Barking dogs in Brisbane can shatter your neighbourhood peace, interrupt your sleep, and test your sanity!
Cranky canines are a common cause of neighbourhood complaints. While barking is normal behaviour for dogs, excessive dog barking becomes a nuisance. Barking dogs is one of the main causes of the dreaded neighbourhood brawl, as seen in cases in both Sydney and Melbourne. In 2012, a Maltese terrier named Lilly was kidnapped from her north shore home and found drowned in a nearby marina. The owner believed that this atrocious murder was committed by a neighbour who was fed up with the little dog’s constant barking.
And in 2014, a barking dog sparked a bizarre murder manifesto resulted in the death of a Melbourne car dealer.
Dogs can bark incessantly for a number of reasons, but is most commonly due to loneliness, boredom, frustration, anxiety, or lack of experience with other dogs and people.
What can I do about barking dogs?
Brisbane City Council has set limits on the amount of noise that is acceptable for dogs (and other noisy animals) to make. If these levels are exceeded, the dog owner may be issued with an on-the-spot fine. In 2014/2015, the Council received over 5,500 complaints about barking dogs in Brisbane.
If you’re being kept awake by yapping dogs at 4am and wondering, “do I call the council or just go nuts?”, why not think about insulating your windows and blocking out barking dogs in Brisbane for good. By double glazing your windows, you will automatically reduce outside noise by up to 60%, providing you and your family with a peaceful home environment – and a good night’s sleep!
If your eardrums are tired of the constant assault of that yapping yorkie or howling husky . . . but the offending mutt is yours, why not get in touch with Bark Busters Australia. They offer dog obedience training in the comfort of your own home. And, if you’re interested in why some dogs constantly bark all day, here’s a great resource from RSPCA on what causes dogs to bark excessively. And lastly, for more information on dealing with barking dogs in Brisbane, visit the Brisbane City Council website to read about permitted animal noise limits in Brisbane.
If barking dogs aren’t causing the hassle, but traffic noise is, read Stop Traffic Noise: Here’s How for info on what you can do to restore the peace and quiet!
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