Barking Dogs

The Importance of Training 

Training is important so that your dog does not bark at anything that moves. A well-trained dog should be able to tell between people allowed into the house and intruders. Good training combined with affection and companionship should mean that your dog will not develop bad habits.

  • Try putting your dog on its own in another room for a few minutes and then gradually build up the time. Do not return to your dog until it is quiet when you return, praise your dog.

  • Some dogs will bark because they want to join in what’s going on outside if this is the case try leaving your dog so it cannot see outside.

  • Some dogs settle only if they hear human voices. Leaving the radio on at low volume might help calm your dog.

  • Shouting stimulates your dog to bark more because he thinks you’re joining in. So the first rule is to speak calmly and firmly, but don’t yell.

  • Most dogs don’t know what you want when you’re yelling at them, therefore you can train your dog to understand the word “Quiet”.

  • When your dog is barking, say “Quiet” in a calm, firm voice. Wait until he stops barking, even if it’s just to take a breath, then praise him and give him a treat. Just be careful to never reward him while he’s barking. 

Some Ideas to Consider

 If you have to leave your dog for long period consider:

  • Feeding and exercising your dog before you go out and leave him some water.

  • Make sure your dog's bed or basket is comfortable and leave some toys.

  • Check that the room is not too hot or too cold.

  • If you‘re not returning till after dark, leave a light on.


Barking Dogs

In law, a barking dog can be a noise nuisance, the owner can be taken to court if he does nothing to stop the nuisance. Barking comes naturally to dogs, but the constant barking or whining of a dog can be disturbing or annoying for neighbours. Often the problem happens when the dog’s owner is out of the house and so the owner doesn’t know until someone complains.

Why Dogs Bark?

There are many reasons why your dog may bark some examples are:

  • Loneliness

  • Boredom or frustration

  • Attention seeking 

  • Defending his territory

  • Medical problems

What Can You Do?

If the owner is not aware that their dog is barking when they are not home, you should inform them of this so they can implement the necessary training or otherwise regulation to attempt to reduce this noise nuisance.

What We Can Do?

We can send you a noise diary sheet where you fill out every time the noise occurs and tell us how it affects you; this helps us build evidence for your case. After you have returned the completed noise diary sheets we can pass it onto a case officer who will investigate further. 

How To Contact Us

Telephone ~ 0208 547 5000

Email ~ [email protected]

Last Modified: 17/03/2020 15:10:28