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What Can we do About our Neighbour's Noisy Dogs?

By: Jeff Durham - Updated: 2 Aug 2020 | comments*Discuss
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Q.Since our neighbours moved in around 9 months ago we have had constant issues with their dogs continuely barking day and night. They live in a small two bedroom house with a tiny garden and the dogs are labradors.

Their barks are really deep and loud and can be heard easily in our house. Whenever they go out the dogs bark non-top for hours, keeping our one-year-old awake. When they go into the garden it is horrible and they go mad if they hear us at all. What can we do?
(Mr Paul Fairless, 22 September 2008)


Persistent dog barking is not acceptable by law but before you take any formal action, it might be worth visiting your neighbours first and explain the situation to them as they may not be aware that there is a problem.

It can be a nightmare to live next door to a dog that is Barking Persistently, but the good news is that there is usually a reason for this behaviour. If both of your neighbours are out at work all day, the dogs are likely to be barking because they feel lonely and/or bored.

There could be other explanations, too. For example, they could be neglected and have medical problems, or they might simply be defending their territory. Alternatively, the owners may simply not know how to train them or they haven’t even bothered to try. Whatever the reasons, it’s not acceptable so if the barking continues after you’ve spoken to your neighbours, then you should contact your local authority’s dog warden service.

Monitoring Noise Levels

Once you’ve explained the situation, you’ll usually be given a record sheet to complete in which you’ll be asked to rate the level of noise, the exact time(s) it occurs most often, for how long it persists and how it affects you and your family. If the dog warden then decides to investigate, they may want to come and install sound monitoring equipment in your home.

If that happens, and the results indicate that the law is being broken, then the dog warden is likely to pay a visit to your neighbours. Initially, this may be done with a view to informing them that there is a problem and also to check on the welfare of the dogs in question.

Possible Court Action

Issues such as the suitability of the property to keep two Labradors may also be discussed and, at this stage, they may offer training advice to the owners. However, if the noise persists after the owners have been given a deadline by which to resolve the problem, then the local authority can issue an Abatement Notice. Then, if the barking does not stop, the owner could very well be taken to court.

However, there is also the chance that your local authority might deem the barking not to be a statutory Noise Nuisance. In that event, they should be able to provide you with an information pack should you decide that you want to take the case to the Magistrate’s Court yourself.

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I cannot understand any owner who can sit with a dog constantly barking and not try to shut it up . My neighbor sits in his garden whilst his dog barks constantly .it has been barking now for 2 hours it's a lovely little dog and I do like him but I don't want to hear him bark all day . So I have sent my neighbor a friendly text telling him as much as I like his dog it has driven me around the bend for the last 2 hours . Peace at last . Whilst his dog was barking I had to keep my dog indoors because he starts barking back so hopefully matter now resolved
Nobbo - 2-Aug-20 @ 5:10 PM
I am alarmed regarding the comments on here. Why do you think it's okay to complain about a dog but not kids, power tools and parties in the garden, which all makes neighbours dogs bark in the first place. Get a life and live and let live.
James - 10-Jul-20 @ 7:45 PM
I have lived here for over 30years and for the past 2years I have a neighbor who smokes, has this huge dog and several children who leave trash out front.I hardly ever sit outside the front or the back anymore.I keep my windows closed so that the smell from the dog poop does not come into my house.When I get a worker to cut the grass or do cement work in the back, the dog jumps, growls and backs until we go back inside the house.There has been times when I hired someone to do yard work, but they never return mainly because they don't feel comfortable with a hugh dog aggression.Today, I asked the neighbor if she would keep the dog in the house while my grass guy cut the backyard, and she says "she'll try" but her dog goes in and out the house to poop freely.are you kidding me.hell the only reason Im cutting the dam weeded yard is to make it look nice.I don't use it anymore since they came.what can i do?
Tee - 14-Jun-20 @ 4:20 PM
We have moved to a brand new house 2 years ago and have had nothing but trouble harassment intimidation threats etc after we had no choice as to officially complain about excessive barking and the dog owners next door declared war on us and have not stopped causing excessive noise and trouble for 3 years- the council let us down -big time and now these people do nothing but continually antagonize us breaking the rules and laws every day and NIGHT-they just lie about it and keep going - we have suffered so much - every area of our lives-not one nights sleep in our home due to these neighbors and now are forced to sell our home and we have had to pursue legal avenues-where it's ending up in court -in light of that fact-we wish that we had taken legal action sooner because these people literally DO NOT CARE- they have up to 3 police visits a week - and they yell at council animal management to f____ o____ and lie and still causing trouble almost 3 years now- we have to- stop being nice - the sooner you get authorities onto it - the better-people that are doing this constantly are more than selfish uncaring and narcistic-they are BULLIES
kat - 30-May-20 @ 9:39 PM
I live next to someone who only tries to control her dog when it suits her. She has an associate who actually whines, whimpers, etc.. at the dog, making it bark loudly & often. 1 day recently the owner put it in the back garden.. where it was barking almost all day.
Newimproved2020 - 14-May-20 @ 4:49 PM
( Manchester Man ) I sincerely sympathise with you. I andmy other neighbours suffer from inconsiderate and anti - social dog owners in the local vicinity. You mention that you are ' Passionate ' about standing up against this kind of behaviour. With respect.....Passion can sometimes be mistaken for ' Obsession ' , brought on by feelings of vengeance.....not a healthy state for anyone , either physically , emotionally or financially! Anti - Social Laws in this country are really poor and non - committal ( Civil ).These are usually designed to actually deter people from actually complaining , due to lengthy nature of process..etc! More importantly ( for local authorites ) it means they save money in their budget , not deploying valuable resources having to investigate said complaints. Red Tape saves money! Best wishes to you.
David - 14-May-20 @ 4:37 PM
We lost our Home3 years ago in the hurricane. We then moved and to my mother's my wife and 2 dogsInto asmall corner Room. We busted our but for over a year getting our credit score up and saving money for a down payment on a piece of land and a new home. And yea we finally got it about 6 months after we moved in we had some neighbors move in next door on a small lot with a CAMPER and They have 6 dogs that live in camper with them. No outside dog houses all of them in this little 28 maybe 32 ft camper. They bark non stop anytime we are outside bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark I can't even have a conversation with my wife let alone have company over for a cookout. We were in the front yard one day laying out Our landscape and the neighbors were out and the dog sat there and bark bark bark non stop I finally lost it and as loud as I could I said shut the F up. My 2 dogs go outside play in the backyard do their business they don't bark they don't cause any problems or not aggressive in any way to the neighbor's dogs they basically ignored them as they are train to behave like civilized animals. Now on top of that the neighbors decided to put up a street light in their front yard it is not high like you would see on the street but it is pointed to where it lights their property but it also lights the entire front of my house my front yard my side yard and when my grand kids come over they think it's day time all the time. I've had to put up sheets blankets you name it to block the light from shining through the blinds on my house even with them closed it still looks like daytime. I would like to wake up with sun shining in in the mornings but I have to get up and take down the blankets or towels used to be dark inside at nite time. It is so brightl if you walk out on my front porch at night you cannot even see to walk down the steps as the light is so bright my manufactured home is up on blocks and very nice over a $100000 we paid for it along with the $$$$ for the property We moved here for some peace and quiet and to grow old together and retire. So much for that idea The neighbor remarked to me one time when they moved in oh I'm sorry about the dogs theyll stop once they get to know you. Why should I have to get to know someone else's dogs that moved in next door to me as we were here 1st and they have made no attempts to do anything about their dogs barking nonstop they say nothing to the dogs when we were outside doing anything and I'm on my last straw on top of that I'm disabled I lost my leg in a motorcycle accident and all I wanted was some peace and quiet a piece of land for my grand kids to have fun ride 4 wheelers grow old on and instead we are miserable. We are not really on speaking terms with Neighbors as they are rude uncaring about us having to listen and deal with the nonstop Barking of there dogs.I wish somone could help end this agrivating situation.??????????
Bo - 12-May-20 @ 10:31 PM
I am an nhs worker with an 11 month old baby, I’m staying at my mums house during lockdown as she has to have my daughter why I’m at work. Her neighbour locks the dog out of his house at night and lets it bark all night from 9 o’clock to the morning. It disturbs my sleep constantly and wakes up my daughter multiple times every night... I am constantly exhausted because of it. My mum has complained to the neighbour and council In the past and they did nothing.
Amy - 12-May-20 @ 10:14 PM
Other laws don't require you to sit at home logging every time the offender strikes before considering to take action . If the problem is really bad try feeding the dog laxatives so it poops all over the owners house , it won't stop it barking but it might discourage them from replacing it when it dies , then you might be able to enjoy what's left of your life without constant disruption and parasite worm eggs .
Toxocara Contaminati - 12-May-20 @ 1:16 PM
I have new neighbours of 3 months, they have 4 dogs , they keep them in a shed, they let them out in morning any time between 11 /and 1.30 they have their food, and are outthe garden all day till they go back into the shed again between 7.30/9 , but they don't have toys ,nor see their owners except to tell them to be quiet , and the smaller dog is barking quite a lot , it's starting to get us down. ,as we like spending our time out our garden .
Tommy - 12-May-20 @ 10:29 AM
Never understood why is it so easy for people in the UK to acquire a pet dog without being ‘vetted’ themselves (pun intended).Remember-it is NOT the dogs fault if he/she barks all day- it is the owner’s responsibility to train it/keep it under control.
Biffo - 9-May-20 @ 4:32 AM
Why is it ok for children to be noisy and a nuisance but not dogs!
Mandy - 9-May-20 @ 12:15 AM
Hi. Both my neighbours have loud and noisy dogs. One howls and barks whenever they got out until they get back and the other is shut out of the house in the garden at 11.30 every night and barks for 30mins. I’m a key worker and need my sleep. It saddens me how selfish people are.
VStar - 3-May-20 @ 12:14 AM
I’m also on a 12 week isolation because of being extremely vulnerable so cannot go out and walk my dogs. My neighbors children call my dogs and make noises to make them bark. Once they have wound up my puppies they then start telling them to shut up and even swear at us telling us to shut them up. We are housing association and they aren’t so they can complain to our housing association but we can’t complain to anyone. The child even swore at my wife earlier right in front of his Dad and he did absolutely nothing. They even stare over the fence into our garden but if one of my children were to do the same they would complain. I just don’t know what to do anymore, it’s affecting my mental health.
Steve - 15-Apr-20 @ 7:39 PM
I am on 12 weeks and the only way I can get fresh is to open my patio door, there is a house just below me, the dogs are not walked and there is a kennel in the garden, they are regularly barking there used to be 2 and now there is an additional husky type puppy and it is also barking, we tried logging this problem and they had a letter, so they are playing a game and take them away and then bring them back, a day or two later, they also have been barking at night, as I am self isolating for 12 weeks this is driving me mad, the environment dept are no help, has anyone got a suggestion for a solution, I am a pensioner classed a extremely vulnerable medical problems on 12 weeks isolation. Thank you
Lizard - 27-Mar-20 @ 5:29 PM
Hugsy What exactly did you buy? I’m desperate for sleep.I’m offered my neighbor shock collars, vibration collars, she said no.She doesn’t hear them much anymore. Yea. Because she’s passed out. Now the other neighbor has a dog who also barks. That’s why I’m writing this at 4am. I’m tired of using earphones and earplugs in my own home. It raises my blood pressure and I get so angry. I don’t allow my dog to misbehave. No disturbing the peace law in our county.:/
Mkay - 10-Mar-20 @ 8:58 AM
Hi all. We're on the opposite end of it. Our neighbor complains constantly about our dog. We have the bark collar and a two way camera that alerts us when he barks and he rarely does. We live in a townhouse and their always seems to be a dog barking somewhere and she blames it on us. Anytime we log into the camera, there he is chewing on his bone. Our neighbor has gotten vulgar towards us and the kids. Any ideas?
Barky - 19-Feb-20 @ 11:18 PM
Some of these stories are horrible.Its unbelievable that the government will not address this matter. All who suffer from dog noise pollution, must write and keep writing to politicians.If enough of us do this, perhaps politicians will take notice.But if we do nothing, this menace to our society will continue. It takes 5-10 minutes to write an email to your local politicians.If we keep up the pressure, change may come.
Phil - 3-Feb-20 @ 2:12 PM
Give the dog 1 benedryl in a treat and get anti barking device put up. Should work if not then only option is to take to court or move.
Pris - 9-Jan-20 @ 5:17 PM
We've recently just moved into a home, lovely quiet street apart from one thing. The dogs next door barking constantly. We've found a solution after trying to be civil and getting told to f off, the council and landlord doing nothing, best purchase ever, anti bark device. Haha! I feel awful though, its not this poor dogs fault, and unfortunately my well behaved dog also had a few scares to. He's a well trained boy who only barks if someone knocks on the door, so my poor lads being punished for lazy dog owners. Never have I seen these dogs leave the house unless it's to go in the rubbish and poo infested garden, they bark the second anyone is walking past, we go in the kitchen, open our door and we can't think of going outside, the kids are terrified as these are big dogs who lunge at the fence at them. All while the owners sit inside pretending it's not happening. These people can't be reasoned with at all, and our other neighbours have apparently also tried. So we hid this in a Bush and pointed it their way, we can't hear it, but the second those dogs bark they run in tail between their legs and we don't see them for a good hour. Unfortunately our dog runs to us for reassuring as he thinks he's done something wrong. It's only day two but fingers crossed after a few weeks they'll take the hint.
Hugsy - 22-Dec-19 @ 10:48 PM
I run a b&b from my house for students who are often,at home studying. My attached neighbourshave 3 dogs that will at times bark incessantly when they are left alone. I have talked to them in several occasions but they say its not their dogs barking. I had a bad review last year about the dog barking and had no bookings until I managed to have it taken off. I am now thinking I will get another negative review and that will be the end of my business! It has been,stressful listening to them barking.
Sue - 16-Nov-19 @ 3:17 PM
Hello all The question i have is regarding a nuisance neighbour who teases his dog purposely to constantly bark indoors, knowing full well i can hear it in my property next door (terrace house, thin walls!) This particular person never walks their dog, they just leave it indoors all day with access to a dog flap in the back door. In my opinion, the said person doesnt deserve to own a dog and seems to get great enjoyment out of chastising the dog as mentioned as some way of entertainment. My question is, is there any decent reliable electronic device i can invest in to stop the dog barking ? Any ideas would be welcome. As for ear defenders for me, i have some already. As for trying to move house, my house is on the market. As for buying a bigger dog, with a louder bark, well that wont solve anything. In the meantime i would like to try and remedy the problem another way. As for talking to the neighbour about it. Theyre unapproachable and I dont want to give them satisfaction in knowing what theyre doing is causing a problem. Thanks for reading
burtflo - 4-Nov-19 @ 4:41 PM
Hi debsy, i agree with your comment. Now i know dogs bark but my neighbour has a habit of leaving her dog in the garden for 20 minutes at a time!! The other night she left her dog barking its absolute head off at 11pm at night woke everyone in my family up i wear earplugs too and wakes me too. Can never have our Windows open in yhe summer because the noise is so bad Never tried the council as in the past they do absolute nothing to help. Just wish people would be more conisderate especially late at night and early morning
Annoyed - 20-Oct-19 @ 7:33 PM
I really feel for everyone who suffers this. Some of these stories are really bad . My neighbours have 2 dogs , who are never walked , can’t even run as the garden is full of kids toys and rubbish . The one dog barks every morning early and wakes me up despite wearing earplugs . It has been a nightmare living next to them for 2 years - banging , kids screaming , them shouting , dogs barking . But all down to ‘ neighbour noise ‘ council never interested . I sometimes shout through the walls for the dog to shut upbut they don’t care . It really does affect your quality of life . Good luck to everyone , hope karma comes your way
Debsy1000 - 20-Oct-19 @ 1:59 PM
My neighbours started a dog boarding business in 2016 (licence approved by the council) The noise coming from the property in 2017 was horrific, this totally sent me off the rails and I had to get antidepressants as it got me so low. All the points you have raised below have happened to me and I am absolutely livid about the disrespect and the way I have been treated by the neighbours and the council. I am now on a second phase complaints procedure with the council (9 pages long). If I do not have a suitable response with regards to this, I will be referring this to the Ombudsman. I have downloaded the neighbour title documentation from the Land Registry. It states that there is a restrictive covenant “not to use the said plot of land that is a noise or nuisance to the adjoining properties” (this on most people’s title documentation) my final option is the take them to court for a breach of this covenant (which I will do but I have been warned that it is my final option). I would be interested to see if anyone else has been through this process? I feel like I am dealing with this situation on my own as nobody seems interested. It is comforting to know that there are people suffering similar issues as I don’t feel like I am going nuts on my own again ?? I am passionate about not tolerating other people irresponsible behaviour.
Manchester Man - 15-Oct-19 @ 7:08 AM
Neighbours dogs start every morning at 6:30 and bark all day everyday. Council was contacted on numerous.occasions but have never acted on my complaints. Have spoken to neighbour but told to get off their property and that there's no issue. At the end of my rope but don't no what to do short of selling my house.
Jay - 13-Oct-19 @ 7:15 PM
We live nextdoorto a lady who has a dog, everytime she goes out it just none stop howls, I'm really getting to the end of my tether with it, we have 2 dogs ourselves but because they get exercised twice a day they are quiet, poor thing never gets a walk, I don't even know why they have him
Floss - 27-Sep-19 @ 5:20 PM
My neighbours have 3 spaniels which I’m told by the owner are working dogs!?? They must be in the dole as they never leave the garden!! That’s if they actually get to see light. We’ve been around 3 times to ask them to stop them barking at night no good, so have informed the council 3 times it’s got a little better then the past 2 weeks have started again. 8 times we were woken on Saturday night starting at 23:34 right the way through to 4:56!! I’m sick of it, my dogs don’t bark at night and rarely at all. I’m getting sleep deprivation and I’m afraid I’m going to snap. Seriously thinking of legal route now because the local authority keeps closing the case as they get a letter it’s quiet for a few weeks then starts up again. They know how to play the system. I pray someone will pinch the dogs or they run away and get a home that give them the life they should have. It’s cruel but the rspca won’t do a thing because they are fed and watered despite the fact they aren’t having quality of life it’s not classed as neglect. I can myself getting arrested soon??
Fedup - 5-Aug-19 @ 9:01 AM
Wait until the owner goes to work and then go to their house with a double barrelled shotgun and simply blast the dogs away. A bit messy but it worked for me.
Ray dogkiller - 28-Jul-19 @ 9:52 PM
Our neighbours have 2 yapping dogs that are left for hours on end , one of them does not stop barking , They are left outside in the summer with the garage door open , which means we can not sit in our garden , After having family around 2 years ago for a BBQ, we learnt that we could not have any one round for a social event again aswe had to sit inside because dogs next door were barking continuously , As both my partner and I are not confrontational people we let this go for far too long before I had enough courage to approach them , They said that they did not know that they barked , although am sure that they did , It died down for a while then started again a few months later , this time my partner went round to speak to them , they actually apologised to him and again it was quiet again for a few weeks., Now I know they both work and have no choice during the day , but they have started going out in the evenings and Saturdays and leaving the dogs to bark. Our living rooms are joined , the walls are thin , and it is just like the are barking from behind our sofa. This week they have left a teenager in the house to look after the dogs whilst they go on holiday ,got home from work last night after being out of the house for 12 hours , only to hear those dogs again until gone 9. Its bad enough that I can not have a day off to spend in my own home, or have a day off sick , last year I was working from home and had to sit in my bedroom with ear plugs in all day. Its driving us mad , I am now getting anxiety attacks and dread going home . Earlier this year I contacted the local council and they sent me a form , but unless we are there 24/7 its no good. Last night a wrote a very polite letter and put it through their letter box saying , "Please can you not leave the dogs barking in the evenings and weekends." we will see if that makes a difference. But deep down we know the only way away from the noise is to move house. I will never understand why people think that their dogs have more right to bark than a hard working human being has to peace in their own home . .
Dew - 12-Jul-19 @ 11:42 AM
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