“The 6 German shepherds of the neighbors were barking all the time, we put up with them for 15 years”: what to do about these noise pollution?

“The 6 German shepherds of the neighbors were barking all the time, we put up with them for 15 years”: what to do about these noise pollution?

If you are a light sleeper or sleep with the windows open during hot weather, this is a noise that can easily annoy: barking. When they are incessant, they are not to the taste of all our neighbors. Some take the step of calling the police to stop this “animal noise” and the fine can be steep.

It is well known, the barking of dogs is not to the taste of our neighbors. Some take the step of calling the police to stop this “animal noise”. A call that can be expensive for the owner of the animal. So what should be done to avoid this fine? How to calm your dog?

“We had neighbors who had 6 dogs, German shepherds. We supported them for 15 years. They barked all the time, not being socialized”, gives us a witness.

In the Brussels Region, a general police regulation is common to the 19 municipalities. One of the articles provides that noise pollution produced between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. is prohibited, including animal cries. The police can draw up a report for a violation of the general police regulations if they find that the barking of the dog is audible from the public space.

“There is no minimum duration or imposed repetition. The police officer has a power of appreciation of his own”, explains Jean Paul Dreze, police commissioner.

The administrative fine can be up to €350. There is also a regional regulation in terms of neighborhood noise which adds the condition that animal noise be regular, and not occasional.

The dog’s barking can be a sign of enthusiasm: they recognize certain congeners with whom they have already played and show their desire to play. It can also happen to get the owner’s attention. Untimely barking is the cause of a warning.

“Barking, moaning and these other vocalizations are the source of warning. Barking that occurs during the day and is ‘untimely’ is often because the animal is either fearful or stressed. “They reflect their boredom. Dogs want attention,” explains Bernard Flasse, veterinarian in Wavre. This kind of behavior can also be associated with destruction of objects located in the house.

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