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Barking Dogs


Bothersome barking is a common problem in Longmont. There are solutions and recommendations for both the dog owners and for the neighbors at their wits end.

It is unlawful for any person owning, possessing or keeping custodial or supervisory authority or control over any animal, to permit such animal to habitually squeal, snort, grunt, bark, howl, yelp, squawk, screech, caterwaul, wail, crow or make any other animal sound in such manner as to significantly disrupt the peace and quiet of the neighborhood, or in such manner as to materially and persistently disturb the peace of another in the neighborhood under conditions that would disturb a person of reasonable and ordinary sensibilities. Such animals are declared to be a public nuisance.


Animal Control recommends talking face to face with the dog's owner as a first step, if possible. If this is unsuccessful, or you are not comfortable talking with the dog owner you may call (303)651-8500 and report the complaint. Animal Control can verbally or in writing, warn the dog owner if it is an anonymous complaint. A warning notice can be posted if there is a complainant that is willing to leave their name and phone number, or a summons can be issued with appropriate evidence.

For Animal Control to issue a summons, there needs to be at least one warning on record for this offense for the offending dog owner and have two separate households in the area willing to witness. A video, or audio tape of the offense can also be provided as evidence if there is a single witness. Witnesses must be willing to appear in court if necessary.

To report a complaint, Animal Control needs the exact address of the barking dog. We need a description of the dog(s), if possible and the most recent date and duration of time that you were disturbed. We also need you to describe how you know the barking is coming from the address you have identified, ie you can see the dogs barking from your window, you have followed the barking to the source, etc.



If you have received a complaint about your dog, it is important to correct the problem so that your neighbors do not take legal action, or take their frustrations out on your dog. Remember, being proactive and solving the problem at hand will help you to avoid legal action, and will promote good relations with your neighbors.

Solutions to the Problem

The following are some suggestions that may help you solve a barking dog problem. These suggestions may not work on hyperactive or vocal dogs. You may need to seek professional training for your pet. There are numerous local obedience classes which you can choose from.

Why Some Dogs Bark, and Some Suggestions

A Cure

The best thing you can do to correct his problem is work on training the dog. For specific directions, contact a qualified obedience instructor. Spend time with your dog and include him in your daily activities. Remember, you are his only means of exercise and love.

Mechanical and Surgical Solutions

Anti-bark collars, either electronic or sonic, as well as fence-mounted anti-bark devices, are available through local pet stores and pet product distributors. Veterinarians can "debark" a dog surgically by cutting the vocal cords. Talk with your vet about what method may be more appropriate for your pet. Both methods are more effective when accompanied by consistent training. If you are too busy to spend time with your dog everyday, you are probably too busy to own a dog.


If you are wishing to report an animal that is in a life threatening situation today, please call 303.651.8500.

For non-emergency information regarding animal related issues you may call 303.651.8500 or email Sgt Jesse Buchholtz.