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Gauteng won't regulate barking dogs

2012-12-11 10:04

Johannesburg - Gauteng authorities have dismissed the idea of introducing municipal by-laws to curb dogs barking similar to those in Cape Town, it was reported on Tuesday.

In Cape Town, dog owners who allow their pets to bark for more than six minutes an hour can be fined.

Terence Mashego, Tshwane mayoral committee member for community safety, said a by-law of that nature would be inappropriate.

"A barking dog is a natural thing, a creation of God. You cannot apply a municipal regulation to it," Beeld quoted him as saying.

Warning letters

Nthatisi Modingoane, spokesperson for the Johannesburg metro council, said the barking of dogs was governed by Gauteng noise control by-laws, and city regulations governing cats and dogs.

The by-laws made provision for the delivery of a warning letter to pet owners.

Modingoane told the newspaper there were no plans to adopt legislation anything like that in Cape Town.

"Any noise can be regarded as noise pollution," he said.

City of Cape Town mayoral committee member JP Smith said the city received about 500 complaints a month about incessantly barking dogs.

Bernice Jaffe, an animal behaviour specialist from Cape Town, said continuous barking was often an indication of boredom.

Comments
  • brionyl.french - 2012-12-11 10:09

    A barking dog is telling you something... Danger is near or someone is around that shouldnt be... Or someones pet is somewhere it shouldnt be... Think of Dogs like warning sirens!!!

      briana.scott - 2012-12-11 10:20

      that would be great if it were the truth, my neighbours dogs do not stop barking so they alert you to nothing. you can even hear that it is at nothing, just bored. I have sat and watch them stare and bark at eachother for goodness sakes. Now my one dog barks at people walking past and other pets, my female doesn't bark much at all, when she does I then pay attention. If only they were all that way.

      themba.thwala.775 - 2012-12-11 10:30

      theo.schoeman maybe your neighbour's dog is singing :)

      Aswatas - 2012-12-11 11:02

      Nthatisi Modingoane...please regulate our criminals lol...

      nicholas.graan - 2012-12-11 11:11

      They will not introduce the law purely to defy the DA. They do not want to be seen to be copying the DA in any way whatsoever regardless of how good the law is. Incessant barking is usually a result of poor ownership and neglect (not a "creation of God") and should be controlled by law.

      danie.haasbroek.7 - 2012-12-11 11:24

      Wow, Captain Obvious... just wow. Any other wisdoms?

      john.silver.3572846 - 2012-12-11 11:50

      I hate most dog owners. They walk their dogs off leash, don't pick up their crap in the park and pavement and behave as if theirs is the perfect animal. They remain DEAF to non-stop barking and refuse to believe you when you tell them that their ugly mutt sits at the gate and yaps ALL FEKKING DAY! Own a dog - fine. Just make sure it doesnt make the rest of the population suffer for it.

      WysJouMys - 2012-12-11 12:27

      If I can listen to your MUTT barking 24/7, your MUTT can listen to my fireworks once a year on Guy Fawkes. Give and take.

      steve.gibson.146612 - 2012-12-11 13:26

      Agreed, but then the frigging owners must investigate why they are barking instead of just allowing them to bark incessantly and continuously!!!!!

      motlalepula.sompane - 2012-12-11 14:26

      somebody tell those people requesting this crap to Fotsek

      sachasea - 2012-12-11 15:00

      I am also GATVOL of neighborhood dogs barking when I go home. Almost all 7 of my neighbours have dogs (often 2 or 3 per household). I wouldn't care at all if the dogs didn't bark incessantly. I don't know how someone can live with their dog barking all the time. Would drive me nuts. It's disrespectful to your neighbours too. I have 1 dog a labrador, who barks only when necessary i.e. usually at night if she hears something outside. I congratulate her and will go see if there is anything there, but I will ALWAYS make sure that she doesn't bark any longer than she needs to. I have trained her not to bark for no reason. Why can't other people be as considerate? I think fines are a great idea idea for owners of dogs that bark incessantly. Wish they would bring them in in towns across the Western Cape.

      gerald.umraw - 2012-12-11 15:06

      maybe they should pass a law curbing law makers from speaking period.

      christoffvstaden - 2012-12-11 15:34

      Easy solution: If the government will not see to it that my neighbours' dogs stops barking I will!

  • mimi.ngqulana - 2012-12-11 10:10

    What a pity, I would have been the 1st person to complain. My neighbour's 3 dogs bark non-stop. I've had it..!

      gerhard.muller.988 - 2012-12-11 10:56

      I feel your pain Gift, everytime I walk down a road in a black neighbourhood, the dogs also bark at me! Are you serious man??? Now even whities dogs are racist? My dogs bark at everyone that comes near my gate, EVERYONE!! But they don't bark Asian people because they watch Discovery Channel and have seen what Asian people do to dogs.

      louis.pienaar1 - 2012-12-11 11:23

      I have read some of gift's comments, and god did not "gift" her a brain.

      sukhoipakfa - 2012-12-11 11:27

      Give Gerhard a bells.

      lulama - 2012-12-11 11:48

      Gerhard U have made my day...lol

  • eric.vanvuuren - 2012-12-11 10:12

    So in other words what you’re saying is; when one kick isn't enough you just continue till silence is administered. Poor dog will bark for any kind of attention.

      eric.vanvuuren - 2012-12-11 12:49

      So far 29 people here, thats OK with beating their dogs into silence. Nice to know this. Your dogs probibly bite your children for attention hey.

  • linda.duits - 2012-12-11 10:13

    How do you control idiots in the street that rev their motorbikes continuously at 7 o clock on a Sunday Morning?

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-12-11 10:22

      12 bore?

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-12-11 10:25

      Set your barking dogs on them.

      jensuffhaus - 2012-12-11 11:22

      @Duits - I have a bag of VERY ripe apples handy for just this purpose. Works a treat.

      luytster - 2012-12-11 13:28

      Frozen oranges and a home made spud gun dude. One on the head usually gets them to ef off.

      kortbroek.duplessis - 2012-12-11 15:14

      Zees very considerate neighbours. Call the cops, if they won't come a knuckle sandwich should be administered.

  • rickey.de.clercq - 2012-12-11 10:14

    Yeah... I get that dogs bark... but please, go live next to somebody who's 4 dogs bark non stop ALL THE TIME....

      nic.nomicos.3 - 2012-12-11 12:49

      Adrian....sounds like you have dogs that bark non-stop...

      bradley.kecskes - 2012-12-11 13:58

      adrian is sooo cool with his sarcasm...man i want to be you.

  • pahath.moab - 2012-12-11 10:25

    Cape Town has become a nanny State!

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2012-12-11 11:33

      Maybe, we still wouldn't swap it for one of your ANC states, so you suffer in your crime ridden corrupt state and we'll suffer along under our DA run comparitive paradise, where neither the dogs nor the ANC bark.

      Bob - 2012-12-11 12:41

      In this day and age civilized people need nanny states to protect them from an increasing number of people that generally just don't have any regard for anyone but themselves. Laws can't make the trash become decent human beings, but it's the only way to try and restrain their despicable behaviour.

      brian.exmachina - 2012-12-11 13:50

      I love how any place with a functioning government is considered a nanny state these days. And how people say that like it's a bad thing. Oh noes, rehabilitation for drug addicts: nanny state! Regulation of the fat content of food so people don't have heart attacks and waste state resources: nanny state! Pointing out that cigarettes are bad for you: nanny state! I for one wouldn't want to live in one of the anarchist libertarian hell holes you lot seem to want to live in. As Bob pointed out, most people these days are inconsiderate douchebags, they want to be able to take a crap on your lawn in full view of the public and get away with it. Some people can't stand up to them physically and we need the law to protect those people. You try be a single mother with a little baby and full time job living next to a jackass who refuses to shut his dogs up.

      chris.shield - 2012-12-11 23:10

      Brianexmachina, perhaps you need to go and live in China or Singapore to get an idea of where a nanny state will finally lead. I for one don't want the government telling me what I can eat, think or say. Freedom is the most precious thing that we hold and to sell it off piece by piece for a bit of comfort, safety or piece of mind is extremely short sighted. Grow a backbone and take responsibility for your own life! This isn't a creche and the government isn't your day-mother, if you act like a baby the government will treat you like one and trust me thats the last thing you want!

  • nick.athinodorou - 2012-12-11 10:25

    Common sense prevailing at last. Dogs bark for a reason,not because they are bored. Every time my dogs bark there is good reason for it - loads of people walking past either on their own or with their own dogs, lots of other dogs roaming around on their ow and so. So please,spare me the nonsense about dogs barking for no reason.

      piet.hannibol - 2012-12-11 10:37

      Dogs do sometimes bark for no reason whatsoever. Remember dog owners sometimes differ and your dog's temperament is largely tied to how much attention the animal receives. Barking can become a way of trying to get attention. Specially if the only time the owner acknowledges the animal is when he shouts "shutup" from the bedroom window.

      danie.haasbroek.7 - 2012-12-11 11:01

      Nick, your sense of canine behaviour seems indeed a bit too common.

      butch.poulter - 2012-12-11 12:15

      Come live in my neighbourhood. I'll prove you wrong.

      delish7564 - 2012-12-11 13:00

      Dogs do bark for no reason, well, there is a reason, they are bored and have usually been left all day outside while their owners are at work. They need human interaction. My dogs rarely bark unless there is someone walking past the house or other dogs, or they sense something not right, BUT, if I was to leave them outside all day and ignore them I can guarantee they would bark non-stop until I let them in! The idea is good in theory and I can certainly understand the frustration of people living next to homes where dogs bark more than not, but I have a problem with the "6 minutes"....so if my dogs detect a problem they bark constantly until it is attended to and if it takes me longer than 6 minutes to find the cause or deal with it, I can be fined, even if they don't bother any other time? That's what I have a problem with. Most people have to leave their dogs at some point even for an hour, but that might be the very time when they bark and you can't stop it, so what are you supposed to do....you can't always take them with you, in this heat that would be wrong too and you'd have the SPCA on your back. This should be covered under a general noise pollution law, not a specific one with very restricted timelines, and there should be proof before a fine is levied or a dog taken away. It could be too easy for a neighbour to file a complaint just because you don't get on and before anyone laughs, unfortunately it does happen and it can result in far-reaching consequences!

      brian.exmachina - 2012-12-11 13:51

      Um, perhaps you should come visit my neighbourhood. You can explain to the dogs there that they shouldn't bark for no reason.

      flower.fourie - 2012-12-11 15:42

      @delish hopefully you don't have a neighbor who will sit with a stop watch waiting for your dogs to reach the 6 min mark. If your dogs are trained and are not a nuisance then your neighbors will hopefully check to see why they are barking before making a complaint. Yes there are unreasonable people out there. But when I worked nights we had a neighbor who's dog would start barking at 6 am when they left for work and not stop for at least 3 hours. This stopped when I complained to the neighbor first and asked that the dog be left with access to the house as that is why it was barking. Also we had dogs growing up our whole lives that were trained only to bark when a stranger entered our yard. We lived next to a train station where thousands of people passed every day and our dog would not bark at them.

  • mark.higgens.9 - 2012-12-11 10:31

    Can they regulate D*ckheads with free flow exhaust systems that rev their cars and sound their hooters at all hours, to notify their hosts that they have arrived???????

  • melanie.gardner.7528 - 2012-12-11 10:35

    if your dog barks all day its because it does not get enough attention from YOU WHO DECIDED TO HAVE HIM/HER AS A PET yet got bored with it!!! i am so sick of all these idiots that want an animal to act like a blimmen human! Fine the idiotic owner!!!!!!!!!

  • mmoledis - 2012-12-11 10:37

    Now it seems as if those in power does not know their duties any more whereby they even want to deny animals their rights to do what they supposed to, dogs duty is to bark in order to alert people that there is some thing wrong happening, so if they regulate dogs from barking why cant the regulate cars not not produce smoke and also peolpe not to eat or walk, that is an example of things that can not be regulated so as the dogs barking, if that is the case they may one day want to regulate cows from moeing haaaaaa haaaa haaaaa and cats from miawing haaaaaa haaa haaa what a shame.

      Bob - 2012-12-11 12:37

      What a hopeless case.

  • thoka.mphoka - 2012-12-11 10:38

    Lmao. who introduced this laws in Cape town?? what a joke

      Desilusionada - 2012-12-11 10:49

      Does it matter who did? There are now a lot of people who actually get to sleep. And the noise pollution is less. Difference is that in the Cape laws are actually applied. Not every one works 8-5.......

      thoka.mphoka - 2012-12-11 11:07

      I battled to fall asleep last night because it was raining too hard. Perhaps I should ask Gauteng authorities to fine God. LOL

      danie.haasbroek.7 - 2012-12-11 11:07

      I'd guess it's the same joker who kicked your Government out of there probably.

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2012-12-11 11:39

      Brenda, best you go live in Joburg then where everybody drives through amber robots and there is no such thing as law and order, sounds great, all them dogs howling, the ANC calling the shots, oh yes, on second thoughts I think I'll stay right here.

      Bob - 2012-12-11 12:02

      I take it Thoka is one of those rowdy, inconsiderate neighbours who lets his dogs carry on barking, shouts to other family members, plays loud music, revs car engines and abuses car horns, and therefore doesn't belong in a civilized society.

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2012-12-11 12:04

      Shush now Brenda, you are making an even bigger fool of yourself, you are also sounding a little childish.

      brenda.dick.714 - 2012-12-11 12:22

      Just for the record, i think the law is ridiculous, as this is something that neighbours should sort out between themselves. I had a neighbour whose child was playing loud music during the day and at night. I brought it to their attention and problem solved. i don't understand why we have to involve the law for everything. People must work on getting along and respecting others.

      thoka.mphoka - 2012-12-11 12:34

      @Bob. I live in Bryanston I dont have an issue with neighbours dog pissing on my lorn or barking. an Yes i do pump my 2 by 9 sony car sound system an all

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2012-12-11 12:36

      LOL no worries brenda, we generally all get on well here in the Cape, I agree with you that it would be nice if we could work things out without the law but heh some people are just so ignorant they can't listen to sense, have a great day.

      Bob - 2012-12-11 12:36

      LOL Brenda, you really have some rose-tinted glasses there. Like every problem in the world can be solved by politely asking the offender to stop offending... LOL! Come ask my neighbours to stop being complete douches... I'm sure it will work! There would be no need for any laws at all if disputes could be solved by mere negotiation.

  • chris.shield - 2012-12-11 10:41

    Why do people complain about about every little thing?? When my neighbours Sakkie sakkie irritates me I just pop something I like into the CD player and crank my music up until I can't hear his. Tolerance people! Complaining endelssly means the government will only take away more of your freedom, once you've given freedom up it can never be regained...

  • Daniel Mah - 2012-12-11 10:43

    leave these things to bark - what do you expect them to do

  • Marius Kritzinger - 2012-12-11 10:45

    if my dog barks for longer than 6 minutes it means that there is a would be intruder standing outside my premises for longer than 6 minutes lol

      bryan.torien - 2012-12-11 11:29

      Hehehehehe - Couldn't resist a quiet chuckle at that.

      brenda.dick.714 - 2012-12-11 12:31

      good one Marius! :)

  • dirk.naude.12 - 2012-12-11 10:53

    Dogs are awesome! What a retarded law.

      danie.haasbroek.7 - 2012-12-11 11:34

      So are parties - awesome! And music, super awesome! Yet, by law (which is in fact a by-law) I am still required to keep those in check as to not disturb the rest of the neighbourhood by causing noise pollution. I'm very sorry if that extra dimension really totalled you now.

      nic.nomicos.3 - 2012-12-11 12:35

      I know they are awsome...now read Danie's comment...

  • simone.gibson.73 - 2012-12-11 10:59

    The neighbours or people complaining do not own dogs therefore don't understand the necessity of the barking!!! I do understand it can get out of hand during the day if the owners are at work - Should we put a sign up and teach our dogs to read "no barking during the hours of 8am to 5pm" ? or just take their vocal cords out that God provided them with just like he provided us humans the ability to talk!!! We can shut each other up - how do dogs shut themselves or their siblings up if the owners are not around!! In our neighbourhood we never hear the dogs barking at night unless something bothers them - during the day yes but you should only complain if they are keeping you up at night. SPITEFULL PEOPLE WITHOUT PETS TYPICAL!!!

      danie.haasbroek.7 - 2012-12-11 11:41

      Wrong, I own 2 dogs, grew up with dogs, always kept dogs. Mostly I rescued dogs from the SPCA, and I've always made sure, by training them, and not using the bible, that they don't disturb my neighbours or anyone else around me. I've personally had to offer to shove my neighbour's dog up my neighbour's anus, to stop it from barking nearly all damn day at nothing. I'm glad she got the message then, as I'd have felt terrible for the poor dog. She however is just a spiteful person without brains or a shred of consideration; typical.

      flower.fourie - 2012-12-11 15:49

      So all people work during the day? And if they work at night how are they supposed to sleep with your dogs barking non stop at the garbage collectors, the children going to school, the grannies taking their grandchildren to the park? Train your pet and stop being so inconsiderate.

  • ashley.stroebel - 2012-12-11 11:02

    WTF dogs not allowed to bark....

      ashley.stroebel - 2012-12-11 12:20

      So 10 thumbs down means u are saying dogs are not allowed to bark?? Im all good i got a Husky..They Howl LOL

      danie.haasbroek.7 - 2012-12-11 13:00

      No Ashley, 13 thumbs down means you should probably think about what you've read for it to make sense.

      bradley.kecskes - 2012-12-11 14:03

      I see 17 thumbs down now...should we escalate?

      brian.exmachina - 2012-12-11 14:05

      We had a guy like you living in the neighbourhood. People kept asking him to shut the dog up, and he would lol at them too. Somebody poisoned his dog. I'm definitely against that, but it just goes to show how incredibly disrupting your dog can be to other people. The law does not say that dogs are not allowed to bark. It says that they can't bark continuously. 6 minutes per hour. That gives you plenty of time to intervene and get it to shut up. It is also completely up to the neighbours to complain about the noise for the law to be enforced, so unless your dog is making somebody's life hell you shouldn't have a problem. This is like saying that naturally aggressive people tend to be more violent, so we should just let them and not have laws against violence.

  • Barefoot - 2012-12-11 11:04

    oh now it's worse thought troll don't read the article only. now it turns out the don't read even the headlines or distort it to fuel their anger. have a nice day - zero censorship of dogs!

      danie.haasbroek.7 - 2012-12-11 13:02

      I'm sure just a bit of punctuation would make your post intelligible.

  • Aadil Bugarith - 2012-12-11 11:07

    This is the stupidest law they have come up with, its natural for dogs to bark, and they should be able to bark for how ever long they want to, people who find it irritating should take a test, speak for only 6min a day and if you speak for more than 6min then you must pay a fine... People need to wake up and stop acting as if you're the only one on this planet. Animals have rights too, and you should respect them.

      Nhlanhla Zondi - 2012-12-11 11:28

      i couldn't agree with you more, if you feel like the animals are disturbing you where you live maybe its time you consider relocation

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2012-12-11 11:59

      What a couple of idiotic comments, so you two really believe it is acceptable for someone's dog or dogs to bark the whole day and night and any neighbour must just put up with it or move ? you sound like the type of guys that drive in the right hand lane totally ignorant of the other road users around you.

      jairaj.sureschandra - 2012-12-11 12:16

      An approach very intolerant of those complaining. Constant repetitive barking can be a source of serious distress to humans especially the sick, night shift workers, students etc. The problem is aggravated in areas where people live in small properties or low socio-economic areas by reason of the fact that in such areas, irresponsible animal ownership is very rife. This leads to animal nuisance.

      lionel.schultz.1 - 2012-12-11 17:40

      There should be a by-law to stop the likes of you from barking. This has nothing to do with animal rights, which is something totally different.

      jairaj.sureschandra - 2012-12-11 18:04

      Lionel Schultz 1: Animal abuse is related to animal nuisance. Incessant barking is caused by, amongst others, irresponsible animal ownership. Animal rights and the obligations of owners of animals and animal abuse are the opposites of the same coin. One cannot discuss the one without referring to the other. You appear to be unlearned on the subject, however. Typical....

  • nicolas.gombert.16 - 2012-12-11 11:11

    There are no problem dogs, only problem owners.

      lionel.schultz.1 - 2012-12-11 17:42

      You hit the nail on the head. Problem with most South Africans is that they cannot accept accountability and responsibility, even when it comes to their pets.

  • sipho.mbuyazi.9 - 2012-12-11 11:17

    Some people are really crazy and same as some laws... how on earth does one control dogs from barking?

      danie.haasbroek.7 - 2012-12-11 11:46

      The same way you control your kids (or try to) from taking drugs, killing people, killing themselves, hurting others and generally doing the right thing and being good citizens. Take as much time to think about this as you need.

      antie.christen - 2012-12-11 12:48

      Please never get a dog Sipho

      lionel.schultz.1 - 2012-12-11 17:43

      Easy, the owners must take responsibility of their dogs and discipline then.

  • albert.prinsloo.7 - 2012-12-11 11:22

    how crazy this idea may sound I like it, yes dogs bark and do what they do naturally but same as kids, if you constantly teach or tell them not too they get the picture after a while, they are not that stupid. the problem is most of those continuously barking dogs owners are never at home or they just can't give a crap. yes you do get a dog here and there which will probably never learn but in most cases the owners are to blame

      misstee.langhein - 2012-12-11 11:30

      Yea and then you teach your dog not to bark by telling him/her to SHHHH every time they bark, then when someone tries to break into your house your dog isnt gonna bark because he/she has been taught not to bark...grow up people, just as we were give voices to talk they were given voices to bark...

      drishworth - 2012-12-11 12:48

      @misstee, when dogs react out of threat or fear, no matter that they have constantly been told to shush, adrenaline overrides everything and they will go beserk.

  • zolisa.dlokovu - 2012-12-11 11:22

    This is madness you cant control barking dogs. Those who propose such a stupid law must know that this is South Africa . the majority of s africans are black people. Our by-laws should reflect them Racism in Cape Town is a reality

      gerhard.stander.5 - 2012-12-11 12:02

      Love and care is not part of your culture. With love and care you teach a dog to only bark when necessary. Just like children, a dog needs discipline. But again, you will not understand this. You are part of a culture that only want, want, want…….. Not willing to work for it or take responsibility for it.

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2012-12-11 12:12

      zolisa, how the hell have you managed to bring race into this, what are you trying to say ? that black people like barking dogs, racism in this ANC and this country are a reality, it's just much less in Cape Town.

      jairaj.sureschandra - 2012-12-11 12:23

      South Africa belongs to all those who live in it irrespective of who the majority is. South Africa should reflect an inclusive political strategy and not one that excludes people, especially those who want to be heard. Irresponsible animal ownership is a reality in South Africa and if you drive through the areas in which the majority lives you will know what I am talking about. I say stop irresponsible animal ownership now. Regulate animal ownership so that we can arrest the animal abusers, whether they are the majority, minority or anywhere in-between.

      gerhard.stander.5 - 2012-12-11 12:33

      Brenda, I am a African and proud of it. Does it matter that my skin is white? I am referring to a group of people, like Zoliza, that will always use the race card or any other excuse, not to take responsibility for their own actions. Also seems to me that that is part of their culture. For example: If you don’t have the knowledge, cannot take responsibility, don’t respect other people or don’t care, then don’t get a dog or any other kind of pet.

      gerhard.stander.5 - 2012-12-11 12:41

      If Zolisa don’t want to be regarded as a racist idiot, he should stop acting as one.

      carol.vanniekerk.3 - 2012-12-11 12:52

      @ GerhardStander - Dogs bark in Gauteng because their owners are normally at work. My dog barks, very loud and proud if the next door neighbour’s kids keep on hanging around by the front gate to tease him. To be petty about a dog that barks for 6minutes every 1hour is just ABSOLUTELY ridicules, just like most people from the Cape

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2012-12-11 12:57

      Carol, are you trying to say the people from the Cape are ridicules or are we ridiculous, I resemble that remark.

      gerhard.stander.5 - 2012-12-11 13:25

      Carol. Read the article, then you read Zolisa’s comment, and then you read my comments. You were almost making sense up to your last sentence. Trying to insult people from a certain region (Cape) is not proving any argument related to the article. You start showing the same symptoms as Zolisa.

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2012-12-11 13:52

      How much is tooo much Brenda.

      flower.fourie - 2012-12-11 15:54

      My brain packed up and left while reading your comment. Excuse while I quietly coax it back. Idiot, how do you make a barking dog issue racist???

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-12-11 11:22

    Dogs that are in small gardens and not having a good run will bark. They are bored. Unlike us they can't grab the bottle or chocolate and thus they do what all dogs do they bark. Owners are responsible.

  • obadia.segwape - 2012-12-11 11:23

    eish my girlfriend talks(barks) too much pls HELP

      nic.nomicos.3 - 2012-12-11 12:23

      Muzzle her...

  • Adil Smit - 2012-12-11 11:25

    Nice to read that Joburg municipality has some common sense as opposed to Cape Town municipality who has now also banned dog-owners from walking their dogs on the beach.

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2012-12-11 12:14

      Not banned from walking on the beach, just banned from walking without a lead and from crapping all over the place.

      nic.nomicos.3 - 2012-12-11 12:23

      @Adil..do you want crap all over the beach??...

      Adil Smit - 2012-12-11 12:43

      I see the dog-haters coming out of their holes..... Dogs are BANNED from Clifton, Camps Bay, Mouille Point and Mnandi Beach from 1st of December 2012 - NO public consultation. Dog-owners should pick up after their dogs - no-one wants to step in dog poo/ cigarette buts/ used condoms etc. Yesterday it was reported that a college in India has banned girls from wearing jeans and short skirts to stop sexual harrassment. Banning responsible dog owners from beaches falls in the same primitive mindset. Much like Chapman's Peak Toll Road and now the not so brilliant plan to pull people off the road, confiscate their keys and enforce a 4hour rest alongside the road if a non-medically trained traffic officer assesses the individual to be fatigued. The Cape is turning into a nanny state. Instead of fighting real crime the police will be used to patrol beaches to see if there are any dogs on a few beaches in affluent areas while on the Cape Flats gang wars and drugs are killing innocent people.

      brenda.dick.714 - 2012-12-11 13:06

      @Adil I agree with you 100%. These same people in Cape Town that pass these stupid laws does nothing where it really matters. You might as well complain to a brick wall, as they are too arrogant to listen to reason.

  • truthis.tway - 2012-12-11 11:26

    Get the owners number uner some pretext, and then phone them till they wake up when their dogs are barking. Or sticky tape their intercom button down.

  • flynn.govender - 2012-12-11 11:38

    Is this a April fools joke that never got published?

      napolita.kio - 2012-12-11 11:44

      No. But, a sign that all are tired for the year and just need some time off, however, there is still need for content to fill news24.com portal.

  • gerhard.stander.5 - 2012-12-11 11:44

    Ignorant people with ignorant comments. Read the article. It is not about the barking of dogs but about the excessive barking of dogs. Some dogs will bark for hours on end without the owner once investigating why the dog is barking. Even if there was a criminal thread, the owner will still be ignorant about it. Sure sign of an ignorant and selfish dog owner. Next time your neighbour’s dog is keeping you awake the whole night, nock on his door, phone him or throw stones on his roof. (Preferably at 02:00am) As soon as you have his full attention, friendly invite him to join you in listening to his dog serenading the neighbourhood. Keep this up and after the third night, he will get the message.

      carol.vanniekerk.3 - 2012-12-11 13:05

      They say it takes 1 to know 1.... Just phone the SPCA and report the owner for negligence - no need for any by-law... To get response from your complaint, remember to get a petition going for the rest of the neighbours to sign

      mike.bundy.73 - 2012-12-11 13:51

      Pointless to phone the SPCA - they say they can do nothing

  • monica.kyzer - 2012-12-11 11:51

    Please rent the DVD "How to kill your neighbor's dog"

      nic.nomicos.3 - 2012-12-11 12:20

      HAHAHAHAHA....

  • samantha.hart.9693 - 2012-12-11 11:52

    Good, they should rather focus on regulating their criminals and drunk drivers. A dog who barks serve a purpose, criminals and drunk drivers do not. Time to focus on the real issues.

  • butch.poulter - 2012-12-11 12:13

    Dont blame the dogs for barking for hrs at all times of the night, blame their useless owners and then keep on phoning them till they the hint. Let them also sit up all night. Dogs that bark for nothing for hours are bored and are given no attention. If all else fails shoot either the dog or the neighbour.

  • Brad - 2012-12-11 12:22

    A barking dog is extremely annoying. What an awesome by-law!

      kevin.draper.391 - 2012-12-11 13:24

      and who do you think is going to enforce it????

  • ErnaJacobs - 2012-12-11 12:22

    petsafe bark arrestor. Works a treat.

      drishworth - 2012-12-11 12:44

      what is it? where do you get one?

  • daemos1 - 2012-12-11 12:31

    A barking dog is a natural thing, a creation of God. You cannot apply a municipal regulation to it, F*cking idiots in government, there are several pieces of legislation that apply to domestic animals. F*cking mental midget

      mike.bundy.73 - 2012-12-11 13:54

      So you can't apply apply municipal laws to any animals, plants or humans then, if you believe that they are all creations of some imaginary god? I like that you signed your comment though, mental midget indeed.

  • kevin.draper.391 - 2012-12-11 12:40

    What a joke....the useless authorities cannot even regulate their own bowel movements, nevermind dog barking!!!!!!!!!!

  • drishworth - 2012-12-11 12:43

    My previous post was deleted?????? Let me say again, no one is saying dogs shouldn't bark. We all understand that dogs bark - that's what they do........snails eat the garden - that's what they do. It doesn't mean that they should be left to do it. Dog owners should take on the responsibility of ensuring that their dog's barking doesn't become a nuisance to those living around them. Dog owners that have dogs that bark incessantly are just thoughtless and inconsiderate - get off your lazy butt and do something. Would you tolerate your neighbour sitting on his car hooter outside your house all day? I think not. Is the noise any less intrusive and irritating? For those dog owners whose dogs only bark for a reason let them bark.

  • Judy - 2012-12-11 12:51

    They can barely regulate anything else let alone dogs...

  • hayley.fredericks.9 - 2012-12-11 12:53

    I have 3 neighbors. The one neighbor's cat used to sit on the one boundary wall which used to drive the other neighbors dog crazy!! The owner of the cat used to complain all the time about the barking dog. It all came to an end though when the said cat decided to go for a stroll in the garden belonging to the dog ....

  • shakir.eddericks - 2012-12-11 13:13

    My Dog only barks for a reason,but runs around the yard like a malletjie for no reason. lol .i suppose it depends what type of dog you get and the size of your yard. If your Dog barks too much, take it for a walk more often or roll up a newspaper they are just bored and looking for attention.

  • marc.rule - 2012-12-11 13:23

    F.F.S please do I have has enough of dogs barking all the time and waking me up in the early hours of the morning. I have even gone as far as giving the by-laws to the owners of the dogs and that did not even help. You have the right to peace and quiet when you get home.

  • irma.white.9 - 2012-12-11 13:46

    While I also get annoyed at the dogs that bark at anything (a friends dog was like this, would bark and bark and bark even if you told it to keep quiet, and there would be NO ONE at the gate, in the street or anything) it will be hard to regulate ESPECIALLY if the owners are not there during the day to shut the dogs up. At night, if they are home yes (because nothing annoys me more than a dog that is outside barking and the owners are inside watching TV ignoring it). I know for a fact that my dog only barks for a reason, just wish all dogs were the same.

  • leandt - 2012-12-11 14:22

    I'll keep my dog from barking when people can keep their damn cats out of my yard!!!

      dimitripappas - 2012-12-11 14:37

      Conditional now? That's a nice attitude, imagine we all just ignorantly shifted the blame to the next problem?

  • Tawizee - 2012-12-11 14:36

    Who let the dogs out? (woof, woof, woof, woof)

  • brenda.dick.714 - 2012-12-11 14:43

    dogs are more intelligent than some commentators here, they are not racist and you can trust them with your life. it is really a case of a sub-species(humans) wanting to control a superior species(dogs), because of their low self-esteem..

      Bob - 2012-12-11 18:51

      Dogs do recognise races. In a predominantly white neighbourhood dogs will generally show more aggression to black strangers and vice versa.

      somikazi.pita - 2012-12-11 23:24

      The dogs are trained to be racist.

  • gillian.sanderson - 2012-12-11 15:00

    I disagree with this article entirely. Of course a dog will and must bark, its just at what and when they do so that makes the difference. There are too many dogs left to their own devices, never walked, locked up in back yards and they are probably the ones that dont know what they are barking at/for. If a dog is properly looked after i.e. walked at least once a week, socialised with other dogs and humans and payed enough attention its not gonna sit and bark at the trees or the moon. Dog owners need to know the different tones of their dogs barking - a dog should never be left unchecked to just bark . . . more often than not its out of sheer boredom and frustration!

  • antoinette.jordaan - 2012-12-11 15:05

    Once they implement this, can they then also implement a warning system for cat owners that let their cats wander free and have little cat fights outside your house at night???? What crap. Of course, I don't know if my dogs bark more than 6 minutes an hour, cos I'm at work.

  • kortbroek.duplessis - 2012-12-11 15:11

    I find a dog barking incessantly far less annoying than listening to Mac or Zuma talking. They should be fined

  • albert.prinsloo.7 - 2012-12-11 15:12

    @Mistee there is a big difference in the constant pointless barking of a dog (because he is replying to another bark one cannot even hear,sirens or whatever) when a dog barks because of trouble. I am sure i'm not the only one here who knows that!! Your dog will always bark but they will get the idea to shut up if being told so continuously by the owner for pointless barking. The situation will change if someone enters your property. the barking will even be different than the usual pointless barking. that means it is a completely different scenario for the dog and he will not confuse that with you shutting him up for the pointless barking. have you ever had dogs??

  • ngoako.mathekga - 2012-12-11 15:13

    If you can’t stand dogs barking join the masses at residential complexes where pets are not allowed else leave dogs be dogs.

      Adil Smit - 2012-12-11 15:39

      Or go live in a retirement village.