As part of National Noise Action Week, May 21-25, 2012, South Northamptonshire Council (SNC) is urging dog owners to ensure their canine companions are not causing a noise nuisance to others. Over the last three years, the council reports a steady increase in the number of complaints it has received about excessive and persistent barking. In 2011/2012, there were 95 complaints compared to 90 in 2010/2011 and 85 in 2009/2010.
This is not just a problem for the neighbours but indicates that the dog is none too happy either. Reasons why a dog barks include loneliness, boredom, defending its territory, medical problems and poor training.
Cllr Dermot Bambridge, portfolio holder for waste and environmental management, says:
“A constant barking or whining can be very annoying for neighbours but quite often one that can be sorted out by talking to the owner of the dog, who may not be aware of the problem if they are out at work all day.
“Should this fail, or you would prefer not to approach the owner, you can contact our environmental team for advice and support. Where a dog owner continues to blatantly allow their dog to cause a noise nuisance, we will consider prosecuting.”
Anyone wishing to report a persistently barking dog can contact SNC's environmental protection team on 01327 322323 during office hours or use the online form here.
Further information, both for dog owners and those affected by noisy animals, is available here.