Barking Dogs

This page explains how to make a complaint about a barking dog and the process that must be followed.

Dogs often bark when they are excited such as when you are playing with them or when they are about to go out for a walk. This type of barking simply shows your dog is happy and will generally stop once the exciting activity ceases. The nuisance of noise such as a dog’s excessive barking is perceptual – what is excessive to one person may not be to another. Under the Dog Control Act 1996, to classify dog barking as a nuisance, each case must be investigated by an Animal Control Officer.

Making a Complaint

If you are being annoyed by the persistent and loud barking or howling of a dog, you should report the dog to Animal Control by calling Council's 24 hour line (03) 543 8400.

Once a complaint is made, we will ask you to provide details noting the date, time and length of each noise incident.  We will need to identify the type of howling or barking heard, to establish if the animal is distressed or a nuisance.

With the information the complainant provides, we may:

  • send an officer on site;
  • notify the owner that their dog has a complaint against it.

If there is no improvement after Animal Control’s investigation, and more issues are reported against the same dog, Council will move to the next step to try to resolve the problem.