Barking, Dangerous and Nuisance Dogs

Barking dogs

Dogs communicate naturally by barking. Barking may alert its owners to danger or intruders. However, a dog that persistently barks can be a nuisance. If a dog barks continually without reason, the cause may be lack of training and exercise, loneliness, inadequate shelter, ill health or deliberate or unintentional provocation by people or roaming dogs.

If your neighbour has a dog that constantly barks, we encourage you to leave a Neighbourhood Notification Letter at their property in the first instance. Please contact Ranger Services on rangercustomerservice@cockburn.wa.gov.au if the issue persists or make a formal complaint.

Aggressive dogs

Dangerous dogs (declared)

The City may declare an individual dog as dangerous if:
               (a)     the dog has caused injury or damage by an attack on, or chasing, a person, animal or vehicle; or
               (b)     the dog has, repeatedly, shown a tendency — 
                              (i)     to attack, or chase, a person, animal or vehicle even though no injury has been caused by that behaviour; or
                              (ii)    to threaten to attack.
 
Owners of dogs declared as dangerous must comply with the requirements of the Dog Act 1976 or face penalties, including fines.

Dangerous dogs (restricted breeds)

The Dog Act 1976 and the Dog Regulations 2013 provide information on dangerous dogs (restricted breeds).

Under the Dog Act a dangerous dog (restricted breed) is defined as a breed whose import into Australia is prohibited. Please see the WA Rangers Restricted Breed Dogs information for a list of current restricted breeds in WA. Please note this includes pure and cross breeds.

Keeping a dangerous dog (restricted breed)

You must follow legislative requirements for keeping a restricted breed dog which includes mixed breeds.

More information and contact

Please contact Rangers Services for more information on barking or dangerous dogs on 08 9411 3444 or at rangercustomerservice@cockburn.wa.gov.au

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