It’s normal and natural for dogs to bark. But when barking happens a lot, or goes on for a long time, it can be annoying and upsetting for your neighbours.
If you need help contact an animal behaviourist who is an expert and can suggest ways to improve your dog's behaviour.
If you own a cockerel you must ensure that the crowing does not cause a legal nuisance. In considering whether a legal nuisance exists we consider a number of factors including:
- Nature of the area – cockerels have been part of the English countryside for generations and to some extent part of country life and its charm. This is not to say that nuisance cannot be caused in the country but an odd cockerel crowing in an isolated rural location is less likely to be considered a nuisance when compared to cockerels kept in a more built up residential environments such as towns and villages.
- Time of day – It is more likely that the law will consider nuisance is being caused if your cockerel is crowing at unsocial hours eg night, early morning or late evening.
- Duration - It is more likely that the law will consider nuisance is being caused if your cockerel is crowing for long periods. This is more likely with numbers of cockerels because the birds compete.
Cockerels are not required for hens to lay eggs. Find out how to minimise cockerel noise.