How to write a letter to your neighbour about their barking dog

Each year thousands of people make complaints to local government bodies about their neighbours barking dogs. So many complaints that many local council’s now have their own brochures and web pages specifically outlining what actions you can consider taking if you are experiencing offensive noise caused by your neighbours dog.

Usually, the council will advise you to attempt to resolve this matter with your neighbour yourself before making any type of formal complaint. This is because your neighbour may not be aware that their beloved companion is causing you such disturbance, and if you make them aware of the problem they may be able to rectify it swiftly, without any formal investigations being needed.

This advice seems reasonable however the problem is, it can be quite difficult to approach a neighbour about this subject. Especially if you don’t know your neighbour very well, and therefore can’t judge what their reaction may be. Or, you do know them and you know they adore their pet more than anything else in the world! You might also be afraid that what you have to say will come across the wrong way, and that your once friendly neighbour may become at war with you forever, or at the very least start an argument with you while you’re standing there at their front door, and your other neighbours also overhear.

Some people will make a formal complaint without speaking to their neighbour as they are too fearful to approach them. This might be understandable but it might also cause greater distress for the dog owner who may not aware of the problem their pet is causing you, when they answer their door one day and are greeted by a government official. How would you like it? Others, due to the same worries will just put up with the dog’s barking and not say anything.

Another option is to write your neighbour a non-threatening letter about it. Here is an example of one such letter which could assist you if you decide to write to your neighbour about their barking dog.

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