Barking Dogs and the Laws that Surround Them

Barking Dogs and the Laws that Surround Them

What Law is There Pertaining to Barking Dogs in Neighborhoods?

  • Excessive Barking
  • No Law
  • Noise Ordinance
  • Disturbing the Peace

Answer: Excessive Barking

Many states have no dog barking laws whatsoever. If a dog barks on a regular basis and there is no method tried to curb the behavior, charges of disturbing the peace or breaking a noise ordinance could get issued. These are extreme cases, however. Other states that do have a specific barking dog law in place refer to it as excessive barking.

Dogs are of course going to bark. The problem arises when the animal is left to bark often. Whether the barking occurs throughout the day or in the middle of the night, it is still bothersome to the rest of the neighborhood. A first offense typically comes with a warning, and you, as the owner, must do whatever is in your power to stop the behavior.

Failure to stop the behavior could result in additional complaints against you and your pet. You could earn an excessive barking charge that gets your dog licensed revoked, causing you to lose your dog altogether.

Stop Dog Barking

There are several devices that allow you to have some control over how much your dog barks.

Handheld Bark Control Device: This device is used by the owner, who can use the device to send out sound waves that only dogs can hear. This is a great choice for those who want to allow their dogs the freedom to bark when they need to, but also have the option of limiting the barking when they want to.

Sound Collar: This sound collar is worn by the pup. It senses when the dog barks, an emits a slight, progressive shock. The collar works whenever it is worn, so it’s great for constant bark control on the go or in the home. Just remember to remove it when you want your dog to alert you to intruders.

Ultrasonic Birdhouse: The birdhouse design helps the anti-barking device blend in with your outdoor decor. Ultrasonic waves are emitted in response to a dog barking. The waves can only be heard by dogs and are completely harmless, but not an entirely pleasant sound to the dog. The dog(s) eventually learns that when he or she barks, they avoid barking in order to avoid the waves.