Barking Dogs

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Will I be fined if my Dog barks?

The problems caused by barking dogs are a common neighborhood complaint reported to Council.

A great deal of disruption and unhappiness can be caused by a dog that persistently barks. Dogs bark out of boredom or frustration when confined or when they are not sufficiently exercised and stimulated. 

Under the Companion Animals Act persistent barking is considered as similar to straying or other anti-social behavior. Where Council’s Rangers identify a serious or ongoing problem with barking, a Nuisance Dog Order can be issued. This Order requires the owner to stop the dog from barking persistently. If the problem continues the owner may then be liable for on the spot penalties.