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Letter Template: Neighbour's Dog Barking

By: Abigail Taylor - Updated: 24 Sep 2018 | comments*Discuss
Barking Dog Neighbour Home Howling Noise

If a neighbour's dog is constantly barking or howling it can be extremely frustrating and ruin your enjoyment of your home. There is no specific law that forbids a neighbour from having a barking dog. However if the barking is constant and can be heard from inside your house, then you may be able to rely upon laws restricting noise nuisance.

Approach Your Neighbour First

As a first approach to the problem, it is always worth speaking to your neighbour; they may be unaware of the problem. If a chat doesn't work, or you've been unable to contact them, you might want to try an informal note, followed by a more formal letter. Our examples below should help:

Informal Note to Neighbour About Barking Dog(s)

Dear [name]

Just a quick note regarding dog barking. The constant barking is very frustrating and can be clearly heard inside [my/our] house.

If the dog belongs to you, please could you try to stop them barking as much? If not, [I/we] will do some further investigating to find the dog's owner.

Thanks for your help.

Best wishes,
[Your house number]

More Formal Letter to Neighbour About Dog Barking

[Your Address][Neighbour's name]
[Address / 'Delivered by hand']


Dear [Neighbour's name]/[If unknown, just address as 'Dear Neighbour'],

Re: Dog barking

I live at [address], next door. I am writing in relation to a dog barking at your property. The specific dog barking seems to be a [colour and breed of dog].

The dog barking occurs: [select appropriate]

  • During the night / during the day / during early morning hours before 7am
  • When you go out and leave the dog alone for a period of time
  • When you let the dog out early morning
  • When someone walks past your property
  • When I go out into my garden

You may have previously been unaware of this noise. However it affects me because it can be clearly heard in the habitable areas of my house [and prevents me from sleeping / prevents me from enjoying use of my garden].

If this issue is not resolved, the Environmental Health Department may take action to reduce the noise, which could result in you receiving a financial penalty.

I am keen to resolve this amicably; we are after all neighbours! I would therefore be grateful if you could [try to reduce any noise between 11pm and 7am / stop your dog from barking constantly at any time for more than 20 minutes / not let your dog outside when you are out of the house].

Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Kind regards,

[Your signature]
[Your name]

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We have 'drop out' neighbours, who own the house but live off the state as they have a son who is terminally ill.They also have two other children (secondary school age).They also have a dog which barks up to seven times per day for up to 40 seconds at a time.We have communicated to them that we can hear the dog barking each time.The council say the barking has to be excessive for several hours per day before they can actThe dog is barking whilst the house is occupied so the owners are not keeping it quiet of even trying to.During the day the dog is reasonably quiet but after the children come home all hell lets loose.I have come to dread evenings and weekends.What can I do?We have spoken to our neighbours about the problem but they do nothing constructively about it.
Saucygirl - 24-Sep-18 @ 4:32 PM
No normal, civilised person allows his/her dog to bark and make neighbours' life a misery.People need some peace and quiet in their own homes, and have the right to enjoy their gardens, too.
CivilisedDogOwner - 18-Sep-18 @ 12:43 PM
MandS - Your Question:
We have 2 Westies, well known fir their barking ability. There is a particular neighbour who constantly shouts “shut that bloody dog up”I have monitored every bark this morning and it adds up to no more than 5 minutes of intermiitent barking between 6:30 and 12:30, is it reasonable to consider this exessive?

Our Response:
Talk to environmental health to see if they can you give you an idea of the levels. To be fair, 6.30am is quite early for any dog to be barking.
ProblemNeighbours - 7-Aug-18 @ 11:59 AM
We have 2 Westies, well known fir their barking ability. There is a particular neighbour who constantly shouts “shut that bloody dog up” I have monitored every bark this morning and it adds up to no more than 5 minutes of intermiitent barking between 6:30 and 12:30, is it reasonable to consider this exessive?
MandS - 5-Aug-18 @ 12:34 PM
I have the same problem. I am sandwiched between two people who seem to think that they can let there dogs bark incessantly but will complain about every possible thing I do. They are council tenants and I own my home. The council stick up for them and I’ve had enough. I’d move if I could but I cannot afford it. My life is a misery
Deltalady - 20-Jun-18 @ 10:48 PM
@norealsaint.It's people like you who don't take any responsibility for barking dogs that give us dog owners who do a bad name. Instead of taking the time to post some ridiculous justification do a google search on bark deterrents instead.You admit yourself that your dog barks "we have logged his barking ourselves" but somehow your barking dog doesn't matter. You excuse your dog barking because he's barking in "response to another dog." So you're telling us that every single time he barks the other dog barks first?It's a moot point either way. The fact is your dog is barking ... have some common courtesy and do something about it. Harassment? LOL. So if you are cooking meth in your backyard and your neighbor complains that's harassment too I'm guessing? I think it's funny that you're reporting the situation to the police yourself. Then since your not resolving the issue they can help.
Eddy - 27-Feb-18 @ 6:35 PM
We have been getting Anonymous letters claiming to be from a neighbour regarding our dog barking. In mind of the fact that we have logged his barking ourselves, and on the occasion he does bark it only happens in response to another dog barking, and even then not always as I sit here listening to another neigbours dog barking. Now I am taking these letters,to the Police as I am advised this is actually harassmentand in contrast to a dog barking actually a crime.
Norealsaint - 1-Feb-18 @ 9:22 AM
My neighbours move in two and half years ago. Since then the wife has screamed abusive language at me on a regular basis, also to my neighbour on the other side. This behaviour is getting worse and the other day she told me tof**** kill myself. Thier dog constantly barks, and the husband is passively aggressive. I've kept logs and my housing association as been out to visit them, as have the police. Two years later this behaviourstill going on, and nothing is being done to protect me. I'm in poor health, live alone am a a pensioner who looks, especially to live quietly in my garden,but for some reason this woman has taken against me. I've become a nervous wreck, I can't sleep and now am being treated for Post traumtic stress and depression, hasany body advise theyou canada give me?
Linga - 29-Oct-16 @ 3:02 PM
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