Dealing With A Barking Dog

While the Louth SPCA would ideally like to think that every dog is happy in his environment, we all know that many are not. This unhappiness often manifests itself as excessive barking. Unfortunately if this dog is being regularly fed and has shelter (kennel for instance), our hands are tied as we only deal with neglect and abuse. This is a matter for your local council (however, do let us know if you believe the dog is without food and/or shelter).

Section 25 of the Control of Dogs Act 1986 deals with nuisance by barking dogs. If you don’t get a satisfactory response from the dog owner, you may complain to the District Court, using the form prescribed under the Control of Dogs Act. You can download a copy of this form from here.

The court may make an order requiring the occupier of the premises in which the dog is kept to abate the nuisance by exercising due control over a dog. The court may limit the number of dogs that can be kept on a premises or may direct that a dog be delivered to a dog warden to be dealt with as unwanted.

Read further information about control of dogs in general.

Dogs also bark due to behaviour problems or training problems, The biggest mistake people make when it comes to stopping your dog from barking is using punishment-based tactics or things like bark collars, sprays, shock, or pronged collars – they never work and are cruel to your canine companion. Instead you may well need to consult a professional dog trainer to help get to the root of things. It is very likely they can help get your dog’s barking under control!