The yapping, whimpering, and howling of four-legged pals has resulted in an increase in the number of complaints to Gwynedd Council.
The increase is thought to be the result of new pets adopted during the Covid shutdown.
Between August 2019 and July 2020, there were 76 official complaints, although 135 were reported in the previous 12 months, up to July 2022.
According to the Local Democracy Reporting Service, there are concerns that some pets are now being left home alone for extended periods of time as rules have been relaxed.
“Although there is no conclusive evidence that this is the reason for the recent spike in the number of dog barking complaints, it can be strongly inferred that it is a factor,” a Gwynedd council spokeswoman stated.
“As a municipality, we encourage dog owners to take their dogs out every day to ensure that they get enough exercise.”
“This could help the situation with the barking dogs.”
According to the RSPCA, some dogs left alone develop “separation anxiety,” which may manifest as barking, and dogs also bark to convey how they feel, such as “when they’re excited, frustrated, bored, or terrified.”
It went on to say that health conditions can also cause the behavior and that giving dogs lots of exercises, setting proper food and exercise routines, and offering company can help.
According to the organization, understanding why a dog bark is critical, and owners who are struggling with the issue are encouraged to seek help from veterinarians or behavior specialists.
Councils can issue a noise abatement order through the courts under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 if they consider the barking is causing a “substantial interference with the comfort and enjoyment of another’s home,” and fines of up to £1,000 are possible if no action is taken.
Via: BBC news