We understand that a barking dog can become a nuisance and that everyone has different tolerance levels. We can work with you to address your complaint.

Ongoing barking is often a symptom of another problem, and taking the time to understand what makes dogs bark, especially your pet or other dogs, is the first step.

Why do dogs bark?

  • Separation anxiety
  • Boredom 
  • Fear of people, objects, or other dogs
  • Lack of exercise
  • Inadequate yard space
  • Medical reasons.

Barking can often be managed by introducing small behaviour changes such as walking your dog more often. Read the Why Dogs Bark Information Sheet for some tips. 

Report nuisance barking

Talk to your neighbour as soon as the problem arises. You can provide them with a letter in the first instance and if the barking persists after a week or two, speak with your neighbour again to provide feedback.

To make a barking complaint, complete the nuisance barking complaint form and send to our rangers who can assist you further.


For further assistance, contact us directly on 8935 9922 or email palmerston@palmerston.nt.gov.au