A continuously barking dog may be a problem as far as a neighbour is concerned. Tackled early, it is an easier problem to resolve. If an Environmental Health Officer is called upon to investigate a complaint it may lead to a Statutory Notice under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 being served on you. This is a legal document which will allow you a specific time - usually 21 days - in which to stop the nuisance caused by your dog barking.

You may incur financial penalties if you do not stop your dog barking and ultimately may be required to part with your dog. That is why it is most important to co-operate in making improvements at a very early stage. We can normally resolve noisy neighbour disputes amicably by being a diplomatic negotiator on your behalf.

To help tackle any dog barking related incidents, please fill in this form:

Or alternatively, contact our dog control team:

Dog control
Chichester District Council
East Pallant House
West Sussex
PO19 1TY
United Kingdom
01243 785166 (out of hours)

There is also the  Noise Nuisance App, by RH Environmental ‚Äč, which is available on iTunes.

Dogs normally bark because:

  • They are insecure or anxious
  • They are left alone too long and are lonely, bored or frustrated
  • They are not receiving enough exercise and training
  • The space provided for them is too small
  • They hear people calling at the house
  • They have a medical problem.

How to avoid sporadic or prolonged barking:

Make sure your dog is happy to be left alone. When you are on the premises build up the time your dog is left in an adjoining room, return to your dog before it starts barking. Exercise your dog before you leave the house. Make sure your dog is comfortable and has adequate facilities. If necessary draw the curtains to reduce outside stimuli. Some dogs like having a radio left on low for company. Take your dog to training classes to keep him mentally stimulated, you will be rewarded with a happy, well behaved pet. Check with your vet that your dog does not have medical problems that may be causing distress.

Your vet or Dog Warden may also be able to give you advice as to possible solutions and equipment which may help to stop your dog barking.