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Barking Dog 2Complaints about barking dogs

Like any other potential neighbourhood problem, if you can, please contact the owner of the barking dog personally. If the barking only happens when the residents are away, your neighbour may be unaware of the problem.

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Click this button to make a complaint on-line about a barking dog.

You can lodge a complaint about a barking dog using this online complaint form. A council ranger from Orange City will investigate the complaint confidentially.

Noise from barking dogs

Barking dog 1Barking is a normal way of communicating for dogs. But, excessive barking however is usually caused by an animal that is socially deprived, distressed or suffering, poorly trained, is provoked, or has a boring or sedentary lifestyle.
If you believe a dog in your neighbourhood is barking because of neglect or cruelty, you should contact the RSPCA immediately.
The most important step that can help prevent barking is to identify why the dog is barking.
In cases where dogs bark because of lack of exercise, poor health or diet, boredom, or social deprivation, these problems must be addressed. Animal experts believe it is important to prevent a dog from excessive barking before it forms a pattern of habitual barking. 

Tips for dog owners

Barking Dog 3The following suggestions may help a dog owner prevent their pet from developing barking habits:

  • Choose the right breed of dog for your lifestyle. Large dogs or working breeds in small backyards are prone to boredom and lack of exercise, which may lead to barking and other problems.
  • Provide adequate space for your pet to move freely within your enclosed backyard.
  • Dogs should not be chained to a fixed point. If chaining is necessary then put the animal on a running chain.
  • Keep your dog in an enclosed area in the backyard or inside the house during the night and inclement weather.
  • Provide your dog with a balanced and varied diet, and access to water at all times.
  • Provide regular and adequate exercise according to the breed’s requirements.
  • Spend time with your dog. Dogs are pack animals and need social interaction with their owners and if possible other dogs.

For animals that habitually bark the following prevention methods may be attempted:


Obedience schools and vets may be able to provide details of professional dog behaviorists who can provide specialist training and instruction to discourage habitual barking. 

Anti-Barking Collars

Image of a dog wearing a citronella collar designed to prevent barking

These can be useful in preventing your dog from excessive barking, however to be effective they should be used in conjunction with other methods designed to prevent barking abatement. Anti-barking collars will not prevent a dog from habitual barking if the cause of the barking is not identified and remedied.

Some research suggests the collars may be more effective on dogs which have recently started barking habitually.

Orange City Council has Abistop collars available to assist pet owners to control their barking dog.
Each time your dog barks the electronic bark-sensing unit releases a brisk citronella spray in front of the dog's snout. Your dog hears it, sees it and most importantly, smells it.
At the first spray of citronella, your dog's natural curiosity will be to seek the origin of the new odour. The dog will very quickly learn that when he or she barks, Aboistop sprays!
Through this harmless conditioned reflex, Abistop discourages your dog from barking. Aboistop is a humane solution to the problem of nuisance barking. Abistop is a harmless distraction to your dog's senses.
The citronella spray is 100% safe for all dogs, people and the environment. Aboistop can be used safely on all healthy dogs.

Orange City Council applies charges to rent citronella collars to residents.
Refundable Deposit :
Rental : $45.00 per week for a minimum of two weeks.
Citronella : 1 container of the citronella spray $45.00

This rental option may offer the option of a trial to residents. It’s suggested that residents also research the costs of buying a collar.
To rent a collar, contact Orange City Council on 6393 8000