Barking Dogs & Cat Traps
Barking is one of the ways dogs communicate. It can mean anything from playfulness to danger. And as you can imagine, excessive barking can be very annoying for neighbours. Excessive barking can be the result of boredom, loneliness or a lack of training.
My dog is barking excessively, what are some ways to help reduce the barking?
There are a number of ways to help reduce your dogs excessive barking, some of the ways to do this are:
- provide your dog with space to move freely in an enclosed backyard;
- ensure your dog has shelter from wind, rain and sunshine;
- exercise your dog regularly;
- look at ways to help fill your dog's day (e.g. buy a large bone, invest in several toys, bury dog biscuits randomly in your garden);
- feed your dog sufficiently;
- provide clean, fresh water daily;
- undertake sufficient training;
- if a dog has to be chained, place it on a running chain, and ensure your dog is not left on a fixed chain for long periods or;
- provide your dog with regular attention so that it does not get lonely.
I've tried all the above options to reduce my dog barking, what now?
if you feel that a dog is well cared for, but continues to bark excessively, there are several things that can be tried:
- try and reduce visibility between your dog and the activity of the street;
- take the dog to a qualified animal trainer to discourage bad habits;
- provide noise insulation for the kennel;
- use an anti-barking collar or;
- take the dog to the vet as it may be sick or have an underlining condition.
I would like to make a complaint about a barking dog, how can I do this?
Residents have the right to enjoy peace and quiet in their neighbourhood without animals causing a nuisance. Animal owners have a responsibility to ensure that their animals do not cause a nuisance.
If you have a problem with your neighbours dog barking excessively, you should consider approaching the neighbour amicably to advise them that the dog is causing a nuisance as this usually resolves the issue directly. This is because the owner of the dog may not be aware their animal is causing a nuisance, especially if the dog is barking when they are out. Resolving the issue with your neighbour will avoid the need to become involved in any legal processes which can be time consuming and damage your relationship with your neighbour.
You should also consider seeking advice from the Dispute Settlement Centre who provide professional assistance in the mediation of nuisance disputes between neighbours, at no cost.
To lodge a complaint with Council, a seven day barking dog diary needs to be completed to keep records of barking patterns and to register your complaint. Please click the following link for the Barking Dog Complaint Form to be completed and sent into Council.
When completing the seven day barking dog diary, please ensure that it is done with as much detail as possible, see example below:
Council Cat Trapping Program
We offer residents access to a cat trapping program to help deal with stray, unowned and feral nuisance cats. Council City Laws Officers will not collect any cats or kittens unless they are contained securely and do not pose a risk to the Occupational Health and Safety of the City Laws Officer.
Council provides this service free of charge, however should a cat trap be lost, stolen or damaged whilst in your care a replacement fee will apply to the applicant.
Homemade cat traps and possum traps are illegal. Cats caught in these types of traps will not be accepted and traps may be seized. Due to Occupational Health and Safety risks, cats presented in traps that do not have a sliding release door will be removed at the City Laws Officers discretion. Under the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals Act 1986 and various industry Codes of Practice, the handling and treatment of the cat is the responsibility of the person conducting the trapping.
I would like to apply to participate in Council's Cat Trapping Program, how can I do this?
If you are interested in the cat trapping program, please read the cat trapping conditions. Please complete the Cat Trapping Application Kit and distribute the advisory letters enclosed in the cat trapping application to at least 8 neighbours. (2 neighbours on each side of the property, 2 neighbours at the rear of the property and 2 neighbours directly opposite the property where the trapping will take place)
The addresses of these neighbours must be written on the cat trapping application prior to submitting it.
To submit your application please follow the link to Council's contact information.
Once I submit the Cat Trapping Application, how do I get the cat trap?
Council only has a limited number of cat traps available, as soon as a trap becomes available a City Laws Officer will contact you and arrange a delivery time, it's important that you provide your contact details on the cat trap application.
How long can I keep the cat trap?
The cat trap will be left with the applicant for a period of no more than one (1) week at a time. Residents requiring cages for a longer period will need to make arrangements with the City Laws Officer and is subject to availability.
How do I use the cat trap?
Instructions for setting the cat trap up will be provided by the City Laws Officer delivering the cat trap.
When can I use the trap?
The cat trap is only to be set after 6:00pm and are only to be set Sunday night to Thursday night unless otherwise directed by the Animal Management Officer. Trapping is not to occur prior to 6:00pm.
Cat traps are not to be set Friday night, Saturday night, or prior to a Public Holiday.
I have a cat trap and I have caught a cat, what do I do?
You will need to ring Council between 8:00am and 9:00am Monday to Friday (Public Holidays excluded) to request a City Laws Officer to attend and collect the cat. Cats will not be collected on weekends, after hours or on Public Holidays. Any cats that are trapped between 9:00am and 6:00pm may not be collected and any cats trapped during these hours may result in the cat trap being removed.
How do I care for the trapped cat?
You are responsible for the welfare of the cat whilst it is contained within the trap on your property. This means the trap must be placed in a sheltered area with food and water provided. The trap should be covered to keep the cat calm and should be placed in an area where other animals, particularly dogs, can not access the trap.
I've finished with the cat trap, how do I return it?
Please contact Council to arrange for a City Laws Officer to attend to collect the trap from your property.