Barking and dangerous dogs

Barking dogs

A dog constantly barking or whining can be disturbing for your neighbours. In law, a barking dog can be a noise nuisance and its owner can be taken to court if they do nothing to stop it.

Tell us about a barking dog problem

Report a barking and dangerous dog and tell us:

  • the address where the dog is
  • the times of day when the barking becomes a nuisance
  • how many dogs are making the noise
  • details of the owner, if known.

DEFRA have produced a barking dogs guidance leaflet and our animal welfare officers can also give advice.

Dangerous dogs

Under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, it is an offence to allow a dog of any breed to be dangerously out of control in a public place.

Banned breeds or types of dogs

Tell us about a dangerous dog

Report a dangerous dog online and tell us:

  • where and when the dog was last seen 
  • what the behaviour of the dog was
  • a description of the dog such as breed, size, colour and distinguishing features
  • any information about the owner.

You can also contact the Police Status Dog Unit on 020 8247 5462 or

If you own a dog classed as dangerous

If you are a responsible owner, an application can be made to the courts requesting you to be able to legally keep your dog providing you agreed to abide by some strict rules.

These include having your dog neutered, microchipped, having your dog on a lead and muzzled at all times whilst out and having your dog insured. However, the courts can turn down such applications.

If you are successfully accepted onto the register, but are later found not abiding by one or all the restrictions, your dog could be taken into Police custody.

If you own a banned breed which is not on the exemption register, you are breaking the law. The dog could be detained and the owner/carer prosecuted under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.

Pet on pet incidents

If you pet has been injured by another persons pet, please report on our online contact form and tell us:

  • information about where and when the incident occurred
  • a description of the attacking dog and owner
  • the circumstances surrounding the event
  • any information about the offending owner such as an address or car registration.

Pet on person incidents

If you or another person have been injured by a dog, this becomes a criminal matter and you should contact the Police.

If no injury occurred but there was reasonable fear to the person to believe an incident may occur, please report on our online enquiry form.