dog at present due to the long hours we work. We have approached next door about the smell attempts on the day in question were made to deal with the smell including the chemical we gave them to put in the water to wash down with (detergent the same as vets use). But that's about all we have seen. We have had one invasion of flys one a hot day and we can't leave are patio doors open due to the smell entering the house. More so on hot day's. My partner is winding herself up and I am starting to look to move house as I don't think are problem is quite outside the guide lines. :(

Our Response:
Have you tried your environmental health officer as the article suggests?
ProblemNeighbours - 14-Aug-17 @ 11:47 AM
We have a ongoing problem with next door. 1st Noise wise : We work long shifts and late nights so early morning are not always possible yet next door have two dogs who are let out some times as early as 7am into a area of about 6ft x 6ft to do there business then left to bark and scratch until let back in. (not ever timed it but I would guess at times upto a hour). Hardly ever walked seen them taken out twice in the three years we have lived here. They bark and howl for some time. We have at times entered are back garden and had to shout at them to stop. 2nd smell : there business area is right outside next doors patio doors and with one 6ft fence panel divide right outside are doors too. We struggle to enjoy are garden due to the smell and just this morning witnessed the dog piss running through the fence panel on are side as the dog relieved its self. We both have be dog owners in the pass and respected the life of the dogs we owned. Exercise and companionship. We won't have a dog at present due to the long hours we work. We have approached next door about the smell attempts on the day in question were made to deal with the smell including the chemical we gave them to put in the water to wash down with (detergent the same as vets use). But that's about all we have seen. We have had one invasion of flys one a hot day and we can't leave are patio doors open due to the smell entering the house. More so on hot day's. My partner is winding herself up and I am starting to look to move house as I don't think are problem is quite outside the guide lines. :(
Tim - 11-Aug-17 @ 12:53 PM
My neighbor has two huskies which she keeps in a kennel in the garden 24/7. The kennel is barely big enough for them to turn round in ! these poor animals are never walked or let out and as a result can often be heard fighting with each other. She has now acquired a German shepherdwhich is tethered in the garden. The poor thing barks nonstop trying to gain some attention. I have been told that one of her neighbors tried to speak to her about the dogs barking but it doesn't seem to have had any effect. I really don't understand why people have dogs when they can't be bothered to look after them properly . Most of the time i strongly believe that dogs who bark incessantly are merely in need of better owners , so i ask, while i completely relate to how it causes stress and rage ( i feel it too ) that we should have some sympathy for the way some of these animals are treated.
Cloe - 14-Jul-17 @ 7:33 PM
I find it bizarre when dog owners are outraged at a neighbour complaining about their dog/dogs. If you're out, how do you know that your neighbour is lying? Why would they make it up? It's just not worth the hassle. Maybe your neighbour is intimidating because he's reached the end of his tether with your barking dogs. I've been plagued by a constant barking dog at the back of my house, day after day, non stop for years. I've tried to deal with it in the recommended ways, reported it to my council. What a waste of time that was! As far as a private case goes, how does that work when your income is dire due to being unable to concentrate on your work, if you work from home? My next door neighbour recently acquired a small fluffy breed which yapped and screamed (the only way I can describe it!) incessantly, she then decided to get another to keep the other one company. I burst into tears when she showed me the new one, I knew what was coming. So not only do I have a large malamute barking and howling all day and night at the back. I have two little yappers right next door. They DO NOT stop once they start. In fact, as I write this I'm listening with increased anger to yapping which has been going on all day, it's now 8pm. On Saturday, they yapped all day and all through the night, then onto Sunday, all day. If this carries on, I will have a breakdown. So maybe you should try to see it from your neighbour's point of view. Why should anybody have to live with that racket when they don't have a dog!!! It's downright selfish and irresponsible. Frankly I'm surprised that nobody kills these dogs. It's not their fault but everybody has the right to live in their own house in peace!
Furiouswithitall - 11-Jul-17 @ 8:21 PM
We currently live in a detached house and have 2 cockerpoos who are relatively well behaved. The other day one of the neighbours came across after having a drink and threatened us by saying that we lock our dogs in a room all day and they just bark and we would be reported. It is definitely not true, they are allowed anywhere in the house except the living room. When we leave in a morning at 8.30 the dogs do bark but this is for about 3 mins (I've timed it) and then that's it. I've recorded them, they have a woof at the postman at about 3pm and the occasional bark if they hear something. They are left on their own for 2 days. The neighbour was very intimidating and said it had been happening for 12 months which is a lie, for 3 months my wife's relative was with us all day and said they didn't bark. The neighbour said it interrupted his nap time (he's retired). They never bark in an evening or at night as we are always home. I appreciate lately the windows have been open with the hot weather so I'm going to close them all and play the radio. What are other people's thoughts? The other neighbours say they don't hear them. I can't describe how intimidating the neighbour was, he most definitely has a vendetta against us!any help would be appreciated!
Anna - 10-Jul-17 @ 8:28 AM
I'm about to try and address a barking dog issue.I sympathize with anyone else also going through this, barking dogs are not only very unpleasant but can ruin the quality of your life and your health.I'd actually describe it as torture. I'm going to follow the advise as illustrated here, it seems so easy its too good to be true. The problem with addressing the owner of a barking dog, is the fact that if they are allowing a dog to bark and disturb the neighbors, there must be something wrong with them in the first place.
Phil - 6-Jul-17 @ 11:26 PM
Loner - Your Question:
Hi I have a female jack russell and when I do have to go out she is barking all the time until I get back. I have received an unsigned letter complaining about the barking. My dog suffers from the anxiety and is on medication and I am trying to train her by methods the pdsa have advised me to do but as they say it will take time. The secret neighbour has contacted the environmental agency and stating that I leave the dog for very long periods of time. What can I do that will help me in this matter as I do suffer mental illness as well and under the local mental health team

Our Response:
Talk to environmental health and explain that you don't leave the dog for long periods. Also have a word with your vet who may be able to refer you to a behaviour therapist, sometimes this is covered on your pet insurance. You might also want to consider asking someone to come in and play with the dog or walk it during the times you're out.
ProblemNeighbours - 27-Jun-17 @ 11:13 AM
Hi I have a female jack russell and when I do have to go out she is barking all the time until I get back. I have received an unsigned letter complaining about the barking. My dog suffers from the anxiety and is on medication and I am trying to train her by methods the pdsa have advised me to do but as they say it will take time. The secret neighbour has contacted the environmental agency and stating that I leave the dog for very long periods of time. What can I do that will help me in this matter as I do suffer mental illness as well and under the local mental health team
Loner - 24-Jun-17 @ 8:01 PM
Lizzy- Your Question:
I've only lived in my present home 5wks the weekend l moved in we were kept awake for the first few nights due to the dog nxt door which is a small terrier with an extremely high pitched constant yapp. Of course this is not the fault of the poor dog that was looked after by a neighbour during the day but then put in the house over night to which it is causing great distress to the dog & the owners have no knowledge of this has they had gone on holiday. It is very cruel & irrisponsible to hav a pet & leave it of which it is so frightened when left alone. Im a very poorly woman who was in hospital seriously ill & is now house bound. The lady nxt door refuses to accept any responsibility at all even though I've recorded the dog start to yap as soon as the door is locked & the owner leaves & this doesn't stop until she returns. My brother tried to talk to the lady but she was very abusive about something she has no knowledge of being it stops on her return. Im very concerned that it is very unhealthy & dangerous for the dogs well being for it to continually have such a high pitched yap all of the time it is left alone. Please could you help me with this has any stressful situations are very dangerous to my health & l have medical reports that state my serious medical conditions. Kind regards Elizabeth Bell

Our Response:
Cotact your council's environmental health department about this. They will be able to take action against the neighbours for the noise nuisance as described in the above article.
ProblemNeighbours - 20-Jun-17 @ 12:56 PM
I've only lived in my present home 5wks the weekend l moved in we were kept awake for the first few nights due to the dog nxt door which is a small terrier with an extremely high pitched constant yapp. Of course this is not the fault of the poor dog that was looked after by a neighbour during the day but then put in the house over night to which it is causing great distress to the dog & the owners have no knowledge of this has they had gone on holiday. It is very cruel & irrisponsible to hav a pet & leave it of which it is so frightened when left alone. Im a very poorly woman who was in hospital seriously ill & is now house bound. The lady nxt door refuses to accept any responsibility at all even though I've recorded the dog start to yap as soon as the door is locked & the owner leaves & this doesn't stop until she returns. My brother tried to talk to the lady but she was very abusive about something she has no knowledge of being it stops on her return. Im very concerned that it is very unhealthy & dangerous for the dogs well being for it to continually have such a high pitched yap all of the time it is left alone. Please could you help me with this has any stressful situations are very dangerous to my health & l have medical reports that state my serious medical conditions. Kind regards Elizabeth Bell
Lizzy - 18-Jun-17 @ 2:13 PM
I have two dogs that I occasionally let into the garden (especially on nice days) .My neighbour is frequently rummaging around near the fence that separates our two gardens and when my dogs hear him they start to bark.I then shout at them to quiet them or bring them inside.My neighbour has complained about them on two other occasions when they have been outside for a short time period (less then 30 mins on both occasions and please note that after the first occasion we were always very conscious of any barking and bring them inside immediately). They were outside today when I was hovering and my neighbour (with his wife) has been round to complain that they have been barking again.The dogs were in the garden unattended for less than 45 mins.I am trying my best to minimise noise but I am starting to feel that I cannot let my dogs out into the garden at all.Do you have any advice?
db - 16-Jun-17 @ 10:47 PM
Mclifty - Your Question:
My neighbour moved in next door October last year. Its been very trying as there two dogs bark every day as they go out to work. At first they just barked now they are also howling, it is very stressful and discomforting listening to the dogs. When the owners return from work the dogs sometimes are aloud out there back garden for awhile, I have never seen anyone taking the dogs out for a walk. Surely this is not fair on the dogs. they bark at everyone they see. My young grandson is only turning two and gets scared when the dogs bark at him and try to get into my back garden. Plzz help I don't kno what to do as the wifey can be aggressive.

Our Response:
Try approaching the neighbour first. If you're not happy doing this face to face write a note using our template here
ProblemNeighbours - 15-Jun-17 @ 2:08 PM
My neighbour moved in next door October last year. Its been very trying as there two dogs bark every day as they go out to work. At first they just barked now they are also howling, it is very stressful and discomforting listening to the dogs. When the owners return from work the dogs sometimes are aloud out there back garden for awhile, I have never seen anyone taking the dogs out for a walk. Surely this is not fair on the dogs. they bark at everyone they see. My young grandson is only turning two and gets scared when the dogs bark at him and try to get into my back garden. Plzz help I don't kno what to do as the wifey can be aggressive...
Mclifty - 12-Jun-17 @ 9:03 PM
Silver - Your Question:
Hi, our neighbour has started a dog boarding kennel, she has said that she has a licence but has refused to show it to us.We have done a lot of research into home boarding and it appears that if she has been granted a licence she is most definetley not confirming to the conditions or any of the legislation!Without going into detail of how we have found out all of this information(as we have been sworn at etc) she has most definetley not looking after the poor dogs in a way that is humane. She leaves the dog outside to bark for hours (more than 3 hrs) never takes them for walks and if on the odd occasion that she does take them out in her car she puts them in the back of the car which has no guard.It is heart breaking to hear these poor dogs constantly barking in such a distressed manor.We have contacted the council and the local dog warden but believe it or believe not they are not interested||||||||||What are our options please?

Our Response:
All dog boarders need to be licensed by the local council. Planning permission is also sometimes required. The council's licensing department should be able to tell you whether a licence is in place, and should also be willing to investigate if the terms of the licence are being breached. If you are not happy with the way your council has dealt with this, you could try contacting your local councillor or the local government ombudsman.
ProblemNeighbours - 6-Jun-17 @ 2:03 PM
Hi, our neighbour has started a dog boarding kennel, she has said that she has a licence but has refused to show it to us. We have done a lot of research into home boarding and it appears that if she has been granted a licence she is most definetley not confirming to the conditions or any of the legislation! Without going into detail of how we have found out all of this information(as we have been sworn at etc) she has most definetley not looking after the poor dogs in a way that is humane.She leaves the dog outside to bark for hours (more than 3 hrs) never takes them for walks and if on the odd occasion that she does take them out in her car she puts them in the back of the car which has no guard. It is heart breaking to hear these poor dogs constantly barking in such a distressed manor. We have contacted the council and the local dog warden but believe it or believe not they are not interested|||||||||| What are our options please?
Silver - 4-Jun-17 @ 8:12 AM
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