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.