It is normal for dogs to bark but excessive barking can be annoying and upsetting for your neighbours.  If you are out a lot or familiar with the barking, you might not realise quite how disturbing it is to others.

Complaints about barking dogs should initially be directed to the noise team within the Environmental Health Department.

Neighbourhood Environment Officers may be tasked to offer advice and guidance.  If this does not improve the situation, a formal investigation will be carried out by Environmental Health.
What you can do to help:

  • take your dog for regular walks
  • provide chews toys and bones
  • change the position of the dog's kennel.
  • if your dog barks as a result of separation anxiety consider leaving the radio or television on when you're away to distract the dog

If you wish to make a noise complaint regarding a barking dog, contact the Noise Team in Environmental Health on 0300 013 3333 or by emailing 

Alternatively, for more advice on how you can help control dog barking contact the Neighbourhood Environment Team on 0300 013 3333.