Barking dogs

Residents are encouraged in the first instance to try to resolve the problem with the owner of the dog. Generally, the owner of the dog may not know their dog barks when they are not at home. A politely worded letter or a calm discussion can resolve many issues.

If these approaches are unsuccessful, you may choose to contact us for assistance. We will provide you with information on how to resolve a barking dog problem. You will receive an information pack which includes general information on barking dogs, a template letter to the dog owner and an application form to request investigation by Community Rangers. If you require investigation, complete this form in as much detail as possible and return it to us. Rangers are available to provide advice to dog owners and neighbours. If these methods prove unsuccessful, we will require detailed evidence to be provided by you. Unfortunately, on some occasions, it can take extended periods of time to reach an outcome in this way.

We no longer support the use of citronella collars as a training aid to control barking dogs. They are not available for hire from us. Please research and consider the following advice from the RSPCA before using a citronella collar.

Further information on resolving a barking problem can be sought from the Dog and Cat Management Board website, or by contacting your local vet or behaviourist.