Nuisance Dogs

Dogs creating a nuisance by barking

Council receive numerous complaints every year regarding barking dogs.

Section 46 of the Dog Control Act 2000 states:-

Nuisance barking

46(3) “A dog is a nuisance if –
(a) it behaves in a manner that is injurious or dangerous to the health of any person; or
(b) it creates a noise, by barking or otherwise, that persistently occurs or continues to such an extent that it unreasonably interferes with the peace, comfort or convenience of any person in any premises or public place.”

Some common causes of barking dogs are:-

- dogs being restrained on a fixed chain or rope for long periods of time or having insufficient space to move freely in an enclosed backyard;

- provocation by people or other animals;

- lack of exercise;

- lack of training;

- lack of suitable shelter from weather;

- insufficient food and/or water;

- ill health;

- loneliness/boredom

Dog owners in the first instance are informed a complaint has been received by Council and staff discuss with the owners details of the complaint and offer advice as to how the issue may be resolved. 

Many dog owners who work, are unaware their dogs bark while they are away from home and these matters are usually resloved in due course.

Wandering Dogs/Dogs at large

Dog owners are obligated to keep their dogs within their properties and when exercising their dogs, dogs are required to be under effective control - ie. when in a public place they must be on a lead no longer than 2 metres and when in an off-lead exercise area they must be close to their owner, in sight at all times and respond to commands.

The Dog Control Act 2000 also requires that when a dog is in a public place, the person in charge of it must be able to control the dog - ie. a small child should not be in control of a large dog.

Section 16(1) of the Dog Control Act 2000 states: -
“The owner or person in charge of a dog must ensure that the dog is not at large.”
Penalty $130.00 per offence

As a dog owner, it is your responsibility to ensure your dogs are kept in a secure place, do not wander off your property on their own and do not become a threat or nuisance to the safety or welfare of any other person or animal.

Collection of Dog Faeces

Council at times receives complaints regarding dogs creating a nuisance by defecating on both private and public land.
Please be advised, nuisance complaints of this nature are dealt with under Section 45(1) of the Dog Control Act 2000 which states: -

“45. Removal of faeces
(1) A person in charge of a dog must immediately remove and dispose of any faeces left by the dog in a public place or in a place not owned by the person.