Frequent Can I report Neighbours barking dog? Expert Advice

Can You Call the Cops About a Neighbor’s Barking Dog?

You can call the police if your neighbor’s dog is barking, but never dial 911 to report a barking dog. Use the police department’s non-emergency line. Before you call the police, however, keep a few things in mind:

  • Calling the police could escalate an already unpleasant situation. Do this only after you’ve tried everything else. (See our section below on ultrasonic training devices to stop nuisance barking). Remember: You still have to live near your neighbors.
  • The police may be limited with what they can do. Unless your neighbor is breaking laws (and it may be up to you, the complainant, to show evidence), the police may not be effective.
  • They might refer you to animal control or another agency that handles code enforcement for nuisance animals.
  • It’s not typically a one-and-done neighborhood barking dog solution. The police may ask your neighbor to put the dog inside, but eventually the dog will go out again. You may have to call more than once.
  • Even if you think it won’t help solve a barking dog problem, it never hurts to try working something out before rushing into legal action.By

    There is no such thing as a difficult dog, only an inexperienced owner. —Barbara Woodhouse, No Bad Dogs

    If youre being disturbed by a barking dog in your neighborhood, the best first step is to ask the dogs owner to stop the noise. But a surprising number of people ignore or botch this process. Perhaps its not all that surprising; approaching someone with a complaint can be unpleasant and in some cases intimidating. And if youre afraid of your neighbors burly watchdog, which snarls at you whenever you come near its owners house, youre probably not eager to drop by to discuss things.

    If a dog is being abused or neglected

    If you suspect the dog is injured or being mistreated, the ASPCA has several guidelines for reporting animal cruelty:

  • Write a concise, factual statement about what you’ve observed and include dates and times when possible. Include the length of time the dog barks.
  • Include photos and recordings, but do not put yourself in danger; if it is not safe to take photos or record video or audio, then don’t.
  • Give names and contact information of other people who might also have information about the abused animals.
  • You may submit an anonymous report, but consider including your contact information in case authorities need to reach you.

    How To Stop Your Neighbor’s Dog From Barking – Short Version