Barking dogs is one of the most common causes of noise complaints from local residents according to the latest figures released by Bolsover District Council.
In the last two years alone there have been 325 complaints including 172 in 2009/10 and 153 in 2010/11 with a further 114 from April to December 2011.
To help banish the barking dog, the council has produced an advice leaflet highlighting some tips and techniques on what to do if your dog is barking.
This includes what to do if a barking dog is lonely, bored or unhappy. If you have to leave your dog, make sure it has had enough exercise or if necessary leave the radio on to keep it company and get a neighbour to look in on it.
This leaflet can be found on the council’s website www.bolsover.gov.uk/noise or a copy can be picked up from any of their Contact Centres.
Bolsover District Council’s Cabinet Member for the Environment, Cllr Dennis Kelly said: “Barking comes naturally to dogs, but the constant barking or whining of a dog can be very disturbing or annoying to your neighbours.
“This problem often arises when owners are out of the house, so they do not realise their dog is barking.
“We would sooner neighbours talk to each other and try to resolve the problem between themselves instead of involving us, but if they cannot we will intervene, investigate and offer as much help and advice as possible, before we are left with no alternative but to consider legal action.”
In law, a barking dog can be classed as a statutory noise nuisance. You could be taken to court if you do nothing to stop the nuisance or, as a last resort, be separated from your dog.
If anyone is experiencing problems with barking dogs they should report this by completing the on-line form www.bolsover.gov.uk/barking-dog-report or telephone Bolsover District Council on (01246) 242424.