This would only be considered antisocial behaviour if the noise is persistent*.
We want everyone to enjoy living in their home and we would ask all residents to be both considerate and tolerant. Whilst it is natural for dogs to bark, when it is happening persistently it can be annoying and upsetting.
- We would first suggest you have a friendly word with your neighbour as they may not be aware their pet is causing a disturbance. We've put together some tips to help you resolve issues with neighbours. You can also download our Dear Neighbour cards.
- If you still feel you are being disturbed, we suggest you contact the local Environmental Health Officer. Should they take enforcement action, we will use this as evidence against the dog owner if appropriate.
- If the situation has not improved, mediation might be of help to you. It’s an informal, confidential and independent service available to help neighbours sort out their differences and reach an agreement. They can help you and your neighbour(s) understand each other’s point of view and reach a solution. Please ask and we will refer you.
- If the behaviour is persistent (continuous periods lasting over 30 minutes a day for at least 5 days within one week) and you do not feel safe approaching your neighbour, or you have tried and the situation has not improved, once you have contacted the local Environmental Health Officer, please complete our diary sheets with dates and times of the incidents. You can do this by hand or by post, but it may be quicker to do this electronically and attach them when completing the antisocial behaviour report form.
*'Persistent' means continuous periods lasting over 30 minutes a day for at least 5 days within one week.
How to make a report
If you have concerns about the welfare of a pet, you should contact the RSPCA.
If you want to report persistent noise from dog barking, please use our report ASB online form.
If you are reporting other pet behaviour such as dog fouling, please use our general enquiry form.
Read our top tips for reducing noise in the home to minimise disturbance to neighbours.