Barking Dogs Listen It is part of a dogs natural communication and behaviour to bark and there are many reasons for this barking. Before you can attempt to reduce or stop any nuisance barking you must first find the cause. Please contact an Animal Control Officer and they can give you advice. Additionally, an extensive website containing information for dog owners, adults and children on dog safety is maintained by the Department of Internal Affairs. If your dog is creating a nuisance by persistent and loud barking or howling a Dog Control Officer can: Enter your property and inspect the conditions where the dog is kept. Give you a formal note requiring you to stop the nuisance. Enter your property to remove the dog, if you have not stopped the nuisance.