Barking Dogs

All dogs bark - it's natural.  Unfortunately, it can be annoying for neighbours.

Dogs can bark because they are:

  • Seeking attention 
  • Bored
  • Lonely
  • Anxious
  • Socially isolated
  • Protecting their territory

There are a range of simple effective solutions that may reduce your dog barking, these can be viewed in the barking dog fact sheet . There are also steps you can take if a neighbour’s pet is causing you problems.

Talk to the owner of the dog in a friendly and polite way.  They may not be aware of the problem.

If the owner is unapproachable or does not agree that a problem exists, you can contact the Community Justice Centre 1800 990 777.  They provide free mediation, which is impartial, confidential and available after hours.

If these methods do not work you should contact Liverpool City Council's Customer Service Centre on 1300 36 2170.

Where there is a barking dog issue, you must keep a record of the date and times of the barking dogs and submit a two week diary record to Council.

Please note that Council’s operational hours are between 8am and 4.30pm.  If the alleged barking is mostly occurring outside of Council’s business hours, Council Officers will not be able to take enforcement action. 

Barking deterrent dog collar hire

The citronella collar sprays the dog with citronella when it barks, discouraging the dog from barking.

Citronella Bark Collars are designed to administer a short burst of Citronella Spray to distract a dog from barking.

They are activated when the dog barks, usually by the sound of the barking or from the vibration of the vocal cords. The dog can see the spray and also feels it as it spurts out just below the dogs chin.

The Scent of the mild citronella is also distracting to the dog and can be an 'uncomfortable distractor' to help deter the dog from barking at whatever it is that caught the dog’s attention.

Citronella collars are available for hire from Council. 

Hire fee

$23.00 per week



Late fee

$23.00 per week

Replacement fee

$300 (if broken, lost or stolen)

Conditions of Hire

  • Minimum hire is one week
  • Maximum hire is two weeks
  • Included  is the dog collar, batteries and citronella spray bottle (to fill the collar)
  • You must sign an agreement
  • You must live in the Liverpool Local Government Area
  • You will receive your bond back once the collar has been tested. The bond will then be returned to you in the form of a cheque and may take up to 4 weeks.
  • People can go on a waiting list.

Call Council's Customer Contact Centre on 1300 36 2170.


Barking Dogs Fact Sheet

Barking Diary

Animal Management Policy