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

By: Jeff Durham - Updated: 26 Oct 2021 | 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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My neighbor dog barks alot,he is in down stair in apartment,I think it be better if I kill the dog, coz many times I been sending later to dog owner but nothing help, also infomated police,but still gog is barking,so I kill the dog by myself
Milan - 26-Oct-21 @ 5:16 PM
We have 2 bulldogs who are perfectly behaved and if they were not we would take them training to nip the problem in the bud. We have a neighbour who purposely encourages her dog to bark and also calls him a good boy while he is doing so. The woman is selfish and the whole neighbourhood dislikes her apart from the dog Barking. We live in housing accommodation but take pride in where we live. We are in the middle of putting a kitchen in but I now feel I can't enjoy it because of this woman. She has lots of men moving in and then proceeds to argue all night with them. Working is impossible for me as I work from home , self employed. If I don't work I don't earn. The environmental health do not get back to us, even though we have sent recordings and neither do the housing association. Where do you go from there!!!
Dendro - 16-Sep-21 @ 4:44 PM
Nothing, absolutely nothing. That’s the answer to that question. I tried for years and it got me absolutely nowhere except on my way to a breakdown. Don’t waste your time expecting the council to do anything.
Nemo - 22-Aug-21 @ 12:25 AM
I’m coming at this from the other side of this as a dog owner. I have two rescue terriers who will bark if postie comes to the door or if someone calls around. It doesn’t last long but we also live on a cut through for access to a walking trail so people will walk past during various times of the day. This causes them to bark. I’m at my wits end, I’ve had a behaviourist come to see them, we use a water spray when they bark, other than using a shock collar I don’t know what to do. This has only really been an issue for six months or so and I’ve been threatened that unless I sort them out one of the neighbours will and this morning, the icing on the cake is a letter posted to me, not addressed or signed, saying the whole street wants rid. I’m at here in tears as I don’t actually know what else I can do? Any suggestions?
JudeDoherty - 24-Jul-21 @ 10:36 AM
"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." Sorry, but this is completely useless advice. There has never been a dog owner in the history of mankind that would've been approachable in this way. Dog owners are fully aware that their dogs are a nuisance and they don't care. If they did, they would not allow it in the first place. How can anyone "not be aware" that it's a problem? It's obvious.
Horst Hundbach - 22-Jul-21 @ 12:51 PM
Dogs can be trained not to bark. Its the owners that are the problem.
Rod - 1-Jul-21 @ 1:38 PM
Two terriers one side, two terriers the other.They bark for 3 seconds at a time but 20 times a day. Although they did once bark for four hours. Plus two shouty sweary teenagers.
Dogs effin barkin - 21-Jun-21 @ 9:53 PM
We have a new neighbour who inherited the house from her mother who moved in one year after us. I'm a sole carer for my mother and my mother is now in her 80's. This person's mother was always a pain. Gossiping, unpleasant both her and her husband including telling my mother she poisoned her plants. We never did. We used to avoid talking to her. We did try to make our peace but true to form she returned to her old ways. The last time, she accused me of being mentally ill. I'm not. I have my faults but that I'm not. For sure. I said hurry up and die and thankfully she did. The house was then empty for a while but now the daughter has moved in. They have a dog that barks non stop. I had to have cctv installed because she was abusive to both my mother and myself. After writing to her once. She tried to stop us installing cctv on a property we own but it was done to protect me against false allegations. Anyway, she did make a false allegation which I was able to disprove via the CCTV which has audio. Her dog is always barking. Because we have no contact with her and because she abuses me and did this again yesterday. I have now contacted the council to file a noise complaint. The dog misbehaves because she does not take it for walks. She is also bipolar and frequently drunk ( alcohol dependency) and abusive when such. We have also been in touch with the community mental health team. A dog is as noisy as it's owner in my view. We wish they would move because disputes can making selling hard. We won't move as my mother is in her final years but neither does she need this stress. Police were unhelpful so the cctv has caught the dog barking away as we have a camera in our garden as well. We would not waste our time approaching her. When that unstable she will say anything and she clearly does not like us and it's mutual. If she died I'd have a party. One can only hope.
Gabs - 17-Jun-21 @ 8:14 AM
My neighbours dogs bark all the time, all day & regardless of whether the owners areare in or out. The usual response from from the owners to the dogs is SHUT UP in various levels of shouting. The dogs ignore. The owners are aggressive and rude & probably unapproachable. I have a dog myself who postures when being barked at but doesn't react otherwise. I am exhausted.What should I do?
Tirec - 15-Jun-21 @ 9:29 PM
To Saha,Yes barking is what dogs do but barking constantly is what selfish, lazy dog owners let their dogs do! Just not giving a toss about how it might affect other people or bothering to find out why the dog barks all the time. I don’t choose to have a dog so why should I have to listen to your dog barking loudly and keeping me awake or even just disturbing my right to peace and quiet. If I stood shouting loudly in my garden or house all day and night I’m sure it wouldn’t be long before people started complaining or phoning the council and they’d be quite right! There was a guy a while back who worked as a pilot and he ended up drowning his neighbours dog because he just couldn’t take it any more. He was physically and mentally exhausted due to the constant barking and although I can’t condone his actions I can understand how he cracked and was driven to it. A barking dog can seriously affect someone’s mental health when they might already be struggling. There’s a reasons the council have laws against constant or excessive noise including dogs barking. When my parents had their wee dog they always made sure she didn’t cause any kind of nuisance to their neighbours and maybe if more people took other people into consideration then we’d all get on better.
Ella - 12-Jun-21 @ 8:36 AM
I have a dog, it barks, because that's what dogs do. If it shouted something, I'd be terrified.
Saha - 28-May-21 @ 9:04 AM
This may seem trivial but since my next door neighbour got a dog during lockdown, during the day from early the whole cul-de-sac dogs bark loudly & set each other off thanks to this new dog. There are lots of dogs in my small area but before this new dog who seems to get the neighbour’s dogs next to her & dogs behind us going, who then start a trigger affect with all the others, there were never issues with excessive constant loud barking from them. I’m disabled & while that’s so loud I can barely hear my tv in bed I accept it because it’s during the day. The worst issue is the (lockdown) next door dog that barks so loud inside at night I struggle to sleep because once I’m woke up it’s game over (barking so loud from their house I can hear it in my bedroom). She doesn’t care & I’ve tried council/animal control etc who say there’s nothing they can do. Help! How can I stop the barking at night????
Aless - 25-May-21 @ 11:02 PM
My elderly mother who has Parkinson disease and cannot move about much has a next door neighbour who has lived there for about 30 years ..Suddenly the middle aged woman there put in a complaint to the animal control officer about the dogs barking in the garden 24/7. My mother was very distressed to receive a threatening letter today ..she doesn't actually own a dog.. her 14 yr old dog died 1 year ago may 2020..so these are not even honest or valid complaint and she's actually told lies to get my my disabled mother in trouble ..for the letter received from the council threatened my mother with a £5,000 fine ..if she doesn't stop her barking dogs which is a bit difficult when there is no dog.. her dog's been dead since may 2020 ..what can we do about this? I told dog warden that a dog doesn't even live at the house Yet she still receive the letter? my mother's worried sick. She is afraid to go into her own garden in case the neighbors complain about her .
Willow - 8-May-21 @ 9:22 PM
Our neighbours have two large dogs who are kept in a make shift shed with some wire on the front . We have contacted the council but they say they can't do anything these dogs are barking at 2 -3 in the morning waking us all up my daughter has togo to work at 8 in the mornings for now till they send her back to work from home . It's like we are banging our heads against a brick wall . PLEASE HELP
moomum1 - 15-Apr-21 @ 7:19 AM
I have got new neighbours after 26 years with perfect ones. They have a Jack Russell who is barking incessantly at night.It is now 3.30 am and I’m still awake and exasperated.I can hear the barking through earplugs . Would the sonic device work through a wall .The neighbours are obviously sleeping through it
Annoyed - 8-Apr-21 @ 3:02 AM
Our so called pig service are to corrupted I'm gonna taken my neighbours dog and take it to a shelter 80 miles away shame really dog no tag no color have fun looking for ya dog
L1ck - 17-Mar-21 @ 5:18 PM
Actually really ill as a result of all this we live in a valley and they have kennels backing onto our garden, they work, the 80 year old gets up every morning to look after the dogs. 7am... I suffer with migraines, gone through he council and reporting the noise but then got my car damaged with 5 boys even on cctv and that same night reported them, police still cannot do anything. Living in absolute hell!!
Jodie - 15-Mar-21 @ 5:59 PM
I'm guessing nobody has had help with the barking dog situation:( I love animals and have a dog also, but when our neighbour goes out, it's hell! The massive dog barks non stop,surely it's throat must hurt? I can hear loud banging and continuous barking, which is putting me off concentrating getting my work done. I'm guessing the poor dog has some sort of separation anxiaty. I suffer badly with my own mental health, and this is making me feel worse, as pathetic as it sound.
Help!!! - 2-Mar-21 @ 5:32 PM
We live next door to 7 yes SEVEN dogs that constantly bark. The couple that live there are no better than noisy oiks themselves and are forever banging doors or shouting at each other. They are both a pitiful excuse of human beings and show no regards to any neighbors and just laugh any complaint off.
Not Amused - 28-Feb-21 @ 2:38 PM
My neighbour has 4 dogs and they bark non stop! When someone walks past their house, when a car pulls up, when we open and close doors. I’m woken up every morning by the barking and they just don’t seem to tire! I get on well with my neighbours so don’t want to cause friction but they are well aware it’s a problem. I don’t know what to do! I have a dog of my own, if he goes to go outside and they start barking he just turns around and comes straight back in. He even looks fed up with it!
The headache is real - 18-Jan-21 @ 11:05 AM
To the people wondering why people don't complain about babies/kids, power tools, and parties. It's because those things eventually stop.I don't know anyone who leaves babies or kids out all night in their back yard. At some point the power tools and parties stop and you can get some sleep. Whereas with the dog next door, it barks all day long and all night long. And this dog is way louder than babies or power tools. There is maybe 5 minutes of none but then it starts again. The dog is neglected and is outside all day and night every day. No one goes out there to play with it. The owners put another dog out there, but it's not the same thing. They still need human interaction (except wild ones, that live in packs). The dog is bored. It barks at anything and everything. Dog whistles would only help for a while. Then you go back to sleep again, only to be woken up again. This dog doesn't just bark. He howl barks. He barks fast and furiously. He probably longs for his owner's touch, but I have never seen that happen. I don't know why someone gets a dog they're not going to interact with. Certainly can't be a guard dog because it barks so much, all they do is ignore it. If someone came on their to steal, no one would even know any different. Ear plugs won't stay in my ears andif someone knocks on my door to alert me to an emergency, it's better I don't have them in anyway, as I wouldn't hear them. Cops do nothing. We're supposed to staying at home isolating and on curfew but who's going to want to stay home through that constant barking. We can't even enjoy television. Everyone says move. This is a new dog. It wasn't here when we moved. We moved the last several times because of noise. We can't afford to be constantly moving. I don't know why people can't have any consideration.
Dee - 6-Jan-21 @ 6:45 AM
We have had to endure next doors lodgers dog barking for the last 4.5 years.... the lodger leaves the dog outside from 7.45am to 6pm six days a week while they go to work and it barks at the slightest movement or noise, I suspect it craves exercise and attention, The owner of the property is oblivious to the noise and says it is for security, but sadly no one suspects a security issue as the dog barks at every little thing. We’ve asked them politely a few times to see if they can reduce the amount of barking (it is a dog, so you have to expect it to bark!), which sadly didn’t happen. I consulted with the council who asked to take recordings and keep a log, which was very comprehensive over a 4 week period (some times 12 recordings a day for 30 secs long), yet this wasn’t enough for them to take action. With everyone working from home now the last few months have been unbearable with the dog barking. If the owner and the council does nothing - what’s my next option? The RSPCA? Any ideas would be welcomed.
Stefingos - 24-Dec-20 @ 3:01 PM
These stories are so sad.Suffering humans and animals.I would suggest a battery powered outdoor bark control (ultrasonic) device.They are available on line, you should be able to attach it to a fence - perhaps where there's a gap as it's supposed to face the dog.Worth a try.
Pod - 2-Nov-20 @ 3:44 PM
Hi, im currently working from home and my neighbours dog does not stop barking when they leave the house. I have spoke to them and no changes and I am pulling my hair out. I was thinking about writing them a letter, am I in my rights to do that? Some days it can be the full day 9-6 others it can be 2 hours rtc.
Adam S - 29-Oct-20 @ 12:52 PM
my neighbours are always banging doors 24/7-----its personal against mewhat should i do?
ash - 24-Oct-20 @ 4:53 PM
We’ve recently moved into a new house and my neighbours dog doesn’t stop barking. It’ll literally bark from 7am till 9pm. It’s extremely aggressive. Our neighbour is lovely and I honestly think she has no idea her dog doesn’t stop barking. We’re working from home and can’t use the living room as the noise is relentless. During the evening we have to turn the volume up slightly higher as the barking doesn’t stop. I was thinking of buying the dog some treats so it knows us? Or having a polite word or recommend a bark collar? I don’t want to upset my neighbour as she’s so nice but the barking can’t continue..... thoughts please?
Treacle - 18-Oct-20 @ 8:17 PM
Our neighbours bought a puppy about 5 months ago which stunned us as they had a cat and a rabbit both of which they neglected, the cat disappeared, the rabbit died after 2 years. They have two kids both obviously at school while they both work and they are out pretty much every weekend, the puppy howls and even bangs its head against their patio doors in frustration when its alone. They did ask whether it was noisy while they were out and promised to take it with them when they could but even after I said it was they then decided it needed to "learn to get used to being on it a own". I just don't get why people buy dogs if they work and are out most weekends, just pig ignorant with no respect for neighbours and little for the poor little dogs who feel abandoned. Either take them with you, get someone to sit with it or better still don't buy one.
Jo - 3-Oct-20 @ 6:32 PM
I feel for you all on here. I’m one year into a new home & the noise is that bad I’m planning to sell up. Interestingly I’m in a so-called posh area, I’ve got million pound house neighbours - and it’s the noisiest place I’ve ever lived. One side has loud, swearing teenagers, pool parties, music, much screaming& shrieking, with random aggressive (drunken?) arguments in the early hours. Both neighbours have barking dogs on / off during every evening driving me mad & disturbing sleep. I dread evenings. Council told me it would be a prolonged complaint process involving diary keeping etc, advising Police 111 might help (tho not to say it’s noise related or we’d be signposted straight back to the council!). Needless to say nil response or action from the Police 111 contacts. I’ve written to neighbours asking they rein it in - anonymously as I don’t know them & don’t want to, but nothing. Ignorant fools. Are other neighbours bothered I wonder - it can’t just be me Ffs lbut it just carries on. I hate people!
Viking - 20-Sep-20 @ 10:04 PM
To James. People will complain about dogs barking and not babies crying, because this is a human society not a kennel.Furthermore, if a baby was making 100db noise at night in the garden that would be 1) impossible and 2) get the attention of the authorities. Dogs bark and people complain.That's what people do.If you wish to rob your own neighbors with the peace and quiet they are entitled to, perhaps you should consider psychotherapy, for anti social tendencies.
Phil - 20-Sep-20 @ 11:09 AM
We are living in a semidetached property in Wales with a privet hedge between our back garden and our neighbours back garden, there is Ivy which roots are within the boundary hedge creeping up the back of our house and our neighbours house, our neighbour has recently severed the trunk of the Ivy without consulting us and it has now started wilting, we liked the Ivy on our house, but shortly it will be a dead brown unsightly sight, what are our rights?
Dan Gasper - 15-Sep-20 @ 5:25 PM
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